Mazeltov! King David Suite to reopen

By Simon Rocker, April 24, 2013

The horas are set to spin again and toasts to the Queen and the President of the state of Israel be raised once more at what was one of London's most popular simchah venues.


In my old grandpa’s name…

By David Robson, April 17, 2013

I can't really claim to have known my paternal grandfather Max Rabinovitch.


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.


Thatcher, Alan Clark and Finchley

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2013

Margaret Thatcher's former parliamentary private secretary has recalled how commitment to her Jewish constituents in Finchley led to the collapse of a plan to discourage the use of animal fur.


Minister blocks export of rare temple wall hangings

By Zoe Winograd, March 27, 2013

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed an export ban on rare 18th century silk hangings due to “their outstanding significance for the study of Jewish ritual art”.


'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".


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.


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.


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).


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."