Jewish books

Multi-millionaire plans to give books to UK children

By Simon Rocker, February 21, 2014

In the digital age, the People of the Book may be in the process of becoming the People of the iPad.

But for one American Jewish entrepreneur, a book at bedtime is still an irreplaceable experience for children.

Every month, Harold Grinspoon’s PJ Library sends out nearly 350,000 Jewish-themed books free for children aged from six months to eight years in the US, Israel and elsewhere.


‘More open’ Jewish Book Week fields starry international cast

By Charlotte Oliver, February 20, 2014

Jewish Book Week’s 62nd chapter kicks off on Sunday, with speakers and participants from more than eight countries heading to King’s Place in central London for the annual festival.


Careless scientist admits plagiarism

By Sandy Rashty, January 23, 2014

An acclaimed scientist has apologised for plagiarism after more than 20 passages of his book were found to be taken from Wikipedia, academic websites and other online sources.

Professor Lewis Wolpert, 84, said the passages had been included by accident in his 2011 work on ageing, You’re Looking Well. The book has been withdrawn from sale by publisher Faber and Faber.


Reading, writhing, arguing...

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, January 23, 2014

I’m one of the guests on A Good Read this week. It’s one of BBC Radio 4’s longest-running programmes. Two guests join the presenter to discuss their favourite book. It’s a great show as the reviews are conflictingly honest and it usually ends with a bit of argy-bargy when one participant forcefully justifies their choice of book to the others.


Honours for producer Codron, author Horowitz and FA’s Bernstein

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

An American rabbi, a theatre producer, a writer and the former Football Association chairman have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.


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”.


Classic bedtime tales to keep children listening

By Simon Rocker, December 16, 2013

When my son was a young boy, I wanted to read him some stories of Jewish interest besides the favoured pirate adventures. After all, Judaism has generally communicated its ideas and values through stories rather than systematic creed so where better than to start at bedtime?


Student questions answered

By Simon Rocker, September 30, 2013

A young science graduate has published a book explaining the Jewish attitude towards other faiths based on his campus experiences in London.

Sina Cohen, who was president of the Jewish society at Royal Holloway, University of London from 2008-11, hopes that The Jewish Position on Other Religions will be helpful to students.


Wiener Library gets £1 million Lottery grant

By Anna Sheinman, June 13, 2013

One million pounds of National Lottery money has been granted to the Wiener Library, Europe’s premier Holocaust archive.

The money, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), is to form part of an endowment that will allow the library to expand its provision of school workshops, lectures and exhibitions.


Thriller based on real-life antisemitism

By Toby Axelrod, May 3, 2013

Could Germany ever have a Jewish chancellor? The notion may seem far-fetched, but it is the scenario that British writer and journalist David Crossland has concocted to convey his worries about antisemitism and xenophobia in modern Germany.