Jewish identity

Who are we? Jewish identity in the 21st century

January 2, 2013

What does being Jewish mean to you?

Today the Jewish Chronicle and JW3, the Jewish Community Centre for London, launch a project with an ambitious aim: to present a snapshot of British Jewry, which will be studied by future generations in a century’s time.

To make that happen, we are asking every Jew in the country to participate.

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Tell us who you are

December 28, 2012

In one sense, everything that appears within these pages is based on the theme of Jewish identity. So it is appropriate that we are today launching, with JW3, what we hope will be the largest mass participation exercise ever on Jewish identity.

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Lord Fink

December 27, 2012

A warm family environment, where the mother acts as a pivotal figure and children and elderly relatives are much loved and cherished. A way of life that stresses fair treatment to all people you meet and charitable deeds as much as religious observance.
Tolerance of others’ views, with vigorous debate being the way to settle arguments rather than shows of force.

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Stephen Pollard

December 27, 2012

Noise, peace, latkes, viennas, charity, spending, history, intellect, jokes, security, insecurity, survival, Islamists, going to shul, not going to shul, Spurs, family, children, cheder, schlepping, schepping nachas, chutzpah, music, books, Larry David, writing, hands, hats, challah, kiddush, guilt, Israel.

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Gerald Ronson

December 27, 2012

Through personal example, I show how to stand up for the Jewish people, Israel and Britain. Community, charity and responsibility enable others to improve themselves and our society. Commitment, family, legacy, investment, pride, continuity and history make our future.

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Sir Trevor Chinn

December 27, 2012

I can best express it in the words of others for the best statements have already been made. Hillel: if I am not for myself, who will be? But if I am for myself alone, what am I? And if not now, when?
Micah: What does the Lord ask of you? To do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

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Vanessa Feltz

December 27, 2012

1967: Frankie Vaughan chucks me under the chin in shul. 1972: My mother fries fish in the garden to keep the smell out of the curtains. 1994: Journalist calls me “the woman who ate Stamford Hill”. 1998: My daughter’s batmitzvah. JC posters all over London read: “Vanessa Feltz on having an affair.”

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Tracy Abraham

December 27, 2012

Being Jewish means my children having parents born in two countries, grandparents who started life in three, and great-grandparents from six of the mighty Ashkenazi heartlands — from the shtetls of Belarus and Lithuania to the cafés of Vienna and Amsterdam. All of us united by common language, culture and understanding. Being Jewish means journey-defying,

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Simon Sebag Montefiore

December 27, 2012

A subtle complex that defies definition, a religion, a nation, a culture, all and none. At its essence: the Law of the Torah and lovingkindness. But as we expand: the Talmud and our traditions and rules.

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Sir Martin Sorrell

December 27, 2012

It’s about pride. Pride that my grandparents came to the UK from the Ukraine, Poland and Romania relatively disadvantaged but with great will and determination. Through self-education, sacrifice and hard work, they gave me, my wife and my kids and grandkids, undreamt of opportunities. My picture would be of Terezin, or Theresienstadt.

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