Education

Mitzvah Day spreads the word

By Sandy Rashty, June 17, 2013

Four north-eastern local education authorities have incorporated Mitzvah Day into their syllabus.

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Anne Frank link earns VIP tour

By Zoe Winograd, June 17, 2013

Pupils of Immanuel College in Bushey received a special tour of the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam thanks to student Tali Blitz’s connection to the Frank family.

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Discrediting us

June 13, 2013

Any move which undermines the freedom of our faith schools must be resisted and condemned. But the objections from some quarters to Michael Gove's reforms to GCSEs on the basis that the new exams involve a basic study of evolution are risible and discredit the entire foundation of faith schools. Teaching science to young Jewish children is not the enemy of knowledge. It is a prerequisite of it.

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Put iJudaism on the curriculum

By Chana Kanzen, June 9, 2013

At this moment, my 12-year-old is creating a book on the iPad, while texting friends, Googling on the home PC, logging on to her school's Virtual Learning Platform and skyping her grandfather. While I peer over my laptop, she takes out her homework, and photocopy after photocopy emerges. Finally, she gets out her pen - when was the last time I wrote?

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Troubled school appoints interim head

By Simon Rocker, June 7, 2013

The governors of Rosh Pinah Primary School in Edgware have appointed an interim head to run it in the absence of head teacher Anthony Wolfson.

Alison Flegg, a qualified Ofsted inspector, will join the school on “a temporary basis” on Monday, parents were notified yesterday.

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Mosaic free school finds south London home

June 5, 2013

Mosaic, the Jewish primary school opening in south London in September, has found permanent premises in Roehampton.

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Pupils are changing — schools must change too

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2013

Jewish teachers need to think more about how to accommodate non-Jewish pupils, according to a senior educator.

Rabbi Jeremy Bruce, deputy head teacher of King Solomon High School in Redbridge predicted that Orthodox schools would be “increasingly likely to have non-Jewish students” in coming years.

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World’s oldest Torah found - in a library

By Sandy Rashty and Anna Sheinman, May 29, 2013

An Italian university has found the world’s oldest complete Sefer Torah — in its library.

The sheepskin manuscript (below), which could be over 800 years old, has been held in the library of the University of Bologna for over 100 years.

It had previously been examined by an academic at the university in 1889, who mistakenly labelled it as a 17th century text.

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Sick teen sets out on dream visit to Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 27, 2013

A terminally ill Manchester teenager started his dream trip to Israel this week.

Ryan Grossman, 14, suffers from the rare debilitating muscular disease rod myopathy, which affects one in 47,000 Ashkenazi Jews. Ryan’s condition has confined him to a wheelchair and the King David High student was unable to join the school’s annual year nine visit to Israel.

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Calderwood Lodge celebrates 50 years

By Adam Henderson, May 27, 2013

Glasgow’s Jewish school, Calderwood Lodge, kicked off its 50th anniversary celebrations with a black-tie dinner at Newton Mearns Synagogue on Sunday.

More than 100 guests heard speeches from acting head Maureen Langman, student chaplain Rabbi Moshe Rubin and Walter Sneader, who was involved in the school’s founding in the early 1960s.

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