Decades apart, lives cut short by hate offer same lessons

By Gillian Walnes, January 5, 2012

In January 1997, I had the privilege, as executive director of the Anne Frank Trust, of introducing Doreen Lawrence to Tony Blair, just a few months before the landslide that would sweep a Labour Government to power.


Meet the community's £50 million benefactor

By Michael Freedland, January 3, 2012

If there was such a thing as a Jewish honours list, then the philanthropist Clive Marks would deserve a life peerage to go with the OBE he already holds. Yet, while other financial wizards in the community have become household names, Marks remains almost unknown.


Political theories and Jewish realities

By Colin Shindler, January 3, 2012

What would have been the reaction of the British left if Adolf Hitler had been victorious in 1940 and successfully conquered the United Kingdom?


Jewish American titan from the ghetto

By Christopher Hitchens, December 30, 2011

Look first upon this picture, and on this… the two photographs of Saul Bellow that adorn the initial covers of the Library of America edition of his collected works.

In the first, we see a somewhat rakish fellow, sharply dressed and evidently fizzing with moxie, who meets the world with a cool and level gaze that belies the slight impression of a pool shark or racetrack con artist.


The Jews who can distinguish antisemitism from anti-Israel

By Anthony Cooper, December 30, 2011

If for every two Jews there are three opinions, it is hardly surprising that there is a distinct lack of unanimous support for any policy from any Israeli government.

But while most British Jews prefer to leave public criticism to Israel's many willing opponents, some feel the need to state their disagreements loudly: the 'as a Jew' crowd.


Between a shul and a hard place

By Julie Burchill, December 29, 2011

My December 24 horoscope, as foretold by Claire Petulengro in the Brighton Argus, read as follows: "Make sure you're mixing with the right crowds this Christmas Eve or you are going to end up getting yourself a reputation. Could it be that you're looking to get a reaction?


Fireworks? I'd prefer honey cake

By Cari Rosen, December 29, 2011

I hate New Year's Eve. There, I've said it.

Call me a party pooper, an old fogey, whatever you like. But there's nothing guaranteed to get me more "bah humbug" than a chorus of Auld Lang Syne.


Young blood flows well in UK

By Joel Braunold, December 29, 2011

As a community, we are often very down on ourselves. There is nothing we like more than complaining over Friday-night dinner about how various parts of the UK Jewish communal structures are outdated, failing, awful or irrelevant.


Farewell to 2011, a year of farewells

By Gerald Jacobs, December 29, 2011

It's that time again, the candle-maker's moment, when rival faiths strike festive lights to ward off winter. When an assemblage of "old" dates in the diary gives way to a fresh "new year". A secular, inverted Yom Kippur, a stocktaking accompanied by feasting instead of fasting, replenishing rather than repentance.

On this occasion, though, for me it carries some weight.


Uplifted by a message of hope

By Marc Saperstein, December 23, 2011

There has been some debate in recent weeks about the rights and wrongs of Lord Sacks's assertion that he felt "uplifted" by the sound of Christmas carols at this time of year. I can't see what all the fuss is about.