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Behaving decently

October 25, 2012

Last year we revealed the terrible story of parents who had been unable to mourn properly for their babies. The United Synagogue had refused to allow them to know where the bodies were buried. To its credit, the current US leadership immediately disowned the organisation's earlier behaviour and did everything possible to help those who had been denied the information.

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Another BBC report

October 25, 2012

In the wake of the Savile scandal, the BBC has set up an inquiry into its "culture and practices" during Savile's time at the corporation. But important as this is, there is another aspect to the BBC's culture and practices which also needs examination, and which long pre-dates the news of Savile's vile activities.

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Unnatural justice

October 18, 2012

The role of school governor is thankless - a position of great responsibility and very little reward. But grateful as we should be that there are those who are prepared to give their time and expertise to do the job, that does not exempt them from criticism when they err. And err is exactly what the governors of Clore Shalom have done in effectively expelling five Jewish children.

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Our hidden story

October 11, 2012

Our community has achieved great things in a number of areas - politics, industry, media and art to name just a few. But there is an old joke that the book on Jewish Sporting Heroes would consist of a series of blank pages. We now know better.

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Praise where due

October 11, 2012

This year's conference season did not start well, with a TUC motion calling for a union delegation to Gaza. But as it concludes, supporters of Israel can let out a small sigh of relief.

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The Right Thing

October 7, 2012

As a community we face many distressing dilemmas, the majority of which arise from external pressures. But there are also numerous cases of internal debate, in which the conflict between a natural inclination to deal with our own problems can come up against the demands of a civic, secular society.

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Malmo’s problem

September 27, 2012

One of those battles is in Malmo, the Swedish city now notorious across Europe for its attitude to Jews, and for its Mayor's apparent insouciance - to put it no stronger - towards attacks on Jews.

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Brits say no to BDS

September 27, 2012

Barely a week goes by without some triumphant claim from the anti-Israel campaigners who push for a boycott. And most weeks indeed bring news of an artist or organisation having announced that it will not visit Israel, or a British organisation that is debating severing ties.

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As ever, it’s our fault

September 20, 2012

In theory, Muslim anger at the actions of a Coptic Christian ought to have nothing to do with Jews. But in the real world, things do not work like that. When the now infamous anti-Islam film was first noticed, the instinctive reaction of much of the media was to blame "The Jews", parroting without question the idea that the director was Israeli and that the film's funding came from other Jews.

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Rabbinic gift horse

September 20, 2012

Last week, a few days before Rosh Hashanah, BBC1 transmitted what is now an annual film by the Chief Rabbi. One might have thought that a community as numerically small as ours would feel honoured to be accorded such privileged access to the nation's main TV channel.

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