We should not be afraid to talk

By Sally Becker, September 18, 2014

The ceasefire was still holding when I accompanied Yuval Roth to pick up three Palestinian children in need of medical treatment not available in Gaza.

Road to Recovery (Derech Hachlama) is a non-profit organisation that provides transport for hundreds of Palestinian children suffering from cancer, leukaemia, kidney disease and other life-threatening illnesses.


My secular Rosh Hashanah

By Felix Posen, September 18, 2014

It is a question I am asked at least once a year. Why do I, a secular Jew, attend a Rosh Hashanah service? At a Conservative shul, no less.

Having been brought up in an Orthodox German community as a young refugee from Germany in New York City I, of course, attended shul every Shabbat and on all yomtovim.


Join the grassroots revolution

By Gideon Falter, September 18, 2014

Ours is the world's fourth-largest diaspora Jewish community. Our leaders have been instrumental in the great Jewish achievements of the last century, from eliciting the Balfour Declaration to winning the release of Soviet Jewry. But, over the years, something changed. Our communal voice lost its potency while new enemies arose, becoming stronger and louder.


Gove's timely wake-up call

By Robert Philpot, September 18, 2014

I'm neither a fan of Michael Gove nor a supporter of his party. However, the speech he delivered last week to the Holocaust Education Trust, an edited version of which appeared in the JC, was - of the hundreds he has delivered since becoming a cabinet minister - probably the most important.


The poison in the Kremlin

By Oliver Kamm, September 11, 2014

The disturbing recrudescence of antisemitism in Europe is not only connected with Gaza and the tragic Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Last year, I interviewed on stage Anne Applebaum, the historian, about her book, Iron Curtain. It's a magnificent account of the postwar subjugation of Eastern Europe by Soviet communism, an ideology in which antisemitism played a role.


It's time to include singles

By Suzanne Korn, September 11, 2014

The forthcoming yomtovim will, for many, just as Shabbat and other festivals do, highlight their lack of belonging.

After creating Adam, God said: "It is not good for man to be alone". Presumably, that means everybody. Yet many single people experience Judaism as an exclusive and excluding, family-only religion.

Do you know what it is to be single, Jewish and ignored?


Don't push us - let us lie in peace

By Peter Rosengard, September 11, 2014

When I fly, I'm a recliner. I don't care how long the flight is - five minutes or five hours - as soon as we're airborne, I'm reclining my seat. In fact, I don't even wait to get on board; I practise on three adjacent seats at the gate.


An odious, sick comparison

By Simon Johnson, September 11, 2014

Security commentators estimate that some 600 British citizens have travelled to the Middle East, via training camps in Turkey, to fight for Islamic State (IS).


Time to include the learning disabled

By Jo Richler, September 11, 2014

Our Jewish tradition is based on a foundation of embracing all within our community. Inclusivity is a core Jewish value. Being included in one's community and its activities, in social roles and personal relationships, is an invaluable part of anybody's life, and contributes to one's personal well-being.

This is particularly important for people with disabilities.


Stars and stripes of David at odds

By Elad Uzan, September 11, 2014

On a humid Manhattan morning, four Jewish religious leaders came to speak with us, students of the Ruderman Program in American Jewish Studies, on the current state of American Jewry.