Belgian school’s demise symbol of a Euro disease

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, January 25, 2013

The likely closure, in coming months, of the Maimonides Jewish school in Brussels — as reported earlier this week in the Times of Israel — comes as no surprise to those familiar with the local Jewish community and its vicissitudes.


Top British students recuited by Israeli academy

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2013

An Israeli academy, co-funded by the Israel government and Jewish Agency, has opened its doors to British students looking to complete their secondary education in Israel.

High-achieving British students are now being recruited for the Naale Elite Academy, which has four separate streams, and will take the Israeli matriculation exams (bagrut) after completing their GCSEs in the UK.


New Zealand grave vandal offered an education

By Dan Goldberg, January 24, 2013

The Jewish community in New Zealand has offered an olive branch to a vandal who pleaded guilty to desecrating a Jewish cemetery last year.

Geoff Levy, the chair of the New Zealand Jewish Council, told the JC this week that financial assistance had been tentatively offered to Robert Moulden to help him pursue a university degree in engineering.


Survey to show future demand for school places

By Simon Rocker, January 24, 2013

Parents with children at Jewish primary schools in London will be asked to take part in a survey to help gauge future demand.

Commissioned by Partnerships for Jewish Schools (Pajes), the survey is designed to find out what proportion of places are likely to go to siblings of current pupils.


Leo Baeck cuts back on services

By Simon Rocker, January 21, 2013

Leo Baeck College is looking to streamline services and focus on its core work of training of rabbis and educators.

The streamlining follows a review by the Progressive rabbinic academy, which has resulted in the closure of some of its educational consultancy services.


Teachers encouraged to join unions to combat anti-Israel rhetoric

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2013

The Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council are backing a drive to encourage Jewish teachers to join or return to unions after years of disillusion, particularly over rhetoric on Israel.


Blake snaps into action for Jessops staff

By Zoe Winograd, January 17, 2013

Photographer Blake Ezra is inviting Jessops staff who lost their jobs in the collapse of the retail camera chain to apply for an apprenticeship at his company.


Hasmonean gets the Shaw touch

January 14, 2013

Moriah Jewish Day School head Alan Shaw will take up the Hasmonean Primary headship in September following the retirement of Jenny Rodin after 21 years in the post.

Mr Shaw has led Jewish schools for more than 20 years, having previously been head at Ilford Jewish Primary. He has also worked as an Ofsted inspector.


Fresh challenge to Clore Shalom school

By Simon Rocker, January 11, 2013

A Jewish school at the centre of a bitter dispute over admissions policy is facing a fresh complaint to the education authorities.

Clore Shalom, a cross-communal primary in Hertfordshire, was forced to revise its entry rules last summer after a complaint upheld by the Office of Schools Adjudicator.


Joshua Rowe’s Israel advocacy guide

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2013

A philanthropist has published a handbook of information for Israel advocates in an attempt to improve the British public’s view of the country.

Joshua Rowe, chairman of governors at Manchester’s King David School, has collated the 13-page document and plans to give it away free to school pupils and students who want to learn more about Israel.