Charlotte Oliver

What did the Romans ever do for us? They gave me a love for learning

By Charlotte Oliver, April 27, 2016

"Why on earth did you study Latin?" the stranger in question inquires, he or she perplexed (perplexus, confused) as to why I could possibly squander my student loan on a so-called "dead" language.

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Thousands respond as family asks community to pray for a miracle for desperately ill daughter

By Charlotte Oliver, April 25, 2016

More than 10,000 have responded to a family’s online plea to the community to “storm the heavens” and pray for their 20-year-old daughter, who is on life support and is said to be brain dead.

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More children miss out on primary places

By Charlotte Oliver, April 21, 2016

More families than ever were expected to miss out on their first choice primary schools this week, as local councils released their first round of offers.

In a year when, nationally, 10 per cent of all families were not offered a place at their first preference school, Jewish schools reported unprecedented numbers of applicants.

In its first year of admissions, Yavneh Primary - which will op

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New app to ease exam revision

By Charlotte Oliver, April 21, 2016

When her son found himself overwhelmed by GCSE revision two years ago, Alyson Larholm searched for an app or online resource to help him manage his time effectively.

But the search proved futile, so the mother-of-three created one herself.

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JFS head to take 'leave of absence'

By Charlotte Oliver, April 20, 2016

JFS Headteacher Jonathan Miller will be taking a “leave of absence” from the school, according to its chair of governors.

In a letter sent to parents on Wednesday, Steven Woolf said the head “will not be dealing with school matters for the next few weeks”.

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Shin Bet arrests ‘Jewish terror cell’ members in West Bank settlement

By Charlotte Oliver, April 20, 2016

Israel’s security agency has confirmed it arrested six members of a “Jewish terror cell” who carried out violence against Palestinians on the West Bank.

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Yavneh Primary given green light for September opening

By Charlotte Oliver, April 20, 2016

Yavneh Primary will definitely open in September with 60 pupils, after signing its funding agreement with the Department for Education.

In a letter written to Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden, Lord Nash, the parliamentary under Secretary of State for Schools, confirmed the government would be funding the free school, after first approving its formation last September.

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The woman who wants to change politics

By Charlotte Oliver, April 14, 2016

Women should have the same opportunities as men. The idea is hardly radical. But, as Jacquelyn Guderley points out, there is a big difference between what "should" be a reality, and what actually is – and she plans to do something about it.

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The student physicists who cracked the code

By Charlotte Oliver, April 14, 2016

Working out how to pass through an El Al airport security check unscathed is a conundrum that will test the most-seasoned traveller.

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Sinai pupils chop their locks for a good cause

By Charlotte Oliver, April 14, 2016

Samson's strength came from his hair, but four Sinai Jewish Primary School pupils showed how bold and brave they were last week by cutting their hair off for charity.

Anya Berg, 11, Jenna Newgrosh, 11, Jessica Rowley, 8, and Eliana Panas, 8, had their hair cut during school assembly in aid of Zichron Menachem, which makes wigs for children with cancer.

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Reshet head calls for better safeguarding and child protection

By Charlotte Oliver, April 14, 2016

More needs to be done to improve safeguarding and child protection within the community, according to educational group Reshet.

The organisation, which connects more than 2,000 people working in informal Jewish education in the UK, has launched an initiative to "take our community's safeguarding provisions from good to great".

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Smiling again — girl who had life-changing surgery

By Charlotte Oliver, April 13, 2016

An 11-year-old girl has spoken of her joy after groundbreaking surgery corrected her severe scoliosis.

Mackenzie Shoob has returned to Britain from Philadelphia with her parents Karen and Andrew after she spent seven weeks recuperating from the operation.

She said: “I feel better than I did before. When I stand up, I don’t get a lot of pain anymore.

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Boris Johnson warns of 'antisemitic sickness' within the Labour Party

By Charlotte Oliver, April 11, 2016

Boris Johnson has urged Londoners to vote for Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith in the London Mayoral elections, saying there is an “antisemitic sickness” within Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.

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Anti-Israel graffiti and protests as new Israeli ambassador Mark Regev visits Soas

By Charlotte Oliver, April 8, 2016

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has begun to remove anti-Israel graffiti that appeared after new Israeli ambassador Mark Regev visited the campus this week.

The graffiti included the slogan “F**k Regev, Amos and Israel. BDS or else!” daubed across the university’s main building in central London.

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Man collapses and dies during Shabbat service

By Charlotte Oliver, April 7, 2016

A shul-member died after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest during a synagogue service.

John Quint collapsed at Finchley United Synagogue during last Saturday's Shabbat morning prayers.

The 79-year-old was reported to have lost consciousness in the main shul building.

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JCoSS pupil recovering in hospital after suffering cardiac arrest during lesson

By Charlotte Oliver, April 4, 2016

A JCoSS pupil, who suffered a cardiac arrest during a school lesson, has regained consciousness after being in an induced coma for two days.

The teenage boy, who is a year 11 student at the north London Jewish school, collapsed during a PE lesson on Friday.

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Inspectors say Langdon 'requires improvement'

By Charlotte Oliver, March 31, 2016

Langdon College has been downgraded from "good" to "requiring improvement" in its latest Ofsted inspection.

The college, which is based in Manchester, is run by educational charity Langdon as both a residential and day college for teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 with mild-to-moderate learning needs.

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Esther Herlitz, Israel's first female ambassador, dies aged 94

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2016

Israel’s first female ambassador Esther Herlitz has died at the age of 94.

Born in 1921, Ms Herlitz joined the Jewish Agency’s diplomatic corps in 1946, before serving at Israel’s consul in New York in the 1950s.

She was among the team of officials who negotiated compensation for Holocaust survivors from Germany.

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Corbyn urged to expel party member who posted anti-Israel comments on Facebook

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has been urged to expel a Momentum activist from the Labour Party, after he posted anti-Israel comments online.

Bob Campbell, from Middlesborough, was suspended from the party pending investigation, following statements he made on Facebook, suggesting that Mossad was behind Daesh.

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Former archbishop compares antisemitism on campuses to Nazi Germany

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2016

A former Archbishop of Canterbury has compared antisemitism on campuses to Nazi Germany.

Rowan Williams told the Sunday Times that there were “worrying echoes” of Nazi Germany occurring today at British universities.

He said there were still cases where “people ascribe both a sort of collective guilt to Jewish people and a sinister kind of backstairs power”.

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