SEPHARDI HEAD’S FREE-SCHOOL ROLE

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY SI­MON ROCKER

SUP­PORT­ERS OF a pro­posed new Jewish sec­ondary school for Lon­don say they are “thrilled” Rabbi Joseph Dweck, se­nior rabbi of the S& P Sephardi Com­mu­nity, has agreed to be its re­li­gious author­ity.

The New Jewish High School team say they in­tend to sub­mit their bid as soon as the gov­ern­ment an­nounces the date for the next round of ap­pli­ca­tions for free schools this year.

Rabbi Dweck, who headed a Jewish school in New York be­fore he took up his post in the UK three years ago, said the NJHS would “pro­vide a ro­bust Jewish ed­u­ca­tion within a mod­ern and rel­e­vant frame­work”.

Jewish ed­u­ca­tion had been his “pas- sion and pro­fes­sion for over 20 years”, he said, and he looked for­ward to “help­ing raise the qual­ity and level of Jewish ed­u­ca­tion in Eng­land”.

The NJHS team told sup­port­ers that “since mov­ing to Lon­don in 2014, Rabbi Dweck has be­come one of the Jewish com­mu­nity’s most sought-after speak­ers and ed­u­ca­tors”.

He will help shape the Mod­ern Ortho­dox ethos of the school.

The NJHS team say they rep­re­sent “a cross-sec­tion of the Jewish com­mu­nity and are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that the school is in­clu­sive to all parts of the Jewish com­mu­nity,

Rabbi Joseph Dweck re­gard­less of lev­els of ob­ser­vance or de­nom­i­na­tion, as well as to the wider com­mu­nity.”

The NJHS project was formed from the merger of the groups pre­vi­ously be­hind the sep­a­rate Barkai and Ka­vanah Col­lege free-school bids, which were turned down by the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion in De­cem­ber. They are now hope­ful that a uni­fied pro­posal will fare bet­ter. Ka­vanah had been backed by the United Sy­n­a­gogue and the Chief Rabbi.

The Chief Rabbi, how­ever, now prefers the ex­pan­sion of ex­ist­ing Jewish schools to cater for ris­ing de­mand rather than the creation of a new school.

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