Charlotte Oliver

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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'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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Yours sincerely, Wenger

By Charlotte Oliver, January 22, 2015

Any boy about to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah can expect a flood of well-wishing cards as the day draws near.

But Jack Worsley received a rather more surprising delivery in the post: a personal note from Arsène Wenger.

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Four in critical condition after terrorist attack on Tel Aviv bus

By Charlotte Oliver, January 21, 2015

A Palestinian man stabbed 13 people on a bus in Tel Aviv early on Wednesday morning, Israeli police have confirmed.

At least four people were seriously hurt, and the rest wounded, when the knife-wielding man boarded the number 40 bus on Menachem Begin road in central Tel Aviv and attacked the driver and passengers.

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Thousands mourn as the dead are buried in Jerusalem

By Charlotte Oliver, January 15, 2015

Thousands of Israelis joined leading public figures in Jerusalem on Tuesday for the funerals of the four men killed in the Paris supermarket attack..

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Increased security at schools

By Charlotte Oliver, January 15, 2015

Special briefings were part of the reassurance effort at Britain's Jewish schools following the Paris attacks.

The Community Security Trust wrote to parents of every pupil at Jewish schools on Sunday stressing that "security infrastructure, guarding, procedures and rotas" were in place.

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Putin will not attend Auschwitz memorial ceremony

By Charlotte Oliver, January 14, 2015

Vladimir Putin will not be attending a Holocaust memorial event in Auschwitz, Poland later this month, the Russian government has confirmed.

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Hollande allocates 5,000 police guards to Jewish schools

By Charlotte Oliver, January 12, 2015

French President Francois Hollande has increased protection of the country’s Jewish schools, sending out almost 5,000 police officers since last week’s attack. This is in addition to the 10,000 troops that have been deployed to boost the country's security.

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Interview: Janis Winehouse

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2014

Janis Winehouse threw caution to the wind six months ago when she strapped a parachute to her body and jumped out of a plane flying at more than 13,000 feet. This would be challenging for anybody, but particularly someone struggling with the debilitating effects of Multiple Sclerosis on a daily basis.

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Interview: Amy Bloom

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2014

Who does the letter belong to? Does it carry the same meaning for both the writer and the recipient? And what if it never reaches its final destination?

For American author, Amy Bloom, the unsent letter is just as revealing as the one that arrives on your doorstep. "You think of the letter as existing between the writer and the reader, but of course it exists as soon as it is written.

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Israel's future leaders hitch a ride to Harrow

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2014

On the surface, Israeli teenagers lead markedly different lives to your average British 17-year-old. The desert heat, the imminent army stint, and the threat of rockets mean their daily experiences differ from A-level revision and nights out in Golders Green.

But an Israeli-based education programme, The Young Ambassador School, aims to challenge misconceptions.

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Worry for faith schools as Ofsted continues its no-notice inspections

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2014

Concern has been raised among leading figures in Jewish education that faith schools are being unfairly scrutinised, following Ofsted's onslaught of no-notice inspections.

Last week, news of JFS' downgrading was followed by inspectors turning up at three Jewish schools - Yesodey Hatorah, Hackney; Beis Yaakov, Salford; and Bnois Jerusalem, Hackney.

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Concern over government plan that may force Jewish schools to teach Islam

By Charlotte Oliver, September 21, 2014

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has sparked controversy in Westminster with plans to change the way religion is taught in schools.

Her proposals, reported in the Mail on Sunday, would require every religious studies GCSE student to learn about two religions, rather than just one “world religion” as the course currently stipulates.

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Students get an early taste of university life

By Charlotte Oliver, September 18, 2014

Exam stress, essay deadlines, the horror of cooking your own meals: starting university has its challenges.

But help was at hand last week at JW3 in North London when it opened its doors for UniFest, sponsored by the Pears Foundation with UJS and UJIA, to prepare students for life on campus.

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Head says JFS will do better after critical Ofsted report

By Charlotte Oliver, September 18, 2014

JFS head Jonathan Miller has said that the Ofsted report which raised concerns about safety and behaviour "is not an accurate reflection of the school we know".

But he has promised to address the issues raised by the inspection service.

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Ofsted concern over behaviour at JFS

By Charlotte Oliver, September 16, 2014

School inspectors have voiced serious concerns about behaviour and safety at JFS, Britain’s largest Jewish school.

JFs was downgraded from “outstanding” to a “school that requires improvement” following an unannounced Ofsted inspection.

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JFS loses 'Outstanding' status

By Charlotte Oliver, September 12, 2014

JFS has been downgraded from an “outstanding” school to a “school that requires improvement”, following an unannounced Ofsted inspection two months ago.

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Davis is the No 1 macher

By Charlotte Oliver, September 11, 2014

The wait is over. After four weeks of counting down, the top 10 of the JC Power 100 is revealed today. And there is a new man in pole position - Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis.

The 56-year-old South African is placed ahead of philanthropist Trevor Pears at number two; two chief rabbis; charity heads; a baroness; a dame and a 350-strong cohort of Limmud volunteers.

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