The forgotten WWI general

By Nadav Shemer, July 10, 2014

When schools around Britain mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I later this month, I wonder if Sir John Monash, the Jewish general who planned the offensive that broke German resistance, will rate a mention.

In Australia Monash is the closest one gets to being a war hero: a top university is named after him, so is a major freeway, and his face appears on the $100 note.


Failed to condemn Hamas? You have no right to outrage at Israel's response

By Eylon Aslan-Levy, July 10, 2014

When Israel expands its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, many people - watching from a safe distance - are going to be very cross. Human Rights Watch will be up in arms; Amnesty will be outraged. The BBC and CNN will show harrowing pictures (real and fabricated) of Israel's "disproportionate" action.


Hola Spurs, I am open to offers

By Jose Pekerman, July 10, 2014

Hola mis amigos ingleses,

Well, it has only been a few weeks but everything has changed. My voice has now been heard from Golders Green to Radlett, from Sale to Gateshead. I feel that if the futbol does not go well in the future, I have a job as a pundito in the JC's sports page to look forward to.


Sorry Naftali, we're not your footsoldiers in the media war

By Jenni Frazer, July 6, 2014

It was not, perhaps, quite what the Foreign Ministry had bargained for when, after a decade-long gap, the idea of reviving a Jewish journalists' conference in Jerusalem was mooted.

Unlike previous events, this one was run by the Foreign Ministry in conjunction with the Government Press Office and - for the first time - the newly designated Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.


No joke -Brits admire us for being out and proud about our roots

By Michael Goldfarb, July 4, 2014

The old ones are still the best ones.

"When the boat from Hamburg docked in London (or Liverpool or Glasgow), my grandfather (great-grandfather nowadays) asked, is this New York? Someone told him, yes, so he got off and that's why we live in Britain."


In the face of death, we remember the redemptive power of love

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, July 3, 2014

"This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live" (Deuteronomy 30:19).


Thanks for nothing, RIBA. Zero.

By Stephen Pollard, July 3, 2014

A few years ago I was mugged at the bottom of the escalators at Charing Cross Station. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the young men responsible.

They could so easily have gone further and slashed me with a knife, or given my head a kicking. As it was, all they did was push me over and grab my wallet.


We're having Brazil for Friday night dinner

By Jose Pekerman, July 3, 2014

I think some of you were not expecting to see my punim again in the JC. After all Uruguay was powerful opponent even without diablo Suarez and Los Cafeteros (the Coffee Makers as we are known) are a small country with little previous success in the Mondial.

But we have El Nuevo Pibe - the new kid, James Rodrigues - a boy who makes Christiano Ronaldo look as graceful as Andy Carroll on ice.


David's lyre in a London shul

By James Inverne, June 26, 2014

We have, musically speaking, been punching below our weight. It feels as though something is missing from the UK Jewish community. Not talent, to be sure - there are plenty of top Jewish musicians to be found in our cities every day, from Murray Perahia to young Benjamin Wallfisch, son of the cellist Raphael and an increasingly successful conductor and film composer.


Living a true life outside Israel

By Jake Wallis Simons, June 26, 2014

It is an old cliché that Jews should have a packed suitcase by the door. But now, it seems, European Jewry has decided that the time has come to put the suitcase to good use.