Challah in a Clyde summer

By Sharon Shenhav, September 5, 2011

As Israelis who find Jerusalem summers too hot for our taste, my husband and I have a unique solution. Invited to visit Scottish friends 13 years ago, we found that the cool, rainy weather in August was perfect.


Nowadays I act like a mother

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, September 5, 2011

Rosh Hashanah is looming again and as ever I find that the shift in temperature and the new smell in the air are my cue to take stock - to look back on the year, at who I once was, who I hoped to be and who I have now become. I'm currently working with much younger cast members.


This case should send a clear message on the law

By Rabbi Garry Wayland, September 1, 2011

Chanan Reitblat, a normally confident, outgoing student, contacted me late at night about a "vile hate-crime" that he had suffered. For me, this was a clear welfare issue - a student going through a traumatic time, needing support, space and time.

After he had finished with the police, he came to stay with me.


The real crisis of world Jewry is a spiritual gap

By Lord Jonathan Sacks, September 1, 2011

The real issue facing world Jewry is the one no one talks about. It is not antisemitism. It is not the isolation and condemnation of Israel. It is not assimilation and outmarriage. These are all symptoms, not causes.

The real issue is that for a large proportion of the Jewish world, in Israel and the Diaspora, Judaism no longer makes sense.


September 11: waking up a generation to terrorism

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

It was Tuesday afternoon and school was out. It had been an odd day. We'd had some kind of 'skills workshop', with the positive outcome that I had no homework. My sister drove us home, music blaring.

As we pulled up, my mum was on the doorstep, a concerned expression on her face. "They've hit the Twin Towers," she said.


This was not a real August

By Simon Round, August 31, 2011

August is great if you happen to be a journalist. For 11 months of the year the world is a very serious place – there are riots, revolutions, financial crises and scandals. Then everyone goes on holiday and we can write whatever we want – it's called the silly season. Until this year that is.


Theatre can heal our wound

By James Inverne, August 31, 2011

Growing up in Bournemouth, it was almost holy writ: "when thou art seven or eight, thou shalt join the shul's drama society and there thou shalt remain, yea, even unto thy barmitzvah year." It certainly was compulsory in my house, as my father ran the society.


Jerusalem protestors are not what you think

By Nathan Jeffay, August 25, 2011

The cost of living demonstrations have caught the nation's imagination in Israel. Weekly rallies have attracted as many as 300,000 people and polling puts public support at close to 90 percent.

But British Jews seem to have greeted the new movement with at best a shrug and at worst criticism.


Secret talks underline bankruptcy of peace process

By Yossi Alpher, August 19, 2011

The meeting in London recently between Israeli President Shimon Peres and PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) speaks only to the weaknesses of what purports to be the current peace process-not the (nonexistent) strengths.


Could Bloomberg be the man?

By Monica Porter, August 19, 2011

As we near the 2012 American presidential elections, once again there are rumours that the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, might enter the race, thereby making himself potentially the country's first Jewish president.