A scandal to forgive such private racism

By Grant Feller, July 23, 2015

On the face of it, there's not much that connects Her Majesty The Queen with the thoroughly unpleasant football manager Malky Mackay. And long may that remain so.


Our failure to learn lessons

By Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, July 23, 2015

The recent estimates that have seen the world's Jewish population return to near pre-Holocaust levels are fascinating. While the past 70 years have seen a remarkable recovery in numbers, the truth is that the real impact of the Holocaust is not just a numbers game. We have to protect faith communities within Europe.


We need to change our conversations about Jewish education

By Rabbi Neil Janes, July 23, 2015

I want to change the conversation we seem to be having about education in the Jewish community. We need to start by recognising that the structures we have put in place are dysfunctional and generally insufficiently embedded in the home and total community experience.


A giant leap to healing the wounds of the past

By Adam Goldsmith, July 23, 2015

Picture the scene: a young man stands in the middle of the running track of Berlin's Olympic Stadium. The imposing structure stretches up into the sky, adorned by banners, the crowd roars in unison. The young man's heartbeat quickens.


Confessional couples promise to be good

By Rosa Doherty, July 23, 2015

It is not often that a hustings can seriously be described as "the hottest ticket in town", but Monday's event with the four Labour leadership contenders certainly attracted the crowds.

The 270-seat hall at JW3 was filled to capacity, and other rooms had to be made available to accommodate the ticketless who turned up and followed proceedings on a video link.


We must listen to the voices of those who feel abandoned

By Rabbi Margaret Jacobi, July 20, 2015

What does it mean to say ''never again'' when you know it has happened again and again?

How can you heal the wounds of a woman whose husband and sons have all been murdered while soldiers stood by. How can you repair a society torn apart by genocide?

And how can human beings be capable of such evil, and what does it say about God who created them?


We're just Hungary for success

By Monica Porter, July 16, 2015

Four decades ago I read a snippet in a British newspaper which so impressed me that I cut it out and pasted it into my cherished notebook of thought-provoking quotes. It came from a Professor Andre Brousson, whose claim to distinction has unfortunately been obscured by the passage of time.


Moral duty to care for have nots? That's rich!

By Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, July 16, 2015

It is bad news that London's Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation, the oldest in the country, has had its historic silver valued by Sotheby's with a view to its sale. The stated reason for this proposal is its financial deficit.


Beware of hysteria

By Simon Johnson, July 9, 2015

There is no singular way to express the overwhelming emotions I felt when walking through the entrance to Auschwitz. The infamous railway, the haunting watchtowers and the sheer vastness of the barracks leaves an indelible mark on the senses. I found my visit to the site of the darkest days in Jewish history a difficult experience.


Flight of what you don't fancy

By Michael Freedland, July 9, 2015

It was seeing a rerun of a Seinfeld episode that got me thinking. Seinfeld, for the uninitiated, is a sitcom about a group of New York yuppies. All but one of the stars of the show were Jewish, which almost (but not quite) brings me to the point. In the episode which got me thinking, the series' only woman, the delectable Julia Louis- Dreyfus gets on a plane just as it is about to take off.