Put the Anglo in Anglo-Jewish

By Michael Freedland, February 17, 2013

A generation ago, I was deeply opposed to Jewish schools. I didn’t send any of my children to them because I believed they could not possibly live in a world where their neighbours were not Jewish but where they never met a gentile in the classroom.


Cherie Blair backs students

February 15, 2013

The wife of the former prime minister, Tony Blair, is a major supporter of a women’s empowerment scheme in Israel. Cherie Blair (below) has, through her charitable foundation, helped to fund a programme at the Western Galilee College in Acre, where 40 per cent of the 4,700 students are Arab.


Row over Palestinian school book study

By JC Reporter, February 14, 2013

Last week, a US-funded study cleared Palestinian textbooks of inciting children against Israel. But now, a member of the study’s advisory panel has drawn up a list of 37 items from Palestinian textbooks that present Israel in a bad light — but which were omitted from the study.


Orthodox anger over plan for compulsory evolution lessons

By Simon Rocker, February 14, 2013

Government plans to make the teaching of evolution compulsory in UK state primary schools have caused consternation within the Orthodox educational world.


Prisoners teach peers about Shoah

By Anna Sheinman, February 14, 2013

Over 130 inmates of HMP Thameside in south east London will this month learn about the life of Anne Frank, with a surprising twist: their teachers are fellow prisoners.

Eight prisoners were this week trained by the Anne Frank Trust’s Steve Gadd to lead their peers around an exhibition about the life of Anne Frank in a project that aims to tackle prejudice.


American-Israeli rabbi dies in Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, February 12, 2013

Rabbi David Hartman, known as Israel’s “avant-garde thinker”, died last Sunday at his home in Jerusalem.

The Brooklyn-born philosopher, 81, lived in Israel for more than 40 years and founded the Shalom Hartman Institute research centre in Jerusalem. The institute, founded in 1976, promotes diverse voices in the Jewish tradition.


Menorah gets green light for £2 million expansion

By Sandy Rashty, February 11, 2013

Barnet Council this week approved a £2.1 million expansion to the Menorah Foundation School in Edgware after a lengthy consultation process.

It will enable the primary to increase its capacity over time from the current 280 pupils to 480.


Seed money from schools

February 11, 2013

Year two pupils at Jewish schools across the country are entering a growing phase — and for a good cause.

The Great Sunflower Race has been organised as a fun and educational way for children to support the Reuth Medical Centre in Tel Aviv, caring for the mental and physical well-being of over 1,000 patients annually.


Hundreds take part in Jewish students' Shropshire weekend

By Sandy Rashty, February 8, 2013

More than 350 university students attended a Genesis Challenge educational programme last weekend.

The event, held at the Condover Hall in Shropshire, was run as a joint learning venture by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange.

Events included a performance by comedy hypnotist Ken Webster and talks by JLE’s Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz and Aish director of schools Rabbi Shlomo Farhi.


Outrage over school study

By Nathan Jeffay, February 7, 2013

Israel has reacted furiously to a US-funded study that cleared Palestinian textbooks of inciting children against Israel and found that they rarely dehumanise Israelis.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad expressed “satisfaction” at the report’s main finding, saying that it “confirms that Palestinian textbooks do not contain any form of blatant incitement”.