Comment

Elie Wiesel: An exemplar of a human

By Rabbi Joseph Kanofsky, July 7, 2016

Of all the titles and appellations appended to Elie Wiesel at his passing, there is one that I have not seen mentioned in the headlines. It was his most important quality and his salient trait, and hopefully the one for which he will be remembered: human being.

More..

The Chakrabarti report failed, again and again

By David Hirsh, July 7, 2016

On Monday, Shami Chakrabarti showed that she was not neutral between those who fight antisemitism in the Labour Party and those who angrily deny its significance. When Jeremy Corbyn appeared before the select committee to be grilled on antisemitism, Ms Chakrabarti sat behind him, as if she were his lawyer. Twice she was scolded by the chair for prompting him.

More..

A Tale of Three Inquiries

By Simon Johnson and Gillian Merron, July 7, 2016

Despite all the momentous events happening in the news, the issue of antisemitism in politics in general and especially in the Labour Party keeps on attracting comment. There are three inquiries into antisemitism, for which there has been unprecedented cooperation between communal organisations.

More..

We should know where the money is going

By Barry Frankfurt, July 7, 2016

In last week's JC, Rabbis Brawer and Romain addressed the thorny issue of rabbinic remuneration and particularly the extent to which members of a community should know how much their spiritual leader is paid. Neither felt it was particularly fair that the rabbi's pay-packet should be made public, but both conceded it was probably best if the figure was not concealed.

More..

How Entebbe's child hostages coped

By Nathan Jeffay, July 1, 2016

Shay Gross was five years old when the hijackers took over the plane on which he and his family were travelling. His mother hid him under her airline seat. "I asked her: 'Mummy, does it hurt to die?'"

More..

We must challenge the stigma of loneliness

By Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum, June 30, 2016

It is among the most harmful and widespread afflictions that a person can face, with the power to destroy relationships and devastate lives. Yet very few people know how to identify it or that it even exists. According to research published earlier this month, the vast majority of British people have experienced loneliness.

More..

Relevance of the immigrant experience

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, June 30, 2016

I'm currently in Manchester. The last four weeks have been spent rehearsing the World Premiere of Simon Bent's adaptation of Howard Jacobsen's award winning novel The Mighty Walzer about a Jewish boy and his family growing up in Manchester in the 1950's. It's been a rare experience, working on a play with an exclusively Jewish cast - warm, funny, vocal and full of shared family stories.

More..

Freedom from the EU will make extremism less likely

By Stephen Pollard, June 30, 2016

As editor of the JC, I deliberately kept my views on the EU referendum off its pages. In so important a vote, it was not appropriate for the paper - let alone the editor - to take sides. Especially since I am one of the 32 per cent minority within the community - and the JC - who voted to Leave.

But now that it's over, that constraint has lifted.

More..

My generation has been let down by the establishment

By Josh Jackman, June 30, 2016

"If you wanted to remain so much, why didn't you vote?"

This was the question posed to the 64 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds who failed to turn up at the ballot box on Thursday. Since this age group was 75 per cent in favour of Remain, the logic goes, the fate of the UK's EU membership was in their hands.

More..

Leaving the EU could put shechita at risk

By Shimon Cohen, June 29, 2016

“Speculation for a future outside of the European Union has dominated conversation for the last few months and intensified following last week's shock result. Whilst we will all be affected individually, it is also important that we contemplate the consequences for the community as a whole.

More..