Friday's family fortunes

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, June 12, 2014

Of all the TV programmes I'm involved with, the one that gives me most pleasure is Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner, in which I play Auntie Val. The programme follows the weekly exploits of two 20-something (acting 12) Jewish sons at their parents' home every Friday night for their chicken and crumble.


The wolf is real. Don't let it eat you

By Chas Newkey-Burden, June 6, 2014

I think most of us will have heard the allegation that Jewish people "cry antisemitism" too readily. Or the implication that you are over-vigilant against another great flare-up of this ancient, ever-present hatred.

It is basically a suggestion that you cry wolf. And it is ridiculous for so many reasons.

Most fundamentally, I would personally dispute that Jewish people tend to cry wolf.


Serious symptoms of Qatar

By Alex Brummer, June 6, 2014

Qatar's allegedly corrupt campaign to host the World Cup tournament in 2022, exposed over seven pages in the Sunday Times, provides insight into one of the most troubling of the Gulf statelets.


Chief execs: they earn their pay

By Vivienne Lewis, June 6, 2014

I have worked in the community for over 30 years and, yes, I "confess" to having been one of the well-paid chief executives before retiring.


The vulnerable and the risks

By Dianne Martin, June 6, 2014

Jake (not his real name) is in his early 20s, shy, lacking in confidence and lives at home with his parents. He has an overly trusting nature and cannot distinguish between someone he thinks is a friend, as opposed to somebody looking to take advantage of him.


Doing it in Hebrew: and how

By David Robson, June 6, 2014

By the time you read this I shall have consummated a marriage, though that perhaps is putting it a little strongly. I shall have read out one of the sheva brachot at a wedding in France and as mine is the seventh and final blessing, I regard all the preceding ones as merely foreplay.

I would like to say my joy at being honoured with the task was unconfined, but it wasn't quite.


Morally corrupt Belgium

By Stephen Pollard, June 6, 2014

It didn't take long. Within days of the Brussels murders, the conspiracy theorists (for which, read: "the Jews did it") were at it.


Jerusalem Day: a different Jerusalem for all

By Susan Winton, May 23, 2014

Exactly 30 years ago this month I fell in love with Jerusalem. I was 21. I also fell in love, but that’s another story with a happy ending, which is how I come to be an American living in London writing this piece.


Jerusalem Day: there's no place like Israel's golden city

By Rony Yedidia-Clein, May 23, 2014

Jerusalem. For many, it is a dream, a place to pray about, read about, reflect about. For me, it is home. Now, although I temporarily call London home, Jerusalem is the place I refer to as my real home, where I will always return.


After 34 years, it's time for justice over Paris bomb

By Shimon Samuels, May 22, 2014

On October 3 1980, erev Succot, I was delivering festive greetings at the home of the Paris Ma’ariv correspondent, Tamar Golan. Her weekend houseguest, Aliza – wife of prominent Jerusalem film-maker, Micha Shagrir – asked Tamar if she needed anything for dinner. Tamar replied: “Perhaps a few figs.” Aliza and I took the lift down and walked together to the corner.