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


School supporters pack meeting but fail to sway council

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

A well-supported proposal to develop a former football ground into a Jewish school and wider facilities has been passed over by Barnet Council.

Hundreds of Jewish pupils and their parents attended the council's cabinet resources committee meeting on Tuesday night in the hope of swaying councillors.

But the committee voted to sell the four-acre site in Claremont Road, Cricklewood, to housing


KD nursery loses full-time funding in council cutback

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 24, 2012

Nursery pupils at Manchester King David are to have funded childcare time reduced as a result of city council budget cuts.

The 50 children at the state nursery have had full-day places funded. But with supported provision reduced from 25 to 15 hours a week, working parents will get only the half-day funded.


Finding their way to golden future

February 23, 2012

More than 50 young people spent their half-term trekking in the Brecon Beacons as part of the JLGB's expanded kosher expedition provision for the Duke of Edinburgh gold award.

Participants came from the London area, Manchester and Cardiff. Among them was Helena Raymond-Hayling from Borehamwood, who found "the whole experience great.


Minister's Yavneh tour

February 23, 2012

Schools Minister Nick Gibb toured Yavneh College in Borehamwood, taking in a range of lessons and conducting a question-and-answer session with sixth-formers.

Mr Gibb - who was accompanied by local Tory MP James Clappison - praised Yaveneh's high academic standards and its extensive programme of more than 90 extracurricular activities. "I think it's a great school," he said.


SOS sent out for leaders

February 23, 2012

Liberal Judaism's LJY-Netzer youth movement is launching an internship-based leadership development programme as an alternative to leading a camp.

Its Summer Options Scheme (SOS) has a UK section based at JHub - which gives office space to faith-based enterprise and social action projects - and an expenses-paid Israeli option.


Report hails religious education

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2012

Jewish education is good or outstanding at nearly 80 per cent of the Jewish schools inspected over the past four years, a new report from the Pikuach inspection service reveals.

However, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has warned that Ivrit teaching needs to improve and that too many pupils are bored or uninspired by prayer services.

Pikuach - which is supported by the Board of Deputies and the UJIA


Pupils learn poignant lessons from Auschwitz

February 17, 2012

A disbelieving hush descends on the Home Counties sixth-formers touring the Auschwitz memorial and museum as they enter a room housing a mountainous display of human hair - equivalent to that shorn from 40,000 women, their Polish guide explains quietly.


Seeking out the Brady bunch at Langdon

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2012

A Brady club will be a feature of the Quadrant, the flagship Langdon premises in Edgware, catering for young people with learning disabilities.

The Quadrant is set to open later this year after a £1.75 million refurbishment.

It will bring together facilities including accommodation with disabled access, a 24/7 drop-in centre and training areas.


Top Marks by Ofsted

February 16, 2012

Ofsted inspectors have issued a positive report on the Simon Marks Jewish Primary in Hackney, rating the school as "good" on all fronts.

They found that it got pupils off to a "strong start", and that they achieved "particularly well in English".

As for new head Gill Ross and her team, Ofsted reported that "good leadership and management have enabled the school to identify successfully its k