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A Brexit letter to a Jewish grandparent

By Ben Judah, July 7, 2016

Dear Jewish Grandparent!

For once, it seems, we Jews are not exceptional. Just like the majority, the old voted overwhelmingly to Leave the European Union, and the young overwhelmingly to stay. And, just like the majority, despite all our Shabbat dinners, young Jews are also pretty peeved at old Jews voting them out of the EU.

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Leave vote was about identity

By Melanie Phillips, July 7, 2016

The Brexit vote has heightened passions right across the nation. Many have been left deeply upset and anxious. Families and friendships have been ripped asunder.

The temperature has been raised yet further by a reported rise in the number of attacks on immigrants and Jews. Some Remainers have blamed this on the Brexit campaign.

Such a charge is odious.

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People will look for a scapegoat

By Jonathan Freedland, June 30, 2016

So British Jews take their place alongside Londoners, Scots and the Northern Irish as people who bucked the trend and voted solidly - by 58 per cent to 32 per cent according to today's JC poll - to remain in the European Union.

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Questions on secret schools

By David Byers, June 23, 2016

My four-year-old daughter starts primary school in September and the prospect of taking her to buy her first uniform fills me with anticipation. As, indeed, does the school itself. I know the teachers will provide her with an exciting education, in safe surroundings.

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Moving east from the East End

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2016

Each of the guests made the same comment, one by one. "You bought herring?" we asked our hostess, as nonplussed as if there had been a bacon butty or prawn cocktail beside the bagels.

Herring is one of the foods young British Jews just don't embrace.

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Writing this has been a privilege

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 23, 2016

On Monday 25 February 2002 the phone rang in my basement apartment in Kew Gardens Hills, a genuine shtetl in the borough of Queens, New York.

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Strict believers are 'beyond belief'

By Miriam Shaviv, June 16, 2016

It sounded, at first, like a feel-good story.

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Jewish fans not beyond our Ken

By David Aaronovitch, June 16, 2016

Ken was up before the Home Affairs Select Committee this week talking Hitler and related matters. He was sorry, he told Keith Vaz and the Home Affairs people, that the whole fuss had been started by those "bitter Blairites" and sorry if anyone had got the wrong impression and on the whole he wished it hadn't happened.

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Why Netanyahu courts Putin

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 16, 2016

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. This was Netanyahu's third meeting with Putin in 10 months. Ostensibly, the latest encounter between these two was to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between their countries.

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Jewish critic of all things Jewish

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 9, 2016

Five years ago (almost to the day), I devoted this column to some public utterances of Rebecca Steinfeld, who was then undertaking doctoral research at the University of Oxford.

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