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Take action against discrimination

By Matthew Hancock MP, February 17, 2016

Let’s be clear.Town hall boycotts of Israeli goods undermine good community relations, poison and polarise debate, weaken integration and fuel antisemitism.

These locally imposed boycotts can roll back integration as well as hinder Britain’s export trade and harm international relationships.

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Museums need to find new audiences

By Abigail Morris, February 11, 2016

We welcome the conversation provoked by David Herman's article in last week's JC - What's wrong with our museums and how to fix it - on the role that cultural institutions play in our community.

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We made some progress, but there is a way to go with the Labour leader

By Jonathan Arkush, February 11, 2016

This was always going to be a difficult meeting.

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This Chinese New Year, we celebrate our Beijing shtetl

By Leon Fenster, February 10, 2016

As Beijing convulses to the sound of a million firecrackers celebrating the Chinese New Year, look hard enough and you will find a sizable group of Jews eating traditional dumplings with their Shabbat chicken soup and singing the Kabbalat Shabbat facing a Ming-esque Chinese cabinet which serves as the ark for their scrolls.

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Does wanting ID cards make me a Nazi?

By Angela Epstein, February 4, 2016

As someone who makes a living as a social commentator, I'm used to taking bullets from those who disagree with me.

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I wonder who I’m praying for

By Rosa Doherty, February 4, 2016

To be a ‘‘believer’’ to me, until recently, had closer meaning to a phrase used to describe a giddy teenager in awe of a chart-topping pop star. But as life has a habit of doing, (thanks to what a family friend described as me being served a ‘‘sh*t sandwich’’ this year) I’ve found myself humbled and in need of ‘‘faith’’.

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Journey to help the abandoned

By Laura Janner-Klausner, January 29, 2016

Last week, legal history was made. On Wednesday, in the notorious Calais Jungle, I was fortunate enough to witness it. I met a young boy, one of four refugees - three children and a young adult with mental health problems - who were having their cases heard in a UK court, lawyers arguing over the boy's fate at the very moment we spoke.

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Feasting on the wit of a truly great diplomat

By Tim Marshall, January 29, 2016

At fund-raising dinners, the most important thing on the menu is the list of speakers. The food will be of a standard, and consuming it will take up a minority of the evening. You can attack the rubber chicken safe in the knowledge that it will take a finite amount of time before it's finished.

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More women, yes, but not tokens

By Claudia Mendoza, January 29, 2016

The recent furore over the number of women present -or rather, not present - at the Jewish Leadership Council's annual meeting with the Prime Minister has raised many important questions. As the JLC's Head of Policy and Research, I have led the preparation for this meeting multiple times and so have keenly followed the coverage surrounding it.

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In Curacao, they built their shul on sand

By Francine Cohen, January 29, 2016

It’s an average Monday afternoon and Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, in Willemstad, Curacao, is bustling. There are many visitors in the adjacent museum and in the sandy-floored main synagogue a young girl, a daughter of one of the 450 members, is at the bimah rehearsing for her batmitzvah.

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