In Israel, state is fighting Charedim for control of the next generation

By Nathan Jeffay, July 21, 2011

It is the kind of fighting talk that you usually hear when there is a move to permit the public sale of bread on Passover or to open a new shopping centre or parking lot on Shabbat. But there is no religious transgression at stake in the latest battle that Charedi leaders are fighting.


Sinai asked to take non-Jewish pupil

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

Concern is growing that there may now be too many Jewish primary school places in London, leading schools to take non-Jewish pupils in future.

Britain's largest Jewish primary school, Sinai in Kenton, which is usually oversubscribed, has been asked by its local authority to take one non-Jewish child in autumn - although it is not known if the child will accept the place.


Langdon goes shopping for advancement

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2011

A funding freeze for special needs education has prompted Manchester's Langdon College to open its first charity shop to expand opportunities for students.

The move comes as the college prepares for an increase to 23 students after its September intake.

Plans for the shop were announced to civic dignitaries and parents at an open evening in Radcliffe yesterday.


A quarter of tour-goers need cash support

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

One-in-four of the 1,600 British and Irish teenagers joining Israel tours over the summer months are receiving financial support up to a full bursary from UJIA.

The charity has spent more than £215,000 to enable around 400 young people to experience a tour whose families could otherwise not afford the cost.

A UJIA spokesperson revealed that more than half the participants in some tour group


JFS wins university challenge

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

JFS is one of the country's top comprehensives in getting children into the leading British universities, according to a new study.
Two-thirds of JFS students gain a place at the top 30 universities, making it the seventh best comprehensive in a list published by educational charity the Sutton Trust.

King David High School Liverpool came 12th in the list with 57 per cent and the King David Hig


Porter dining out to back Tel Aviv studies

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

Dame Shirley Porter, a long-standing supporter of the Tel Aviv University Trust, was among the guests at a dinner at Middle Temple held in support of the university's Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism.

The centre's new head, Scott Ury, came from Israel along with its director Esther Webman, co-author of an award-winning book on Arab responses to the Ho


Universities restore ties as row rages

By Moira Schneider, July 14, 2011

Ben-Gurion University (BGU) is reinstating its research agreement with the University of Johannesburg (UJ), four months after the lapse of an institutional relationship between the two.

The universities signed a new contract on Friday to continue their joint research on water purification and the conversion of algae into energy.


Cocktail of learning sustains pub yeshivah

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

A group of young people are sat around a long wooden table discussing the moral conundrum the rabbi has set them.

"When Osama bin Laden was tracked down and killed, was that something that makes sense in Judaism?


Building a legacy at Tel Aviv University

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

The UK support group for Tel Aviv University is trying to attract longer-term investment in the institutionby running its first legacy tour later this year.

And the man they have running it, Geoffrey Simmonds, has led similar tours for the Hebrew University.

Mr Simmonds - who has resigned as a Hebrew University governor - is "delighted" to be fundraising on behalf of the Tel Aviv Universit


Yavneh celebrates award of academy status

By Robyn Rosen, July 7, 2011

Five years after opening its doors, Yavneh College in Borehamwood has become the first Jewish school to be awarded academy status by the Department for Education.

As a result, it will receive an additional £200,000 of annual funding directly from the government. It will employ extra staff, purchase more equipment and focus on plans to set up a two-form entry primary.