The visit that will take the smile off your face

By Peter Rosengard, April 27, 2015

"You're the third Klaureen I've met this week," I said. She looked shocked. "Must be April's hot name," I told her. The first lady with the badge spelling "Klaureen", behind the counter at the Passport Office said: "Sorry, you're smile's too big," as she looked at my passport photos.


Israel is a red line for those of us who've gone Green

By Andree Frieze, April 26, 2015

Unintentionally, I found religion and politics at the same time. It was August 2012 and I joined the Green Party. The following month our family joined Kingston Liberal Synagogue so our sons could attend cheder to prepare for their barmitzvahs.


Criminalising boycott backers will backfire

By David Newman, April 26, 2015

The Israeli High Court will not overrule the Knesset's decision that makes it a crime for Israeli citizens or NGOs to support a boycott or any divestment and sanctions-related activities.


Moment when Catholics and Jews could heal

By Rabbi David Rosen, April 24, 2015

Shortly before his untimely death in 1904, Theodor Herzl was received by Pope Pius X. The former wanted to enlist the Catholic Church's supoport for the re-establishment of the Jewish people's independence in its ancestral homeland. However, Herzl records in his diaries that Pius's response was far from supportive.


Let's end this cycle of distrust

By Robert Desmond, April 23, 2015

As a software developer, the allure of California's Silicon Valley is strong. I was ready to leave gloomy London for a daily supply of vitamin D. I applied for a job a while ago and got it, but I knew I had one more journey to make in Europe before heading across the pond.


One of us... but is that good enough?

By Grant Feller, April 20, 2015

I have a vivid memory of being about eight years old and sitting around Booba’s Saturday afternoon tea-time table in Golders Green, surrounded by the merry cacophony of family. Suddenly I announced that, no, I didn’t want to be a doctor or a lawyer or Malcom Macdonald, I was going to be Prime Minister. “Ah, my grandson the Prime Minister,” she said. And they all laughed.


The Arabs who side with Israel

By Emma Klein, April 19, 2015

There would appear to be more than one strand in the current wave of antisemitism sweeping across Europe: the well-worn mindset that Jews like money, Jews are stingy and similarly disgusting concepts on the one hand, and Islamism on the other.


This is a chance for us to unite in our survival

By Karen Pollock, April 17, 2015

‘I only wish to be remembered, I wish my wife to be remembered, Gele Seksztajn. I wish my little daughter to be remembered. Margalit is 20 months old today.” These are the words of Israel Lichtensztajn. Israel died during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which began 72 years ago this week.


We cannot vote, but our opinion matters

By Jordan Freud, April 16, 2015

At 17, I don’t yet have the privilege of voting. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been caught up in the frenzy of the general election.

Over the past month, I have been on a quest to find out more. I began looking at my own constituency, Finchley and Golders Green, and speaking to the major party candidates. First up was Mike Freer.


Next year in Jerusalem for this shiksa

By Monica Porter, April 16, 2015

I’ve been thinking more and more about how great it would be to emigrate to Israel. Make Aliyah. See, I even know the right expression. Okay, I’m not Jewish, but is that really such a problem? I mean, my heart is in the right place. And I’ve been writing for the JC for decades. That should count for something.