Outcry over 'one-sided' Palestinian meeting

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

Hackney Council has promised to tighten bookings procedures after a complaint about a pro-Palestinian event held in one of its libraries on Tuesday night.

Martin Sugarman, chair of the Hackney Anglo-Israel Twinning Association, had called for the cancellation of the "one-sided" meeting at Dalston library, addressed by a group of visiting Palestinian women.


Objectors seek further review of school plans

By Jay Grenby, March 22, 2012

Etz Chaim Jewish Primary governors' chair Adam Dawson has insisted that the school remains on course to move to a permanent Mill Hill site in a year, despite the threat of a new legal challenge.

With all planning conditions set to be met by the end of the month, Barnet Council is expected to give the green light for work to start on the former garden centre site in Daws Lane.

However, at a p


Welsh aid boosts HET

March 22, 2012

The Welsh Government has pledged £321,000 to continue sending sixth-formers on the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz project over the next three years.

The funding represents a significant increase from the previous £80,000 annual contribution.

Announcing the commitment, Education and Skills Minister Leighton Andrews said the HET's work enabled teenagers "to explore how


Search for head is Dunn and dusted

March 22, 2012

Zoe Dunn will be the founding headteacher of Rimon Jewish Primary, the free school opening in Golders Green in September.

Currently head of the junior section at the Royal School in Hampstead, Cambridge-educated Dr Dunn began her teaching career in the state sector in Kent.


Talking up Yiddish club

March 22, 2012

A new Yiddish speaking and singing group has begun meeting monthly in north-west London.

All Friends of Yiddish will next convene on Sunday afternoon at the Michael Sobell Community Centre in Golders Green.

Until last October, the original Friends of Yiddish, founded by poet
A N Stencl, met for 75 years in London's East End.

"We are working to return our Yiddish culture to Jews of all ag


The Israel tour of a lifetime

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

We are arranged in a circle, surrounded by pots of coloured paint and plastic stencils, ready to create designs for Purim T-shirts. The place is northern Israel, minutes from the Mediterranean. Ages range from 18 to 25. In the past few days we have been donkey riding in biblical costumes, taken part in adventure activities in the Carmel forest and toured the Mini Israel theme park.


'Stingy Jew' game taken off TV site

By Benjamin Weinthal, March 22, 2012

The Dutch public broadcasting network VPRO removed an antisemitic computer game from its website last week after coming under strong criticism.

The game, "The Settlers of the West Bank", based on the multi-player hit "The Settlers of Catan", was offered as a download on the VPRO site.

Players of the Dutch game can use a "Jewish stinginess" card or "the Anne Frank card" to colonise the West B


Israel targets tax rises at low-use second homes

By Nathan Jeffay, March 22, 2012

Owning a second home in Israel looks set to become more expensive, after the government approved a plan to charge higher council tax on homes that are not in constant use.

On Sunday, the cabinet gave municipalities the green light to impose the increase, though it is not yet clear what the criteria for liability will be, or how much the extra tax will be.


A thousand boys are 'missing' from Orthodox schools

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

Education authorities are negotiating with London's strictly Orthodox community to resolve the situation of hundreds of "missing" boys - who are being taught in unlicensed yeshivot where they receive little or no secular education, rather than at school.

The Department of Education has opted for a diplomatic approach rather than legal action to crack down on unauthorised religious institutions