Sacks gives northern schools top marks

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 8, 2012

Formally opening two major educational campuses during a northern visit, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks said that schools were “our best investment in the Jewish future”.

Lord Sacks made the comment at the King David School in Manchester last Thursday after highlighting Anglo-Jewry’s declining population from a post-war 450,000 to 270,000 today.


Attractive women submissive and conformist, says survey

By Anna Sheinman, November 7, 2012

Good-looking women are more likely to be submissive and conformist, a Hebrew University study has found.

The research, done in conjunction with the Open University, hypothesised that women are judged by what they look like. That means that women who are judged to be attractive should theoretically also be perceived as having socially desirable personality traits.


Sheffield JSoc

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2012

Photos from events organised by Sheffield JSoc, including a bagel lunch, pub crawl and "Pizza in the Hut" with the rabbi.

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Ronson honoured at £250,000 Haifa university dinner

November 5, 2012

Two-hundred people attended a Claridge’s dinner held by the British Friends of Haifa University on Monday, honouring the educational contribution of Gerald Ronson and marking the university’s 40th anniversary.Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls was the guest speaker at the event, which raised £250,000.



Demo-protest priest turns his hand to Hebrew

By Jennifer Lipman, November 2, 2012

The former canon chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral has turned his attention to a new scriptural challenge — learning to read and write in Hebrew.

The Rev Dr Giles Fraser, who resigned a year ago in protest against the removal of Occupy London demonstrators, has a Jewish father.


JFS pupils win science contest

November 2, 2012

JFS year 13 students Gil Reich, Yuval Cohen and Joe Middleburgh have struck gold in a science prize with an Olympic theme.

The trio won the secondary schools category in a Royal Society of Chemistry contest supported by the author, Bill Bryson. Mr Bryson presented the young scientists with their awards at a House of Commons ceremony.


Balls leads tributes to Ronson's philanthropy

By Simon Rocker, November 1, 2012

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls joined a British Friends of Haifa University dinner on Monday to salute the educational philanthropy of Gerald Ronson, particularly his project to reverse the brain drain from Israel.


Parents schooled in fundraising for King Solomon development

November 1, 2012

Parents of Ilford Jewish Primary and King Solomon High pupils will be putting their names to a drive to raise £45,000 towards the building project which will see IJPS move to King Solomon’s Barkingside site.


Making campus safer for Jewish students

By Marcus Dysch, November 1, 2012

Student union sabbatical officers have taken part in a conference designed to help them better understand Jewish students’ needs.

Organised by the Union of Jewish Students, the conference sessions included discussions about combating hate speech and antisemitism and the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on British campuses.


Lecturer sues union over antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, November 1, 2012

A Jewish academic repeatedly broke down in tears as he told an employment tribunal that he had suffered a decade of harassment while opposing a boycott of Israel.

Maths lecturer Ronnie Fraser, whose parents escaped Nazi Germany, said he felt a special responsibility to challenge the University and College Union after it rejected a widely-accepted definition of antisemitism.