Historian Sir Martin Gilbert dies at 78

By Rosa Doherty, February 4, 2015

Leading historian Sir Martin Gilbert has died of a heart condition which he had suffered since 2012.

He was 78.

Sir Martin, the official biographer of Winston Churchill and author of 80 studies on subjects including Israeli and Jewish history, was a member of the Iraq Inquiry panel.


New deal keeps Iraqi-Jewish archive in US

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2014

Jewish groups have welcomed a deal between the American and Iraqi governments, which will allow the Iraqi Jewish Archive to remain in the United States for an unspecified period.


Rarely seen Auerbach painting due to sell for £800,000

February 7, 2014

A Painting by Jewish artist Frank Auerbach is expected to fetch up to £800,000 when it is sold at Sotheby’s in London next week.

The piece, entitled Morning – Mornington Place, has not been seen in public since the early 1970s, when it was bought by an Italian family in Milan, and remained in storage ever since.


Culture, not faith, is the key to continuity

By Rabbi David Goldberg, February 6, 2014

Last week, the JC summarised the findings of the largest-ever survey of UK Jewry. The results broadly confirm my own amateur observations, based on over 40 years in the Progressive rabbinate.


King Arthur expert leaves £1.5 million to Manchester University

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 31, 2014

A leading Jewish academic who escaped Nazi Germany as a child has left a £1.5 million fortune to Manchester University where she spent much of her career.

Professor Fanni Bogdanow, a world expert on King Arthur, died last July aged 86.


St Albans: who knew it was a crowd puller?

By Jay Grenby, December 30, 2013

A presentation on the history of the Jewish community of St Albans at Verulamium Museum proved so popular that there was standing room only for some members of the nearly 100-strong audience, while others had to be turned away at the door.


Simon Schama: British Jews must resist the victim-bully image

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

Historian Simon Schama has restated his Zionist beliefs and called for a shift in the public view of Jews as “either victims or bullies”.

Despite the shock expressed in some circles over his statement that he was a Zionist in his recent BBC series The Story of the Jews, Professor Schama said he had meant to be bold and was “completely unapologetic”.


Disraeli - time to let go?

November 29, 2013

Disraeli might have left us in 1881 but the passing of a 132 years has done nothing to dilute the intensity of the feelings aroused by the former Prime Minister.


Why Ben-Gurion is still relevant

By Tom Segev, October 31, 2013

Two years ago President Shimon Peres published a biography of David Ben-Gurion. The book, in the form of conversations with the journalist David Landau, first came out in the US and shortly afterwards in Israel. Since then more books about BG have come out in Hebrew, among them one about BG and the media, and another about the last years of his life.


History project unites

By Jay Grenby, October 28, 2013

A museum’s appeal to local synagogues for information on the Jewish community in St Albans has inspired so much interest among both Masorti and United shul members that it has now spawned a research project which aims to produce a chronicle of Jewish involvement in the life of the Hertfordshire city.