A mother's take on drink expulsions

August 11, 2016

There was one last form to fill in for my daughter's Bnei Akiva Israel tour before the three-and-a-half week trip. It was a nine-page code of conduct form that she and I both had to sign.


Antisemitism - we may be better off in the UK

By Jonathan Boyd, August 4, 2016

Antisemitism is on the rise in Britain. We all know it.


When facts fall out of fashion

By David Byers, August 4, 2016

"Now, what I want is facts," blasted Mr Gradgrind, the terrifying schoolmaster in Charles Dickens's novel Hard Times. "Teach these boys and girls nothing but facts."


When I met Baroness Royall - and we talked antisemitism

By Rebecca Trenner, August 4, 2016

Baroness Royall finally released her full report into claims of antisemitism at Oxford University Labour Club yesterday. The report, which was commissioned by Labour, had been suppressed in favour of a wider inquiry chaired by Shami Chakrabarti.


Government is serious about stamping out hate crime

By Sajid Javid, August 4, 2016

Recent weeks have exposed deeply disturbing intolerance and divisions within British society.

The spike in hate crime following the referendum may have receded, but it would be naïve to assume we were simply witnessing the shockwaves from a momentous, one-off event.


Importance of being inclusive

By Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum, July 28, 2016

When the dust of the current worldwide political turmoil eventually settles, one of the many lessons to be learnt will unquestionably be that of the power of language.


Young performers have to grow up fast

By Keren David, July 28, 2016

What happens if your child makes it as an actor? If they move past the audition rooms onto the stage or in front of the movie cameras, the chosen one, plucked from the crowd for potential stardom?


Reform means the NUS is better placed to fight hate

By Deborah Hermanns, July 28, 2016

Judging by the storm that surrounded last week's meeting of the National Union of Students' National Executive Committee, you might think that, as a Jewish member of the committee, I must be angry and upset at the outcome.

Far from it - I am delighted that Amendment 2B, which guarantees representation for Jewish, Muslim, migrant, black and LGBT+ students on the NUS's Anti-Racism and Anti-Facism


A festival to celebrate peace: Shalom!

By Nigel Goodrich, July 28, 2016

Few words gifted to the world by the Jewish people are as evocative as the beautiful ‘Shalom’. It is at the same time a wish, aspiration, vision and ideal encapsulating the highest and most noble potential for the future of humanity. It has no nationality, knows no boundaries, has limitless promise. Shalom brings people together, breaks down barriers and makes friends.


Lebanon War caused shift to right

By Jonathan Rynhold, July 21, 2016

Political commentary in Israel has recently focused on the 10th anniversary of the Second Lebanon War and the strengthening of the right. Each has been dealt with separately but, in fact, they are intimately connected. One of the key legacies of that war has been the rise of the right, but not in the way most commentators conceive of it.