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The Sacks era ends - let the Mirvis era begin

By Stephen Pack, August 30, 2013

With the installation of the new chief rabbi at St John’s Wood Synagogue on Sunday, marking the passage of the office from Rabbi Sacks to Rabbi Mirvis, we can look both backwards and forwards with pride and confidence.

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The JC Profile: Jonathan Barnett

August 29, 2013

Jonathan Barnett is one of the most important figures in football — and yet you may never have heard of him.

Gareth Bale’s agent might not be a household name, but he has been a driving force behind the biggest transfer story of the summer, the will-he-won’t-he frenzy surrounding his client’s almost certain record-breaking transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid.

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Artists are entitled to their views, but Nigel Kennedy should have kept shtum

By James Inverne, August 25, 2013

For years, I’ve lived with the question, “what gives an artist the right to speak out?” Now another question is inescapable — what gives an artist the right not to? Both are important questions. Both are relevant to us as Jews.

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Please, don't do the 'Jew thing'

By Michael Freedland, August 23, 2013

I suppose it’s being able to say that some of my best friends are gentiles.

They are, I am sure, real friends,saying really nice things. The trouble is I sometimes wish that they wouldn’t. In fact, I am slowly coming to the conclusion that if there is anything worse than a really vicious antisemite, it is sometimes a really well-meaning philosemite.

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Wide-eyed about Google Glass

By Simon Round, August 23, 2013

When Google Glass was launched in 2012, everyone checked out the prototype interactive computer headset, which is attached to a pair of spectacles, said “how clever” and returned to their iPads.

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How a holiday in Israel changed my life

By Annalise Toberman, August 22, 2013

Just two weeks ago I was still exploring Israel with my adoptive mishpacha: 35 Brits, eight Israelis, two UJIA group leaders, our loveable kibbutznik guide with a limitless supply of Israel-related factoids, our security/medic who would look as though butter wouldn’t melt — if not for the gun on her person — and our bus driver with seemingly ambivalent views about keeping eyes on the road.

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Smart people can be racist too

By Grant Feller, August 19, 2013

I’ve never thought of antisemitism as just being an instinctive reaction from an ill-educated minority. In fact, in my experience, it has always been a poison spewed by intellectuals.

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Nu? York? Yes, that's where I'm moving to

By Ben Rich, August 16, 2013

When I tell people we’re relocating to York they tend to tip their heads to one side sympathetically and sceptically wonder whether there are many Jews there.

Actually, when I first moved to York – as a student in 1985 - I shared the assumption behind this question. But I was on a mission to escape the ghetto.

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Am I OK? Don't ask

By Jenni Frazer, August 16, 2013

Dear Person Whom I Have Never Met Before and Whom I Don’t Know From A Hole In The Wall: I hope you’re well.

Actually, in the event that I am writing this email on a Friday, I hope you have a lovely weekend. If I’m writing this on a Monday, well, I also hope you had a lovely weekend.

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Why being a care worker is a suitably Jewish career

By Neil Taylor, August 16, 2013

While, in the main, I am not one for stereotypes, that age-old stereotype of “pushy” Jewish parents who want the best for their children is probably closer to the truth than many of us would like to admit.

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