Education Secretary meets Jewish leaders

By Simon Rocker, January 21, 2015

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has pledged the government’s commitment to faith schools at a meeting with Jewish leaders.

Representatives of the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council and Partnerships for Jewish Schools discussed admissions policies, school security and Ofsted inspection standards among other matters.


Dr Nissim Levy used to search for E.T - then his career took off

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

Dr Nissim Levy once had a promising career in science.

A chemistry specialist, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Technion graduate worked as a senior researcher for NASA.

There, he worked in the department for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, where he became an expert on "life in the universe and life here".


British Library puts Holocaust survivors’ testimony online

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

The British Library has launched an online collection of Holocaust survivor testimonies to mark Holocaust Memorial Day this month.

The ‘Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust’ project, which was funded by the Pears Foundation and the Brian and Jill Moss Charitable Trust, gives readers access to 289 audio interviews with survivors living in Britain.


Millions given to Cambridge for Israeli research posts

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

A new multi-million pound investment fund has been set up for Israeli scientists at the University of Cambridge.

The fund, provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, will enable Israelis to pursue post-doctorate research at the leading university.


Jewish schools close in Belgium and Holland after terror threat

By Josh Jackman, January 16, 2015

Jewish schools in Belgium and the Netherlands will remain closed on Friday due to fears they could be targeted by Islamist terrorists.

Schools in Antwerp and Brussels cancelled lessons for the day, while the only Orthodox institution in Amsterdam, the Jewish Children Community Cheder, also closed its doors as a precaution.


Publisher tells authors to avoid references to pig

By Sandy Rashty, January 14, 2015

A top British publisher has warned its writers to steer clear of mentioning pigs, sausages or pork-related words in books, in an apparent bid to avoid offending Jews and Muslims.

The existence of Oxford University Press guidelines emerged after a television discussion on free speech in the wake of the Paris attacks.


Orthodox rabbis ponder key issues

January 12, 2015

The role of Jewish Women in the 21st century, dealing with bereavement and promoting a positive Jewish phil-osophy were among issues discussed by more than 200 Orthodox rabbis and rebbetzins at this week’s Aleinu conference in Hertfordshire.


Labour 'will support faith schools ethos'

By Marcus Dysch, January 8, 2015

Labour's Shadow Education Secretary has reaffirmed his party's support for faith schools and called on the Jewish community to lead the way in encouraging cross-cultural dialogue.

In a wide-ranging speech at JFS in London on Tuesday evening, Tristram Hunt also spoke passionately of his support for Israel.

Referring to the Trojan Horse inquiry into allegations of Islamic extremism in Muslim s


GCSE move will 'confuse' pupils over their beliefs

By Simon Rocker, January 8, 2015

Jewish pupils could become confused about their beliefs if they are forced to study faiths other than their own at GCSE, according to the National Association of Orthodox Jewish Schools (Najos).

Many Jewish schools have suggested they would drop GSCE religious studies if the government introduces the compulsory teaching of at least two faiths, Najos told the Department for Education.



School's out as the water goes off

By Josh Jackman, January 8, 2015

Liverpool King David students enjoyed an extended winter holiday when a problem with the water supply forced the closure of the campus on Monday and Tuesday.

When the issue was discovered on Monday morning, parents of primary pupils were asked to collect their children.