Church of England

The day they said Kaddish in Westminster Abbey

By Daniel Easterman, November 14, 2013

For more than 1,000 years, Westminster Abbey has been one of the most important sites of Christian worship in the country. But, last Sunday, it was the venue for a poignant ceremony of Jewish remembrance.

In a special service commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Jews joined with Christians to recite prayers, sing sacred songs and hear testimony from survivors.


Anglican vicar admits offending Jews over web posts

By Marcus Dysch, October 23, 2013

An Anglican vicar has said he regrets posting website links which promoted Holocaust denial and Zionist conspiracy theories.

Reverend Stephen Sizer said he accepted that his actions had offended the Jewish community and acknowledged he should have “taken more care” and “reflected on the choice of words more carefully”.


Abbey’s Yiddish memorial

By Charlotte Oliver, October 11, 2013

Westminster Abbey will echo to the sound of Yiddish prayers and song next month at a special Kristallnacht commemoration.

The Service of Solemn Remembrance and Hope — held jointly with West London and Belsize Square synagogues — will take place at the historic London landmark on November 10, on the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht attacks.


Methodists considering abandoning boycott after talks with Board

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2013

The Methodist Church this week agreed to consider alternatives to boycotting Israel after the Board of Deputies voiced concern about its policy on the Middle East.


Archbishop in Israel is ‘remarkable success’

By Simon Rocker, July 4, 2013

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s first official visit to Israel was a success, according to a leading rabbi.

The head of the Anglican Church spent five days in Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories last week.


Archbishop Welby to pay visit to Israel

By Simon Rocker, April 24, 2013

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is to visit Israel this summer for the first time since becoming head of the Church of England earlier this year.

The visit will take place in June but further details were unavailable as his itinerary was still being drafted.


Ben-Gurion and the debate over Winston Churchill's funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, April 17, 2013

Representatives of the Jewish world including the chief rabbi and the Israeli prime minister will be at St Paul's today to bid farewell to Britain's longest serving prime minister.

In attending the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, the Israeli prime minister is following a precedent set by Israeli statesmen when Winston Churchill died.


Quakers to ‘improve’ Israel work through EAPPI programme

By Simon Rocker, February 21, 2013

A controversial human rights programme on the West Bank, which caused a rift between the Church of England and the Board of Deputies last year, is set to include a new Israel component.

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme to Palestine and Israel was branded “inflammatory and partisan” by the Board, which was dismayed when the scheme was endorsed by the Church’s governing Synod.


Disgraceful yet all too easy linking of Israelis and Nazis

By Rabbi Natan Levy, January 31, 2013

Come and eavesdrop on a question I was asked by a leading Anglican bishop at an interfaith symposium last summer. "Rabbi," he asked earnestly, "how can your people turn Gaza into a concentration camp after Auschwitz?" This being my first encounter with this type of dovetailing - as employed last week by Respect's Lee Jasper and this week by Liberal Democrat David Ward - my reply was forgettable.


Tiny church we should support

By Jon Benjamin, December 21, 2012

A recent decision regarding the charitable status of a small church in Devon might not, at first sight, appear to have major consequences for the Jewish community, but the fallout has already led to a front-page headline in the Sunday Times and questions in Parliament.