Education

New York schools shun special needs kids

By Paul Berger, August 5, 2010

Manhattan offers the Jewish parent everything: gleaming community centres, world-class Jewish day schools, and a synagogue on just about every corner. But when it comes to raising children with special needs, New York's glitziest borough is, apparently, lacking.

One recent Monday evening, about 150 people crowded into the basement of Congregation Shearith Israel, on Central Park West, to discuss "The Jewish Community's Obligation to Special Needs Children."

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Shtetl show for Leeds children

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

Leeds is opening a Jewish educational centre where children can take a walk through time into a 19th century eastern European shtetl.

The Jewish Heritage Centre for Children, due to open in October, is the brainchild of Leeds Lubavitch education director Shoshana Angyalfi and her project co-ordinator Ruth Bell, who gave the JC a sneak preview of the museum.

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Brodetsky gives its pupils a taste of the great outdoors

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

Local councillors and residents visited Leeds' Brodetsky Jewish Primary to officially open three new building projects.

Over recent months the school has added a nursery play area and a multi-use sports pitch. A specially constructed nature teaching area known as the Outdoor School was dedicated to Sam Gitlic by his family, who had funded the £10,000 facility in his memory.

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School's out for Ilford teacher after 40 years

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

An Ilford assistant head retired this week after 40 years at the same school.

Ray Elias, 61, has taught at Caterham High in Redbridge since qualifying in 1970.

He first taught metal work, but now takes product design, having dabbled in business studies and food technology. He has been assistant headmaster for 20 years. "Whenever I thought about moving on, I got promoted," he explained.

The South West Essex Reform Synagogue member said he had always wanted to teach.

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Refugees' regional day

July 22, 2010

The annual regional get-together of the Association of Jewish Refugees attracted members from throughout Scotland, as well as Newcastle.

The day's activities at Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation included guest speaker Paula Cowan of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, who gave a presentation on "The Changing Face of Holocaust Education".

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Old boys remember Leeds school

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

Former pupils of a temporary wartime Ort school in Leeds were reunited on Sunday, 70 years after its relocation from Berlin.

More than 100 boys aged 15-to-17 fled to Britain from Nazi Germany in 1939, along with seven teachers and their spouses. From the following year until 1942, it operated from premises in Roseville Avenue as the Ort Technical Engineering School.

Eight old boys, who keep in regular contact, were at the anniversary celebration with family members and Ort officials at London's Jewish Museum in Camden.

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Resignations leave Radlett synagogue in turmoil

By Jay Grenby, July 22, 2010

Radlett Synagogue's vice-chair and two wardens have resigned, the wardens saying they can no longer work with chairman Andy Katz.

Critics claim that Mr Katz is "dictatorial" and "intransigent" and does not consult honorary officers or board members over key decisions. Mr Katz insists this is not the case and says he is working to bring the three back into the fold.

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King David prepares to move into new building

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

It was the end of an era at Manchester's King David campus as the KD wound up its final academic year before moving into its newly built school.

On Wednesday, the junior school held its last speech day prior to merging with the infant section to create a two-form entry primary school.

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Gove: free schools 'can still be totally Jewish'

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

Jewish parents hoping to set up new schools under the coalition government's flagship education proposals may have to take pupils of different faiths - at the expense of Jewish pupils.

Empowering parents to set up free schools was a key pledge in the Conservative election campaign, but those schools must take 50 per cent of pupils without reference to religion.

The 50 per cent ceiling on faith admissions for new academies was introduced under Labour, but the Coalition government has decided not to lift it, so it will apply to new free schools as well.

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Liverpool mum joins shul for school place

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

The mother whose daughter was refused a place at the city's King David High School is to join an Orthodox synagogue so that the girl, Kayleigh Chapple, can attend King David High School in Manchester.

Dawn Chapple, whose husband Neil is not Jewish, said it was "a weight off my shoulders" after not having a school place for her daughter just weeks before term was due to start.

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