TYCOONFUNDSSCHOOLFORSTARS’KIDS

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

A Rus­sian ty­coon was so im­pressed by Shuvu’s credo that he had his own school, mod­elled on Shuvu’s core prin­ci­ples, built in 90 days.

But the pri­vate King Solomon school in Ra­mat Hasharon is not for less well-off fam­i­lies look­ing to bet­ter their chil­dren’s lives through a de­cent ed­u­ca­tion.

Is­raeli celebri­ties, Knes­set mem­bers and in­tel­lec­tu­als send their off­spring to the £12,000-a-year Ortho­dox school where the pupils are pre­dom­i­nantly Is­raeli. Ev­ery stu­dent has their own iPad and up to 40 per cent of sub­jects are taught in English.

There are re­lax­ation ar­eas and pupils are served two high qual­ity kosher meals a day, plus plat­ters of fruit and preser­va­tive­free ice lol­lies when tem­per­a­tures soar. Pomegranate trees and state-of-theart rock climb­ing walls are among the play­ground fea­tures. But for all its mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties, the school is true to Shuvu’s goal of in­ject­ing Ju­daism into main­stream ed­u­ca­tion.

Benjamin Perl, who ad­vised on the project, said the Rus­sian donor had vis­ited UK Jewish pri­mary and sec­ondary schools.

And it has been sug­gested that King Solomon will aug­ment its staff with a Bri­tish teacher af­ter an ad­vert was placed in the JC.

“We have lots of good ap­pli­cants,” Mr Perl says.

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