There is more to charity than money

By Laura Marks, November 6, 2008


It’s time to confront the hate talk

By Denis MacShane, October 30, 2008

Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has the answer to the world's financial turbulence: blame the Jews. Speaking at the United Nations last month, Iran's elected leader accused Jews of "dominating an important portion of the financial and monetary centres as well as the political decision-making centres of some European countries and the US in a deceitful, complex and furtive manner".


My theory about what makes for rude shuls

By Jan Shure, October 30, 2008

Shortly Before the High Holy-Days, I attended a Shabbat service at a popular, independent "Modern Orthodox" synagogue in the heart of Jewish North-West London. Throughout the time I was there (and I arrived during shacharit, and left after Adon Olam), I could hear, coming through the windows, a cacophony from the shul playground, where up to 150 children were belting around, shouting, laughing and chasing one another.


Be an ambassador for Judaism — leave home

By Sheli Levenson, October 23, 2008

The new university term is under way and, as undergraduates settle in, hopeful applicants are considering their options for 2009. It is that time of year when people of a certain age are, in various ways, thinking seriously about university. Whether you are a finalist, a fresher or just beginning the application process, there are decisions to be made and challenges faced.


Zyklon profits are poisoning history

By Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, October 23, 2008

Is money derived from manufacturing Zyklon B, the pesticide used in Nazi gas chambers, a suitable source of subsidy for historians? Should they accept funds gained from smelting the gold tooth-fillings of murdered Jews to run international conferences?


The spirit of Succot can save lives

By Tony Blair, October 17, 2008

As Jews around the world celebrate Succot, they celebrate human beings maintaining a loving, caring covenant with God and with each other. It is this that gives rise to the virtues of charity and solidarity, core covenantal values expressed in the work of the community's NGOs - World Jewish Relief and Tzedek among others. But they are also shared between different faith communities.


A boon to Austria’s far-right

By Daniella Peled, October 17, 2008

What a way to go. Like Grace Kelly, Isadora Duncan and Princess Di before him, Jorg Haider met his death last week in a high-speed car crash. It was a fittingly dramatic exit for the handsome poster-boy of Austrian prejudice who, with his perma-tan and gelled hair, had brought a touch of glamour back to the far-right.

Indeed, coming just two weeks after his political comeback - when the far-right won nearly a third of the vote in the Austrian elections - his death has a bio-pic quality that has captured the imagination of the Austrian public.


Weep for Israel’s disregard of its liquid asset

By Nathan Jeffay, October 16, 2008

The mentality epitomises Israeli short-sightedness. Fill the private swimming pools of Ra'anana and Herzlia today; worry about the future tomorrow. The Kinneret, the Sea of Galilee, is drying up. Water is at the lowest level on record.

A "red line" has been crossed and a "black line" looms. The latter marks the level past which water pressure will be inadequate to stop springs in the lake emitting large amounts of saltwater. Nobody is quite sure whether, if the Kinneret turned salty, the damage could be undone.


Over-defensive on the home front

By Anna Maxted, October 10, 2008

I disliked the stereotype of the typical mother - till I became one

As a teenager, I used to despise the Jewish mother - or at least, the stereotype: her inability to see a fault in her child, her strange obsession with force-feeding any person in her line of sight, her embarrassing disregard for social convention, and the pressure she put on her offspring to succeed at everything (except, possibly, sport).


No more messages of hate at Durban, please

By Henry Grunwald, October 8, 2008

It is vital to avoid a repeat of a conference which left an imprint of lasting venom 

The United Nations Durban Conference, held in 2001, globalised the discourse of contemporary antisemitism and anti-Zionism, turning the UN into an arena where Jews and Israelis were accused of apartheid, genocide and crimes against humanity. It was agreed at Durban that, 10 years on, there would be a review conference to address progress on its outcomes.