Charlotte Oliver

Israeli police officer implicated in bribery scandal found dead

By Charlotte Oliver, July 6, 2015

Ephraim Bracha, Israel’s highest ranking detective, has taken his own life amid claims of bribery and corruption.

The 55-year-old, who headed the Israel Police’s National Fraud Unit, was found dead early on Sunday morning near his home in the city of Modi’in.

His death followed recent reports that the father-of-four had provided suspects with information about their cases.

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JCoSS pupils like to keep the interfaith

By Charlotte Oliver, July 2, 2015

Visit any Jewish school and you will expect to find calendars packed with important dates and holy festivals, from Rosh Hashanah to Shavuot.

But Ramadan is unlikely to feature on the roster.

This year, however, JCoSS decided to change that and put together a two-week interfaith programme to coincide with the Muslim festival - all of which took place inside a "multifaith tent".

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Simon Marks Primary will 'refresh' leadership

By Charlotte Oliver, July 2, 2015

Simon Marks Jewish Primary School has said it plans to unveil a "refreshed senior leadership team" following its Ofsted downgrading.

Chair of governors Howard Pallis announced that the school was "implementing a raft of reforms in the coming months, which we believe will raise quality across the board".

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Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

By Charlotte Oliver, July 1, 2015

Sir Nicholas Winton, the British hero who saved hundreds of children from Nazi persecution during the Second World War, has died at the age of 106.

Commonly known as the “British Schindler”, Sir Nicholas was responsible for rescuing 669 Czech-Jewish children before they were sent to concentration camps.

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Jewish school daubed with antisemitic graffiti

By Charlotte Oliver, June 30, 2015

Two Jewish sites in Hackney have been targeted by vandals in the last 24 hours, it has been reported.

Last night, Stamford Hill’s Shomrim announced via Twitter that graffiti with the words “f*** the Jews” had been painted across the gates of Simon Marks Jewish Primary School in Stoke Newington.

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Parents at crisis point as school places dry up

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Anxious parents have said they will consider home-schooling, or even emigrating to the United States or Israel, to avoid having to send their child to a non-Jewish secondary school, as the admissions crisis continues.

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Say cheese and pray

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Jews may be to thank for bolstering numbers in church attendance. More than 20 churches around the world have now installed Churchix, a facial-recognition system developed by Israeli company Face-six that scans the church's CCTV feed and matches faces to a pre-existing database of members.

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Wear a faith-ty helmet

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Boris Johnson is well-known for dropping Latin words and phrases into his speeches. But the London Mayor preferred to flex his more colourful vocabulary when he swore at a London cabbie on a busy road earlier this month. Curiously, the BBC chose not to picture him in a helmet in its report, opting instead for this photo of Boris wearing a kippah.

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Interview Lapid? Easy pee-sy

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Hunting down recalcitrant politicians in Britain's corridors of power is all in a day's work for a JC reporter. But at Bicom's UK-Israel strategy conference in Westminster on Monday, one writer, having searched high and low for Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, was surprised to find his quarry standing next to him in the urinals.

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A new type of bar-mitzvah?

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Entrepreneurs Ben Avigdori, Lawrence and Karen Santi are out to prove that cocktails can rival kneidlach. Their trendy Farringdon hotspot, Barsmith, was recently named "Best Bar in London" at the 2015 London Club and Bar Awards, winning praise for drinks that include Nutella brandy and caramel tequila.

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It's a kind of tragic

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Actress Debra Tammer has a motto: "There's no subject that's off limits - although my mother would disagree." In her self-penned show A Mancunian Rhapsody, Ms Tammer runs the gamut of Jewish life - all set to the music of Queen.

Catch her at the Gatehouse in Highgate, before she heads to the Edinburgh Fringe.

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Coming face to face with Yavneh’s head

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Did you know that, in Hebrew, "Yavneh" means "he will build"? A fitting name, then, for the school that just keeps growing.

When it was founded in 2006, the landscape of Jewish education was very different. Hasmonean and King Solomon aside, JFS held the market on mainstream schooling in the community - and, indeed, opposed the proposal for a new north-London school.

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School tells off parent for exposing her knees

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

A Charedi primary school has written to the mother of one of its pupils asking her to "respect the school", after she wore a skirt that fell above her knees.

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Changes to religion in schools and inspections

By Charlotte Oliver, June 18, 2015

The government must make major changes to the relationship between religion and schools, according to Charles Clarke.

The former Home and Education Secretary has produced a report with Linda Woodhead, professor of sociology of religion at Lancaster University, claiming that "the way in which religion is being dealt with in schools is not meeting the needs of our time".

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Menorah Foundation rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

By Charlotte Oliver, June 18, 2015

Menorah Foundation School has been rated “good” in its recent Ofsted inspection.

The Edgware primary rose from a rating of “3” — requiring improvement — to a “2” following a no-notice inspection last month.

Inspectors said that both the leadership and management and the behaviour of pupils was outstanding.

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From a handful to hundreds at Sacks Morasha Primary

By Charlotte Oliver, June 18, 2015

Upstairs at Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School, eight Year 6 pupils are finishing up a morning lesson.

Excitement is palpable as conversation turns to summer holidays and starting new schools in September. Between them, they'll be moving on to Hasmonean High, Yavneh College, Immanuel, JFS and JCoSS.

So far, so ordinary for any 10 or 11-year-old; but these pupils are special.

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Concern over London chef missing for two days

By Charlotte Oliver, June 17, 2015

A woman has launched an online appeal to find her missing boyfriend, who has not been seen for two days.

Emma Alter posted a message to her Facebook on Tuesday evening saying that her boyfriend Jonny Rothfield went missing early Monday morning, having left Stratford in east London with no phone and keys on him.

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Anger over David Starkey’s 'deeply offensive' comments about Jews

By Charlotte Oliver, June 15, 2015

Historian David Starkey has caused controversy by comparing the Nazis' view of Jews to the Scottish nationalists' view of the English.

The outspoken academic told the Sunday Times that the Scottish National Party vilified the English in the same way that Hitler vilified the Jews.

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Anger as JFS bungles timing of GCSE maths exam

By Charlotte Oliver, June 4, 2015

A GCSE maths exam at JFS was “ruined” on Thursday morning, after the school admitted to bungling its timings.

Parents and pupils in Year 11 complained, following the early morning exam.

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They give as good as they get at King David

By Charlotte Oliver, June 4, 2015

Pupils at King David High School have been on a recent winning streak.

Fresh from seeing their Manchester school - which is made up of three campuses, King David, Yavneh Yeshiva and Yavneh Girls - marked "outstanding" in all categories in its recent Ofsted inspection, they proved they could be just as successful in their charitable endeavours.

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