Oxford names first Israel studies professor

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

Oxford University has appointed its first professor of Israel studies: Derek Penslar (right) professor of Jewish history at Toronto University.

The chair, only the second to be created in the subject in the UK, was made possible through a £3 million endowment from the Stanley and Zea Lewis Foundation.


Why the government is doing this

By Eric Pickles, May 26, 2011

The nations of Europe vowed after the Second World War, when the horror of the concentration camps was uncovered: never again. To keep our promise, it is vital that we remember and learn.


Pickles announces funding to preserve Auschwitz

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

Auschwitz-Birkenau's preservation and restoration project will benefit from a £2.15 million British government contribution.

Announcing the funding on Thursday, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said the money would be used to ensure the concentration camp could continue to educate people about the Holocaust.


Plan for Israel-style 'volunteer villages' in UK

By Jenni Frazer, May 26, 2011

Students are to be offered help with housing costs in return for devoting some of their free time to voluntary service.

It is part of an ambitious UJIA project embracing both the Jewish and the wider community, one in which organisers hope will help "work towards a society of engaged citizens".


King David head quits in first year

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 20, 2011

Manchester's King David Primary School is losing its new headteacher after less than a year for "personal reasons".

Myra Macklin took up the post in September, having previously previously headed Ightenhill Primary in Burnley. During her short time at King David, the school - with its 420 pupils plus two nursery intakes - has maintained its status as the best performing primary in its area.


Campus notebook: Vote for your representatives

May 19, 2011

● Elections for the new Northern Region Jewish Students' committee are due to close this weekend. Students can vote at The site contains details of all the candidates running for positions, which include president, treasurer, secretary, PR officer and Scotland representative.


How our JSocs pave the way for the Big Society

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Students tend to make their presence known. Bar-crawls in matching T-shirts, traffic jams on the first day of term, and shops filled with groups searching for fancy dress are common sights on campuses.

But for many Jewish students, playing a role in the local community where they study is a top priority.


One Voice speaks clearly on a peaceful solution

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

A Palestinian and an Israeli from peace group One Voice discussed the finer points of the conflict and a two-state solution with British high school students during a five-day visit.


We're the school of rock

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Three soon-to-be barmitzvah boys from Hertfordshire hope to see the song they wrote for a battle of the bands contest reworked by a member of indie music legends The Smiths.

Aldenham School pupils Jake Adams, Louis Slater and Niall Logue are The Undecided, who made it through to the area finals of national music contest Live and Unsigned.


Education minister takes back lessons from London

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2011

Israel's Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar concluded a short trip to the UK on an optimistic note after visiting JCoSS in East Barnet and the Independent Jewish Day School in Hendon.

He said he was surprised to learn that as many as two thirds of UK Jewish children now attended a Jewish day school.