We'll keep on fighting hate, says minister

By Marcus Dysch, June 4, 2015

The government will continue to regard the fight against antisemitism as a serious issue, a new minister has told a parliamentary group dedicated to combating Jew-hatred.

Baroness Williams confirmed that the new Conservative administration would back initiatives introduced in the previous parliament.


The mainstream should accept frum values

By Shimon Cohen, June 4, 2015

I have assisted the Belz community with media relations following last week's JC exclusive, regarding the alleged ban on women driving. I have found our community's response particularly interesting.


Life is not ours to cut short, says Chief, but Progressives back assisted dying

By Simon Rocker, May 28, 2015

One of the strongest advocates for assisted dying is the Jewish human rights lawyer Lord Joffe, who has made repeated attempts to win parliamentary approval for it.

But when the former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer introduced a bill last year that would have allowed doctors to supply lethal drugs to someone given less than six months to live, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis joined the Archbishop of


Genocide recognition not a job for politicians

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 21, 2015

Yuli Edelstein is Benjamin Netanyahu's hand-picked choice as speaker of the Knesset. For the past two years, he has run the Israeli parliament in accordance with the prime minister's often conflicting wishes, not sprung any surprises and, where needed, bent procedure to accommodate his agenda.


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.