Growth spurt at cheder lifts Reform shul

By Jay Grenby, September 27, 2011

A flurry of new pupils has continued the rise of the Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue religion school.

"Five years ago, it was decreasing in size, with only 70 children attending," a shul spokesman recalled. "There were even discussions about winding it up.


Plea to protesters

By Jay Grenby, September 27, 2011

Opponents of the permanent site for the Etz Chaim free school in Mill Hill have welcomed an offer for dialogue by the trustees and governors.


£25m education site nets Liverpool goals

By Cathy Forman, September 27, 2011

Pupils and staff are enjoying life at the new £25 million King David campus in Liverpool, which has brought together the high school, primary school, kindergarten and community facilities.

"It is a once in a lifetime chance to strengthen the community," said Lauren Lesin-Davis, governors' chair of the primary.


Brichto Israel post launched

By Simon Rocker, September 27, 2011

A new fellowship in Israel studies has been set up at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in memory of one of Israel's most passionate supporters, Rabbi Sidney Brichto.

A former executive head of the Liberal movement, Rabbi Brichto, who died in 2009, was a governor of the centre and associated with it since its creation in the early 1970s.

Friends and family have raised nearly £


Sussex post for scholar

By Simon Rocker, September 22, 2011

An Israeli scholar who has written books on Jews in European sport and on the impact of the economy on Jewish history has joined Sussex University's Centre for German-Jewish Studies as its new director.

Gideon Reuveni - who has a doctorate from the Hebrew University and has taught at universities in Australia and Germany, as well as at Ben Gurion University in the Negev - will also be a reader


Immanuel has Sacks appeal

September 22, 2011

A satisfied Immanuel College parent - Lady Elaine Sacks - was among the speakers when the school officially opened its preparatory section.

Lady Sacks recalled that her daughter Gila had received an "excellent education" at Immanuel.


Women educators spread the word

September 22, 2011

Two hundred people attended a community learning day held in north London by the London School of Jewish Studies, marking a decade of the Susi Bradfield women educators programme.

Bradfield graduates presented 15 sessions on topics ranging from the music of the High Holy-Days to the role of the rebbetzin.

Speakers included the Chief Rabbi, who said the programme had "brought women's voices i


JLGB selected as citizenship trainer

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

The Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade will be one of 19 organisations leading national citizenship schemes from the summer of 2012.

JLGB will run a pilot scheme for Jewish and non-Jewish 16-year-olds from Redbridge and the surrounding area in a kosher and Shabbat-friendly environment.

The scheme will include adventure activities such as archery and abseiling.


From pub to shtiebl in Elstree

By Jay Grenby, September 22, 2011

A former Elstree pub is to be converted into the area's first shtiebl, complementing an already extensive choice of minyanim.

Communal philanthropist Mendel Tajtelbaum is behind the £1.5 million project, which he believes will justify his belief that "Elstree will soon become the new Edgware".

He is known to the more Orthodox elements of the local community because of the sponsorship of the


Yavneh primary plan approved

By Jay Grenby, September 22, 2011

A planning application for the construction of a two-form entry primary section at Yavneh College in Borehamwood has been given the green light by Hertsmere councillors.

Parents of prospective pupils turned out in force at the committee meeting, at which the application was unanimously approved - "a very positive affirmation of what we are trying to achieve", said governors' chair Sue Nyman.