Young performers have to grow up fast

By Keren David, July 28, 2016

What happens if your child makes it as an actor? If they move past the audition rooms onto the stage or in front of the movie cameras, the chosen one, plucked from the crowd for potential stardom?


Reform means the NUS is better placed to fight hate

By Deborah Hermanns, July 28, 2016

Judging by the storm that surrounded last week's meeting of the National Union of Students' National Executive Committee, you might think that, as a Jewish member of the committee, I must be angry and upset at the outcome.

Far from it - I am delighted that Amendment 2B, which guarantees representation for Jewish, Muslim, migrant, black and LGBT+ students on the NUS's Anti-Racism and Anti-Facism


A festival to celebrate peace: Shalom!

By Nigel Goodrich, July 28, 2016

Few words gifted to the world by the Jewish people are as evocative as the beautiful ‘Shalom’. It is at the same time a wish, aspiration, vision and ideal encapsulating the highest and most noble potential for the future of humanity. It has no nationality, knows no boundaries, has limitless promise. Shalom brings people together, breaks down barriers and makes friends.


Lebanon War caused shift to right

By Jonathan Rynhold, July 21, 2016

Political commentary in Israel has recently focused on the 10th anniversary of the Second Lebanon War and the strengthening of the right. Each has been dealt with separately but, in fact, they are intimately connected. One of the key legacies of that war has been the rise of the right, but not in the way most commentators conceive of it.


Time to ask more questions

By Stephen Rosenthal, July 21, 2016

"So, what is kosher anyway?"

The outer layer of my double-wrapped, bio-hazard-protected kosher meal is still intact, but I already know what the next 30 minutes has in store.

Having hit a lifetime best of seven requests for Jewish Dietary Law 101 over the course of one meal this week, I've been researching The Awkward Question.


Fight for the right to rave

By Peter Rosengard, July 21, 2016

I flew to Ibiza this week. I'm a regular rave house basement first floor DJ there, I do it once every 40 years, but this time was different.


We need emotional and political intelligence in politics

By Gabrielle Rifkind, July 21, 2016

Naz Shah demonstrated extraordinary emotional intelligence when she was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme this week. She did something politicians seldom do - she admitted she was wrong, and in her words, she was ‘ignorant’.


I looked hard at myself, I just didn't get it

By Naz Shah, July 21, 2016

Just over a year ago, against all the odds, I won my parliamentary seat in Bradford West from the divisive George Galloway.

Never did I imagine that I would soon be at the centre of an international antisemitism story.


Ties between us are unbreakable and I've seen why

By Susan Williams, July 21, 2016

Last month I found myself among the narrow streets of the Old City of Jerusalem.


Their plight resonates deeply with us all

By Rabbi Neil Janes, July 21, 2016

The global refugee crisis is one of the great humanitarian challenges of our generation.