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Audio: Can Religious and Secular Jewish Youth Mix Socially?

Should religious and secular Jewish youth intermix socially and would that be a danger or an asset to the structure of our society?
3/23/2014, 9:48 AM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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Walter visits JFS in London, Europe’s largest Integrated Jewish School to find out if religious and secular Jewish youth can mix socially. This is an establishment with a difference. Not only does one find poor and rich, or religious and secular in this State School (the American equivalent of a Public School), but it offers a curriculum and facilities that rival, if not even surpass the best Private Schools. In the National league tables JFS ranks consistently among the top 1% of achievers. It is also a school where Shabbat observant and non religious students form friendships. Hear about the unusual criteria for acceptance into this mixed sex and varying Jewish observance school community, and about the results. Take a tour with Walter of what’s on offer in this remarkable school - and hear how the Head Teacher of more than 2,000 pupils (he doesn’t like to be called Headmaster) describes how he directs the school to achieve such high results. IMPORTANT: Next week I complete the report with the voices of those who matter – the students, who express freely and without inhibitions or constraints their assessment, criticism or praise of their school, as it impacts on their individual lifestyle. Having listened to this week’s programme, you cannot afford to miss the fascinating conclusion.

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JFS Head Teacher Jonathan Miller.

Walter Bingham was born in Germany. Just days before the outbreak of WWII, with the help of a Zionist youth movement he was selected for a place on the ‘Kindertransport’ to Great Britain. Walter saw front line action during the Normandy invasion of Europe and was awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery in the Field’. In England Walter also acted in films including several Harry Potter films. On the day of his Aliyah in August 2004 he transferred his programme ‘Walter’s World’ to Israel National Radio as a weekly Magazine programme and it has been running here regularly ever since. Walter is an accomplished public speaker and was a member of a visiting panel of lecturers at schools throughout the UK, where he spoke on events in the Third Reich. He has also spoken at schools in the USA and addressed audiences in Israel.
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