Wolfson grant funding LSJS teacher training

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

The London School of Jewish Studies has received a £150,000 grant from the Charles Wolfson Trust to develop facilities for teacher training.


Out to launch at UJIA educational conference

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

The launch of a major new publication was the highlight of the second UJIA conference on research in UK Jewish education.

UJIA research director Helena Miller is the senior editor of the International Handbook on Jewish Education, which spans more than 1,300 pages in two volumes.


Golders Green applies for free school

By Robyn Rosen, May 26, 2011

Parents in Golders Green have applied to the government to open a free primary school which has the backing of the Chief Rabbi.

Golders Green Jewish Primary would be modern Orthodox in outlook. Its supporters want it to open in 2012 as part of the Department for Education's free schools programme, giving parents the power to start their own local schools.


Educational gaps growing in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, May 26, 2011

New education league tables in Israel indicate that there is a growing gap between the level of education received by students in poor and wealthy areas.

Given the strong socialist-Zionist ethos in the early decades of Israeli statehood, the country's education system was avowedly public.


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.