Why I went on a date on the BBC

By Natalie Samuel, February 16, 2012

Social Suicide. That was my instinct when I was forwarded an email looking for people for a BBC3 documentary on dating in the Jewish community entitled "Young, Single and Religious". Why on earth would anyone expose themselves to that level of ridicule?


We support art - but this is not balanced

By Ilsa and Lisa Klinghoffer, February 16, 2012

On October 8, 1985, our father, Leon, was viciously shot in the head by Palestinian hijackers. The terrorists threw his body, along with his wheelchair, overboard.

Later this month, a baritone portraying our father will appear on the London stage in the ENO's production of The Death of Klinghoffer, which aims to provide insight and understanding into this heinous terrorist attack.


Israel's future and the nation-state

By Alan Johnson, February 14, 2012

Alan Johnson: Can Israel be both a "national homeland for the Jewish people" and a "state for all its citizens"?


My Nigerian parking manoeuvre

By Peter Rosengard, February 13, 2012

Last Monday morning I'd just crossed Conduit street when I saw a warden about to write me a parking ticket. I ran over. "Stop! don't give me a ticket," I shouted. "I'm a great friend of the Yoruba people. I love Lagos. Nigeria is my favourite country."


Victors are not the stuff of art

By James Inverne, February 13, 2012

Last year, I wrote in these pages about the wonderful array of talent bursting through the Israeli film industry, and the appalling lack of wider attention being paid to any of that country's cinematic offerings that did not focus on the situation with the Palestinians.


God is more than a vote winner

By Elizabeth Hunter, February 10, 2012

Sixty years have passed since Gandhi said: "those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is". Yet many of those most interested in politics still do not know. Much has changed since Alastair Campbell stated: "we don't do God" but politicians still don't "do God" very well.


The Auschwitz papers could reveal a hidden Shoah story

By Martin Bright, February 10, 2012

Over the past three weeks the JC has been running a campaign to open the files held by the Ministry of Defence and the National Archives about British prisoners of war held at Auschwitz. To their credit, ministers have reacted quickly to pressure from MPs and offered to help in any way they can.


Why I am broadcasting this positive message

By Benjamin Cohen, February 9, 2012

I wanted to use my public profile on TV and online to communicate a positive message to young Jewish people. That message is simple: it's okay to be Jewish and gay, you don't have to sacrifice one part of your identity to remain true to the other.


Israel's front-line in the South Caucasus

By Tim Judah, February 6, 2012

Aghdam is as far as you can go. Travel east, cross Turkey, pass the snow-capped twin peaks of Ararat, cross Armenia and finally you get to Nagorno-Karabakh. As the Soviet Union collapsed, this was the front-line in a brutal war pitting Armenians against Azerbaijanis, or Azeris. Thousands died and more than a million fled their homes. Today, Aghdam is an extraordinary place.


Drew, our Jewish wedding singer

By Julie Burchill, February 3, 2012

So Drew Barrymore may be converting to Judaism. Perhaps when she marries art consultant Will Kopelman in a traditional Jewish ceremony later this year, Adam Sandler will be the best man and seafood will be noticeable by its absence at the bridal buffet.