Cambridge college appoints first Jewish Master

June 21, 2012

V Professor Sir Alan Fersht will be the first Jewish Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, when he takes office on October 1.
A leading chemist and microbiologist, Sir Alan was knighted in 2003 for his work on proteins. He will continue his scientific work in parallel with his Mastership.


Yavneh college pupil's link to Shoah victim

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2012

A Borehamwood batmitzvah girl and her family turned her simchah into a moving memorial to a 10-year-old Holocaust victim.

Yavneh College pupil Leah Stepsky had asked her teachers to replicate an Israeli scheme which links bar- and batmitzvah students with young Holocaust victims through birth dates.


Opponents of Etz Chaim school site launch new legal fight

By Jay Grenby, June 15, 2012

Campaigners opposing the location of the permanent Mill Hill premises for the Etz Chaim Jewish Primary have applied once again for a judicial review of Barnet Council’s planning consent.


Exam board seeks Board of Deputies' advice after 'prejudice against Jews' GCSE question

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

An exam board which set a controversial GCSE question asking why some people are prejudiced against Jews has acknowledged the upset caused by the question.

More than 1,000 students sat the AQA Religious Studies paper which asked: “Explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews.”

Education Secretary Michael Gove strongly criticised AQA over the question.


Yad Vashem Holocaust museum expands Council of Europe role

By Nathan Jeffay, June 7, 2012

Yad Vashem is to increase its role in European Holocaust education, after signing a major agreement with the Council of Europe.

According to a new memorandum of understanding, Yad Vashem, Israel’s state Holocaust commemoration authority, will promote Holocaust education throughout the council’s 47 member states.


Debate prejudice in class, but not under exam conditions

By Maureen Kendler, June 6, 2012

As a former secondary school religious studies teacher, I would certainly not have liked to have answered - or marked - the recent GCSE paper which asked 16-year-olds to "explain briefly, why some people are prejudiced against the Jews."


It’s the GCSE answers that matter

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 6, 2012

"Explain why some people are prejudiced against Jews."


Satmar boys' primary wins fight against closure

By Jessica Elgot, May 31, 2012

A strictly Orthodox Stamford Hill school has won its battle against closure after Hackney Council ruled that it was operating illegally.


Pardes House Primary wins finance for refurbishment

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2012

An Orthodox boys’ school in Finchley is to receive a makeover after being awarded funding from Education Secretary Michael Gove as part of a £17 billion improvements scheme.


School backs Jew-hate GCSE exam question

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

A Jewish school has defended a controversial GCSE religious studies question on antisemitism that was last week attacked by Education Secretary Michael Gove and the Board of Deputies.