Kosher television takeover

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, December 10, 2010

The end of the year is upon us. The secular year that is. Now is a time to sit back with a glass of sherry, look into the fire and reflect upon the eternal question: "How was it for the Jews?"

We know that there has been a rise in antisemitic attacks and that university campuses are rife with hostility to all things Israeli and that some people confuse their virulent loathing of Israel with a seeming dislike of Jews in general. We know all that. It's the same every year.


Hero's 'enough already' peak

By Alan Montague, December 10, 2010

The recent news that the National Trust is planning to fence off part of Kinder Scout brought Benny Rothman to mind.

You may have heard of Kinder Scout - it is the highest point of the Peak District, and a popular destination for tourists. But Benny Rothman? Some heroes are unsung. This one appears to have dropped out of the charts completely.


While other women are advancing, ours are not

By Gita Conn, December 9, 2010

There are more women in Parliament, following the last election, than ever before in the history of the UK. Almost a quarter of MPs are female with four women in the Cabinet and 12 in ministerial posts.

In the professions and public life generally, women are winning the fight for equality that previous generations worked so hard to achieve.


We must do more to tackle campus extremism

By Marcus Dysch, December 9, 2010

The first anniversary of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's attempt to blow up a plane will be marked in a fortnight.

The former University College London student's arrest sparked the creation by Universities UK, the umbrella group which represents vice-chancellors, of a working group to tackle the proliferation of extremist activity on British campuses.

Since its formation it has uttered not a single word in public about what should be done. Our repeated attempts to interview Malcolm Grant, the UCL provost who chairs the group, have been met with a wall of silence.


Surviving winter: pack soup

By Simon Round, December 3, 2010

This week has seen a return to the snow which plagued the country last winter.

It is widely accepted now that global warming could herald in a new ice age - so as the planet heats up we can expect much more in the way of sub-zero temperatures and arctic conditions.

In these temperatures it is essential to pay attention to safety when driving. This means observing a few basic precautions when you set out from your house.

A little maintenance will help to ensure that you are not stranded later. Before you go anywhere, open the bonnet.


Anglo-Jewish realism at last

By David Landau, December 3, 2010

What a warm feeling of Zionist solidarity awaits me in London next week. To stand before UK Jewish groups and cry: "Gevalt! Israel is becoming an apartheid state"- and know this warning is no longer repressed heresy but mainstream discourse within Anglo-Jewry.


Israel's case must be heard

By Ron Prosor, December 3, 2010

I spend a lot of time with the British Jewish community. I hear considerable support for Israel's resilience, creativity and innovation; our economy and arts; our moral fortitude, including our purity of arms. I hear support for what the state embodies and represents - the realisation of the millennia-long Jewish yearning for freedom in our historic homeland.


The chaos of compensation

By Michael Pinto-Duschinksy, November 30, 2010

The Jewish Claims Conference is back in the news. Seventeen people in New York, where the organisation has its headquarters, have been charged with making fraudulent claims for Holocaust compensation from the German government to the value of £27 million. Five have already admitted their guilt.


Lord Sacks is a great teacher

By Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum, November 30, 2010

For my 20th birthday, my mother gave me the book Traditional Alternatives by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. I was fresh out of yeshivah and studying in university, and this book had a profound effect on me. It explained the origins and complexities of my Jewish identity. It gave me a language to articulate the values and principles on which modern Jewish life was based. The author became the Chief Rabbi and every new book he publishes turns up on my birthday. That body of work is my constant reference. It underpins my teaching and philosophy.


A harmonious choir of liberal conformism

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, November 26, 2010

As the saying goes, you should practice what you preach - not what emerged from the recent panel discussion between Peter Beinart, former editor of the US liberal weekly the New Republic and recent heir to the late Tony Judt's critique of Zionism, Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland, and Mick Davis, chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council.