JFS mayhem

May 14, 2015

Muck-Up Day is an annual tradition at many schools. But this year’s revels at JFS did not merely get out of hand; at times they edged towards criminality. Some have criticised the school for over-reacting in calling the police and sending the entire year home. What world do they live in? Those responsible are lucky that they are not now facing criminal charges.


'Loutish' pupils will face consequences, says JFS head

By Charlotte Oliver, May 12, 2015

The JFS headteacher has pledged that the pupils who led the “loutish and dangerous behaviour” which caused 300 teenagers to be sent home will be dealt with “in the strongest possible way”.

Jonathan Miller said taking the drastic action of removing all of Year 11 from the school premises had been “necessary, if regrettable”.


Jewish teacher speaks of fear as second Nepal earthquake struck

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2015

A British Jewish teacher from London who has been travelling around Nepal has described the fear he experienced when the second big earthquake hit the region this morning.


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.