Education

Bercow hails Three Faiths scheme

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Commons Speaker John Bercow addressed students at the finale of the Three Faiths Forum's leadership programme.

It served as the graduation of 45 students who took part in the UN-award winning Undergraduate ParliaMentors (UP) scheme, encouraging students from different religions to work together.

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Lessons from refugees

June 23, 2011

Coinciding with Refugee Week, the Jewish Council for Racial Equality has launched an online resource for educators about the Kindertransport and other refugees.

The Journey to Safety website will feature background information on the Kindertransport, guidance on oral history interviewing and lesson plans for teachers.

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Interfaith aid for medics

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

Cambridge University is sponsoring a programme for Jewish, Christian and Muslim trainee doctors and nurses at five Israeli hospitals to teach them the Koran, the New Testament and the Torah.

The Cambridge Interfaith programme, part of the university's divinity faculty, is supporting the new workshops, run by the Middle Eastern branch of the British-based Three Faiths Forum.

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SOAS, Tories and Libya

By Colin Shindler, June 23, 2011

Is contact with a foreign university the same as support for the regime? The essentially Trotskyist boycotters of Israeli academic institutions certainly believe so. But so does Student Rights, associated with the Henry Jackson Society think-tank, which has attacked SOAS for agreeing to teach students a master's degree in Finance at Tripoli's Al Fatah University for a fee.

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Saudi ambassador defends SOAS funds

By Martin Bright, June 23, 2011

The Saudi ambassador to Britain has written an open letter to MPs defending donations to the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

The JC revealed last week that SOAS had received donations of £755,000 from the Saudi royal family over the past four years. This was used to fund the college's Islamic Studies Centre and a Journal of Islamic Studies.

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Young volunteers are honoured

June 16, 2011

A record 140 pupils from London Jewish schools have been recognised for their volunteering efforts through the fourth Yoni Jesner awards, remembering a young leader killed in a 2002 Tel Aviv bus bomb.

Ninety of the winners received their awards from the Chief Rabbi and Yoni Jesner's grandmother Vivian Black at a St John's Wood Synagogue ceremony attended by more than 350 people.

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Barnet sorry about special needs failings

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

A strictly Orthodox Golders Green family have won compensation and an apology from a London council for a four year delay in providing support for their daughter.

The mother of the nine-year-old requested a care plan from Barnet Council when her daughter, who has learning difficulties, was struggling in a class of 30 in a mainstream Jewish school.

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Rosh Pinah builds

June 16, 2011

A £3.5 million building programme at Edgware's Rosh Pinah Primary including a modern early years unit has been approved by Barnet Council and construction is expected to start in January.

The project is designed to have Rosh Pinah's operations on a single site in Glengall Road. Its 120 nursery and reception children are currently taught at the original school site in Mowbray Road.

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Yale hate study centre closure 'suspicious'

By Simon Rocker, June 16, 2011

One of the world's leading universities has decided to shut down a specialist centre on antisemitism after just five years.

Yale University in Connecticut said its Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism (YIISA) was being closed because it had failed to produce enough scholarship to "warrant its continuance".

But the decision to end what was billed as North America's first

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Delamere on the brink of closure

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 16, 2011

The UK's only Jewish residential school for special needs children is to close by the end of term unless it can find £500,000 within two weeks.

The loss of Manchester's Delamere Forest School, which has been running for 90 years, will see no dedicated Jewish secondary school provision for children with special needs outside London, and no residential schooling of its kind anywhere.

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