Beit Shvidler appoints new head

May 8, 2015

Beit Shvidler Primary School has appointed a new headteacher.

Simon Horleston, formerly deputy head at Round Diamond Primary in Stevenage, will replace Sara Keen at the Edgware school in September.

His appointment, according to chair of governors Darrel Yawitch, will "take our young school forward in the next phase of its development".


Lubavitch schools ranked ‘good’

May 8, 2015

A group of Lubavitch schools in Manchester has been given an overall "good" rating in its Ofsted inspection.

OYY Lubavitch Boys' and Girls' Schools were commended for "good leadership and management", which "have ensured substantial improvements in pupils' achievement and the quality of teaching".


'Euro Jewry needs shift in mindset on security'

By Shirli Sitbon, May 7, 2015

Jewish groups in Europe are realising that they cannot rely solely on the intelligence services, the police or even their own - often threadbare - security organisations for protection.

This was one of the key messages to emerge at the American Jewish Committee's conference on antisemitism, titled "A Defining Moment for Europe", which took place in Brussels on Tuesday.


Israel cultivates integration of Arab teachers

By Shira Rubin, May 7, 2015

Respect for "the other" is part and parcel of respecting oneself, said Sarah Silberstrom, a representative from the Ministry of Education at a recent conference aimed at addressing the dilemmas facing Arab teachers working in Israeli schools.

"But what about Yom HaNakba," interrupted an audience member, Lubna Hadija, referring to the day on which Palestinians commemorate the Nakba - "catastroph


Anger over shuls' invite to Galliano

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

Synagogue members have threatened to boycott an event featuring disgraced fashion designer John Galliano.

He is due to speak on a panel at the session hosted by three central London synagogues later this month.

The event is the first in the Connect series, an educational partnership between the Central, Western Marble Arch and New West End synagogues, sponsored by the Chief Rabbinate.


Now they're putting a Torah on the moon

By Nathan Jeffay, May 7, 2015

The moon could have its own holy ark and Sefer Torah within three years, thanks to a crowd-funded initiative to land a sacred scroll on the lunar surface.

The Torah on the Moon project is asking people worldwide, Jewish and non-Jewish, to "buy" a letter in the specially-designed, 5in Torah, which will be launched in an unmanned spacecraft and left on the moon in a special capsule-like ark.


Anger as 300 students sent home by JFS over ‘misbehaviour’

By Charlotte Oliver, May 7, 2015

Parents and pupils at JFS have voiced their outrage after more than 300 students were sent home from school on Thursday morning.

According to year 11 pupils, their entire year group was escorted off the school premises earlier today because a “small group had been misbehaving”.

The incident occurred on the day before pupils are due to begin study leave before their GCSEs.


Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.


Charedi school is back on track, says Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, April 30, 2015

A Charedi girls' school in Stamford Hill which was ranked inadequate last year has been given a clean bill of health by inspectors.

Ofsted said that Beis Trana, which teaches around 280 girls from three to 16, now complies with the standards required of independent schools after an unannounced visit in March.


Ein Gewinner! (That's German for winner)

By Charlotte Oliver, April 30, 2015

For many of us, Google Translate may be the closest we get to speaking to a foreigner in their mother tongue.

But not so Jonah Cowen, a language enthusiast and City of London School pupil.