Leader

A sporting rarity

January 7, 2016

It is rare for the JC to be able to hail the role of a Jewish sportsman in one of the definitive sporting achievements of our time. But Steven Reingold’s net bowling to Ben Stokes prior to his innings of 258 was a major contribution. Perhaps now is the time to reveal some previously hidden examples.

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Needless own goal

January 6, 2016

Israel has enough real problems without having to deal with entirely self-inflicted and unnecessary own goals. The decision by the education ministry to ban from the curriculum a novel about a love affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man is crass and stupid.

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Normal life in Israel

December 29, 2015

It is hardly something to celebrate that in recent years both a former Israeli president and now a former prime minister have been sent down for criminal offences. But in no other Middle Eastern nation could the law run its course in such a way. Investigations were carried out, charges made, and trials concluded — and the rest of Israel went about its normal business.

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Limmud matters

December 29, 2015

As we celebrate the JC’s 175th anniversary year, this leader is a first for the paper. On Tuesday, our leader conference was held at Limmud, and its contents crowd-sourced. How appropriate that one of our community’s relative newcomers should collaborate with our oldest newspaper — both icons of British Jewry. This year, Limmud moved into a more upmarket venue.

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Not all bad, but bad

December 23, 2015

Most of us will be glad to see the back of 2015, a year that was book-ended by terrorist murders in Paris and saw the rise of knife terror in Israel. But the passing of 2015 offers little respite; the brutal truth is that 2016 is likely to be just as bad, if not worse. Daesh and its acolytes are organised, funded and determined to strike in the UK.

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Hatred not hope

December 17, 2015

For many years this newspaper was a supporter of Hope Not Hate, an organisation that had admirable aims, and welcomed its writers in our pages. But it has now lost its claim to be taken seriously. Last year it started targeting UKIP as if it was no different to the EDL or BNP. But its latest offering on supposed Islamophobes is not merely shoddy - it is dangerous.

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Tackling abusers

December 17, 2015

Failing to cover up a plaque on the giant Chanucah in the Square menorah carrying the name of sex abuser Menachem Mendel Levy might seem a trivial ommission. But quite apart from the anguish it has caused his victim, it is symbolic of the wider failure in our community to think properly about abuse.

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Keeping the faith

December 10, 2015

With around two thirds of all Jewish children now at faith schools, the nature, status and composition of such schools matters deeply to our community - and, by extension, to wider society.

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Help us find them

December 10, 2015

Next month, BBC1 will show a documentary about “Nicky’s Family” for Holocaust Memorial Day. Nicky is, of course, Sir Nicholas Winton, who passed away earlier this year. This week, the JC launches a quest to find as many of “Nicky’s Children”, as those he rescued are known, as possible. When That’s Life first revealed the story in 1988, it did wonders in assembling so many.

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A heartless decision

December 3, 2015

The decision of Borehamwood Synagogue not to allow the barmitzvah of the son of fraudster Dan Jacobs to take place within the synagogue is vindictive and cruel. Jacobs’s son has committed no crime. The synagogue authorities claim “logistical reasons” are behind the decision. That is sophistry.

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