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


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.


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.


Hands on in Indonesia

By Jessica Elgot, December 8, 2011

A JFS pupil swapped school books for factory work this summer in Indonesia, for a special CBBC show broadcast next week.

Year 10 pupil Jonas Dein, 15, from Hampstead Garden Suburb, beat 800 others for a place on the programme Show Me What You're Made Of, which follows five children as they travel through Indonesia and the Phillipines, which make gadgets, toys and clothes for British children.


Grade F for admissions

By Keren David, November 11, 2011

So, your child is transferring to secondary school? You've filled in your form, debated Jewish versus non-Jewish, private or state? The all-important first-place choice is made.


Birthday honours celebrated at JFS

September 22, 2011

JFS is celebrating its 10th year in its Kenton campus with an awards double.

An Investors in People accolade recognises the school's commitment to staff development.


New Israel Fund increases income

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

The British branch of the New Israel Fund enjoyed a record fundraising year in 2010, despite an international campaign by some right-wing Zionists to discredit the organisation.

NIF UK increased its income to £1.4 million from £1.2 million the previous year.

UK chairman Nicholas Saphir said: "Last year was a significant year for NIF given the attacks on civil society and the continuing att


Bercow is put on the spot at JFS

December 2, 2010

It was question time for Commons Speaker John Bercow after he addressed more than 400 JFS sixth-formers at the Kenton school.

Pupils quizzed him on topics including the challenges facing the coalition government, tuition fees and his desire to engage younger people in political activism.

Discussing his role as Speaker, Mr Bercow expressed satisfaction at being part of the process to reform expenses arrangements for MPs. He also told students of the high regard in which JFS is held and highlighted the extra-curricular opportunities as particularly impressive.


JFS in the spotlight

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2010

The pupils and staff of JFS have found themselves in the spotlight this year. After the Supreme Court ruled the school must not enquire about the halachic status of pupils, the face of Jewish education was changed forever – sparking endless debate in the community.

JFS pupils discussed the court's decision too, says head Jonathan Miller, because they discuss everything.


JFS pulls the plug on school barmitzvahs

By Jessica Elgot, October 7, 2010

JFS has called a halt to its popular bar- and batmitzvah ceremonies, saying the decision was taken because of pressure from local communities to hold the celebrations in synagogue.

But a senior United Synagogue rabbi has cast doubt on the explanation, suggesting that the move resulted from new entry rules that prevent schools from knowing whether pupils are halachically Jewish.

JFS headmaster Jonathan Miller said that members of the local community had "voiced concern that pupils were having their bar- and batmitzvahs at JFS, and not within the community.