UK news

Motion to disaffiliate from NUS is narrowly defeated in Cambridge

By Josh Jackman, May 27, 2016

Cambridge University has narrowly voted against disaffiliation from the National Union of Students.

The student union would have become the fourth institution to leave the national body following the election of Malia Bouattia, following Lincoln, Newcastle and Hull.

Instead, Cambridge joined Warwick and Exeter universities in staying affiliated to the NUS.

More..

Tal Landsman found not guilty of cruelty in LL Camps trial

By JC Reporter, May 27, 2016

Tal Landsman, the co-founder of LL Camps, has been found not guilty of cruelty.

The 26-year-old was cleared at St Albans Crown Court today.

More..

NUS 'held inquiry into Malia Bouattia over alleged antisemitic comments a year ago'

By JC Reporter, May 27, 2016

The National Union of Students investigated Malia Bouattia over alleged antisemitic comments a year before she was elected the union's president, it has been claimed.

According to the Tab student newspaper, the NUS inquiry took place in early 2015 and found her guilty of misconduct. It concluded that it was "not unreasonable" to regard her comments as antisemitic.

More..

Over 900 sign petition to save jobs of four JFS staff

By Sandy Rashty, May 27, 2016

The jobs of four “likeable” JFS staff members are in jeopardy after the resignation of the school’s former headteacher Jonathan Miller was announced this week.

An online petition, which was launched by a JFS student on Thursday, has claimed that the school’s four community officers were asked to leave after Mr Miller quit.

More..

Lords Sacks warns of West’s moral decline as he accepts £1.1 million Templeton Prize

By Josh Jackman, May 27, 2016

Lord Rabbi Sacks has been presented with the £1.1m Templeton Prize for being an “entrepreneur of the spirit”.

Former winners of the award, which honours prominent figures’ contribution to spiritual life, include Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Lord Jakobovits and Sir Sigmund Sternberg.

More..

Church group that sends volunteers to the West Bank to "witness life under occupation"

By Sandy Rashty, May 27, 2016

In a meek, gentle voice, young Hannah Griffiths informs the crowd that she has an important story to tell.

The largely female, 40-strong audience that has come to hear her speak at a south London bookshop await her story with stern, concerned looks.

More..

Tal Landsman declines to give evidence in LL Camps trial

By JC Reporter, May 26, 2016

The owner of a children's summer camp, who is accused of failing to act when naked images of three- and four-year-old girls were found on his business partner's phone, has chosen not to give evidence.

The prosecution allege that Tal Landsman, 26, wilfully exposed children to harm by not immediately reporting his best friend Ben Lewis to the authorities.

More..

Sir Terence Etherton named as new Master of the Rolls

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2016

Sir Terence Etherton has been appointed Master of the Rolls, the second most senior judge in England and Wales.

He is the third Jewish holder of the office in a row, succeeding Lord Dyson, who retires in October, and Lord Neuberger.

More..

Warning on school places squeeze

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2016

The number of children graduating from Jewish primary schools in London is set to rise by more than a quarter in just six years, adding to the squeeze on places at the community's secondary schools.

The educational agency Partnerships for Jewish Schools (Pajes) has predicted a shortfall of 135 places at Jewish secondary schools in north-west London in 2022.

More..

Pupils voice concern over insular schooling

By Rosa Doherty, May 26, 2016

Two sixth-formers at Yavneh College have said that Jewish education has not prepared them for mixing with people outside their faith group.

Shir Dor, deputy head girl at the school, and Simmy Wahnon, both 17, said they were concerned that their peers were not prepared for the "real world".

More..