We're having Brazil for Friday night dinner

By Jose Pekerman, July 3, 2014

I think some of you were not expecting to see my punim again in the JC. After all Uruguay was powerful opponent even without diablo Suarez and Los Cafeteros (the Coffee Makers as we are known) are a small country with little previous success in the Mondial.

But we have El Nuevo Pibe - the new kid, James Rodrigues - a boy who makes Christiano Ronaldo look as graceful as Andy Carroll on ice.


David's lyre in a London shul

By James Inverne, June 26, 2014

We have, musically speaking, been punching below our weight. It feels as though something is missing from the UK Jewish community. Not talent, to be sure - there are plenty of top Jewish musicians to be found in our cities every day, from Murray Perahia to young Benjamin Wallfisch, son of the cellist Raphael and an increasingly successful conductor and film composer.


Living a true life outside Israel

By Jake Wallis Simons, June 26, 2014

It is an old cliché that Jews should have a packed suitcase by the door. But now, it seems, European Jewry has decided that the time has come to put the suitcase to good use.


Why I'll never be caught singing 'I belong to Glasto'

By Abigail Radnor, June 26, 2014

There are times in life when I refuse to conform to stereotype. For instance, battling with Ikea furniture, wounds from which are still fresh after a recent move.


There's just no time anymore

By Simon Round, June 26, 2014

Between the World Cup and Wimbledon it has been tricky to find time to get everything done. Obviously I need to work but showering is optional and fortunately the children are resigned to eating cheese sandwiches and biscuits for a few weeks.

However, choosing between the football and the tennis has been tricky.


How to be an alien on Earth

By Devorah Blachor, June 26, 2014

In my early 20s, I fantasised about getting paid to write fiction. I imagined I'd get a job that involved little work but required me to sit in front of a computer all day. I'd write my first novel while taking home a paycheck.


Mud made me stay in Israel

By Matt Rees, June 20, 2014

I cancelled my plans to quit Israel last week. Not for the first time. I came here intending to stay three months. This week I'll mark my 19th year in Jerusalem.

My wife and I had planned to take the kids off to her native New York this month, to live in a leafy suburb by the Hudson River with all the predictability and convenience of American life.


Six degrees of separation...

By Michael Freedland, June 20, 2014

Strange things happen on cruise ships. You go to interesting places – and some that are not so interesting. You meet interesting people – and some whose company you would willingly swap for a plate of gefilte fish or a good shluf.

I have been there and done that. Jewish places and Jewish people are not immune from any of it.


A better way to beat prejudice

By Paul Charney, June 19, 2014

As the leading grassroots Israel advocacy organisation in the UK, the Zionist Federation is no stranger to partnering with groups which share our aim of celebrating Israel and challenging its enemies.


Something worth fighting for

By Peter Rosengard, June 19, 2014

Last week I flew to Toronto for the world's largest life insurance sales convention. The good citizens of the city had plenty of advance warning and had already fled en masse south to the American border before the 9,000 crack salesmen and women, from over 150 countries, had even cleared Customs.