From pub to shtiebl in Elstree

By Jay Grenby, September 22, 2011

A former Elstree pub is to be converted into the area's first shtiebl, complementing an already extensive choice of minyanim.

Communal philanthropist Mendel Tajtelbaum is behind the £1.5 million project, which he believes will justify his belief that "Elstree will soon become the new Edgware".

He is known to the more Orthodox elements of the local community because of the sponsorship of the


Yavneh primary plan approved

By Jay Grenby, September 22, 2011

A planning application for the construction of a two-form entry primary section at Yavneh College in Borehamwood has been given the green light by Hertsmere councillors.

Parents of prospective pupils turned out in force at the committee meeting, at which the application was unanimously approved - "a very positive affirmation of what we are trying to achieve", said governors' chair Sue Nyman.


School's out for drive talkers

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 22, 2011

Parents seen talking on a mobile phone while driving their children into Leeds' Brodetsky Primary will be banned from its premises and reported to the police.

Tough new rules for parents are being enforced by security guards on the school's Alwoodley property.


Birthday honours celebrated at JFS

September 22, 2011

JFS is celebrating its 10th year in its Kenton campus with an awards double.

An Investors in People accolade recognises the school's commitment to staff development.


Charedim battle over girls' school

By Ruth Eglash, September 22, 2011

Tensions between the strictly-Orthodox and religious-Zionist communities in Beit Shemesh, just outside Jerusalem, heated up this week as an ongoing dispute over the location of a non-Charedi girls' school brought both sides out onto the streets.


Muslim pupils look to Israel for pen pals

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

Many children have pen pals with whom they swap notes on family life, pets, hobbies and school work.


Eden gets go-ahead

September 15, 2011

Haringey Council planning committee has unanimously approved the application for the building for the Eden Jewish Primary, the cross-communal free school.


Schools to run bus services for Herts students

By Jay Grenby, September 15, 2011

Yavneh College in Borehamwood is to introduce its own school bus network following the decision of Hertfordshire County Council to abolish free or concessionary transport to Jewish and other faith schools by September 2012.

The Yavneh service will cover pupils living within the county boundaries - for example, Bushey, Radlett, Elstree and Shenley.


How to find out if Jewish schools work

By Simon Rocker, September 15, 2011

Millions of pounds have been spent on opening new Jewish schools in the past decade and another three new primary schools took their first pupils this month.

But with this massive investment in Jewish education, the question remains: do Jewish schools actually work?


The Fonz given honorary OBE for education work

By Jessica Elgot, September 15, 2011

Happy Days actor Henry Winkler has been awarded an honorary OBE for his work with dyslexic children and special educational needs.

Mr Winkler, 65, was the leather-wearing rebel "The Fonz" in the US TV series Happy Days, but has also written 17 books for children featuring Hank Zipcer, a boy with dyslexia.