Scottish Jewry: Hiding our identity 'to avoid abuse'

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

Scottish Jews hide their religious identity to avoid abuse and attack, a wide-ranging survey has found.

Israelis living in the country reported that they often pretended to be French or Turkish to "avoid uncomfortable situations".

Being Jewish in Scotland was compiled by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities.


Signing up for Yavneh

By Jay Grenby, March 15, 2012

Yavneh College has urged local synagogue members and parents of pupils to sign an online petition calling on Hertfordshire County Council to fund the proposed expansion of the Borehamwood school to include a primary section.


Info centre loses embassy funds

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 8, 2012

Israel's embassy is withdrawing funding from the UK's longest running Israel information centre.

The Birmingham centre, which works to counteract anti-Israel activity and offers education on Israel at Midlands schools and campuses, will have its funding stopped on March 27.

The centre opened 30 years ago and was the first regional arm of the London embassy.


Boris savours school dinner

March 8, 2012

To help meet the shortfall on its £5 million rebuilding project, Edgware's Beit Shvidler Primary School attracted 435 supporters to a fundraising dinner in London's West End on Monday night. They heard London mayor Boris Johnson thank the school's leadership for improving education in the capital and cite the recent protest in the grounds of St Paul's cathedral:


Marked high by Pikuach

By Simon Rocker, March 8, 2012

Simon Marks Jewish Primary School in Hackney has made "remarkable progress" in its Jewish education, the Jewish inspection service Pikuach has reported.

Whereas the school received a "satisfactory" rating for Jewish studies and Hebrew three years ago, it is now classed as "good" with "some outstanding features".

The inspectors said: "Attention has been given to each of the weaknesses previou


Clore Shalom Ofsted joy

March 1, 2012

Ofsted inspectors have rated the pluralist Clore Shalom Jewish Primary in Shenley as "a good school where pupils enjoy learning".

They also concluded that "all pupils achieve well and reach significantly above average levels of attainment consistently".


'Green' school attracts interest

March 1, 2012

Plans for the Rimon Jewish Primary School set to open in Golders Green in September were outlined to two dozen parents of prospective pupils at drop-in meetings last week.

Governors' chair Rachel Clark said some of those present were among the 150-plus on the school's mailing list.


Head quits JCoSS for Aussie job

March 1, 2012

Barnet cross-communal secondary school JCoSS is endeavouring to have a new headteacher in place for the September academic year following the resignation of Jeremy Stowe-Lindner.

Mr Stowe-Lindner - who was instrumental in the successful launch of JCoSS in 2010 and its subsequent development - will leave in the summer to become principal of Melbourne's Bialik College, another cross-communal scho


Mother's torment over school transport

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

A mother of two girls at Hertsmere Jewish Primary has been advised by Hertfordshire County Council to consider moving them to a non-Jewish school after the council's free transport scheme is scrapped at the end of the academic year.

Last autumn, the council announced plans to cut free or concessionary transport to Jewish and other faith schools.


First day in £5m home

March 1, 2012

Pupils of Beit Shvidler Primary School (formerly Edgware Jewish Primary) saw their modern premises for the first time on Monday following a £5 million rebuilding project.

The renaming is in recognition of the generosity of Eugene Shvidler, a Russian oil billionaire who is a close associate of Roman Abramovich.

Governors' chair Eddy Breuer-Weil observed that "Beit Shvidler is a part of the J