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Chief Rabbi Mirvis's reforming zeal

November 29, 2013

So much for the Chief Rabbi as merely a figurehead! He has not even been in office for three months but already Rabbi Mirvis has made his mark with reforming zeal.

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Mitzvah Day shines

November 22, 2013

There is no finer institution in British Jewry than Mitzvah Day. An astonishing 30,000 people donated 90,000 hours of their time this year, showing that it’s not how much but just how you give that really makes a difference.

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LibDem's inaction over David Ward is contemptible

November 22, 2013

It will come as the biggest non-surprise of the year that David Ward, the LibDem MP with a thing about “the Jews”, has been at it again. This time he has said that it is “a shame there isn’t a powerful, well-funded Board of Deputies for Roma”.

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Craven and defeated

November 13, 2013

So now we know. Far from being misguided hyperbole, the idea that President Obama would “throw Israel under a bus” — a phrase that did the rounds a couple of years ago — was an accurate prediction of his administration’s Iran policy. Since taking office, President Obama has repeatedly stressed that no options were off the table when it came to Iran.

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Our duty to honour the fallen

November 8, 2013

In the week before the annual Whitehall parade, we are proud to highlight the work of Ajex. With every passing year, there are fewer servicemen and women left with us from the Second World War. If anything, that means that the parade becomes more important and more relevant.

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Germany's shame over looted art haul

November 8, 2013

Germany today is a peaceful, democratic nation that is in many ways a model to which the rest of the world should aspire. But its authorities’ handling of the hoard of Nazi-looted art found in Cornelius Gurlitt’s flat of reveals that, beneath the surface, severe problems still remain.

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A strange choice

November 1, 2013

What do you give the billionaire who has everything?

Another million dollars, it seems, in the view of the Genesis Prize judges, who have awarded their inaugural $1 million prize to Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City. Mayor Bloomberg is indeed, as they put it in their citation, “one of the world’s greatest philanthropists” and “a visionary entrepreneur”.

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Same old, same old

November 1, 2013

The idea that Jack Straw is an antisemite is risible. Some of his best friends are, no doubt, Jewish — and, having a Jewish maternal great grandmother, he was accused by former Labour MP Tam Dalyell of being part of “a cabal of Jewish advisers” who surrounded Tony Blair.

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Nebbishes should be represented too

October 24, 2013

British Jews may have a lot to learn from Israelis on gender equality, but at least we have now offered, for the first time, a position on the Board of Deputies to a representative of the up-to-80,000 Israelis living in Britain.

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Empty words over women

October 24, 2013

The elevation of Karnit Flug to the governorship of the Bank of Israel is, in one sense, entirely unremarkable. As the acting governor, she was an obvious successor (despite being third choice in the hiring process).

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