Noam is on the move

April 14, 2011

Independent Orthodox primary Noam has purchased a site for its first permanent building.

The seven-acre site in Grahame Park Way, between Hendon and Edgware, is closer to the majority of its 156 pupils than its current base at Wembley Synagogue.

Noam has operated from three temporary homes since launching with five pupils 11 years ago.


Reprieve for Israel studies at SOAS

By Simon Rocker, April 14, 2011

One of British Jewry's leading family charities, the Pears Foundation, has stepped in to safeguard the immediate future of Israel studies at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies.


Students meet the Zionists at NUS conference event

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students hosted a fringe event at the National Union of Students conference on Tuesday, inviting students to "meet the Zionists".

Alex Dwek, UJS chair, said Zionism was "central to the majority of Jewish students", but added that the term "Zionist" had been hijacked in political and media circles.


Brodetsky looking to cut costs

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2011

The Brodetsky primary in Leeds is reviewing all services it receives from the local authority after being charged thousands of pounds above commercial rates for its council-run internet service.

Brodetsky has cancelled its £10,000 annual contract with Leeds Learning Net after a private firm offered a better service for a quarter of the price.


Poignant prize day

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2011

Liverpool's King David High School's annual speech night on Monday held bittersweet celebrations. A minute's silence remembered pupils Oliver King and Tilly Rosenblatt who died separately since the school's last annual prize event.


Cuts leave Charedi children in poverty

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

The strictly Orthodox community is facing a rise in child poverty as a result of benefit cuts and lack of secular education for boys in its schools, according to a new report.

With the economic downturn and government spending cuts, it says: "The alarm bells should be ringing loudly".


School for south London?

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2011

Promoters of a plan to set up a Jewish primary in south London have been encouraged by the initial response to a survey to gauge demand.

Kingston Liberal Synagogue's Ben Baginsky, who is co-chairman of the school group, said that most of the 100 responses received to date were positive. But a bigger sample was needed to assess the viability of the idea.


More places offered at London schools

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2011

JFS and JCoSS have made fresh offers of places this week, bringing relief to at least 50 families waiting to get their children into a London Jewish secondary school.

Both schools were heavily oversubscribed when the initial offers were made earlier this month.


'Another Jewish school would help our daughter'

March 17, 2011

Michael and Sharon Ross live in Borehamwood, five minutes' walk from the Yavneh College campus. An observant couple belonging to Elstree's Ohr Yisrael (Federation) Synagogue, they are desperate for their three-year-old daughter Gabriella to get a place at a Jewish primary school, ideally one close to their home.


Yavneh checks Jewish primary school demand

By Jay Grenby, March 17, 2011

Parents contemplating Jewish primary school education for their children in Hertfordshire are being urged to complete an online survey assessing the demand for further Jewish school places.

The survey has been commissioned by Yavneh College in Borehamwood, which last year announced plans for a two-form entry primary section on the site of the existing secondary school.