A win for Reform, not women

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 7, 2012

The sweeping election of Laura Marks as senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies of [some] British Jews is certainly a landmark and possibly a signpost.


Sixty years celebrated on the BBC boat? It felt even longer

By Maureen Lipman, June 7, 2012

I'm up to my earrings in suspicion, filming Midsomer Murders, when the offer comes to join the Jubilee flotilla, alongside Sandi Toksvig, Omid Djalili, Griff Rhys Jones and Frank Skinner. I'm flattered. I'm fond of Her Majesty, and, now I have a grandchild, I fancy one day bragging to her about it all.


Football's wandering tribe

By Simon Round, June 7, 2012

Following England in Euro 2012 promises to be a very Jewish experience. England, who play France in their opening match on Monday, will be based in Krakow, a town that is resonant with Jewish memories, but it goes much deeper than that.


Leaders don't grow on trees

By Ben Ullmann and Simi Ben Hur , June 7, 2012

Make a list of current Anglo-Jewish leaders. Now rewind a few decades. How many of the names on your list would you have predicted would now be in those positions?


Jerusalem and a twist of history

By Abraham Rabinovich, June 7, 2012

On the outbreak of the Six-Day War in 1967, residents of the Jordanian half of Jerusalem anticipated swift victory and the destruction of Israel.


Which came first, antisemitism or the Jew? Why not ask the boxer?

By Andy Martin, June 6, 2012

Two true stories and one joke:


Debate prejudice in class, but not under exam conditions

By Maureen Kendler, June 6, 2012

As a former secondary school religious studies teacher, I would certainly not have liked to have answered - or marked - the recent GCSE paper which asked 16-year-olds to "explain briefly, why some people are prejudiced against the Jews."


Beach balls and human rights

By Peter Rosengard, June 6, 2012

With 56 days to go to the Olympics, I'm already excited. Everybody is. My friend Simon is so excited that he and his family are leaving London the week before and only coming back when the games are over.

"Are you crazy?" I asked. "Where's your Olympic spirit? Your patriotism? You'll miss the two most exciting weeks of your lives."


The Jews who taught me to run

By Martin Bright, June 6, 2012

I have always been influenced by Jewish writers, from the biblical authors of my secular-Anglican childhood to an adolescence dominated by Franz Kafka and Leonard Cohen. One of the first books I reviewed in the mid-1980s was Primo Levi's The Drowned and The Saved, which probably did more to form my political outlook than any other work of non-fiction.


On the air with Topol and Golda

By Michael Freedland, June 6, 2012

The old expression has it that it's a hard life being a Jew. That being so, try running a Jewish radio programme. Manchester's Jews are discovering this with the threatened closure of their 20-year-old show: Jewish Hour.