Rimon Primary opens with unfilled places

By Sandy Rashty, September 14, 2012

A modern Orthodox Jewish free school opened in Golders Green this week with barely half its reception places filled.

Based at Golders Green Synagogue’s Dunstan Road site, the Rimon Jewish Primary can take 28 reception pupils but is starting with just 15.


New Eden premises are heavenly for pupils

By Sandy Rashty, September 14, 2012

Eden Primary pupils in Haringey have moved into their purpose-built new home, just a year after the opening of the free school.

The first intake was able to watch it built brick-by-brick from Eden’s temporary premises of the past year in the neighbouring Fortismere Secondary.


Museum gets Arts Council cash

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2012

The Jewish Museum is one of three to receive Arts Council England funding for an educational programme for primary and secondary school students.

Over the next three years, the Camden museum, along with Valence House Museum in Barking and the Imperial War Museum will give 12,000 pupils an understanding of history and citizenship.


Charedi father loses in education court battle

By James Brewster, September 13, 2012

A strictly Orthodox father, angered by his ex-wife’s plans to give their children a more secular education, has failed in an Appeal Court bid to stop her.

Both parents are part of the Charedi community in north London and were married for 10 years.


Matisyahu to give exclusive UJS concert

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

Rap star Matisyahu will perform an exclusive concert for Jewish students in London later this year.

The American rapper, who shocked fans by shaving off his beard and apparently rejecting his Chasidic beliefs, has been signed up by the Union of Jewish Students.


Lessons in hatred and abuse

By Francesca Coleman, September 11, 2012

As a trainee teacher in an inner-London school in the last two years, I dealt with countless remarks about my religion, ranging from the perplexing to the deeply offensive.


Britain is full of people fighting hatred. We are lucky to live here

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2012

Standing in the ruins of Bergen Belsen just two years after it was liberated, chatting to children who had lost their entire families to the Nazis and survived unthinkable horrors, Greville Janner could hardly have predicted just how much the experience would shape his future.


GCSE ‘prejudice’ board say exam went to plan

By Simon Rocker, September 7, 2012

An exam board which came under fire for asking GCSE students to “explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews” says that none of them answered it inappropriately.


Dena Coleman to retire from Yavneh College

September 6, 2012

Dr Dena Coleman, head-teacher of Yavneh College since it opened six years ago, is to retire at the end of the academic year.

Dr Coleman said: “It has been a great privilege to set up Yavneh College and to see it grow into a successful, well-established school. I am very proud of what has been achieved and look forward to watching the school flourish still further over the coming years.”


Parents fight funding cuts to school bus costs

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 6, 2012

Parents in south Manchester are faced with a £3,000 travel bill after a local council introduced transport funding cuts for faith schools.