Schools' plans go before DfE

July 9, 2015

Proposals for two new Jewish free schools in the Elstree area have reached the final interview stage at the Department for Education to determine whether they will be given the green light to proceed.

The LL Group wants to open a pluralist primary for 420 children.


Special volunteers

July 8, 2015

A seminar, run by the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) at their Hendon headquarters offered training to six mentors to enable them to support volunteers with a range of special needs.


'Secrets and scandals' of a Maccabi Walking tour

July 8, 2015

Maccabi GB held a Jewish Walking Tour of London, which revealed some of the capital’s most salaciously, unknown stories in the "Secrets and Scandals"-themed walk.


Six Israeli Arabs charged with supporting Daesh

By Sandy Rashty, July 6, 2015

Six Israeli Arabs – four of them school teachers - have been charged with supporting Daesh (sometimes known as IS).

The men are accused of promoting jihad in their classes, according to Israeli security agency Shin Bet.

The four teachers work in a school in southern Israel.


Simon Marks Primary will 'refresh' leadership

By Charlotte Oliver, July 2, 2015

Simon Marks Jewish Primary School has said it plans to unveil a "refreshed senior leadership team" following its Ofsted downgrading.

Chair of governors Howard Pallis announced that the school was "implementing a raft of reforms in the coming months, which we believe will raise quality across the board".


JCoSS pupils like to keep the interfaith

By Charlotte Oliver, July 2, 2015

Visit any Jewish school and you will expect to find calendars packed with important dates and holy festivals, from Rosh Hashanah to Shavuot.

But Ramadan is unlikely to feature on the roster.

This year, however, JCoSS decided to change that and put together a two-week interfaith programme to coincide with the Muslim festival - all of which took place inside a "multifaith tent".


Shaw thing for Mizrachi as it recruits US educator

July 2, 2015

United Synagogue educational leader and Stanmore Synagogue community development rabbi, Andrew Shaw, is leaving the US to become Mizrachi UK's CEO.

Rabbi Shaw founded Tribe, the US's youth arm, has been instrumental in Holocaust memorial projects, and is currently director of its education-focused living and learning department.

He sees his move to the religious Zionist organisation as a nat


School funder Benjamin Perl warns shortage of places will get worse

By Simon Rocker, July 1, 2015

Educational philanthropist Benjamin Perl has warned that the pressure on places at Jewish secondary schools in north-west London is set to grow dramatically.


Jewish school daubed with antisemitic graffiti

By Charlotte Oliver, June 30, 2015

Two Jewish sites in Hackney have been targeted by vandals in the last 24 hours, it has been reported.

Last night, Stamford Hill’s Shomrim announced via Twitter that graffiti with the words “f*** the Jews” had been painted across the gates of Simon Marks Jewish Primary School in Stoke Newington.


Autism has been my life for 30 years and I'm still trying to understand it

By Sandy Rashty, June 28, 2015

You would never know it from his calm and measured manner, but Professor Simon Baron-Cohen is frustrated with our society.

The director of Cambridge University's Autism Research Centre - is irritated by the way we (and some medical practitioners for that matter) treat people with social disorders.