Charlotte Oliver

Rylance censors Bard

By Charlotte Oliver, February 26, 2015

Actor Mark Rylance has revealed he cuts out parts of Shakespeare's plays because they are antisemitic.

The star of the BBC's Wolf Hall series said he had to decide whether to edit lines when characters said "unfortunate things".

Speaking on Monday at London's Globe theatre, where he was unveiling a recently discovered copy of the playwright's First Folio, he said: "The pressures I feel are m

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'If you lead a school, you have an impact on every single pupil'

By Charlotte Oliver, February 26, 2015

Rabbi David Meyer cannot remember his first day at Hasmonean, but then, can you blame him? He was only two-and-a-half years old.

These days, the educator's memory bank is filled with Hasmonean moments; unsurprising since, over the past 40 years, he has held every post at the Barnet school - from student to teacher, and finally, executive head.

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Parents enraged by 'commercial' decision to evict nursery from shul

By Charlotte Oliver, February 26, 2015

Parents of children at a synagogue-based West End nursery have expressed outrage that it is being evicted to make room for the expansion of a non-Jewish school on the shul's site.

For the past 11 years, the Beginnings Jewish nursery has operated from premises in West London Synagogue in Marylebone, having first been registered by the Charities Commission as the West London Synagogue Early Child

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Polish Holocaust movie wins the Oscar for best foreign language film

By Charlotte Oliver, February 23, 2015

A Polish film about a nun who discovers she is Jewish and that her parents were killed in the Holocaust has won the Oscar for best foreign language film.

Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, tells the story of Anna, a young nun who finds out she is Jewish just before taking her vows in the 1960s.

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Report child sex abuse, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis tells community

By Charlotte Oliver, February 19, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has warned communities of the danger of sheltering Jewish child abusers.

Acknowledging the "shockwaves" caused by the sex abuse scandal engulfing two Chabad institutions in Australia, he said paedophiles must be brought to justice "however embarrassing for our communities".

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A new recipe for success at JFS

By Charlotte Oliver, February 19, 2015

As the largest Jewish school in Europe, it can be difficult for JFS to cater for the wide-ranging interests of its student body.

But that is not for lack of trying. This year, the Kenton school launched its new BTEC qualification in hospitality - and six months in, 15 budding masterchefs are singing its praises.

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Teacher fined after posting ‘you were right’ picture of Hitler on Facebook

By Charlotte Oliver, February 18, 2015

A teacher who posted a picture of Hitler on Facebook alongside the caption “you were right” has been fined, after he was reported to police by a Jewish student.

Mahmud Choudhury, from Tower Hamlets, pleaded guilty to the racially aggravated offence. He was fined £465 at Bromley Magistrates Court on Tuesday, but was told he would still be allowed to teach.

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Gang who terrorised Hampstead residents sent to prison

By Charlotte Oliver, February 18, 2015

Three men who committed a series of armed robberies last year targeting homeowners in north-west London have been jailed.

Corrie Moroney, 23, Ellis Parkinson, 21, and Alan Fitzgerald, 20, spent three months terrorising residents around Hampstead Heath.

They wielded a hammer, stun gun and knife to intimidate them into handing over their possessions.

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‘Don’t suffer in silence — I’m still alive because I asked for help’

By Charlotte Oliver, February 13, 2015

Jennifer* is a 17-year-old pupil at a Jewish school in London. Here, she shares her story of depression and recovery:

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‘Don’t suffer in silence — I’m still alive because I asked for help’

By Charlotte Oliver, February 13, 2015

Jennifer* is a 17-year-old pupil at a Jewish school in London. Here, she shares her story of depression and recovery:

I was always a happy and healthy girl, but when I started my GCSEs, my world changed. We received our predicted exam grades, and mine were mostly A*s.

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Time to be mindful about mental health

By Charlotte Oliver, February 13, 2015

Think you’re busy? Spare a thought for your average schoolchild. From their morning maths class to their after-school piano lesson, pupils’ days are jam-packed — with the pressures of academic success weighing them down like a textbook-laden rucksack.

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Anger over proposal to scrap compensation fund for Holocaust victims

By Charlotte Oliver, February 11, 2015

A scheme that compensates victims of the Holocaust for their financial losses during the war may be scrapped by the government in a bid to save taxpayers’ money.

Under Winston Churchill’s wartime government, British-based savings and properties belonging to Nazi victims in Germany, Japan, Italy and occupied Europe were seized to stop them falling under enemy control.

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League tables: how did your school do?

By Charlotte Oliver, February 5, 2015

The results are in and it looks like Jewish schools are continuing to do well in both their A-Level and GCSE results, according to performance tables released last week.

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Ofsted has no agenda against Jewish schools, says primary head

By Charlotte Oliver, February 4, 2015

The idea that Ofsted is unfairly targeting Jewish schools is “preposterous”, according to a Jewish school headteacher.

Last week, Rabbi Nessanel Lieberman – a registered Ofsted inspector and head of Bnos Beis Yaakov School in Kingsbury - was quoted in the JC suggesting that Ofsted had “an agenda to knock down our schools”.

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Far-right group planning march in Stamford Hill

By Charlotte Oliver, February 2, 2015

A far-right nationalist group is planning a rally in Stamford Hill next month in protest against the “Jewification of Great Britain”.

News of the march, called “Liberate Stamford Hill”, has spread on Twitter and Facebook, with organiser Joshua Bonehill-Paine calling on his followers to “fight back” against the “Jewification” of the predominately Charedi area.

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Kosher boss saves kebab shop

By Charlotte Oliver, January 29, 2015

Quick-thinking kosher butcher Jacky Lipowicz did his bit for community relations after putting out a fire at a halal restaurant this week.

Mr Lipowicz, chairman of the Licensed Kosher Meat Traders' Association, jumped into action after noticing flames while koshering meat in the early hours of Wednesday.

The 70-year-old and a colleague used buckets of water - which they were using to prepare

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A few lessons learned at teachers' conference

By Charlotte Oliver, January 29, 2015

As a teacher, you never stop learning. That was the message of the day at the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS) last Tuesday, where more than 200 people gathered for its fourth National Jewish Education Conference for Primary School Teachers.

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'Ofsted is unfair to Jewish schools'

By Charlotte Oliver, January 28, 2015

Ofsted is unfairly targeting Jewish schools, according to one of its own inspectors.

Rabbi Nessanel Lieberman, a registered inspector since 2009, told a meeting of Jewish primary teachers that the education watchdog had “an agenda to knock down our schools, starting with JFS last summer. We are now in the situation where Ofsted is looking for a pretext for inspectors just to turn up.”

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Government backs down over school milk and meat ruling

By Charlotte Oliver, January 28, 2015

The Department for Education has amended a new initiative calling on schools to mix meat and dairy at lunchtime, following complaints from the Board of Deputies.

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International panel calls for new EU law banning antisemitism

By Charlotte Oliver, January 26, 2015

A document on “tolerance”, which includes making antisemitism a criminal offence across all 28 countries of the European Union, is being backed by the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR).

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