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A Big Tent for all

November 28, 2011

Despite what might best be described as an unpropitious beginning, this Sunday's Big Tent for Israel conference in Manchester will be going ahead with full communal support.

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A moral vacuum

November 17, 2011

In recent weeks we have had fine words from both the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister on the evils of antisemitism.

This week the chair of the Conservative Party and the leader of the Labour Party have made speeches focused on their commitment to fighting antisemitism. And yet, for all the shared sentiment, their words clearly count for nothing in some quarters.

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Wide consultation

November 17, 2011

The JC has been leading the campaign for the next Chief Rabbi to be elected. The United Synagogue has now decided on a different path.

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Understand Iran

November 10, 2011

It is difficult for the modern, secular West to comprehend the mindset of the Iranian mullahs. We think - or so we like to assume - rationally.

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Apologise, now

November 10, 2011

There has long been a tension between those who favour direct confrontation with our enemies and those who take a different approach.

It was present within the 35s campaign for Soviet Jewry and it is present today in the campaign against Israel's delegitimisers. Tensions can rise as either side finds the other's tactics frustrating.

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Saving the Board

November 3, 2011

It is encouraging that the Board of Deputies has at last recognised that it needs to take action – fast – to do something to change its age profile. It is a remarkable achievement for the Board to have survived for over 250 years.

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Speaking together

November 3, 2011

There are times when it seems as if there is only doom and gloom around. So it is important to note the positives. This week three key ministers have nothing but positive messages to impart.

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Time to speak out

October 28, 2011

The controversy over the donations to Adam Werritty, the friend of the former defence secretary, Liam Fox, rumbles on. But three of the key figures, Mick Davis, Michael Lewis and Poju Zabludowicz have yet to speak.

And with their silence, the nonsensical narrative developed in the Guardian, that there is some sinister Jewish cabal at work, takes ever greater hold.

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Western disgrace

October 28, 2011

When we revealed last month that parents of stillborn babies had been misled by the United Synagogue over their burials, it was encouraging that the organisation's current officers responded with openness, an unreserved apology to the affected parents, and an inquiry to get to the bottom of the scandal.

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Western disgrace

October 28, 2011

When we revealed last month that parents of stillborn babies had been misled by the United Synagogue over their burials, it was encouraging that the organisation's current officers responded with openness, an unreserved apology to the affected parents, and an inquiry to get to the bottom of the scandal.

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