What's with Friday nights?

By James Inverne, September 19, 2011

I'm annoyed with you, Jerry Seinfeld. The reason for my irritation, Jerry, would seem trivial to many, but to me, Jerry, it's a matter of principle - and it's something that has happened once too often. This was the straw that broke the camel's back, the touchpaper that lit the fuse, the…I'm aware, all too aware, that I'm coming across a bit like George Costanza. I don't care.


Israel should be the first to recognise Palestine

By Adam Lebor, September 15, 2011

Israel is under siege. Last week, Egypt allowed the Israeli embassy in Cairo to be sacked. Turkey, once Israel's most important regional ally, has expelled the Israeli ambassador.


All girls need this vaccine

By Ellie Cannon, September 12, 2011

O ver the past three years, an entire cohort of schoolgirls in the UK has been on the front line of medical innovation. Following in the footsteps of their American and Australian peers, girls aged 12 and 13 years old, are being vaccinated against cervical cancer.


We're not whisperin' any more

By David Robson, September 12, 2011

Last month the New York Times writer Roger Cohen, who was brought up in Britain and is now an American, wrote a piece about English antisemitism. A lodger at his sister's house in England had looked at Cohen's BlackBerry mobile phone and said, "Oh you've got a JewBerry," so–called, the lodger explained, because BlackBerry Messenger is free and Jews always get things free.


Blind Brits and sighted Yanks

By Monica Porter, September 12, 2011

So, for those pro-Palestinian demonstrators who disrupted the Proms and forced the BBC to take its live broadcast off the air, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra was a proxy for the "repressive" Israeli state.

We are all entitled to engage in non-violent protest, but I do get that Groundhog Day feeling whenever our anti-Israeli agitators rear their ugly heads.


Bigotry and xenophobia well to fore

By Oliver Kamm, September 8, 2011

Anti-Israel campaigners have every right to assemble, demonstrate, picket and argue. But preventing speech that they disapprove of is no legitimate part of a democratic society. Shouting down a musical performance is the same type of outrage, but a degree worse. It is not mere boorishness but militant philistinism. Its near equivalent is book-burning.


'Interacting with Hitler' is more than insensitive

By Greville Janner, September 8, 2011

Usually, when a waxwork exhibition attracts media attention it is because they are unveiling a new model of a pop star or matinee idol. Over the past fortnight though, Madame Tussauds has made headlines for the wrong reasons.


Charities will adapt or die

By Shimon Cohen, September 5, 2011

At the Charity Commission's last count there were 2,351 Jewish charities in the UK. Granted, almost half raised less than £10,000 a year. But it is often the smaller charities which do the most remarkable work.


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.