Radlett rabbi quits for educating role

By Jay Grenby, February 18, 2010

Rabbi Ariel Abel has stunned Radlett Synagogue's honorary officers by announcing that he is quitting after five years to pursue his educational interests.

He will take up the directorship of the Jewish Heraldic Foundation, "a new venture that will aim to educate and inspire young people to pioneer, lead and achieve more, both in the Jewish and the wider community". Rabbi Abel explained that the foundation "will run various projects with interested partners and fulfil a role in recognising and honouring rising stars in the Jewish community".


Delamere Forest school plans move

By Leon Symons, February 18, 2010

Delamere Forest special needs school is to close its property in the Cheshire countryside after 88 years to realise a long-held ambition to move to north Manchester, close to the Jewish community.

The move results from a partnership with the Together Trust, a non-Jewish social care organisation helping children and adults with special needs.


Man faces jail for taking Jewish daughter to church

By Jessica Elgot, February 17, 2010

A Chicago man could face jail for having his daughter baptised and taking her to a cathedral after promising his ex-wife she would be brought up as Jewish.

Catholic Joseph Reyes, 35, was charged with violating a temporary restraining order which ordered him not to expose his three-year-old daughter Ela to any other faith than Judaism. He took local television crews with him as he took his daughter to visit a cathedral.

Mr Reyes converted to Judaism to marry Rebecca, whom he later divorced, in 2004, but claimed that there was no specific agreement to raise their daughter as Jewish.


Why Jewish families choose other faith schools

By Jessica Elgot, January 28, 2010

Many families are sending their children to Christian faith schools rather than local comprehensives.

They see them as offering better education, achieving better results, and having a stronger religious ethos than secular alternatives.

It was revealed this week that Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who is Jewish but atheist, is to send his eldest child to a top Church of England primary.

He is not alone. Jewish parents often point to the fact that two-thirds of 329 primary schools with “perfect” SATs results last year, were Anglican, Catholic or Jewish schools.


Rabbi thrives in shadowy role

By Robyn Rosen, January 21, 2010

Standing in front of a class of 14-year-old grammar school girls explaining the Jewish perspective on sex before marriage and homosexuality would seem daunting to most. But it is just another day at the office for Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner.

The JC accompanied Rabbi Janner-Klausner to the Henrietta Barnett School in north London as part of a Leo Baeck College initiative giving those contemplating a rabbinical career the opportunity to shadow Progressive ministers.


King Solomon satisfied with its Ofsted ruling

January 21, 2010

The King Solomon High School in Redbridge has received a positive report from Ofsted inspectors, whose main concern was that more able pupils were not making the progress they were capable of.

Ofsted rated the school as good in most categories and outstanding in a few. It noted that headteacher Spencer Lewis had “worked tirelessly since his appointment two years ago to improve the standard of education students receive and his work has been successful.


Disciplined response to misbehaving pupils

By Robyn Rosen, January 21, 2010

Instances of exclusions at King Solomon High School in Redbridge have dropped by almost 80 per cent in two years — and risen by over 50 per cent at JFS.

Figures obtained by the JC show a massive drop in fixed-term suspensions at King Solomon from 177 in the 2006/7 academic year to 38 in 2008/9. At JFS, the 80 “instances” in the last academic year contrast with 52 in 2006/7.


Schools: we must face new reality

By Naftali Brawer and Michael Harris, January 14, 2010

The Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue (RCUS) last week issued a statement (published in the JC) in response to the ongoing controversy surrounding admission to Jewish day schools. That statement may reflect the view of some of our colleagues, but we believe it to be deeply misguided. On such an important communal issue as school admissions, it is crucial that an alternative voice is heard from within the rabbinate, and indeed from within the RCUS itself.


Daniel Needlestone fronts a national drive to hire more teachers

By Candice Krieger, January 14, 2010

Meet Daniel Needlestone — the face of a new online government campaign to recruit IT teachers. Mr Needlestone, who teaches information and communications technology (ICT) and computing at Rickmansworth School, Herts, was chosen on behalf of the Teacher Development Agency (TDA) to star in two YouTube adverts which seek to garner enthusiasm for computing.


Schools unite in interfaith celebration

December 9, 2009

Pupils at the Akiva Primary in Finchley were joined by their Catholic counterparts from the neighbouring St Theresa’s School to celebrate the presentation of an award to interfaith relations pioneer Sir Sigmund Sternberg by the former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

The pupils gave performances about Chanucah and Christmas before Sir Sigmund received a star to add to his papal knighthood, awarded in 1985 in recognition of efforts to promote relations between Jews and Catholics.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey also addressed the gathering.