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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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Chief Rabbi Mirvis's dignified silence

October 17, 2013

It is difficult to think of a more crass, ill-judged and ultimately self-defeating intervention in a communal issue than the statement issued last week by a group of seven strictly-Orthodox rabbis. The issue of the Chief Rabbi’s attendance at Limmud is long running. To the disappointment of many, Lord Sacks chose not to attend.

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Evolution matters

October 10, 2013

It is not often that we praise the government for ignoring the protestations of community representatives. But the Department for Education is quite right to have insisted that evolution becomes a compulsory primary school subject, despite the objections of the National Association of Jewish Orthodox Schools.

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Nobel triumphant

October 10, 2013

We Jews have been awarded more than 100 times the number of Nobel Prizes that the size of the global Jewish population would lead one to expect. This week Jews shared in every Nobel awarded (as we went to press) — in medicine, physics and chemistry.

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JW3's triumph

October 3, 2013

Four years and two weeks ago we urged the community to get behind the fundraising campaign for the then Jewish Community Centre for London, now known as JW3. At that stage it was not even a building site. Now, gloriously, it is a living, dynamic building which has in its first week established itself at the heart of London Jewish life.

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Outsider smears

October 3, 2013

After a week of analysis, comment, anger, defence and exhaustive media coverage, the Daily Mail’s attack on Ralph Miliband has given the Labour leader’s father wider name recognition than he ever enjoyed in his lifetime. Were it not for one thing, the JC would not be adding to that coverage. We do not as a matter of course report events solely because a Jew is involved.

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Triumph in JW3

October 3, 2013

Four years and two weeks ago we urged the community to get behind the fundraising campaign for the then Jewish Community Centre for London, now known as JW3. At that stage it was not even a building site. Now, gloriously, it is a living, dynamic building which has in its first week established itself at the heart of London Jewish life.

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Israel's necessary doubt over Obama's UN negotiations

September 24, 2013

Contrary to what is widely assumed, Israel would like nothing more than a diplomatic solution to the Middle East’s biggest problems.

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Mirvis shows good sense on Limmud

September 17, 2013

Widely expected it may have been, but the Chief Rabbi’s confirmation that he will be attending this year’s Limmud is no less welcome for that. Limmud is British Jewry at its best — and an export of which we can all be proud. It is inclusivity made real. So it was not merely wrong that Lord Sacks refused to have anything to do with it, it was plain bizarre.

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