History

'Extortioners' — a stereotype that stuck

By Carl Packman, March 25, 2013

Writing about the pawnbroking industry in early America, US istorian Wendy A Woloson opens: "In a 1782 letter, Robert Morris broke the bad news to Richard Butler, a colonel in the Continental army, that he couldn't loan him any money." With so few lenders, at such a fractious time, this was obviously an unexpected and sudden surprise. So who was behind the bad news? "Jew brokers and others".

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Time for a Sephardi revolution?

By Reuven Shirazi, March 22, 2013

A prominent Jewish leader came to speak to the Jewish Society in Cambridge recently. In his speech, he outlined how essential Israel is for Jewish continuity, noting how it had absorbed refugees from Europe (after the Holocaust), India, Ethiopia, and later the former Soviet Union.

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What we were doing last time Pesach was this early, back in 1899

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2013

The last time we sat down to Seder so early in the year, the country had not long before celebrated a diamond jubilee and the community was deep in discussion about international antisemitism and the views of a pope.

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York — site of atrocity, symbol of hope

By Alan Shaw, March 15, 2013

This weekend marks the 823rd anniversary of one of the darkest points in Anglo-Jewish history - the massacre of the Jews of York. It was by no means an isolated incident. In many ways, the experience of the medieval York Jewish community mirrored the trials and tribulations of the rest of Anglo-Jewry during these times (larger atrocities were committed in other towns).

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The way we were — and still are?

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2013

'Those who are acquainted with the requirements of the Passover festival, and the increased price at that period of all provisions… tremble at the additional and indispensable expense which [it] demands."

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Police put clamp on immigrant archives

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 22, 2013

Police records giving details of hundreds of Jewish immigrants entering the UK, including Holocaust survivors, are being barred from public access until "sensitive information" has been removed.

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Put the Anglo in Anglo-Jewish

By Michael Freedland, February 17, 2013

A generation ago, I was deeply opposed to Jewish schools. I didn’t send any of my children to them because I believed they could not possibly live in a world where their neighbours were not Jewish but where they never met a gentile in the classroom.

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It’s time to polish up your Polish

By Simon Round, February 11, 2013

So now we know for sure what many of us have suspected for a long time - that there is an awful lot of Polish people in this country.

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Exercises in changing identities

By David Dee, February 8, 2013

In September 1914, Boxing, a weekly newspaper dedicated to the sport in Britain, published a full-page article entitled, "The Hefty Hebrew".

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Mission to record last of Aramaic

By Jennifer Lipman, February 8, 2013

A British academic is attempting to document different dialects of Aramaic spoken by Iranian and Iraqi Jews before the language disappears from active use for good.

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