Friends who are enemies

By Jonathan Freedland, September 17, 2015

Lots is uncertain in British politics just now, but here's one prediction you can bet on: if Labour goes into the next general election led by Jeremy Corbyn, the party will receive the lowest Jewish vote in its history.

Part of the explanation predates the new leader.


Sinister truth of a terrorist myth

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 17, 2015

Would you like to hear some good news that should be welcomed by all genuine peace lovers?


Why join a House of Disgrace?

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 11, 2015

Stuart Polak, director of the Conservative Friends of Israel, has just been elevated to the peerage. This would appear to be good news, both for Mr Polak himself and for British Jewry. But I'm unable to join in the celebrations.


The response to the migration crisis is blinkered emoting

By Melanie Phillips, September 10, 2015

The pictures of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose drowned body was washed up on a Turkish beach after his Syrian Kurdish parents set out for Europe in a dinghy, produced an outpouring of sorrow and a clamour to "do something" to which politicians have been scrambling to respond.


Beware of the hot-air fascists

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 3, 2015

Next month, the Board of Deputies will host a forum on climate change. The event is the brainchild of the Board's "social-action group", and will allow participants to "share perspectives" as a prelude to a United Nations conference on climate change planned for the end of the year.


So far away, yet so together

By Miriam Shaviv, September 3, 2015

Our friends thought we were stark raving mad - and as I watched my daughters, aged six and nine, disappear up an escalator with a stewardess whom they had met only five minutes earlier, I wondered whether they were indeed right.

We were sending them for two weeks in Israel, without us.


It was a coup to get me there

By Peter Rosengard, September 2, 2015

Towards the end of June, I got an email inviting me to give a speech in Fiji. It took me less than a second to accept the invitation.

"Did you know the JC was big in Fiji," I asked the editor.

"No," he said. "I didn't think there were any Jews in Fiji."


Is the royal prayer outdated?

August 27, 2015

On 9 September, Her Majesty the Queen will be celebrating the fact that she will, that day, have become Britain's longest reigning monarch, overtaking the record set by Queen Victoria (her great-great-grandmother) of 63 years and 216 days.


Unsavoury bedfellows

By David Aaronovitch, August 27, 2015

Is Jeremy Corbyn a Jew-hater? Not in a million years. If he were, he'd not try so hard to look like a Reform rabbi. So what gives with all the meetings and contacts with people who edge off into that dreadful world in which evil Jews run everything, kill everyone, take part in secret plots and have all the money?


Time to right a grievous wrong

By Geoffrey Alderman, August 24, 2015

The news that the United Synagogue has sold the former official residence of its chief rabbi - 85 Hamilton Terrace, NW8 - for a sum reported to be not less than 10 million pounds is both good and not so good. The residence (through the hallowed portals of which I was privileged to pass on no less than four occasions) always struck me as overly pretentious.