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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.


Rabbi reveals Stamford Hill synagogue brawl was sparked by party dispute

By Rosa Doherty and Marcus Dysch, March 25, 2015

An attack on a synagogue in north London in the early hours of Sunday morning was sparked by a Jewish teenager's dispute with a party-goer, the JC understands.

The incident led to a group of teenagers smashing doors and windows at the Ahavas Torah building in Craven Park Road, Stamford Hill.


West Bank settlement building will hasten Palestinian state, warns Malcolm Rifkind

By Marcus Dysch, March 25, 2015

If Benjamin Netanyahu’s new Israeli administration pushes an aggressive policy of settlement building it could hasten the creation of an independent Palestinian state, former British Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind has warned.


Covering Israel is a tough job, says BBC director-general Lord Hall

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2015

Director-General of the BBC Lord Hall says the corporation aims to be balanced in its coverage of Israel, but that reporting on the country’s conflict with the Palestinians was “tough”.

Speaking to a 200-strong audience at ORT UK’s business breakfast on Tuesday, the corporation head said: “It is hard… tough. We do aim to give as impartial coverage as we can across the period.”


Government announces £1.2 million UK-Israel cyber security project

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2015

British and Israeli academics will take part in a £1.2 million joint cyber security research project announced by the Cabinet Office.

There will be three partnerships – with two teams at Ramat Gan’s Bar Ilan University working with the University of Bristol and University College London, and a University of Kent link-up with the University of Haifa.