Jewish identity

Laura Janner-Klausner

January 17, 2013

“I love being Jewish. It’s an enriching, nourishing inheritance. Rooted in texts which ground me and lift me. It’s creative, joyful and challenging. It compels me to pursue justice, equality and dignity for all as all humans are created in God’s image. British-Israeli with more than a little chutzpah”.

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Jonathan Wittenberg

January 17, 2013

“My father’s hands’ blessing; life’s journey become mystery; the dog having challah; family and community I love; the unyielding commandment of compassion; pine-scents of the Galilee, Jerusalem streets; history’s railways; melodies of Kaddish; God’s sacred light; struggles with failing to see.”

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Roderick Young

January 17, 2013

“Because my mother became a Christian and hid her Jewishness, being Jewish means fear, secrecy and lies. Because at 23 I discovered her secret, being Jewish means the sudden unfolding of an ancient golden heritage, family, prayer, Brick Lane, Jerusalem sunlight. An endless joyful thankful gift.”

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Nightingale House residents group submission

By Anna Sheinman, January 14, 2013

Residents of Nightingale House, the Jewish care home in south London, took advantage of the Tuesday night late opening of their Garden Cafe to create a combined submission to the My Jewish Identity project.

Eighteen residents from as far afield as Singapore, Rangoon, Johannesberg, Newcastle and Glasgow and aged from 85 to 100 shared memories and came up with, in no particular order:

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Here are my fifty shades of 'J'

By Daniel Finkelstein, January 14, 2013

Just before, ahem, Christmas, I received an email asking me to take part in the My Jewish Identity Project. You can, too. We all can.

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Judy Ironside

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

“Pride in being Jewish and in having founded UK Jewish Film which brings culture, history and stories to audiences across the UK through the power of film and discussion.
I believe that we must promote dialogue to grow respect and understanding across cultures while fostering Jewish continuity and identity.”

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John Nathan

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

“We are a wordy people, we argue at the dinner table, when we see an argument being played out on stage and dialogue spoken with wit and flair that speaks to us. David Mamet’s Speed the Plough at the Old Vic, was fierce, fast, funny — that’s what makes it feel Jewish.”

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Jason Solomons

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

“Being Jewish, you carry an unshakeable feeling that you are never alone but part of something eternal and cherishable. When you laugh, eat, think, Jewishness asks you do it with all your might. A Jewish man constantly feels the past and the future while fighting to make good the present.”

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Sophie Solomon

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

“I came to my Jewish identity through the violin. Through klezmer and the traditional music of the Eastern European shtetl, my violin can speak in Yiddish; the ornaments, the sounds, the inflections of the Yiddish language and I feel a spread of belonging, a deep connection to the past.”

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Josh Howie

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

“Being Jewish as a comedian means being an ambassador. For audiences that have never met a Jew, I’m reflecting our culture, showing we have a sense of humour, we’re witty and self-deprecating. For Jewish audiences, I’m an ambassador for the outside world, prodding down complacencies that Jews may hold.”

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