Ofsted checks on 'missing' schools

By Simon Rocker, January 27, 2014

Hackney Council believes there could be as many as 20 local yeshivot where children are being taught without the necessary state registration.

Under the law, children must be taught in a recognised institution until they are 16, even if it is independent.
But more than 1,000 strictly Orthodox boys from the age of 13 are still thought to be “missing” from the registered system in London.


Learning curve for US women

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2014

United Synagogue Women have launched an educational series designed to encourage women to take up senior positions in the community.


Emunah harvests fruits of pumpkin project

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

A 13-year-old girl grew and then sold pumpkins as part of her batmitzvah project to raise money for orphans in Israel.

Hannah Keisner, whose family belong to West London Synagogue, decided to raise money for children’s charity, Emunah, after a trip to Israel with her mother.


US 'to take control' of Office of Chief Rabbi

By Simon Rocker, December 16, 2013

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack revealed this week that the organisation wants a closer relationship with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis than it had with his predecessor, Lord Sacks.

Mr Pack explained that this was the reason why the US had now taken control of the Office of the Chief Rabbi, which had previously been run by the independent Chief Rabbinate Trust.


Interlink is first to bag award

December 16, 2013

The Interlink Foundation has been named as the first UK charity to be awarded Level 3 PQASSO Quality Mark by Charities Evaluation Services (CES). Interlink is the membership organisation for Orthodox Jewish charities in the UK and supports 200 charity members.


Moroccans party in mint condition

By Simon Rocker, December 9, 2013

The mint tea was flying from the bar. Crispy Moroccan doughnuts — sfenj — were being dipped in sugar. And in a corner of the room at the Porat Yosef Moroccan synagogue in Hendon stood an Arabic tent with cushions, lanterns and synthetic palms, set up by Harif, the Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa.


New Israel Fund honours social justice campaigners

By Simon Rocker, December 2, 2013

Three Israelis who have made a mark in their country campaigning for social justice were honoured with the New Israel Fund’s annual human rights awards in London on Sunday.

Amal Elsana Elhjooj, 40, who was born in the village of Laqyia in the Negev, was just 17 when she set up the first Bedouin women’s organisation.


Israeli group adds a splash of colour

By Charlotte Oliver, November 25, 2013

In a first for Mitzvah Day, an Israeli social group organised an activity, painting a mural on the back fence of Norwood’s Buckets and Spades Lodge in north London, which offers short breaks for children and young adults.The Israeli Salon members also organised games and other activities for the children.


Model scheme backed by Barnet

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2013

Employment charity TrainE-TraidE has received a £35,000 grant from Barnet Council to boost its new Back to Work for Women programme, seen as a model for other ethnic minorities looking to help women back to the workplace.