Their plight resonates deeply with us all

By Rabbi Neil Janes, July 21, 2016

The global refugee crisis is one of the great humanitarian challenges of our generation.


Intermarriage: We must not give a message of rejection

By Aaron Goldstein, July 14, 2016

Intermarriage in the UK is broadly stable at just over a quarter of the Jewish population and those that marry non-Jews are less likely to bring up their children as Jewish than those that marry Jews.


'United' can so easily become 'untied' - especially in the States today

By Erica Brown, July 14, 2016

At 12:47 on May 10, 1869, the last iron spike united the Transcontinental Railroad. In a triumphant sweep, the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads were brought together, two vast parts of America joined in a transportation feat that reduced six months of travel into a week-long excursion.


On Israel, security and fighting against hate, Cameron proved himself a true friend

By Stuart Polak, July 14, 2016

How fortunate we were...

It is fair to say that Witney is not exactly the centre of Jewish life in the UK. Yet David Cameron, the MP for the Oxfordshire constituency, put the welfare, the well-being and the safety of the Jewish community very high on his list of priorities.

I first met David Cameron soon after his election to Parliament in 2001.


May is warm, friendly, and steely

By Jonathan Romain, July 14, 2016

Aa a constituent of Theresa May, and the new Prime Minister's honorary rabbi, I can reveal a local secret. There are two Theresas.

One is the Theresa that the general public sees, renowned for her no-nonsense approach in Parliament and her steely interviews in the media.


When it is time to say goodbye

By Rosa Doherty, July 13, 2016

"Hold his hand and tell him you are there. Tell him there is nothing to worry about. Tell him he can leave now.”

So came the palliative care nurse’s advice, as we sat together beside a hospital bed in my dad’s living room.

This is where he chose to spend his last four weeks; in the room where we once sat, socialised and welcomed family and friends.


David Cameron's premiership was a golden era for Britain's Jews

By Marcus Dysch, July 13, 2016

It was an ovation unlike any I had heard before, or since, for a politician.

When David Cameron walked off the podium at the Holocaust Educational Trust dinner in September 2013, the applause was thunderous.


Post-Brexit Britain - you couldn't make it up

By Maureen Lipman, July 11, 2016

“You couldn’t write it!” Is the phrase I hear most these days. In the train, at parties, on the phone, friends and strangers drop their jaws, shake their heads and murmur, “you couldn’t write it!”


Corbyn’s comments at the Chakrabarti inquiry were no mistake - they were a giant foghorn

By Robert Philpot, July 8, 2016

Three weeks after he was elected Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn famously addressed a Labour Friends of Israel reception and managed to leave the room without uttering the word ‘Israel’.


Many sides to intermarriage

By Jonathan Boyd, July 7, 2016

It gets me every time. That moment in Fiddler on the Roof when Tevye turns his back on his daughter Chava, after refusing to give his blessing to her marriage to Fyedka, a non-Jew. "If I bend that far, I will break," Tevye exclaims with a growing sense of despair. And that's the clincher for him. "There is no other hand! No, Chava!