Religious broadcasting - the wave of creativity that is defying secularism

By Carol Gould, June 6, 2015

Many years ago, I had a testy conversation with a commissioning editor for what was called Religion and Talk. He is now a famous clergyman-broadcaster but at the time was at the helm of programming at one of the British television networks.


The ominous side to the latest trends in Barmitzvah entertainment

By Naomi Dickson, June 6, 2015

"And there was a woman in a swimming costume giving out sweets….", said my 12-year old-son on his return from one of the first of the merry-go-round of bar and batmitzvahs he's been invited to since leaving primary school.


A boycott fightback that we should copy

By Alex Brummer, June 4, 2015

In recent years, the annual general meetings of the British security firm G4S have become a tense battleground between genuine investors and supporters of the Palestinian boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) campaign. The latter demand that G4S immediately cease all operations in Israel, where it runs prisons on behalf of the Israeli government.


Belz are not ‘normal’. But what’s normal?

By Barry Frankfurt, June 4, 2015

As a story, it really does have it all. Jews in black hats, women drivers, bad behaviour at the school gates. Add a klezmer soundtrack and you've got a Channel 4 documentary.

And it seems that for many in our own community, it makes uncomfortable viewing.


It’s not about cars, it’s about schools and our children

By Pen Tivakesh, June 4, 2015

Many schools in Stamford Hill have long-standing bans on mothers driving, so the fact that the Belz's attempt to play catch-up has become such big news has left people in the area bemused.


I still hope to catch a glimpse of Mother

By Lana Citron, May 28, 2015

I find myself walking up and down St John's Wood High Street expecting to see her exit one of the shops - cricking along on her hobbled foot, in truth more bunion than foot, long gone those days of high tottering heels.


Why aren't women viewed as 'proper' rabbis?

By Sylvia Rothschild, May 28, 2015

In the Bible, the number 40 is code for "a very long time". Years marked in tranches of 40 are also times of trial or probation. Forty years ago Jackie Tabick was ordained as the first woman rabbi in the UK. Forty years before that, in 1935, Regina Jonas was ordained privately in Germany.


Why our experience of assimilation should be a beacon for today's split communities

By John Ware, May 28, 2015

The former chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks once likened this country's infatuation with multiculturalism to permanently living in a hotel.


We've become socially inept

By Barry Frankfurt, May 25, 2015

In the aftermath of the general election, many of the losers were easy to identify. Miliband and Clegg were gone by lunchtime. The pollsters, initially embarrassed, somehow managed to justify their incompetencies in a way that only those armed with reams of data could.


Who am I really supporting?

By Fiona Leckerman, May 25, 2015

If one more person asks me to make a donation to their Just Giving page, I think I might scream; at them, at the page and at the chutzpah. Is there suddenly an epidemic that is infecting everyone, transforming them into marathon runners, bike riders, moon walkers and triathlon competitors?