Education

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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Morasha pupils love home comforts

May 27, 2013

Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary pupils moved to the school’s new premises in Stanhope Road, Finchley, on Monday.

The seven classrooms feature state-of-the-art technology and the multi-purpose school hall can accommodate assemblies, school lunches, physical education and presentations.

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Building to Leeds high

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2013

Building work on the £3.5 million Leeds Jewish Free School premises has begun after government funding and planning permission were signed off.

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Do Jewish schools create empty shuls?

By Rabbi Pete Tobias, May 26, 2013

We are now in May, the arbitrary date that signals the start of attendance at Shabbat services which count towards the gaining of priority points for admission to local Jewish schools. It continues until the end of October, or until the requisite eight synagogue visits that are deemed to demonstrate commitment to Jewish practice have been made.

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