The conversion row: pure politics

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 19, 2008

Religion is not the prime reason for the recent spate of conversion annulments

Three weeks ago, in a Shabbat sermon about which he must have thought a great deal, Naftali Brawer, rabbi of the United Synagogue at Borehamwood, launched a ferocious attack against those of his colleagues — in Israel and elsewhere — who have proudly claimed responsibility for, and enthusiastically supported, one of the most malevolent rabbinical decisions of recent times.


Let them eat packed lunches

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 12, 2008

Why is a Jewish school stopping its students from bringing in food from home?

Next Friday I shall attend the formal opening of Yavneh College in Borehamwood. The ceremony will be graced by the presence of a host of Jewish and non-Jewish dignitaries, chief among whom will be the Secretary of State for Children, Families and Schools, Ed Balls.


The JCC doesn't need a building

By Jonathan Freedland, June 12, 2008

We are among the minnows of the Jewish world, a tiny community by comparison with those in Israel or the United States. And yet we do sometimes manage, as the Foreign Office diplomats might put it,


Donors’ wishes must be heard

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 5, 2008

Was the Hebrew University right to deduct 20 per cent of a recent legacy to fund the office of its British Friends?


And the UK's bottom Jew is...

By David Aaronovitch, June 5, 2008

Shunned by the JC Power 100, at least I’m not on the list of the 10 least influential people in the community

Each week last month I scanned the JC Power 100 list. I wasn’t in 60-100. The next week I wasn’t in 30-60. And finally I wasn’t in 1-30. For those slower readers, allow me to summarise by saying that I therefore wasn’t anywhere in the top 100 Jews or influencers of Jewish life in Britain. Which makes you wonder what I’m doing at the bottom of this page at all. Just a hang-over from the Ned Temko days, I suppose.


A revisionist revises his views

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 29, 2008

Historian Benny Morris concedes that the Arab struggle against Zionism is about religion, not land

Over the past few weeks, the even tenor of my scholastic existence has been repeatedly interrupted by the demands of the media for “authoritative” answers to their many queries arising from the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence.


Obama's liberal Jewish fools

By Melanie Phillips, May 29, 2008

American Jews are so intent on voting anti-Republican that they are trying to elect an anti-Israel Democrat

Are American Jews the equivalent of chickens voting for Shabbat?

They have persuaded themselves that Barack Obama is a friend of the Jewish people, because Obama put his hand on his heart and swore
undying friendship to the state of Israel.


Police failed us over imam racism

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 22, 2008

The authorities’ reluctance to pursue Islamic radicals has been a boon to the BNP

The apologies given in the High Court last week by the West Midlands police and the Crown Prosecution Service to the makers of an extraordinary documentary have thrown a welcome light upon that species of malign political correctness that is eating away at British tolerance and respect for minorities. 


How I solved my identity crisis

By Miriam Shaviv, May 22, 2008

What do you do when another journalist writes under the same name as you?

It’s Miriam Shaviv here; JC comment editor, and the same Miriam Shaviv that usually appears in this slot.

It may sound as if I’m stating the obvious, but those of you who read the Jerusalem Post may be confused.

For although the odds seem incredibly low, there is another journalist called Miriam Shaviv. She edits the Arts section of the Post, the paper which employed me before I worked here. And she writes regularly under the same byline as me.


Sir Alan, you're hired as our rep

By Jonathan Freedland, May 16, 2008

Alan Sugar is the most visible Jew in this country. And that’s no bad thing

I was hooked even before the chicken. Wednesday nights have been ring-fenced in the diary since the latest series of The Apprentice began, but my addiction goes back even further. To me, Sir Alan Sugar and his would-be employees have become a harbinger of summer, like the sound of leather on willow: when they re-appear, I know that winter is over at last.