A candidate, a staffer, and the identity crisis of the American Jewish left

By Steve Markofsky, April 19, 2016

Just days before New York's presidential primary, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders hired a new director of Jewish outreach, a young Berkeley graduate named Simone Zimmerman.


How the Hagaddah inspired me

By Hillary Clinton, April 18, 2016

I didn’t grow up celebrating Pesach. But over the years, I’ve attended seders where I was inspired by the remarkable story told in the haggadah — a tale of a people who, sustained by fortitude and faith, escaped slavery and reached their freedom.


Consumerism: Not even chains can survive

By Jeremy Brier, April 14, 2016

Everyone's grandmother has a moment when they realise their grandchild is a rare and extraordinary genius. Mine enjoyed this epiphany in The Refreshment House, better known as the Golders Hill Park Café.


This paranoid stereotype is no joke

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2016

Blame Woody Allen. Blame Sholem Aleichem. Blame Roth or Sorkin, or Seinfeld, or Larry David. Blame BT for Beattie. Blame them for sustaining the popular image of the Jew as someone who is neurotic, obsessive, a tad narcissistic. Someone who in the real world might well be grappling with a fairly serious mental health issue.


Dough! Israeli bake off's Pesach flop

By Nathan Jeffay, April 14, 2016

It was meant to be the Great British Bake Off, kosher-style. There was considerable excitement in March last year when it emerged that Israeli producers had bought the rights of the hit BBC show in order to launch a local version.

What aired last Saturday night on Israel's Channel 2, however, was more of a burnt scone than a succulent Victoria sponge.


Our cash should go to projects promoting co-existence between Jews and Palestinians

By Joan Ryan MP, April 7, 2016

Last month, during a visit to Israel and Palestine, I spent a day in the West Bank. In Ramallah, we met representatives of the Palestinian Authority. It was, as a colleague suggested, one of the most depressing meetings they had ever experienced.


You can't help thinking, I'll be stabbed next

By Tim Marshall, March 31, 2016

While walking from Jerusalem's Jaffa Street to the Old City, I spent the first three minutes looking at everyone and wondering if they were going to stab me. This was stupid on the grounds of it being highly improbable, and because, in those moments of distraction, I was more likely to be hit by a tram.


Who will really be fintech's winners?

By Alex Brummer, March 23, 2016

Technology is finding ever more creative ways to disrupt existing business and to change our lives. The latest generation of tech ventures seeks to eliminate the middle person, cut costs and give the consumer easy access to services.


I thought I was weak, says victim

By Esther Marshall, March 23, 2016

Former JFS student Esther Marshall, 26, was a victim of domestic abuse. For a year, she was abused by her ex-partner, who is Jewish. She recalled locking herself in the bathroom, crying and in pain, but never telling anyone about her ordeal.


Beth Din has got to get serious

By Yehudis Fletcher, March 23, 2016

Ten years ago, I sought a religious divorce through the Kedassia Beth Din.

The experience was horrific. The dayanim and registrar didn't take my wishes or grievances into account. I felt I didn't have voice. I was humiliated.

At one point, I was asked to sign an agreement and when I started reading it, I was told to stop and just sign.