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Figures show no reduction in Yavneh places for Hertfordshire parents

By Charlotte Oliver, January 25, 2016

Claims made by parents that Yavneh College’s proposal to remove feeder schools benefited only families living in Borehamwood and Elstree were based on a serious misreading of data, the school has explained.


Lack of Jewish women leaders attacked

By Rosa Doherty, January 25, 2016

Women must work with communal organisations to secure better representation, a leading group has argued following the inclusion of only one woman in the Jewish Leadership Council's delegation to Downing Street last week.


Ukrainian oligarchs call off London court case

By Simon Rocker, January 23, 2016

A High Court showdown in London involving three Ukrainian Jewish businessmen is understood to have been averted at the last minute.

Victor Pinchuk’s case against Gennadiy Bogolyubov and Igor Kolomoisky had been due to begin on Monday and scheduled to last for eight weeks.

But the disputing parties have reached an out-of-court settlement, according to sources close to the parties.


More teachers and more training needed for Holocaust education, say MPs

By Charlotte Oliver, January 23, 2016

More teachers need to be trained to teach the Holocaust, according to a report published today by the Education Select Committee.

It said that more attention should be paid to spreading Holocaust education to include other subjects in schools besides history, such as English, drama and PSHE.


Ron Prosor: “UN bias against Israel is very hard to fathom”

By Naomi Firsht, January 22, 2016

Former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor has expressed his frustration against what he regards as the UN’s bias against Israel.

Mr Prosor, who is also a former Israeli ambassador to the UK, said that at the UN security council, “it is unbelievable the proportion [of debates] that one deals with Israel “


Swastika graffiti daubed on Manchester tram

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2016

Antisemitic graffiti has been daubed on a tram, leaving transport bosses searching for the culprit.

Swastikas and the word “Nazi” were drawn onto a seat in Manchester.

The vehicle was taken out of service after a passenger spotted the graffiti during a journey to the city centre earlier this week.


Jewish schools outstrip national average in GCSE and A-Level results

By Charlotte Oliver, January 22, 2016

Jewish schools continue to perform well on a national level in their A-Level and GCSE results, according to the government’s latest round of school league tables.

The results, which were released last week, were based on 2015 national exam results, and show that all mainstream Jewish schools are out-performing national averages.


Labour is 'aggressively extreme' under Jeremy Corbyn, warns Tory London mayor hopeful Zac Goldsmith

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2016

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for the London mayoral election, has launched a wide-ranging attack on Labour, describing it as “aggressively extreme”.

Jeremy Corbyn represented a “real danger” to both the country and the Jewish community, he suggested.


Company says sorry over advice on YouTube Holocaust videos

By JC Reporter, January 21, 2016

A digital marketing company has apologised after advising the creators of YouTube videos to include the word "Holocaust" in titles to increase the number of viewers.

Vidooley said it was a “great time to release videos related” to Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27.


MPs protest against government's plans to regulate non-school, religious settings

By Charlotte Oliver, January 21, 2016

More than 20 MPs have protested against the government’s plans to regulate and inspect non-school settings, which could potentially include cheder classes, Sunday schools and Islamic madrassas – labelling the proposals “fundamentally illiberal”.