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.