Power games with the Charedim

By Jonathan Rynhold, September 15, 2016

If there is one issue that could change the political map of Israel, it is anger at Benjamin Netanyahu caving in to the Charedim - again. Last week the Charedi parties demanded that maintenance work on the train network should not be carried out on Shabbat, when such work is regularly carried out, as the trains do not run on Shabbat.


Dark discord at the Proms

By Martin Bright, September 15, 2016

Last Friday, I found myself at a drinks reception for journalists at the Royal Albert Hall following Verdi's Requiem at the BBC Proms. It was a very civilised occasion and everybody agreed that this year's season had been a great success. I had very much enjoyed the evening's performance, which included an impressive contribution from the BBC Proms Youth Choir.


Is end of 50 per cent cap a good idea?

September 15, 2016

YES - Rabbi David Meyer

It is essential that the government remove the 50 per cent cap on faith schools.

The cap was introduced with the aim of supporting inclusivity and tolerance and to try to combat rising fundamentalism, and in this objective it has failed.


Community's green light for Amber Rudd

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2016

The appearance of Amber Rudd, the low-profile new Home Secretary, at a Jewish charity dinner on Monday included a series of incidents which struck me as both utterly remarkable, and completely predictable at the same time.


We must be on front foot against boycott

By Joel Salmon, September 15, 2016

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is on the rise in student politics. There are frequent motions passed at universities which single out Israel, causing bitterness and discord among students.

University should be a place for the sharing and debating of ideas, yet anti-Israel campaigning shuts down these discussions and creates an atmosphere of hostility.


Minorities must feel comfortable in the future Israel

By Rabbi Shemtov Menachem, September 15, 2016

Sooner rather than later, Israel's future will be decided by the ultra-Orthodox and Arab communities. But each community is still learning how to build a better future for and by all Israeli citizens.


Say hello from the other side

By Erica Brown, September 8, 2016

Adele's popular song Hello became instantly ubiquitous. It was played everywhere. Hard to sing, it was, however, easily spoofed, and we probably all had a moment when we said hello to someone and wanted to break into song. I held back. I hope you did.


You can study and be happy

By Gideon Sylvester, September 8, 2016

Poor Daniel Sugarman. It sounds like he had an awful experience at yeshivah, as described in last week's JC. His powerful description of dirt, dogs, floods and tedium sounded like a cross between the Ten Plagues and a Dickensian nightmare.


Striking doctors shamed by history

By Monica Porter, September 8, 2016

Doctors love to paint themselves as altruists, people filled with compassion for others, concerned only with healing the sick and comforting the afflicted. They're not in it for material gain, oh no, not like bankers and businessmen and those dodgy politicians. They slog away purely to serve humanity.


Party of shalom? Maybe not with not-so-sweet Caroline

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2016

Please don't do a double-take. Reading today's column may feel like déjà vu but, as political life in Westminster got back into full swing this week, the same issues, the same characters and the same concerns immediately bubbled back to the surface.

While I cannot bring myself to re-visit Ken Livingstone's incendiary comments on Hitler and Zionism, other recurring matters cannot be avoided.