Pragmatic leader who heads a diverse team

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2015

It may have been a long and hard campaign by the standards of Jewish community politics, but Jonathan Arkush's win will give him considerable personal authority when he becomes the 47th president of the Board of Deputies next month.


Child sex abuse and the community: For lessons in what not to do, look at Australia

By Danny Ben-Moshe, May 21, 2015

When Manny Waks went public in 2011 with the revelation that he was a victim of child sex abuse in Melbourne's Chabad Yeshiva, he could not have foreseen the consequences: three court cases and convictions of paedophiles, including one extradition; a Royal Commission hearing into actions of the Yeshiva; the resignation of senior rabbis; and parents in the Chabad community seeking a new governance


A closely fought contest

By Simon Rocker, May 14, 2015

When the Board of Deputies' would-be presidents make their final pitch for votes on Sunday, they will have already taken part in four hustings in a fortnight.

No Jewish community election in recent history has been so closely fought or demanded such commitment from its candidates.


Labour Party must now pass 'Israel test'

By Robert Philpot, May 14, 2015

When Ed Miliband was elected Labour leader in 2010, a delighted Neil Kinnock proclaimed: "We've got our party back." The consequent demise of New Labour produced a defeat last Thursday akin to those which Kinnock presided over.


How the Tories managed to hold on to the heartland

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2015

One of the few bright spots for Labour on election night came in the capital, where it bucked the trend and took seats from the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

But not in the two constituencies with more Jewish voters than anywhere else in Britain: Finchley and Golders Green, and Hendon.


Families under strain must keep talking

By Lucille Balcombe, May 14, 2015

The mental health of children and young people is everyone's issue - parents, professionals and the youngsters themselves.


Election 2015: Why British Jews will welcome Tory win

By Marcus Dysch, May 8, 2015

When the rosettes and the placards are packed away, the winners have caught up on sleep, and the losers have drowned their sorrows, what messages will British Jews take away from the 2015 election?

A couple of points are blatantly clear, even so soon after the declarations.

It sounds like a broken record, I know, but Ed Miliband’s stance on Israel did hurt Labour.


Sufferers go untreated - it wouldn't happen if they were cancer victims

By Professor Gary Kupshik, May 7, 2015

My interest in mental health was first piqued by a statement made by Lady Tebbit in the wake of her paralysis following the IRA bombing of the Conservative Party conference in 1984. She was confined to a wheelchair, faced with flashbacks from the trauma, and had minimal movement in any of her extremities.


Israel playing nuanced game in Syria

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 30, 2015

for the past four years, report after report has emerged attributing air strikes on Syrian military targets to Israel. The Israeli government has not acknowledged a single one - not even when the remnants of bombs with labels in Hebrew were found on the scene. However, Israeli officials have developed a way of taking indirect responsibility that - theoretically - serves the country's interests.


They are the forgotten heroes of global Jewry. It is our duty to remember them

By Colin Shindler, April 30, 2015

Last week saw the passing of two former Soviet Jewish refuseniks, Vladimir Slepak and Vladimir Prestin, who were not permitted to leave the USSR for almost 20 years. It was only when Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in 1985 that the gates were finally opened for a small group of long-term Moscow activists.