Education

Basic Hebrew course launched in Edgware

June 13, 2008

A term-time barmitzvah and batmitzvah course is being launched by Edgware Synagogue. Taught by Rabbi David Lister, it will run for a year. Participants are expected to be able to read Hebrew and possess basic Jewish knowledge.

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Graduation for Talmud Taster course

June 13, 2008

A Florence Melton adult mini-school graduation ceremony was held at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre. Fifty people attended the presentation to see 12 students who have completed two years of study, and alumni who completed a short course in a Taster of the Talmud, receive their graduation certificates from Professor Leslie Wagner.

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Landmark school gets the go-ahead

By Dana Gloger, June 13, 2008

Plans for the country’s first non-denominational Jewish school got the go-ahead from a London council this week.

At a Barnet council planning meeting on Wednesday evening, councillors gave the Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) permission to be built on the site where the sixth-form section of East Barnet secondary school currently stands. The £50 million project will be the only Jewish school not under the auspices of the Chief Rabbi.

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Parents ‘in limbo’ over school squeeze

By Dana Gloger, June 13, 2008

At least 30 children in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, have failed to obtain a place at a Jewish primary school for September, despite their parents’ wishes.

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, in Radlett, is the closest Jewish school, but chair of governors Rebecca Hilsenrath said that this year around 80 children failed to get a place at its nursery.Around half of these would probably  have been from Borehamwood.

Some managed to find places in other nearby Jewish schools including the Michael Sobell Sinai School, in Kenton, and Rosh Pinah, Edgware.

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Chief backs training scheme

June 13, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has agreed to be a patron of a new training  programme to encourage young lay and clerical religious leaders in the UK. Successful applicants in their 20s will be given free places on the £11,000-per-head Faith in Leadership scheme.

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Rabbis slam school Kabbalah classes

By Leon Symons, June 13, 2008

Two Orthodox rabbis have expressed grave concerns and called for government intervention after it emerged that a charity linked to the controversial Kabbalah Centre has been establishing a foothold in a number of UK primary and secondary schools.

After the JC made inquiries at one Catholic school, Westminster’s St Vincent de Paul, it suspended lessons run by workers from the charity, Spirituality For Kids (SFK).

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MSPs clash over Auschwitz trips

By Leon Symons, June 13, 2008

Members of the Scottish Parliament have clashed for the second time in a month over funding for school trips to Auschwitz. 

In May, Labour MSPs attacked the ruling Scottish National Party and the Tories for forcing through a decision that individual institutions should decide for themselves how to spend £150,000 given to Scottish schools by Westminster.

The decision meant the money was not ring-fenced for sending pupils on visits to Auschwitz concentration camp, as it has been in England.

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Charedi degrees plan

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 13, 2008
A BA in business and Judaic studies for Charedi and other religious students is to be piloted in Manchester. The Maalot (degrees) project involves separate off-campus teaching facilities for men and women, which will be accredited by Bolton University. If the scheme proves successful, it is likely that other qualifications will be offered. Driving the initiative is Whitefield Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, who is keen to provide higher-education and employment opportunities for the strictly Orthodox.

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Menorah gets glowing report from inspectors

June 13, 2008

Ofsted inspectors have given a glowing report to the Menorah Foundation School in Golders Green.

The inspectors found that the school was well led by head Clare Neuberger, her staff and the primary’s governors. Pupils regularly achieved above-average standards, particularly in maths and English — “the result of good teaching and well-planned lessons”.

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Lib dem leader addresses sixth-formers

June 13, 2008

Liberal Democrat leader in the Lords, Lord McNally, addressed Immanuel College sixth-formers as part of the “Peers in Schools” programme. Lord McNally discussed the relationship between the Commons and the Lords and some of the Bills currently going through Parliament.

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