Spreading the mitzvah

May 18, 2015

The impact of Mitzvah Day in the wider community was highlighted by the founder of its Muslim equivalent at an interfaith tea for supporters hosted by Daniela and Trevor Pears on Sunday.

Facebook's European vice-president, Nicola Mendelsohn, was among guests who heard Julie Siddiqi, who recently launched the Muslim Sadaqa Day, tell how its Jewish precursor had inspired her.


Israel cultivates integration of Arab teachers

By Shira Rubin, May 7, 2015

Respect for "the other" is part and parcel of respecting oneself, said Sarah Silberstrom, a representative from the Ministry of Education at a recent conference aimed at addressing the dilemmas facing Arab teachers working in Israeli schools.

"But what about Yom HaNakba," interrupted an audience member, Lubna Hadija, referring to the day on which Palestinians commemorate the Nakba - "catastroph


How a Facebook status led to chaos on campus

By Sebastien Malo, April 23, 2015

A month-old Facebook post written by a Jewish college professor about last summer's Gaza conflict has triggered a debate on intolerance at a liberal arts college in Connecticut.

The controversy over philosophy expert Andrew Pessin's remarks is seen as a microcosm of the tension between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian advocates on American campuses.


Mum's the word for Facebook hit

By Sandy Rashty, March 26, 2015

"How can I get my son to eat more fruit?" "Where are the best places to buy swimming costumes in winter?" "Which Jewish schools are you applying for?" "Do you know a good Mandarin teacher in north-west London?" "Which Jewish camps are the best?" "How much should I pay my cleaner?" "How much should I pay my nanny?"

These questions are a small sample of the topics raised on Top Tips 4 Mums, a Fac


Israelfest draws Facebook hate

By Rosa Doherty, March 19, 2015

Organisers of a pro-Israel conference say they are "shocked by the foul, antisemitic abuse" left on their Facebook page.

A post advertising the We Believe in Israel conference, which is due to take place in London on Sunday, has been the target for a "torrent" of hate, they said.


Facebook staff 'like' to add a splash of colour

By Naomi Firsht, November 20, 2014

Mitzvah Day got at least 40 "likes" from the UK Facebook office whose sales team came to lend a hand at their local Salvation Army shelter and a youth club last week.

Members of the sales team re-painted hallways and provided a hot lunch at the Cambria House shelter, as well as de-cluttering the New Horizons youth centre in London.


Some of their best friends are...

By David Prever, July 17, 2014

Facebook has never felt like a comfortable place to 'do politics,' unless 'politics is what you do.'

Over the past fortnight, Operation Protective Edge has brought out the haters and defenders in equal measure, but with some surprises.

My social media timeline now includes so-called friends - whatever that means these days - suddenly attacking Israel with a previously hidden passion.


Facebook group eases the way towards aliyah

By Charlotte Oliver, July 4, 2014

British young professionals are being encouraged to prepare for life in Israel by joining a social media site which promotes aliyah.

Set up by former Union of Jewish Students' president Joe Tarsh, the Young Olim 2014 Facebook page has attracted substantial interest in the nine months since it was launched.


Facebook at 10 - how much do we still 'like' what it does?

By Jennifer Lipman, April 3, 2014

When you think about it, it comes as little surprise that Facebook was invented by a Jew. A site that encourages gossip, dismisses the need for privacy, and enables faraway relatives to meddle in the lives of the younger generation from anywhere in the world. Who but a Jew could have come up with that?


Zuckerberg plea to Obama over online surveillance

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

Barack Obama received a call this week from disgruntled Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The Jewish-American tycoon, 29, phoned the US president to complain about excessive governmental surveillance on the social media site, which has 1.2 billion users across the globe.