Category Archives: Action

Advice for teachers and schools on dealing with the current conflict in Gaza/Israel- Revised July 2014

We have published some updated guidance on dealing with the current conflict in Gaza and Israel. The guidance is also available as a pdf download here - Advice for teachers and schools on dealing with the current conflict in Gaza

We welcome any feedback or resources to improve this guidance.

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Update your details and upcoming event

Dear Jewish Teacher,

Thanks for your interest in the JTA, our network of over 200 Jewish educators and education workers.

Update your details

The JTA is updating our database of over 200 Jewish Teachers and Educators. If you have recently changed jobs or contact details, please let us know so we can continue to keep you updated.

Upcoming event

We are really excited about our upcoming JTA Networking and Round Table Discussion- ‘The Challenges facing Jewish Teachers and Leaders’.

We’ll explore with a high calibre panel of exciting educators and thinkers the various opportunities and challenges facing Jewish Teachers and Leaders in the UK today. The round table will be led by the Senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies, Laura Marks, and will also include Jenny Hoffman, who is a Senior Leadership Development Officer at Teach First.

This event takes place at Moishe House London, in Willesden Green.

Moishe House is an organisation dedicating to supporting the young, Jewish community.

The event will take place Sunday, June 8th, from 6 – 8pm

RSVP by clicking here.

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To join the Jewish Teachers’ Association mailing list please follow this link:

  • Scroll down to the section ‘Subscribing to Connect’
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You can also choose whether or not you’d prefer individual emails or a daily digest of emails from the JTA connect list.

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If you have a Facebook account please join our Facebook group UK Jewish Teachers, and like our Facebook page. You can also follow our twitter account @jewishteacher

Many thanks,

Deborah Harris

JTA Administrator

New JTA Chair and plans for next year!

Dear Jewish teacher,

I hope you’re enjoying the last few weeks of term, and that despite having to write reports, you’re enjoying the rush towards the end of term…

I’m delighted to contact you following our AGM to announce that Allison Zionts, is the new Jewish Teachers’ Association chair. Alli is a Canadian teacher living in Brixton and working in Croydon. With Alli’s enthusiasm and skills in community organising, (Alli was until recently a resident in London’s Moishe House, a community home which runs a full range of non denominational events for the whole Jewish Community.) Continue reading

Notice of AGM 30 June 2013 Please RSVP

Dear Jewish Teacher,

A letter went out today to all those members who we have postal addresses for. It included this flyer and notice of our upcoming AGM. Recently moved? In a new post? Please help us keep in contact! Please update the work or contact address we have for you please do so here As you know, the JTA aims to represents all Jewish teachers and educators, wherever and whatever you teach.

Come to our AGM to hear about the work we’ve been doing:

  • with teaching unions
  • with other faith organisations
  • and help us decide our policy for the coming year.

Sunday 30 June, 2013 from 1-3pm in Finchley (RSVP for exact address)

RSVP by clicking
For more information please email Flora on

Join us on: facebook UK Jewish Teachers twitter @jewishteacher

Many thanks, Flora

Flora Richards, Outgoing JTA Chair

JTA at NUT Annual Conference Request & Opportunity

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Dear Jewish Teacher,

I hope you’re enjoying your half term break!

As you know, JTA has been working hard to build the profile of Jewish teachers within the teaching unions, particularly NUT.  This work has been reported in theJC  and the JPost. Samidha Garg, from the Education and Equalities Department has written to Jewish teachers to say that she supports and encourages the work we are doing which you can read here. Continue reading

Write to NUT about their support for the PSC Mass Lobby of Parliament

Dear JTA member,

Tomorrow, Wednesday 28th November, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) will be holding their annual lobby of Parliament. According to their website and the NUT’s Facebook site, the NUT is officially supporting the lobby day.

Naturally members of JTA, the Jewish community and the wider public, including members of the NUT, hold a variety of different views on the situation facing Israelis and Palestinians. I personally favour the position of organisations like the New Israel Fund and Yachad, the Pro Israel, Pro Peace organisation. – both of which, in my view, take a nuanced approach to the conflict, acknowledging its complexity.  It seems to me that there is an appropriate way of expressing those views and, often, it appears that the PSC regularly strays outside the realms of appropriate debate. Examples include the posting of racist cartoons by local branches, Holocaust denial by local branch chairs and a member of the Scottish PSC being found guilty of racially aggravated assault on a Jewish student who was displaying an Israeli flag.

In this context, and in the interests of inclusion and educated debate, surely it is not appropriate for the NUT to be openly supporting the PSC in its lobby of Parliament, without fully and publically recognising the complexity of the situation?

If you agree, I urge you to write to Secretary General Christine Blower and Equality Officer Samidha Garg to express your concerns. I will be writing to explain that as a Jewish member of the NUT, this sort of blanket support for one group only leaves me feeling disappointed and isolated from many members of my union. If you were a member of NUT but you left because of your feelings about NUT’s policies on the conflict it would be very helpful if you could say this too. If you are not a member of NUT but you want to make your concerns know, please also write. Every personal email you write will raise awareness to NUT of our concerns.

It would be really helpful if you could copy in the and send us copies of any replies you get.

For more information, please see this document Summary of PSC extremism November 2012 which lists some examples of PSC extremism over the last two years.

Many thanks,



Mrs Flora R H Richards

JTA Chair