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.


Who is now an Orthodox Jew?

By Andrew Rosemarine, July 9, 2015

"Who is a Jew?" is a fundamental question for us. Is it merely a matter of personal choice? Do you have to be practising? Or does it depend on whether you have a Jewish ancestor?


You don't have to be gay to take pride

By Jeremy Brier, July 9, 2015

It wasn't the parades and the parties that most astonished my friends going to Tel Aviv for Gay Pride recently, it was Israeli passport control. They had joined the back of the queue at Ben Gurion arrivals with the usual trepidation, being a group of (distinctly non-Jewish looking) men travelling alone and expecting a stern inquisition.


Forget the tensions, grassroots groups offer energy, ideas and sheer numbers

By Steven Jaffe, July 9, 2015

Apathy is the enemy of our community. Activism certainly isn’t – even when it poses fresh and positive challenges.

I see this issue from two perspectives.

As a grassroots activist, I co-chair Northern Ireland Friends of Israel. Launched in 2009 and with 700 supporters on our mailing list we have engaged with politicians across Northern Ireland’s political spectrum.


Grassroots plus establishment equals strength to face challenges

By Fiona Sharpe, July 9, 2015

Grassroots organisations came to the forefront last summer at the height of the Gaza conflict. It seemed that new pro-Israel, anti-establishment groups were popping up daily.


'I am determined to improve the coroner service'

By Caroline Dinenage, July 9, 2015

I believe that when people are dealing with the most difficult and emotional moments in their lives, they deserve the best support and care possible.

When someone loses a loved one, their friends and family come together to help them and it is a time when the strength of communities really shows itself.


Cherish debate, we are better for these struggles

By Rabbi Ysoscher Katz, July 7, 2015

These are trying times for British Jews. The community is awash in controversy. The esteemed Rabbi Sacks is being attacked by a former campus rabbi; driving bans against Orthodox women were imposed and then repealed; and the legitimacy of interdenominational Torah study is hotly contested.


Food labelling study is food for thought - not an ingredient for a ban

By Shimon Cohen, July 6, 2015

As the Greek philosopher Nikos Kazantzakis famously said, "Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality." It is with that approach that the British Veterinary Association (BVA) looked at the recent European Commission study into food labelling.


Villains, scapegoats and the real bank-breakers

By Alex Brummer, July 2, 2015

Scarcely a week passes without disclosure of fresh scandal for Britain's banks. The image of the lenders has been battered and the reputation of those that ran them tarnished. The current management of Britain's largest bank, HSBC, was seriously damaged by disclosures of tax avoidance and evasion on a grand scale at its Geneva private bank.


The isolation of art's true freedom fighters

By Lana Melman, July 2, 2015

The cultural boycott against Israel strikes at the heart of freedom of expression. The Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement seeks to rob the world of one of its most valued treasures - freedom of expression - one artist, one performance, one exhibit at a time.