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Guest post from @JewishWomensAid

Hello Jewish Teachers,

I coordinate the Jewish Women’s Aid Education programme which has, for many years, delivered sessions looking at domestic abuse and healthy relationships in schools. In the past year we have found schools have changed what they want from us and the working relationship has become more challenging.

We want to redevelop our work to make sure we are supporting with the right information at the right time in the best format and we need some help with advice and ideas. If you are able to give this project a little of your time over the summer holidays please comment here or send a PM.

Thank you so much,

Claire Godley,
Jewish Women’s Aid
020 8445 8060


JTA Roundtable event- postponed

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Jewish Teachers’ Association event JTA Roundtable: Challenges & Opportunities facing Educators & Leaders has had to be postponed.

Please continue to follow JTA on our Facebook group UK Jewish Teachers, our Facebook pageand our twitter account @jewishteacher.

You can also continue to post and contact other Jewish teachers using our JTA Connect email list. The Jewish Teachers’ Association Connect mailing list is a great way to connect with other Jewish educators from across the UK.

You can use the mailing list for communications such as:

  • Advertising job opportunities
  • Sharing educational resources
  • Promoting educational events

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

  • Scroll down to the section ‘Subscribing to Connect’
  • Enter your email address
  • Your name
  • Choose a password

You can also choose whether or not you’d prefer individual emails or a daily digest of emails from the JTA connect list.

Best wishes,

Deborah Harris

JTA Administrator


Jewish Teachers’ Association

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Having trouble getting time off work for festivals?

The Board of Deputies has been asked by the Department for Education to provide them with details of cases where people have had difficulties getting time off work for Jewish festivals this autumn. To enable us to provide an accurate picture of the scale of the problem we need to give them as many examples as possible. Bearing in mind the fact that Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot fall on weekdays again in 2014, the issue needs to be dealt with urgently. In particular, we have had many teachers coming to us asking for help in negotiating time off, but the issue is something that we know can be problematic across all sectors. Please email  asap to provide us with details of your experience which will be treated in full confidence.

Kind Regards

Sara Younger

Education Policy and Projects Manager



Summer term update

We hope you’re having a fabulous summer term so far!  There’s lots of work going on behind the scenes at JTA HQ.

We have been:

  • representing the views of Jewish Teachers and Education professionals at the RE Council
  • we’re working with Muslim and Christian teachers through the Three Faiths Forum
  • and we’re doing some education and equality work with the teaching unions.

If you’d like to get involved in any of this work, at any level please email Flora on