Let's end this cycle of distrust

By Robert Desmond, April 23, 2015

As a software developer, the allure of California's Silicon Valley is strong. I was ready to leave gloomy London for a daily supply of vitamin D. I applied for a job a while ago and got it, but I knew I had one more journey to make in Europe before heading across the pond.


One of us... but is that good enough?

By Grant Feller, April 20, 2015

I have a vivid memory of being about eight years old and sitting around Booba’s Saturday afternoon tea-time table in Golders Green, surrounded by the merry cacophony of family. Suddenly I announced that, no, I didn’t want to be a doctor or a lawyer or Malcom Macdonald, I was going to be Prime Minister. “Ah, my grandson the Prime Minister,” she said. And they all laughed.


The Arabs who side with Israel

By Emma Klein, April 19, 2015

There would appear to be more than one strand in the current wave of antisemitism sweeping across Europe: the well-worn mindset that Jews like money, Jews are stingy and similarly disgusting concepts on the one hand, and Islamism on the other.


This is a chance for us to unite in our survival

By Karen Pollock, April 17, 2015

‘I only wish to be remembered, I wish my wife to be remembered, Gele Seksztajn. I wish my little daughter to be remembered. Margalit is 20 months old today.” These are the words of Israel Lichtensztajn. Israel died during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which began 72 years ago this week.


We cannot vote, but our opinion matters

By Jordan Freud, April 16, 2015

At 17, I don’t yet have the privilege of voting. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been caught up in the frenzy of the general election.

Over the past month, I have been on a quest to find out more. I began looking at my own constituency, Finchley and Golders Green, and speaking to the major party candidates. First up was Mike Freer.


Next year in Jerusalem for this shiksa

By Monica Porter, April 16, 2015

I’ve been thinking more and more about how great it would be to emigrate to Israel. Make Aliyah. See, I even know the right expression. Okay, I’m not Jewish, but is that really such a problem? I mean, my heart is in the right place. And I’ve been writing for the JC for decades. That should count for something.


So am I speaking as simply 'a' Jew or 'the' Jew?

By Jennifer Lipman, April 2, 2015

There's nothing quite like a matzah sandwich to elicit questions from colleagues.


Here be diversity Dragons... but not the right ones

By Simon Round, April 2, 2015

Watching Dragon's Den has always been an uncomfortable experience for me. I naturally admire those with the courage to stand up in front of the dragons and pitch their hearts out. But there is always a sense that one is watching a car crashing in ultra slow motion.


Truth about the J-word

By Michael Goldfarb, April 2, 2015

"Jew!" The contents of the pint glass were already airborne as we turned towards the shout. The beer hit my friend Doug directly in the face, soaking his glasses and forming a little drip from the end of his long, classically Jewish nose. He removed his spectacles and tried to find a dry spot on his shirt to wipe them.


Loosening of the Zionist bond

By Keith Kahn-Harris, March 26, 2015

Last Sunday's We Believe In Israel conference brought together a broad coalition of the British pro-Israel community under a "big tent" in order to oppose the "delegitimisation" of the Jewish state. However, the apparent success in bringing together the various different pro-Israel positions cannot disguise the fact that this strategy is facing major difficulties.