History

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."

More..

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.

More..

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.

More..

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.

More..

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".

More..

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.

More..

Winner in the eccentricity race

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 5, 2013

I was saddened to learn of the death of Michael Winner, whose passing formed the subject of retrospectives throughout the media. I never knew him personally. I found his films vulgar and second-rate - though most were box-office successes. I had little enthusiasm for his claim to be a connoisseur of non-kosher foods and of the restaurants that served them.

More..

A poignant musical emigration

By James Inverne, January 28, 2013

The news this week that Valery Gergiev, arguably the most powerful conductor in the classical-music world, is to leave the London Symphony Orchestra, has sent shock-waves through the British capital's chattering classes.

More..

Site of Penzance synagogue saved from sale

By Anna Sheinman, January 24, 2013

The threatened sale of the site of the historic synagogue in Penzance, Cornwall will not go ahead after a decision by the local council.

Market Jew Street in Penzance is home to the crumbled remains of what used to be the centre of a thriving Jewish community.

More..

The children doomed by British inaction

By Fred Barschak, January 11, 2013

"The greatest tragedies are those that were wholly avoidable." In an era replete with events that fall within those parameters, none fits the above definition more than the fate of the children of Pithiviers and Beaune-La-Rolande in the summer of 1942.

More..