Ani Yonatan. Efshar l'azor li?*

By Jonathan Freedland, July 24, 2013

Several years ago I did a Jewish event alongside Michael Gove. It was clear whose views the audience preferred. Courteous, witty and as hawkish as they were on Israel, he was the son-in-law of their dreams (apart from the obvious drawback).


Barnet charges primary school for PE in park

By Sandy Rashty, July 22, 2013

Plans to charge a modern Orthodox free school for use of a nearby park have been condemned as “outrageous” by a Barnet councillor.

Barnet Council wants the Rimon Jewish Primary in Dunstan Road, Golders Green, to pay for the use of Childs Hill Park during physical education classes. The school has a gate that backs on to the park.


Langdon gets good Ofsted report

July 22, 2013

Ofsted inspectors have rated Manchester’s Langdon College for Jews with special needs as good in all aspects.

They found that “teaching and learning are good and the excellent support for students with complex needs greatly improves their behaviour and communication skills so that they can achieve a more productive life when they leave the college”.


Test star is out at JCoSS

July 15, 2013

On the eve of the first Ashes Test, Essex and former England batsman Owais Shah visited the cross-communal JCoSS school in Barnet for a coaching session.


A healthy turnout for US women's initiatives

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

Rebbetzin Lauren Levin — appointed last December at Finchley Synagogue by Chief Rabbi elect Ephraim Mirvis as Britain’s first Orthodox female halachic adviser — led a seminar on “women’s health and halachah” at Kinloss on Sunday.


Rosh Pinah head resigns - governors face 'bullying'

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

The headteacher of the troubled Rosh Pinah Primary in Edgware resigned this week, the news being conveyed to parents in a brief email the day after Tuesday’s emergency meeting at the school. The note, signed by governors chair Barbara Hotz, was “to let you know that Mr [Anthony] Wolfson has today resigned with immediate effect”. No explanation was given.


Israeli General leading Shoah education

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2013

On his first visit to England, 85-year-old retired Israeli Army general, Aryeh Lebovitz, took a gruelling speaking schedule in his stride.


Remember, it’s not enough just to teach our children

By Olivia Marks-Woldman, July 14, 2013

I was on a Jewish youth group residential trip and must have been about 13 or 14. The caretaker of the hostel took me to one side, where no one would overhear. “I heard what your group was discussing this morning,” he said quietly, “I think you should see this.” And he showed me the tattoo on his arm.


Education Secretary Gove: Muslims must counter antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2013

An “insufficient” number of Muslim community leaders in Britain do enough to tackle antisemitism, Education Secretary Michael Gove has claimed.

He said Muslims had a “responsibility” to counter extremists and to challenge their own community members who attack British foreign policy or Israel’s right to exist.


JFS students win prestigious science prize

By Zoe Winograd, July 9, 2013

JFS Year 12 students Danny Flowers, Tomer duSautoy, Jordan Mizrahi and Oren Sheldon are the overall winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Bill Bryson Prize 2013. The young scientists competed against hundreds of other entries to win the prize.

Competitors of the 2013 RSC Bill Bryson Prize had to creatively answer the question, "How does science keep us healthy?"