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Hunt for grave finally ends after 20 years

By Josh Jackman, March 26, 2015

A Jewish Care volunteer has found the unmarked grave of her aunt, killed in a First World War Zeppelin attack, after a 20-year-long search.

Janet Foster, a retired civil servant, plans to place a plaque at the burial site on June 3, the 100th anniversary of Leah Lehrman's death.

Ms Lehrman was 16 when she died in June 1915, on her way to work as a tailor in central London.


Tory ready to bring No 10 experience to the green belt

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

Oliver Dowden is in a rare position for an election candidate - standing on the verge of entering Parliament, yet preparing to see his political influence decrease at the same time.

In his former role as deputy chief of staff for the prime minister, he was one of David Cameron's leading advisers, helping to develop policy, organising briefings and monitoring domestic issues.


Electrician hopes to spark Labour upset

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

Electrician Richard Butler has probably never been compared to Sisyphus, but Labour's candidate in Hertsmere could be forgiven for feeling that he has been handed an impossible task.

Like the ancient Greek king who repeatedly pushed a boulder up a hill only to see it roll back again, Mr Butler faces what looks like inevitable failure.


Carers have vital rolein ballot

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

A charity is urging Jewish people with learning disabilities to register to vote in May's general election.

The Judith Trust helps to train carers from Kisharon, Langdon and other Jewish charities which assist people with disabilities.

With six weeks until polling day, the trust is backing Mencap's Hear My Voice campaign, encouraging engagement with politics.


Poor Ofsted result due to academic decline, not 'tumultuous past'

By Charlotte Oliver, March 26, 2015

Rosh Pinah's "inadequate" Ofsted result came as "no surprise" given the decline in pupils' achievement data since its previous inspection in 2009, but it is not reflective of the school's current circumstance, according to its chairman of governors.


Get paid to train, offers LSJS

By Charlotte Oliver, March 26, 2015

A new programme offering would-be teachers the chance to be paid to train has been announced by the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS).

Run by LSJS in partnership with PaJeS and the Jewish Secondary School Consortium (Hasmonean, Immanuel, JFS, King Solomon and Yavneh), the programme will enable those who cannot afford training to become fully qualified Ivrit or Jewish Studies teachers.


Pikuach to give more attention to 'spiritual and religious' learning

By Leon Symons, March 26, 2015

Pikuach, the Jewish schools' inspection service, is about to undergo a significant change in the way it operates. It will be giving much more attention to the Jewish aspects of schools.

The organisation's director, Jeffrey Leader, said: "We have looked at the guidelines for other faiths' inspection units, for example the Anglicans and Methodists.


Clore Shalom criticised by inspectors

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

A second Jewish primary school in a week has been downgraded by Ofsted inspectors.

The cross-communal Clore Shalom in Shenley Hertfordshire, has dropped from good to a school that “requires improvement” after an inspection last month.

It follows the publication of a critical report last week into Rosh Pinah in Edgware, which fell from good to inadequate.


Limmud director steps down

By Rosa Doherty, March 25, 2015

Limmud director Shelley Marsh has left her post after two years at the educational organisation.

The senior figure of the annual conference dedicated to Jewish learning is expected to take another communal post shortly.

Mike Schindler has been appointed Limmud director of operations in the meantime.


Nigel Farage ‘shocked’ by European antisemitism

By Naomi Firsht, March 25, 2015

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has expressed his “shock” at the rise of antisemitism in Europe.

Mr Farage made the comments while meeting Board of Deputies chief executive Gillian Merron in Brussels on Wednesday.

She was leading a delegation of Board representatives to discuss the possible creation of a European Union taskforce on antisemitism.