Case for and against Holocaust schlock

By David Herman, November 25, 2012

In his fascinating book, What Ever Happened to Modernism?, the Jewish writer, Gabriel Josipovici, lays into middlebrow writing. What attracted attention when his book came out last year was his attack on some of Britain's best-known contemporary novelists, including Martin Amis, Julian Barnes and Ian McEwan.


Balanced reactions are vital

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2012

Last weekend's North London derby was enjoyable, and not merely because it saw Arsenal's second consecutive home victory over Spurs. It was that, for a welcome period, my Twitter and Facebook pages were filled with something other than talk of Israel and Gaza.


Media should use ceasefire to reflect on double standards

By Richard Kemp, November 22, 2012

The mobilisation of Israeli forces around Gaza this week was strikingly reminiscent of the British and American build-up of troops along the Kuwait and Iraq borders before Operation Desert Storm, the massive armoured counter-attack that hurled Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait in 1991.


Maureen, mothers and me

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, November 20, 2012

This week's column is going to be about mums. But, before I get pinned to the wall of a bakery in Temple Fortune again, allow me to emphasise that it is NOT about Jewish mums. No.


Sondheim's bissel night music

By James Inverne, November 19, 2012

What makes a Jewish artist a Jewish Artist? It's a question that occurred to me again some months ago, watching the thought-provoking revival of Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods in New York.


The Church chose. Why are we still waiting on a chief?

By Simon Rocker, November 18, 2012

The appointment last week of the new Archbishop of Canterbury should be of Jewish interest in one respect at least: it took only eight months after Rowan Williams announced his retirement for the Anglican Church to name Bishop Justin Welby as its new head.


New young Zionists are tired of waiting

By Hannah Weisfeld, November 16, 2012

In September 1999, I left home to spend a year in Israel with a youth movement that had filled my Sunday afternoons, winter and summer, for the entirety of my teenage years. That journey had more impact on shaping my identity than any other experience I'd had so far and cemented my relationship to Israel.


'Opt-out' is not a major change

By Anthony Warrens, November 16, 2012

Last week, the JC featured a debate about the proposed introduction in Wales of an "opt-out" system in organ donation. In the UK, three people die every day waiting for an organ that could restore both their life expectancy and quality of life. More than 90 per cent of the population have said they would want to be a donor - but only a fraction ever get round to signing up to the register.


Cruelty and injustice in postwar Europe

By Anne Applebaum, November 12, 2012

For the British, who came home to a country at peace, it has always been hard to understand what happened after the Second World War in Eastern Europe. In Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, there was no joyous liberation or triumphant parades: Soldiers, prisoners and refugees returned home to towns still consumed by ethnic, political and criminal violence.


Let's bring back Balkan glories

By Juliette Gerstein, November 12, 2012

Climbing the steps of the old, poorly maintained building, I was unsure what to expect from Belgrade’s Jewish museum.

Inside, the exhibits, while fascinating, had been unchanged for decades; this was not a museum set up to attract international tourists.