Church of England

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.


Feeling at home in the Synod

By Daniel Finkelstein, December 2, 2012

It's an odd thing, when you are called Finkelstein, to find yourself commenting on the internal debates of the Church of England. But such was my fate - both on television and in print - when the Synod made its decision not to allow women to become Bishop.


Beware the women bishops vote

By Simon Rocker, November 30, 2012

The Church of England found itself the object of widespread anger and derision last week after its governing body, the Synod, narrowly failed to approve the creation of women bishops.

To British Jews, it must seem like another family’s problem. But the fallout may yet have consequences for other faiths.


New archbishop is ‘a good friend' to Jews

By Simon Rocker and Gavin Drake , November 15, 2012

The Council of Christian and Jews has welcomed the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who will succeed Rowan Williams next year, as a “good friend”.

The Rt Rev Welby, Bishop of Durham and a former dean of Liverpool Cathedral, who will automatically become a joint president of the CCJ, has been involved in reconciliation work between Jews and Arabs.


‘Antisemite’ vicar in Board of Deputies complaint

By Marcus Dysch, November 1, 2012

The Board of Deputies has made an unprecedented formal complaint to the Church of England over the conduct of a controversial Anglican vicar.

Reverend Stephen Sizer is accused by the Board of “conduct unbecoming or inappropriate to the office and work of a clerk in Holy Orders”.


Rabbis' rage after judge insists that a girl of 10 can convert

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

Rabbis have criticised a judge for ruling that a Jewish 10-year-old from Essex can convert to Christianity against the wishes of her mother and all four grandparents.


Newcastle Rep Council breaks off relations with Bishop

By Simon Rocker, August 2, 2012

Newcastle Jewry’s representative body is breaking off links with the local Anglican bishop because of his scheduled participation in an event that will discuss boycotting Israel.


The end of interfaith relations?

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 22, 2012

I told you so.


Board of Deputies' president 'too harsh' on Church of England

By Simon Rocker, July 19, 2012

The Board of Deputies has been criticised by its former interfaith officer for its reaction to last week’s Church of England Synod vote on Israel.

Board president Vivian Wineman accused the Synod of approving an “inflammatory and partisan” volunteer programme on the West Bank.


Church's shame

July 12, 2012

So now we know where we stand.