Education

Cocktail of learning sustains pub yeshivah

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

A group of young people are sat around a long wooden table discussing the moral conundrum the rabbi has set them.

"When Osama bin Laden was tracked down and killed, was that something that makes sense in Judaism?

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Building a legacy at Tel Aviv University

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

The UK support group for Tel Aviv University is trying to attract longer-term investment in the institutionby running its first legacy tour later this year.

And the man they have running it, Geoffrey Simmonds, has led similar tours for the Hebrew University.

Mr Simmonds - who has resigned as a Hebrew University governor - is "delighted" to be fundraising on behalf of the Tel Aviv Universit

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Yavneh celebrates award of academy status

By Robyn Rosen, July 7, 2011

Five years after opening its doors, Yavneh College in Borehamwood has become the first Jewish school to be awarded academy status by the Department for Education.

As a result, it will receive an additional £200,000 of annual funding directly from the government. It will employ extra staff, purchase more equipment and focus on plans to set up a two-form entry primary.

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Sky's the limit for Noam

July 7, 2011

Noam Primary secretary Joanna Serfaty proved herself a real high-flyer on Sunday with a sponsored skydive in aid of the school's new home project.

Ms Serfaty jumped from 10,000ft at the Parachute Centre in March, Cambridgeshire. "It's the most terrifying thing I have done," she said.

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Abramovich man funds school

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

A Russian oil billionaire who is a close confidant of Roman Abramovich has been revealed as the primary donor for the £4.2 million rebuilding project at Edgware Jewish Primary School.

EJPS is acknowledging Eugene Shvidler's generosity by changing its name next year to the Beit Shvidler Primary School.

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Schools hit by strikes

July 1, 2011

Most Jewish schools in the north were expecting to avoid closures due to teachers' strike action on Thursday.

Manchester's 420-pupil King David Primary was the only school likely to shut.

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JCoSS: Don't stop believing, it can happen

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2011

Almost a decade after its founders gathered to discuss the idea, the UK's first cross-communal Jewish secondary school has been officially opened.

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Free school entry rules challenged

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

The Government has no plans to lift the quota which limits free schools to selecting only half their pupils according to religion.

New draft guidelines on admissions issued by the Department for Education state that when free schools have more applicants than places, "at least 50 per cent of places are to be allocated without reference to faith".

But Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, chair of the Na

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Oxford bursary for Israelis

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

An Oxford University college is to introduce a postgraduate scholarship for Israeli students in what has been hailed as the first of its kind.

Exeter College will award the place to a masters or doctoral student from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, with priority given to women, minorities or a person from a disadvantaged background.

The scholarship has been named for Professor Rivka Carm

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MP opens new parent-promoted Jewish school

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

JCoSS, the UK's first cross-communal Jewish secondary school has been officially opened by the undersecretary of state for children, Tim Loughton MP.

More than 200 people marked the opening of the voluntary-aided, co-educational school in Barnet, including former Schools Secretary Ed Balls, JCoSS president Gerald Ronson and headteacher Jeremy Stowe-Lindner.

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