The recent estimates that have seen the 1a>world's Jewish population return to near pre-Holocaust levels 1b> 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.
I want to change the conversation we seem to be having about 1a>education in the Jewish community1b>. 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.
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.
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.
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 2a>with a view to its sale2b>. The stated reason for this proposal is its financial deficit.
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.
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.