Education

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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Israeli exam suspended after disparity in results

By Shira Rubin, November 7, 2013

Israel’s Ministry of Education has announced that it will suspend an annual examination, known as the Meitzav exams, in the upcoming year, in the light of a sharp disparity in academic performance between various sections of the population.

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Schochet leaving Rosh Pinah

By Simon Rocker, November 4, 2013

Mill Hill Synagogue’s Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet has resigned as principal of the Rosh Pinah Primary School in Edgware.

Rabbi Schochet, who is also principal of the new Etz Chaim free school in Mill Hill, felt it was “inappropriate” to stay on at Rosh Pinah “when I can’t give the job the amount of time it deserves. And it will increasingly require more time than ever before.”

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Game on for leadership prospects

By Rosa Doherty, November 4, 2013

A year-long programme for some of the brightest leadership talents is being hailed as “the most important development in communal leadership for 20 years”.

Being run through Lead, a division of the JLC, Gamechangers will train 24 people in their 30s and 40s with senior leadership potential.

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Ballet teacher cleared of racial harassment despite 'deplorable' comment

October 31, 2013

A leading ballet teacher has been cleared of racial harassment, despite a court finding he made a “deplorable and ill-considered” antisemitic remark in the presence of a Jewish student.

Jonathan Barton told a group of pupils at Scotland’s prestigious Ballet West school: “You look like a bunch of Jews lining up waiting to be shot in the rain.”

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Top marks for Mathilda

October 28, 2013

Mathilda Marks Kennedy primary’s Jewish studies teaching has been judged as “outstanding” by Pikuach inspectors.

The inspection team looked at pupils’ progress and achievement, the quality of teaching, leadership and management and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in the Mill Hill school.

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Akiva primary school doubles up

October 28, 2013

Staff and pupils at Akiva School are celebrating securing two positive reports from education regulators.

Ofsted, the schools’ inspector, found that Akiva was a “good” school, in a report that praised both the school’s teaching and the spiritual and social development of its pupils.

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Religious studies 'must be part of national curriculum'

By Simon Rocker, October 25, 2013

A leading Reform rabbi has called for religious education to be made part of the national curriculum.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue, said that the launch of new government guidelines on teaching the subject did not go far enough.

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