Now they're putting a Torah on the moon

By Nathan Jeffay, May 7, 2015

The moon could have its own holy ark and Sefer Torah within three years, thanks to a crowd-funded initiative to land a sacred scroll on the lunar surface.

The Torah on the Moon project is asking people worldwide, Jewish and non-Jewish, to "buy" a letter in the specially-designed, 5in Torah, which will be launched in an unmanned spacecraft and left on the moon in a special capsule-like ark.


Anger as 300 students sent home by JFS over ‘misbehaviour’

By Charlotte Oliver, May 7, 2015

Parents and pupils at JFS have voiced their outrage after more than 300 students were sent home from school on Thursday morning.

According to year 11 pupils, their entire year group was escorted off the school premises earlier today because a “small group had been misbehaving”.

The incident occurred on the day before pupils are due to begin study leave before their GCSEs.


Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.


Charedi school is back on track, says Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, April 30, 2015

A Charedi girls' school in Stamford Hill which was ranked inadequate last year has been given a clean bill of health by inspectors.

Ofsted said that Beis Trana, which teaches around 280 girls from three to 16, now complies with the standards required of independent schools after an unannounced visit in March.


Ein Gewinner! (That's German for winner)

By Charlotte Oliver, April 30, 2015

For many of us, Google Translate may be the closest we get to speaking to a foreigner in their mother tongue.

But not so Jonah Cowen, a language enthusiast and City of London School pupil.


JFS head: 'We're not trying to put the shutters up'

By Charlotte Oliver, April 30, 2015

It is fair to say that, as a headteacher, you can't be shy. With your name on the door and hundreds of students' futures on the line, you stand as "front of house" to a big operation. The school's successes are your successes and, likewise, its failures are your failures.


Lord Bew: If we could bring peace to Ireland, why not Israel?

By Sandy Rashty, April 28, 2015

An Irish-born, left-leaning academic who is not Jewish is not most people's idea of a high-ranking Israel advocate. But, as chairman of the Anglo-Israel Association, Lord Bew is working at the forefront of building bilateral relations between the two nations.


John Galliano to star at London Jewish event

By Simon Rocker, April 24, 2015

Fashion designer John Galliano is to speak at the launch of a West End of London Jewish learning programme sponsored by the Chief Rabbinate.

His appearance will mark a further step in his rehabilitation within the Jewish community after he was sacked by Christian Dior four years ago for an antisemitic rant.


Are there enough places available for every Jewish child?

By Charlotte Oliver, April 23, 2015

We are fast approaching the end of April, several months since the first wave of secondary-school acceptance letters were sent out to year six pupils.

But, while families should be focusing on summer plans and preparing for the next milestone in their children's lives, many are instead finding themselves panicked and confused.

The cause? The mayhem that is the admissions process.


Parents question teaching of Shoah

By Shira Rubin, April 23, 2015

Israeli parents reacted with shock when their toddlers were sent home from nursery school wearing yellow "Jude" patches as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations.