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Our off-screen hero

February 25, 2016

Last week, the JC’s veteran Los Angeles correspondent, Tom Tugend, was honoured by France for his heroics while fighting against SS units in Alsace. Tom went on to serve as a volunteer for the Machal during Israel’s War of Independence and fought for the US Army in the Korean War.

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Reality vs bigotry

February 25, 2016

Every year, with depressing regularity, we record the various outrages associated with the ludicrously named “Israel Apartheid Week”.

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Wizo’s tour de force

February 18, 2016

Our community is blessed with a wealth of philanthropic organisations, but few can boast the longevity and achievements of Wizo — whose projects were showcased during a trip to Israel for winners of its annual Commitment Awards.

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Dangerous echoes

February 18, 2016

Polish identity, like that of many other former Eastern Bloc nations, is still a work in progress. Massacred by the Nazis and steamrollered by the Soviets for four decades, Poland recovered its ability to define itself and its past relatively recently.

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Kosher revolution?

February 11, 2016

Grumbles about the rising cost of kosher food are as common as a rumbling tummy — but is there hope on the horizon? The growing popularity of kosher dishes, as described by producer Adam Bass this week, could create a series of opportunities for British Jews.

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Big deal, Mr Corbyn

February 11, 2016

There is a certain dissonance between the official statements from the Labour Party and the Board of Deputies after this week's meeting between the Board's President and CEO and Jeremy Corbyn, and what one might call the real world. The meeting was described as "positive and constructive" by the president and a "constructive dialogue" by Mr Corbyn. But look at the reality.

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Cheer up

February 4, 2016

Office of National Statistics figures released this week showed that Jews rank below the national average for happiness. Among faith groups, the only people more miserable are Muslims. But why so glum when a quick flick through the headlines show there are, in the words of the late Ian Dury, so many reasons to be cheerful?

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Faith in choice

February 4, 2016

When Yavneh College and JCoSS opened, there were fears of a glut of secondary Jewish school places in London with too few Jewish children to fill them.

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Bring him back

January 28, 2016

There are fine words this week from Professor Ed Byrne, Principal of King’s College, London. Responding to the violence on campus last week, Prof Byrne stresses his opposition to “any form of disruptive action” and how “open and uncensored debate can and must take place without fear of intimidation”.

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Westminster fabric

January 28, 2016

Whatever one’s politics, it is impossible not to accept and respect David Cameron’s commitment to Holocaust remembrance and education. When he set up the Holocaust Commission, there were some who doubted its purpose. When the Commission recommended the construction of a memorial, there were some who doubted its point.

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