Rabbinical college ends spouse rule for students

By Simon Rocker, August 2, 2013

Leo Baeck College can no longer require married rabbinic students to have a Jewish spouse or partner because of equality laws, the JC has learned.

The Progressive academy in London quietly introduced the change two years ago after taking legal advice.


Jewish schoolgirl wins writing competition judged by David Cameron

By Sandy Rashty, July 29, 2013

A Jewish schoolgirl has won a national writing competition judged by Prime Minister David Cameron.

The “Thirteen in 13” competition, launched by the Anne Frank Trust UK, asked anyone turning 13 in 2013 to say how they would make Britain a better place in a 250-word online letter to the prime minister. The winner was announced in the Times newspaper on Friday.


Immanuel pupils mourn classmate

July 29, 2013

Students from Bushey’s Immanuel College attended an emotional funeral for classmate Naomi Felder, 18, who died last week after a long illness.


Governor quits over job for controversial head

By Marcus Dysch, July 29, 2013

A Redbridge councillor has resigned as a governor of the King Solomon High in Barkingside following its appointment of one of Britain’s most controversial teachers as head.


Ofsted says that all is good in Eden

July 29, 2013

The Eden Primary free school in Muswell Hill has been rated good in all categories in its first Ofsted report.


Ani Yonatan. Efshar l'azor li?*

By Jonathan Freedland, July 24, 2013

Several years ago I did a Jewish event alongside Michael Gove. It was clear whose views the audience preferred. Courteous, witty and as hawkish as they were on Israel, he was the son-in-law of their dreams (apart from the obvious drawback).


Barnet charges primary school for PE in park

By Sandy Rashty, July 22, 2013

Plans to charge a modern Orthodox free school for use of a nearby park have been condemned as “outrageous” by a Barnet councillor.

Barnet Council wants the Rimon Jewish Primary in Dunstan Road, Golders Green, to pay for the use of Childs Hill Park during physical education classes. The school has a gate that backs on to the park.


Langdon gets good Ofsted report

July 22, 2013

Ofsted inspectors have rated Manchester’s Langdon College for Jews with special needs as good in all aspects.

They found that “teaching and learning are good and the excellent support for students with complex needs greatly improves their behaviour and communication skills so that they can achieve a more productive life when they leave the college”.


Test star is out at JCoSS

July 15, 2013

On the eve of the first Ashes Test, Essex and former England batsman Owais Shah visited the cross-communal JCoSS school in Barnet for a coaching session.


A healthy turnout for US women's initiatives

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

Rebbetzin Lauren Levin — appointed last December at Finchley Synagogue by Chief Rabbi elect Ephraim Mirvis as Britain’s first Orthodox female halachic adviser — led a seminar on “women’s health and halachah” at Kinloss on Sunday.