How we showed there was life after 9/11

By David Marwell, September 4, 2013

The World Trade Centre was an anchor for our neighbourhood, a north star to help one navigate the warrens of New York’s streets, a beacon for all who could catch a glimpse of its Twin Towers. The date of its destruction is a similar anchor to the calendar, a fixed point against which we measure our growth.


Why are Jews compatible? It's in the genes

By Daniel Davis, September 4, 2013

Jews often think about their identity. Who am I? What does it mean to be Jewish? And as a Jew in the third generation from the Holocaust, I often think about the differences between people — and whether or not these differences matter in any way. One way to answer these questions comes from a surprising source — scientific research into the way our bodies fight disease.


The real recipe for a sweet New Year

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, September 4, 2013

I’m back from filming in Lisbon, Manchester and the Cotswolds while also managing to party in Spain and Venice with family and friends.

It’s been a truly great summer, with too much alcohol and late nights in the bag. So it feels fitting that the time has come to return to Good Old Blighty and face a spot of redemptive praying on the Days Of Awe.


A toilet not far from Clapton

By Peter Rosengard, September 4, 2013

Three weeks ago, I was a guest of a luxury watch company in their box at the Albert Hall to watch Eric Clapton. Never have the hands of time passed more slowly.

All started well; there was a party atmosphere, good company, lots to drink, canapés and a charming butler to look after guests. But then the music started.


The tiny village fanning the flames of Sephardi culture

By Martin Bright, September 1, 2013

Tensions over Gibraltar and the ongoing economic crisis mean these are strange times to be visiting Spain as a British tourist. Neither issue has been mentioned to us since we arrived here last week, but then the Spanish have a reputation for keeping silent about inconvenient aspects of their history.


The Jewish heroes who fought for Germany in World War One

By Michael O'Neill, September 1, 2013

‘Far from home, enemy bullets struck him and put an end to this fine young life … there is nothing of him left to me except the memory ...”

Almost in tandem with the government’s recent announcement of its plan to commemorate the Great War next year, I have emerged from a unique and bittersweet book translation project, The War Letters of German and Austrian Jews.


My own religious experience

By David Robson, August 30, 2013

A couple of dabs of holy oil and a few drops of water gently dribbled on to your head, or a chunk of your private parts removed with a knife? Baptism or brit — which introduction to religion seems more appealing?


The Sacks era ends - let the Mirvis era begin

By Stephen Pack, August 30, 2013

With the installation of the new chief rabbi at St John’s Wood Synagogue on Sunday, marking the passage of the office from Rabbi Sacks to Rabbi Mirvis, we can look both backwards and forwards with pride and confidence.


The JC Profile: Jonathan Barnett

August 29, 2013

Jonathan Barnett is one of the most important figures in football — and yet you may never have heard of him.

Gareth Bale’s agent might not be a household name, but he has been a driving force behind the biggest transfer story of the summer, the will-he-won’t-he frenzy surrounding his client’s almost certain record-breaking transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid.


Artists are entitled to their views, but Nigel Kennedy should have kept shtum

By James Inverne, August 25, 2013

For years, I’ve lived with the question, “what gives an artist the right to speak out?” Now another question is inescapable — what gives an artist the right not to? Both are important questions. Both are relevant to us as Jews.