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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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BDS and a 13-year-old

December 3, 2015

We have made the point many times that BDS is, at root, based on antisemitism. Alone of nations, it is the Jewish state that is chosen for boycott. But it is not just antisemitic. It is, in the broadest sense, inhuman — denying individuals their own personality and humanity and lumping them together as one large Jewish — aka Israeli — mass, all to be dismissed as beyond the pale.

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A vital initiative

November 26, 2015

The Chief Rabbi has now been in office for over two years. He may have had a hard act to follow, but he has made an indelible and deeply personal stamp on the office - from his immediate decision to attend Limmud to the latest initiative, last week's seminar on child abuse for 120 religious leaders.

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Just wonderful

November 26, 2015

It is scarcely believable that Mitzvah Day did not exist in 2004, so deeply ingrained is it now in the fabric of our community - and beyond. With 25,000 participants and 350 events, it is awesome in scale and deep in its reach.

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Fears after Paris

November 19, 2015

As if French Jews did not have enough reason to fear for their safety after January's murders, it is difficult for the rest of us to imagine the pain and sadness they must now be feeling. Our thoughts are with them. For ourselves, it is understandable that there is much nervousness and apprehension that it may be a matter of when, rather than if, there is a terrorist attack.

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Kerry’s warped view

November 19, 2015

This newspaper has too often had cause to comment on the incompetence of John Kerry, the US Secretary of State — the walking embodiment of the reverse Midas touch. Yet his comments on last Friday’s murders in Paris are, even by his own standards, shocking.

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VE Day - Remember them

November 12, 2015

Seventy years after VE Day, Whitehall will close on Sunday for the annual AJEX parade. There are few more important — and moving — occasions in the communal calendar, as we remember those who served their country in the defence of freedom. Too many gave their lives; too many are now no longer with us simply because of the passage of time.

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