Education

Jewish primary schools top league tables

By Sandy Rashty and Jonathan Kalmus, December 19, 2013

Jewish primary schools scored highly in the Department for Education’s annual league tables.

The top five Jewish schools, calculated by average points scored, were: North Cheshire Jewish Primary, which ranked among the top 20 primaries in the country based on SATs exams of pupils, the Independent Jewish Day School, Akiva, Manchester’s King David and Liverpool’s King David.

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New London chair for Sacks

By Simon Rocker, December 9, 2013

Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has been given another academic post with his appointment as Professor of Law, Ethics and Bible at King’s College, London.

Since his retirement as Chief Rabbi, he has taken on visiting posts at Yeshiva and New York Universities in the United States.

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King David School governor says funding gifted pupils is the key to reversing decline in standards

By Charlotte Oliver, December 4, 2013

The chairman of a leading Jewish Orthodox school has blamed the government's failure to provide funding for gifted pupils for British schools' failure to keep up with their international rivals.

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Outstanding Gan Kinneret Nursery

By Cathy Forman, December 2, 2013

Ofsted inspectors have reported significant improvement at the Gan Kinneret Nursery in Edgware, upgrading its overall rating from “good” to “outstanding”.

The inspectors found that the children “make exceptional progress in the nursery from their starting points”.

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Immanuel College breaks new ground

December 2, 2013

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis joined pupils, parents and staff at Immanuel College for the ground-breaking ceremony for a bet hamidrash at the Bushey school. Addressing a crowd of 500, Rabbi Mirvis said it was important to give back to the community — and that someone did not have to be famous to make a difference.

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Arctic Monkey's manager honoured for contribution to UK music industry

By Rosa Doherty, November 29, 2013

Music mogul Colin Lester has been given an honorary doctorate from Southampton Solent University for his services to the British music industry and to the city of Southampton.

Mr Lester , from Stanmore, has been a visiting fellow at the university for the last five years, and was presented with his award at a ceremony held at the Southampton Guildhall .

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Parents ponder Glasgow school move

By Adam Henderson, November 25, 2013

Eighty parents of pupils at Glasgow’s Calderwood Lodge Primary — Scotland’s only Jewish school — attended a consultation meeting to discuss its proposed relocation.

The plans of East Renfrewshire Council would see the school transfer to the heart of the Jewish community in Newton Mearns as part of a shared campus with a new Catholic school scheduled to open in 2017.

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Mitzvah Day 2013

By Sandy Rashty, November 22, 2013
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Theology school is European first

By Toby Axelrod, November 22, 2013

In a groundbreaking move, the University of Potsdam launched its School for Jewish Theology this week — the first Jewish divinity department incorporated into a public university in Europe.

Up to now, Germany has only subsidised Catholic and Protestant theological training programmes.

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‘Rabbi’ who believes in Jesus is teaching Jewish studies

By Rosa Doherty, November 15, 2013

Community leaders in Norwich have expressed concern over a messianic “rabbi” who is teaching Jewish studies in local schools.

Binyamin Sheldrake, a member of the Adat Yeshua group, has been teaching the subject to children in primary and secondary schools across the city, after being approved for the role by the national Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (Sacre).

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