My Jewish Identity Project

The Jewish Chronicle and JW3 have launched a Jewish identity project. We want you to tell us what being Jewish means to you. The responses will be buried for 100 years in a time capsule under the new JCC building on March 6. Go to our dedicated website, and submit 50 words, an image, video or voice file.

Whether it's the day of your bar or bat mitzvah, your mother's kugel recipe, or stories you tell your children, we want to know what being Jewish means to you.



  • Arlene Phillips

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    An overwhelming sense of family, for my relations but also for the loved ones of my children and all I welcome into my home. I hope I have passed this on to my children, who through gatherings, festivals and Friday nights, will duly pass it on to generations to come.

  • Matthew Gould

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    The two prayers said in every British synagogue every week — one for the Royal Family, one for the state of Israel. The prayers repeated over and over for peace. All the arguing. The food. My grandfather from Warsaw. My parents. My wife Celia. And my daughter Rachel.

  • Tracy-Ann Oberman

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    What does being Jewish mean to me and my work? It means I approach my acting and writing with the ability to hold two truths. That there is comedy in tragedy and tragedy in comedy. That humanity is flawed yet essentially wonderful. That there is strength in being the outsider.


The JC's New Year identity debate

Our theme of Jewish identity, under the banner, Who Do We Think We Are?, brought together a stellar panel.