Tips for parents of children starting school

August 30, 2011

Educational psychologist Alexis Beaver has this advice for parents of children about to start school:

● Be aware of how much time your pre-school child spends watching TV and playing on computers. Children who struggle with attention control in the classroom have often spent a lot of time in front of screens.


How to cope with the stress of starting school - if you're a parent

By Sarah Ebner, August 30, 2011

Marc Polivnick is, in his own words, "excited and nervous". He is excited because his daughter, Ariella, who is nearly four, is soon to embark on a new stage in her life. And he is nervous for exactly the same reason. Why? Because Ariella is starting school.


Glee for Jewish Don't Stop Believing finalists

By Robyn Rosen, July 29, 2010

A north London family have formed a band and beaten 8,000 competitors to reach the final stages of a new television talent show.

Parents Laurence, 57, and Bebe Jacobs, 55, and their three children Alex, 27, Avi, 24, and Shira, 21, will perform in front of a live audience on Channel 5's Don't Stop Believing on Sunday (August 1).

Presented by former Spice Girl Emma Bunton and judged by singers Anastacia and Duncan James from Blue, former EastEnders actress Tamzin Outhwaite, and High School Musical choreographer Charles "Chucky" Klapow, the show is based on the popular US series Glee.


Israeli rabbis back gay parenting

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 20, 2009

A revolutionary halachic ruling that will allow religious homosexual men to marry women and have children with them is currently being discussed at one of the most prestigious Orthodox institutes in Israel.

Rabbi Menachem Burstein is founder and head of the PUAH Institute, recognised in Orthodox circles as the leading organisation on matters of fertility and Jewish law. He confirmed this week that he has “been dealing with this subject for quite some time”.


Kingston rabbi's new arrivals

By Jay Grenby, June 6, 2008

Kingston Synagogue minister Rabbi David Mason celebrated two arrivals at the weekend. Late on Shabbat, his wife Elisheva gave birth to their third child, a son. And Sunday saw the advent of another of his “babies” — the consecration of the community’s first new Sefer Torah.


How to get teenagers to listen

By Rachel Fletcher, May 9, 2008

Suzanne Franks is the author of a new book of advice for parents of teenage children.

If someone has told you lately that you are an oppressive taskmaster with no understanding of the world and who regularly ruins lives, the chances are that you have teenage children.


Review: Whatever Makes You Happy

By Paul Lester, May 9, 2008

By William Sutcliffe
Bloomsbury, £10.99

Don’t be fooled by the none-more-gentile name. William Sutcliffe is a north Londonbred Jewish boy. He was in the same year at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School in Elstree as comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and his first novel in 1996, New Boy, was a near-autobiographical mix of fact and fiction — including “real” details (such as the Habs Serve And Obey motto) — which describes a teenager’s entry into an English independent-school sixth form.


South London to see new JMums committee

April 25, 2008

A new JMums committee is about to be launched in the area by the League of Jewish Women following the success of JMums in Herts. The group caters for young mums who want to introduce their children to Jewish culture and festivals in a non-synagogue environment. For details on South London JMums, ring 020 7242 8300.


Professor Joan Freeman has advice for parents of child geniuses: for their benefit, let them grow up in their own time

By Candice Krieger, April 25, 2008

Children who are accelerated beyond their year group at school are likely to experience social problems later on in life, according to the psychologist Joan Freeman.

Professor Freeman has spent more than 30 years researching gifted children, and Channel 4 has just been highlighting her work. She was also recently given a lifetime achievement award by the British Psychological Society.


Emma Spiegler is recognised for her work helping those with addicted parents

By Candice Krieger, April 18, 2008

Twenty-five-year-old Emma Spiegler has received a national honour for her work with children of drug or alcohol-addicted parents.

Miss Spiegler picked up the award — and a £1,000 prize — at the recent Young People of the Year awards, which recognise and reward positive role models in the community. Organised by SkillsTrain, its judges included the Prime Minister’s wife, Sarah Brown.