Education

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Encouraging demand for Leeds high school

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 15, 2012

The Jewish high school opening in Leeds next September has received 20 applications for the 25 places for the initial year.

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Unison in unison with Department of Health

By Martin Bright, November 15, 2012

Across the country, strikes are being organised in the heath service by public sector union Unison. Just this week, the union described plans to cut 50 per cent of nursing staff at NHS Direct as a “disaster”. The Department of Health and Unison are effectively at war.

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Clore Shalom school admission policy under new scrutiny

By Simon Rocker, November 15, 2012

Department for Education officials are seeking an urgent meeting with a Jewish school in an attempt to defuse a dispute over its admission policy that has seethed during the past month.

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Gay ex-principal sues Australian Jewish school for millions

By Anna Sheinman, November 13, 2012

One of Australia’s largest Jewish schools is being sued for millions of dollars by its former principal.

Joseph Gerassi was principal of Melbourne’s Bialik College and was believed to be the first openly gay principal of a Jewish school in Australia. He is suing his former employer for unfair dismissal, the Australian newspaper The Age has reported.

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Mazeltov, Greville

November 9, 2012

Usually those who have contributed to the community are honoured too late for them to appreciate it. So it is cheering to report the homage to Lord Janner by the state of Israel, marking the extraordinary contribution made by the politician and barrister, now 84. Not for Greville a soulless plaque on a wall.

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