Jewish culture

Jewish figures condemn government's prison books plan

By Daniel Easterman, April 10, 2014

A group of leading Jewish figures has condemned government regulations preventing prison inmates receiving books through the post.

In a letter to The Times signed by 18 rabbis, journalists and activists, the group wrote: “Jewish culture is united by a deep-rooted conviction in the power of the written word. We are therefore sensitive to any attempt to restrict access to books.”

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New law could bring curtain down on anti-Israel protesters

By Marcus Dysch, April 3, 2014

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Protesters who disrupt performances by Israeli actors and musicians could be sued or face injunctions under new plans expected to be put before Parliament.

A proposal due to be introduced by Israel-supporting lawyers would seek to adapt the law on aggravated trespass which would allow aggrieved performers or audience members to seek damages from activists.

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Ritual is the DNA that defines who we are

By Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, March 10, 2014

The language of Judaism is ritual and, as quintessential moderns, we Jews have lost our appreciation for its expressive power. For one thing, we’re not very good at it and like normal adults we don’t like doing what we don’t do well.

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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.

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Hull is city of culture - and we’re gonna gerron with it

By Maureen Lipman, November 21, 2013

Being From Hull and Jewish and a woman, the triple whammy, generally one feels like saying, when asked to go there, “what’s second prize?”. But not today.

Today I woke up and found myself besieged by requests to big up my beleaguered home town on TV, radio and press, on the grounds that Hull has been named City of Culture 2017.

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How synagogues can go for growth

By Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, November 10, 2013

The experience of “Royal Jews” — those living in the royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, whose story I have just published — may provide an important template for other synagogues.

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Baddiel plays the fame game for stand-up return

By John Nathan, July 25, 2013

I am sitting with David Baddiel in a tea room, not far from the Hampstead home where he lives with fellow comedy writer Morwenna Banks and their two children, talking about fame, the territory of his new stand-up show. Baddiel’s first proper stand-up gig for 16 years is a meditation on the absurdities thrown up by celebrity.

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Can Jewish life flourish if God is on the sidelines

By Simon Rocker, June 2, 2013

I once heard a rabbi say in his Shabbat morning sermon : “Without God, Judaism falls down like a pack of cards.” There was a time when such a comment would seem so self-evident that you would wonder why anyone would make it.

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Culture Minister bid to keep tapestries in the UK

By Zoe Winograd, May 23, 2013

Culture minister ed Vaizey has extended an export ban on rare silk tapestries depicting Jerusalem’s first and second temples. The move comes after a British buyer expressed a serious interest in purchasing the hangings which are on sale for £120,000. The ban will run until August 20.

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Israel parade planners aim for ‘carnival’ spirit

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2013

The organisers of next month’s Closer to Israel parade in central London said they were confident of a strong turn-out as the route it will take was unveiled.

Former UJIA chief executive Douglas Krikler, who chairs the planning committee, said that although the decision to stage the June 2 event had been “taken at a relatively late stage,” support was encouraging.

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