A pride to serve that was a joy

By Simon Round, November 6, 2014

I have always been a nervous flyer. In fact, I once needed a couple of sessions with a counsellor to get me in the air. A lot of people have been very sympathetic about my phobia over the years - my dad was not one of them. He simply could not get his head around the idea that anyone would be nervous about going on holiday in a modern airliner.


Some Friday night feminism

By Sally Berkovic, November 6, 2014

The Great Challah Make was a wonderful gathering and sheitels off to the organisers for the entire Shabbat UK event.


Washing the laundry not hands

By Gerald Jacobs, November 6, 2014

A great deal has been seen and heard lately of Jews bashing Jews, much of it laced with irony in that it has been perpetrated in the cause of solidarity.


Don't forget that we were 'them' once upon a time

By Jennifer Lipman, November 6, 2014

In February 1899, John Lowles, MP for the East End seat of Shoreditch, Haggerston, queried the "large increase in the numbers of alien immigrants.

"In view of the grave evils arising therefrom," he asked the government to "check such immigration in the interests of our own struggling industrial population?"

Lowles's extraordinary-sounding hyperbole was hardly uncommon.


Jailed bus bigot now has to get on board

By Rosa Doherty, November 6, 2014

Justice has been served for the man who I heard threaten "to burn the Jews" on a 102 bus full of schoolchildren in Golders Green in September.

After months of what became a JC campaign to find him and highlight the repeated failures of Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police to act on my 999 call, Ian Campbell is now serving 20 weeks in prison.


A reminder of Ghetto heroism

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, October 30, 2014

I have become fixated with the fate of Kobane, the Syrian town near the Turkish Border and home to thousands of Kurds. This city, that began as a simple train station built in 1912 along the Baghdad Railway, soon grew to become a refuge for Armenians and Kurds.


Emotional blackmail of aliyah

By Angela Epstein, October 30, 2014

Idling along the Netanya sea front, soaking up the warmth of the Israeli sunshine, my dream-like state was suddenly shattered by a voice calling out from behind.


Beware this rewritten Vichy

By Nesta Wyn Ellis, October 30, 2014

The French are perfectionists – mainly about themselves. They carry self-criticism to extremes but anyone who attempts to criticise them will suffer from their refusal to accept that they can be perceived as imperfect. I have spent many years living in Paris and can tell you that on TV the most popular programmes are those that depict the Resistance in their heroic fight against the Nazis.


Has Lancet Editor abused his position with the 'Gaza letter'?

By Jake Wallis Simons, October 30, 2014

Last month, Dr Richard Horton, the editor of the Lancet medical journal, took the stage at the Rambam hospital in Haifa in an apparently contrite mood.


Hold on to pink-tinged optimisim

By Lisa Steele, October 30, 2014

October is the month in the calendar designated to raise the awareness of breast cancer. And the pink ribbons have been everywhere these past few weeks as charities and celebrities added their weight to what has become a forceful annual publicity campaign.

Yet just as we bid farewell to Breast Cancer Awareness month, so Movember begins.