Jewish life

Don’t drown in Maggie’s wake

By Laura Marks, April 21, 2013

It is more than 30 years since Margaret Thatcher became our first female prime minister, trailblazing the way for women, changing the rules and smashing the glass ceiling. Although we don't buy that for a moment, it is worth considering what this formidable leader really did for women and what we as a Jewish community can learn.

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Deep within Cairo’s old city lies the key to the collapse of Egyptian Jewry

By Alastair Beach, April 19, 2013

inside the ancient warrens of Cairo’s old city, and not far from the great walls erected by the medieval Fatimid dynasty, lies Haret el-Yahud — the Jewish Alley.

The neighbourhood was long ago drained of its Jewish character but it is linked to one anomalous fact of great historical significance.

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Coen brothers film generating heat at Cannes

By Zoe Winograd, April 19, 2013

This year’s Cannes Film Festival programme includes a long list of Jewish film-makers.

The prolific director-duo, Joel and Ethan Coen, are one of the festival’s hottest talking points with their new film Inside Llewyn Davis about a folk singer in 1960s New York.

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Nationality offer from Portugal

By Richard Zimler, April 18, 2013

The Portuguese parliament unanimously approved on April 12 a new law that will offer nationality to the descendants of Sephardic Jews who escaped from Portugal in the 15th and 16th centuries after being forcibly converted to Christianity and then persecuted by the Roman Catholic Inquisition.

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Jerusalem is built in Hendon

By Zoe Winograd, April 18, 2013

Nancy Reuben Primary pupils in Hendon celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut by building a model of Jerusalem.

Each class created different parts of the old city using cardboard, printed images and plastecine. The detailed model included the old temple, people praying at the W estern W all, houses made to look as if built from Jerusalem stone and the walls surrounding the old city.

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In my old grandpa’s name…

By David Robson, April 17, 2013

I can't really claim to have known my paternal grandfather Max Rabinovitch.

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Israel's population reaches eight million on the eve of independence day

By Zoe Winograd, April 15, 2013

Israel’s population has reached eight million on the anniversary of its 65th year of independence.

According to a report released on Sunday by the Central Bureau of Statistics, th e population increase d by 1.8 per cent over the last year.

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Review: Book of Mormon

By John Nathan, April 15, 2013

Someone described as a “leading media liberal” was reportedly overheard in the foyer asking “why has nobody called this show racist?”. I wish someone had replied, “why has nobody called you stupid?”. This long-anticipated Broadway musical may offend in many ways, but being racist isn’t one of them.

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Searching for women leaders — the next step

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2013

Volunteers are being sought to enact the recommendations of last year’s Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership and ensure that more women reach senior roles in Anglo-Jewry.

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‘Jews are defined by words, not religion or ethnicity’

By Simon Rocker, April 11, 2013

Frank Sinatra’s daughter Nancy once released a song called, These Boots are Made for Walking. Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger’s book, Jews and Words, could have been sub-titled, These Books are Made for Talking.

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