The challenge facing our community

By Vivian Wineman, March 6, 2014

Go back 60 years and our community looked very different from today. Then families were more traditional, people married earlier; Jews were more likely to attend shul although they were less likely to be strictly Orthodox; and there were fewer mixed-faith couples.


The FA needs educating over Anelka

By Jeremy Brier, March 6, 2014

Who knew? Nicholas Anelka — the Premier League star once known for his offensive football but now known for his offensive hand gestures — is neither an antisemite nor guilty of “intentionally expressing or promoting antisemitsm”.


James Joseph Sylvester - the maths genius you could count on

By Patricia Rothman, March 1, 2014

Those who value the versatility of their computers and tablets, rely on encryption to keep their data confidential,and wonder at the many marvels of the modern world, may thank James Joseph Sylvester, one of the giants of mathematics, whose work made all these advances possible. Later this year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth.


Making maps matters to us all

By Emily Hilton, February 28, 2014

When I was 18, I spent my gap year in Israel on a youth movement Shnat programme. While this mostly consisted of drinking Aroma iced coffees and crying over my failed kibbutz experience, one of the things I didn’t do was visit the West Bank. We weren’t allowed to go. Why? Because Masa Israel Journeys didn’t give us insurance to cover areas A and B.


Mira Hamermesh, pioneering film director

By Jeremy Isaacs, February 28, 2014

If I had to name the one element most sadly lacking in television schedules today, I would say at once, “the single documentary”. This is the film that tells you not what, as part of a series, you saw last week, the same subject in the same format, but the very opposite, a “one-off”, unlike anything you ever saw before.


Lust is kosher, believe me

By Shmuley Boteach, February 27, 2014

When I was a young rabbi, sent by the [Lubavitcher] Rebbe to Oxford, I used to spend many a Shabbat speaking at Woodside Park and it’s an absolute delight to be invited back, especially to deliver the world premiere of my book Kosher Lust.


Hooray for hi-tech in our schools

By Robert Leach, February 21, 2014

I remember struggling for hours with a BBC microcomputer 30 years ago to get a block glyph to turn 90 degrees left — as I recall I was pretty unsuccessful. That was a classic case of paying lip-service to using technology in classrooms. It was pointless and frustrating and no help to me in my life subsequently (Tetris and Nokia Snake aside).


Six hundred and not a X-word

By Bob Gregory, February 21, 2014

Last year celebrated 100 years since the first crossword appeared in the USA and today sees the publication of my Jewish crossword number 600 in the JC.

I was invited to start a Jewish-themed crossword feature for the JC back in 2002 and Number One was published on September 13 of that year. There’s been a JC crossword every week since.


A reminder, not a debasement

By Nigel Lithman, February 21, 2014

Prior to appearing on the front page of the JC last week, I had only appeared in it once before. There had been a photo of me inelegantly lying spread-eagled, hurtling towards the Earth and what I had begun to assume was my inevitable death.


Secret of a full-house synagogue

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, February 21, 2014

I recently went back to the theatre to see a show not once, but twice. Yes, I loved it that much.

A British theatre company called Punch Drunk has created a spectacular piece of theatre that originally opened in a disused building near Paddington Station for a few months and has now extended its booking period into a year. How have they achieved what other companies can only dream about?