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Chief Rabbi launches landmark study of UK’s Jewish educational system

29/02/2024

Chief Rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis has launched a comprehensive review into Jewish schools under his authority to guide planning for the future.

The wide-ranging initiative, which is backed by the Israeli government, will draw up recommendations for improvements in the school system and be followed by a plan to implement them.

Sir Ephraim is the religious authority for 32 Jewish schools across the country.

Following launch events in London and Manchester this week, he said, “There is hardly a more important mission than to instil within our children a proper understanding and deep love of their Judaism.

“My hope is that with this review, which could be the most significant Jewish educational initiative in a generation, we can create the very best possible environment for inspiring a generation of proud young Jews, equipped to thrive in an increasingly challenged world.”

The first phase of the project will be led by one of the world’s top Jewish educational consultants, British-born Dr Alex Pomson, of Rosov Consulting in Israel, who will conduct an in-depth study of the education landscape in the UK.

It is being supported by the United Synagogue, UnitEd – a project of Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs and Combating Antisemitism – and the Jewish school’s network in the UK, PaJeS.

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