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Exam boards threaten to drop Hebrew

By Charlotte Oliver, April 2, 2015

Members of the community are being urged to take exams in Hebrew to save GCSEs and A-levels in the language from being scrapped.

The appeal, from the Board of Deputies, comes after the OCR and AQA exam boards, which offer biblical Hebrew and modern Hebrew respectively, announced that both subjects face being axed in 2017 alongside other "non-traditional" languages.


Friends groups will work to resist boycott efforts

By Sandy Rashty, April 2, 2015

The founder of a new grassroots group has claimed it will combat Scotland's "vicious" anti-Israel movement.

Nigel Goodrich oversaw the launch of Edinburgh Friends of Israel on Sunday, with around 200 people - the majority not Jewish - attending its inaugural conference.

Mr Goodrich said: "The Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Israel boycott movement in Scotland are vicious.


Kebab seller hoping to skewer Labour veteran

By Marcus Dysch, April 2, 2015

She may be best known as the purveyor of kosher kebabs, but Hannah David could soon be grilling political opponents in the House of Commons.

Ms David used to grace the pages of the JC in adverts displaying the wares at her Let's Meat restaurant in Borehamwood. At the same time she was leader of the town's council and a member of the borough authority.


Police cuts and housing lead concerns

By Marcus Dysch, April 2, 2015

Gareth Thomas was the first Labour candidate ever to win the seat of Harrow West when he captured it in the Tony Blair landslide victory of 1997.

He is in no mood to allow the Conservatives to take it back next month. The bookies make him odds-on favourite to keep his job in Parliament.


Honours for students, and soup

By Naomi Firsht, April 2, 2015

Selfie sticks on stage, a majority vote for chicken soup and enough schnitzel to feed an army - welcome to the Union of Jewish Students annual awards.

Over 150 undergraduates and graduates gathered at JW3 in London on Sunday to see a group of their peers honoured for their hard work fostering Jewish life on campus.

Jeans and T-shirts were discarded for posh frocks, suits and in some cases ev


Another primary school downgraded by Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, April 2, 2015

The headteacher and chairman of governors of Clore Shalom primary in Shenley, Hertfordshire, have said they were disappointed after inspectors downgraded it from a good school to one which "requires improvement".

It is the second time within a week that a state-aided Jewish primary has received a critical report following the demotion of Rosh Pinah in Edgware to inadequate.

In a letter to Cl


‘We want to give parents the choice’

By Rosa Doherty, April 2, 2015

When two mothers met in the playground two years ago, neither expected that their schoolyard chatter would lead to them launching their own school.

But as parents of children with special educational needs (SEN), Ali Durban and Sarah Sultman found common ground discussing lack of choice in the community for children like theirs. Gesher school was soon born.


Rabbi reveals how he helped Galliano

By Rosa Doherty, April 2, 2015

A UK-based rabbi has revealed how he helped fashion designer John Galliano try to repair his relationship with the Jewish community.

Rabbi Barry Marcus, of the Central Synagogue in London, praised Galliano’s attempts at rehabilitation after a drunken antisemitic rant in a Paris bar in 2011.


Southampton University cancels anti-Israel conference over 'safety concerns'

By Naomi Firsht, April 2, 2015

Southampton University has confirmed it has cancelled a conference challenging Israel's right to exist, citing police concerns over safety.

A statement published on the university website officially withdrew permission for the conference to take place on the campus.


Planning is the key to beating loneliness

By Rosa Doherty, April 1, 2015

Social isolation is a growing problem in the community but it can be prevented.

According to Jewish Care, there are twice the number of Jewish people aged 60 and over compared to the general population, and one in three adults across the age spectrum lives alone.