JFS

Crisis ‘worse than JFS’ looms

By Miriam Shaviv, February 7, 2013

How fair are entrance criteria to Jewish schools? It's a question that has continually challenged Anglo-Jewry, culminating in the traumatic JFS case.

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Bercow is the JFS speaker

January 10, 2013

Commons Speaker John Bercow has told a JFS audience that “there cannot be a better fully non-selective state comprehensive school anywhere in the United Kingdom”.

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JFS pupil publishes first novel

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

A JFS pupil with a passion for fantasy fiction is hoping that his first novel will be a charitable best-seller.
Daniel Marchant, 14, is the proud author of The Legend of Arthilian, whichhas just been published.

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Friends are reunited as JFS celebrates double anniversary

By Jennifer Lipman, July 9, 2012

Jack Mindel thought he would never set foot in JFS again. But on Sunday the 95-year-old joined up to 2,000 former staff and pupils at a reunion at the school’s current Kenton campus.

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Bloody start to dialogue with bereaved mothers

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

Working with bereaved Palestinian and Israeli mothers was always going to be challenging for New Israel Fund fellow Elinor Tamir.

But the 25-year-old ex-JFS pupil, who was previously with the Three Faiths Forum, did not realise her first task at the Parents Circle Family Forum would be to give blood.

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Pupils hack a day off school

By Jessica Elgot, February 16, 2012

Most pupils watching the first flakes of snow cross their fingers, hoping that their school will close the next day.

But as the snow fell earlier this month, some JFS pupils went to extraordinary lengths to make sure they got a "snow day".

As snow fell on February 4, parents who looked at the school website were informed that "school will remain open as normal".

But within hours a hack, k

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JFS head won't meet school's gay ex-pupils

By Jessica Elgot, February 2, 2012

The head-teacher of JFS has refused to meet gay and lesbian former pupils to discuss the methods of teaching of homosexuality at the school - but has promised to "review" the school's approach.

Former JFS pupils, including co-convener of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender forum Keshet UK, Dave Shaw, had asked to meet head Jonathan Miller to discuss the reference to "gay cure" organisati

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Former JFS pupils concern over 'gay cure'

By Jessica Elgot, January 26, 2012

Former Jewish school students and religious leaders have expressed "deep concern" about references to "homosexual cure" group JONAH in a JFS Jewish studies lesson, and have called for schools urgently to address the teaching of homosexuality.

Former JFS head girl Alma Smith has written to the school's headmaster, Jonathan Miller, saying that not making reference to lesbian and gay organisations

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Semantic denial

January 26, 2012

Last week we revealed that JFS pupils had been referred, as part of their teaching about homosexuality, to the website run by JONAH, an American group which seeks to 'cure' gay men and women.The story caused something of a stir.

JFS denied in a letter to parents that it has in any way promoted the idea that homosexuality can be cured.

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Jewish school pupils taught how to 'cure gays'

By Jessica Elgot, January 19, 2012

JFS has provoked anger from parents and pupils by teaching sixth formers that homosexuality can be "cured".

As part of the school's Jewish studies curriculum, pupils are shown a website from the American group JONAH - Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality.

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