Chasidim apply for free school

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

What could be the first Chasidic free school has cleared the initial hurdle in its attempt to secure state aid.

Beis Malka, a girls' school in Stamford Hill which has around 400 pupils aged three to 16 and is linked to the Belz Chasidic sect, is one of five Jewish groups which have applied to become free schools next year.

The other four applicants are all for new schools: two cross-communal


Teacher accused over 'Nazi' jibe during history lesson

By Sandy Rashty, May 2, 2012

An American teacher was arrested earlier this week after being accused of hauling a student across the classroom and shrieking "this is what the Nazis do to Jews".

Police in South Carolina have confirmed that Patricia Mulholland pulled the 12 year old schoolboy to the floor by his collar during a history lesson. She was also said to have shouted "burn Jew" at the pupil.


Bid to ban Israeli diplomat at Liverpool University condemned

By Jennifer Lipman and Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2012

Efforts to have Israeli diplomats banned from a university campus have been condemned by the Israeli Embassy.


Orthodox Londoner mics up as Olympian beatboxer

By Zoe Winograd, April 26, 2012

A 25-year-old Jewish Londoner is set for the summer of a lifetime - beatboxing his way through the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Daniel Brill is one of 300 successful applicants who will comprise the Coca-Cola entertainment squad. The ex-JFS pupil brings an extra dimension to the discipline - he is almost certainly the only one who combines beatboxing with a Jewish education.


Rachel Wenstone elected as NUS vice president

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

A Jewish student has been voted on to a senior position on the UK's umbrella student organisation.

Rachel Wenstone was elected as the next vice president higher-education of the National Union of Students at its annual conference in Sheffield on Wednesday.


The future's yours: Norwood brings in young generation

By Barry Toberman, April 6, 2012

In a pioneering venture, Norwood is looking to a younger generation to help shape its future.

Plans for the Young Norwood Consultative Committee were outlined to 40 people aged from early 20s to mid 30s at an invitation-only, central-London reception attended by the charity's professional and lay leadership.


Meet Israel's big noise in the Big Bang experiment

By Simon Round, April 4, 2012

If you have any interest at all in science, a chat with Daniel Zajfman can be pretty instructive. As head of the world-renowned Weizmann Institute in Israel, he is at the forefront of scientific research in his country. During an hour's conversation at his London hotel, topics veer from the origin of the universe to how to make a radio from rotten potatoes.


Evangelicals set up £190k conversion drive in LA

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 4, 2012

The Chosen People Ministries, one of the largest evangelical groups in the United States which focuses on proselytising among Jews, has launched a $300,000 (£190k) "witnessing" drive in an effort to convince Jewish people to accept Jesus as their Messiah.

The new campaign, which is based in Los Angeles, features thousands of billboards, online ads and radio and TV commercials encouraging peopl


Students are honoured for their commitment

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

The president of the LSE Jewish Society was honoured for his efforts in challenging antisemitism on campus at the Union of Jewish Students awards.

Jay Stoll led the response when a Jewish LSE student was physically assaulted by his peers on an athletics union university ski trip. He had confronted them for playing a Nazi-themed card game.


Bloody start to dialogue with bereaved mothers

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

Working with bereaved Palestinian and Israeli mothers was always going to be challenging for New Israel Fund fellow Elinor Tamir.

But the 25-year-old ex-JFS pupil, who was previously with the Three Faiths Forum, did not realise her first task at the Parents Circle Family Forum would be to give blood.