Get me to the shul on time

By David Robson, November 21, 2011

My grandfather used to leave shul at the same time every Shabbos. I have a feeling it was 11.30 but that does seem a little early. Maybe it was closer to midday. Regardless of what was going on - praying, preaching, singing - we walked out and headed for the café where my grandmother was waiting. Enough was enough. In the afternoon, I would often go to watch Leeds United with my uncle, his son.


It's Israel's latest farce - 'When Shalit met Pollard'

By Nathan Jeffay, November 17, 2011

A month ago today, Gilad Shalit walked free, and it has not taken long for his tragic story to become thoroughly exploited. Advocates for Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence in America for spying for Israel, are jumping on the Shalit bandwagon.

Pollard's wife Esther has long eyed the Shalit campaign with bitter envy, and now wants to swoop in and make her husband the new Shalit.


Artists shouldn't be passengers when it comes to the Holocaust

By Gerald Jacobs, November 14, 2011

In recent weeks, the JC has published three columns about Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger, which has just finished its run at the English National Opera. Each of the writers was exercised by the fact that Weinberg's opera is set in Auschwitz.


They call it body art but I find it tatty

By Gerald Jacobs, November 11, 2011

While, to the best of my knowledge, no Jew was involved in the rioting and looting that blighted our streets and our screens last month, it seems that police inquiries may have been directed at one or two Jewish households in connection with the destination of some looted items.


Stories out of broken glass

By Janet R Kirchheimer, November 11, 2011

This week marked the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht and the first I spent without my father.

Kristallnacht is referred to as the "night of broken glass". But it was much more than that. November 9 and 10 1938 was the beginning of the end of most of European Jewry.


One day to change the world

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, November 11, 2011

We Jews need to get the message across that we want to make the world a better place, not just for ourselves but for everyone. Luckily, the wonderful Mitzvah Day is coming round again as the perfect opportunity to do just that. The brother of a non-Jewish friend of my daughter was talking about it today as if it was part of the national calendar.


Grade F for admissions

By Keren David, November 11, 2011

So, your child is transferring to secondary school? You've filled in your form, debated Jewish versus non-Jewish, private or state? The all-important first-place choice is made.


They just don't get it - tolerance of Jew-hate set to live on

By Adam Levick, November 10, 2011

One of the most prevalent axioms advanced by anti-Zionists is that Jews attempt to stifle criticism of Israel by accusing their opponents of antisemitism.


New lyrics to the old tunes of antisemitism

By Denis MacShane, November 10, 2011

At Oxford University, a member of the Conservative Association sings a charming ditty to the tune of Jingle Bells: "Dashing through the Third Reich… In a black Mercedes Benz… Killing all the kikes…"


A way to break the deadlock

By Simon Rocker, November 4, 2011

The Big Tent for Israel conference, which takes place in Manchester at the end of the month, has been making news for all the wrong reasons.