Pupil travel plan is abandoned

By Jay Grenby, September 2, 2010

Plans by Borehamwood parents to send their children on a cross-London journey to Ilford Jewish Primary School have been abandoned after a number secured late places at Jewish schools closer to home.

Frustrated at their failure to obtain offers from local Jewish schools, two dozen parents attended a meeting at Borehamwood Synagogue in May. They heard IJPS head Roz Levin and governor Howard Kemp extol the virtues of the Ilford school, which had a number of vacancies for the new academic year.


JFS pupil smiling after star-studded results

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2010

Reuven Shirazi was up at 6am to check his A-level results online and his early start was rewarded. The JFS pupil recorded one of the best exam performances in the country with six A*s and an A.

His results were easily enough to guarantee him a place at Cambridge, where he will read natural sciences at Gonville and Caius College.

The 17-year-old from Edgware was taken aback on discovering his top marks in maths, further maths and advanced further maths. He also excelled in three sciences and music.

"I'm so happy," he said. "I was smiling all day and my mum was ecstatic."


Arabic classes in Israeli schools

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2010

Israeli schoolchildren are to be taught Arabic as part of a new education programme designed to promote tolerance.

From the fifth grade children Haifa and around the north of Israel will learn to speak, read and write the language as of the new school year.

Officials plan to expand the scheme across the whole country.

The classes, to be taught mostly by Arab teachers, will be compulsory at 170 public and religious schools.

Arabic is already taught by more than 1,000 Jewish teachers in Israel.


Charity continues after founder dies

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 20, 2010

A strictly Orthodox charity that donates £1.3 million annually to Jewish education and low income families is to continue despite the death of its founder.

Philanthropist Shloime Leitner, 61, who died from leukaemia two weeks ago, started the Broom Foundation in 1986 from a small office in his Salford home.

It was among the first to introduce charity vouchers to the religious community and the Broom Foundation voucher books have been a major means of charitable donations for thousands of people.


King David hails A-listers

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 20, 2010

Manchester A-level students are celebrating some top results.

King David High School reported that 80 per cent of pupils achieved A*, A and B grade passes.

Governors' chair Joshua Rowe said the results were testimony to the dedication of pupils and staff, who regularly stayed on after school to assist students.


A* year for Jewish A Level students

By Jennifer Lipman, August 19, 2010

Jewish students are celebrating a bumper crop of A-level results, with many achieving the new A* grade.

At JFS Reuven Shirazi gained six A*s and one A grade, with several other pupils receiving three A*s. Overall, 48 per cent of the marks allocated were As or A*s and more than three quarters of the 489 results were B grade or above.


West Bank settlers plan to teach kids Arabic

By Nathan Jeffay, August 19, 2010

In the West Bank, both sides in the conflict are busy building barriers.

Construction is still under way on Israel's security barrier. Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority is building trade barriers. But despite this, one settler leader claims to have come up with a plan to break down a barrier - the language barrier.

Oded Revivi, mayor of Efrat, south-west of Jerusalem, wants to make his schools home to Arabic master classes.


How JCoss inclusion extends beyond religion

By Norma Brier, August 19, 2010

Among the several comments published in recent weeks in the JC concerning the "best" way to deliver education to children in the Anglo-Jewish community, only two or three letters have referred to the sizeable minority of students who have special educational needs.


Bid to ban Gaza kids tour from schools

By Leon Symons, August 12, 2010

Community leaders are battling to stop an exhibition of paintings by children from Gaza being shown in schools in the North of England.

Campaigners say they have no objection to the paintings, but have reacted with anger at a series of talks given to accompany them.

Property developer Rod Cox, 62, masterminded the exhibition after visiting Gaza where children gave him paintings depicting their view of life there. Some show scenes of devastation.


New York schools shun special needs kids

By Paul Berger, August 5, 2010

Manhattan offers the Jewish parent everything: gleaming community centres, world-class Jewish day schools, and a synagogue on just about every corner. But when it comes to raising children with special needs, New York's glitziest borough is, apparently, lacking.

One recent Monday evening, about 150 people crowded into the basement of Congregation Shearith Israel, on Central Park West, to discuss "The Jewish Community's Obligation to Special Needs Children."