Security measures in place after horror attack at Paris school

By Anna Sheinman, November 29, 2012

A series of violent attacks on pupils at a Jewish Ort school in Paris have led to the organisation putting round-the-clock security measures in place at its five French schools.

Two attacks took place at the Daniel Mayer High School, run by the Jewish education charity, in the Paris suburb of Montreuil last week.


Israeli youngsters discuss Middle East conflict with British pupils

By Sandy Rashty, November 29, 2012

A group of five young Israeli students arrived in the UK on the eve of last week’s ceasefire to discuss the Israel-Gaza conflict.

The group arrived as part of the Israel Jewish Congress’s initiative to “strengthen the connection of Israelis with the Jewish community across Europe.”


Broughton Primary splits leadership

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 29, 2012

Broughton Jewish Primary in Salford has appointed a principal to manage the school’s Jewish studies in a split leadership structure.


Finchley primary school recruits head

By Simon Rocker, November 26, 2012

The cross-communal Jewish primary school due to open in Finchley next September has appointed its head.

Marc Shoffren, director of studies of North London Collegiate’s junior school and a former deputy head of Clore Shalom, will join the project full-time in April.


Clore Shalom school will not wait for change

By Simon Rocker, November 23, 2012

A Jewish primary school is to press ahead with controversial changes to its admissions policy which will leave several children in its nursery without a place in reception next year.

The cross-communal Clore Shalom primary, in Hertfordshire, was forced to amend its entry rules after a complaint was upheld against it by the Office of the School Adjudicator in August.


New Yavneh headteacher announced

By Sandy Rashty, November 23, 2012

Spencer Lewis, current headteacher of King Solomon high school in Essex, is to take up the headship of Yavneh College next September.

Dr Dena Coleman, headteacher of Yavneh College since it opened six years ago, is to retire at the end of the academic year.


UJIA helps teachers’ links with Israeli counterparts

By Sandy Rashty, November 22, 2012

Schoolteachers who have just returned from a UJIA-organised tour to Israel have described the current situation as “surreal”.

The 22-strong group of Jewish and non-Jewish teachers from seven Jewish schools in the UK, participated in the programme’s six-day seminar, which included tours around Jerusalem and teaching lessons at partner schools.


University building occupied as Gaza protests spread to campus

By Marcus Dysch, November 22, 2012

Protests have taken place on university campuses across Britain in response to the violent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

At the School of Oriental and African Studies in central London, the students’ union AGM voted in support of a motion pledging solidarity with the people of Gaza.


City of London pupil runs multi-faith conference

By Zoe Winograd, November 16, 2012

A 17-year-old City of London pupil organised and hosted a multi-faith conference for sixth-formers from London schools including JFS.

Times religion correspondent Ruth Gledhill and Adam Copson of the British Humanist Association were among a panel recruited by Hannah Cowen to debate the place of religion in the modern world.


Scottish school row finally claims Tony Tankel’s scalp

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2012

The chair of the parent council of Glasgow’s Calderwood Lodge has resigned after a prolonged spat over the status of Scotland’s only Jewish school.