Israel studies professor: 1948 really was ethnic cleansing, not genocide

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 14, 2013

One of the UK’s leading academics says supporters of Israel need to accept historical facts that Israel committed “ethnic cleansing” in 1948 — and be clear that there is no contradiction between this and their support of Israel.


Hundreds flock to Harrow Limmud

March 11, 2013

There were more than 100 sessions for the 600 visitors to Sunday’s Harrow Limmud with a choice of speakers ranging from a Holocaust survivor to a senior researcher for anti-extremist think tank, the Quilliam Foundation.


Gove stands by decision not to include Hebrew

By Simon Rocker, March 11, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove has defended the Government’s decision not to include Hebrew as one of the officially recognised languages for primary school teaching.

In a letter to Jonathan Rabson, executive director of the National Association for Jewish Orthodox Schools (Najos), Mr Gove said he realised that this would be “disappointing news”.


Staying Sharp to keep Emunah music prize in family

March 11, 2013

Eleven-year-old violinist Amos Sharp maintained a family tradition by winning the Emunah Young Musician of the Year final at the Royal College of Music on Sunday. His sister, cellist Anoushka Sharp, was the 2012 victor in the annual contest, organised in conjunction with the JC.


Brodetsky recruits impressive partner

March 11, 2013

The Leeds Jewish high school opening in September has appointed “the most improved school in the north of England” as its educational partner.

It has paired up with the Wakefield-based Rodillian Academy, which has specialist arts college status.


Head start aids Wolfson Hillel Ofsted report

By Jay Grenby, March 11, 2013

Ofsted inspectors have reported that new Wolfson Hillel Primary head Kirsten Jowett has established “a culture of high expectations” at the Cockfosters school.

Rating the school as good, Ofsted found “a commitment and a sense of urgency to making further improvements”. Suggestions were given for the advancements that would make the school outstanding.


Hebrew University recognised by Times Higher Education list

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2013

An Israeli university is one of only two institutions in the Middle East to appear on an annual list of the top 100 universities around the world.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem was named in the 71-80 category – rankings beyond 50 are grouped in tens - of the annual Times Higher Education world reputation rankings.


Morasha Primary gets aided status

By Sandy Rashty, March 4, 2013

Barnet Council has awarded voluntary aided status to the Morasha Jewish Primary, which moves next month to a permanent home on the former Barnet College site in North Finchley.


Gove upholds complaint over admissions rules

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove has upheld a complaint against the entry policy of a Hertfordshire Jewish primary school, saying it cannot give reception place priority to children who have attended its nursery.

But Clore Shalom in Shenley will not have to amend its admissions policy for this September because it would be too disruptive to families who have applied for a place.


King David High twins with Muslim school

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2013

Manchester’s King David High has twinned with an Islamic school in a bid to improve interfaith understanding.

KD will have regular shared lessons and assemblies with students from Manchester Islamic High School for Girls.