Jewish life

Jewish artist Gerry Judah and the St Paul’s crucifix

By Charlotte Oliver, April 30, 2014

It is not every day that a Jewish artist is given free rein to make his mark on the walls of St Paul’s Cathedral.

But then, Gerry Judah is not one to follow convention — as can be seen by the six-metre-high cruciform sculptures he has constructed, now hanging either side of the famous church’s Nave Pier walls.

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When being Jewish becomes too expensive

By Simon Rocker, April 27, 2014

Not for nothing is matzah called the bread of poverty: because when you tot up your Pesach bills afterwards, they are likely to have made a deep hole in your pocket. The ritual outcry against Passover prices came this year with disturbing reports of a growing numbers of people having had to rely on charity to help them celebrate it.

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Across the Jewish, Muslim, Christian religious divide

By David Conway, April 25, 2014

The short answer to the question posed by the title of this absorbing book is that its very existence proves Jews, Muslims and Christians can.

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Tinder for the Jews? Shidduch-making goes viral

By Rosa Doherty, April 3, 2014

Shidduch-making has just gone viral.

A team of New York developers have created a dating app that matches singles via their mobile phones.

Users sign up to view photographs of other people living in their area.

They are then able to rate them by clicking on icons with the options: Oy Vey! (forget it) Maybe, (I need time to think) or Crush (let’s date).

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Architects of hate

March 20, 2014

Be in no doubt. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is now officially antisemitic. On Wednesday, it voted to support a ban on Jews from joining the International Union of Architects. It didn’t put it quite like that, of course. The wording of its motion referred to ‘Israelis’ rather than ‘Jews’.

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Sense will prevail for Hatzola

March 20, 2014

Last week’s High Court ruling that the Hatzola ambulance service cannot use blue lights when responding to emergencies was one of those judgments that even the court would rather not have made. But the law is the law, however wrong it may be.

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Wartime friends reunited: 71 years after fleeing the Blitz

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

When a four-year-old evacuee returned to his Hackney home after fleeing the Blitz, he received a letter from the well-to-do prep school boy who had become his wartime best-friend.

But despite his mother’s insistence, Barry Spencer never replied. It was a decision he came to regret for more than 70 years.

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We're a small community, so let's be efficient

By Nicola Loftus, March 14, 2014

There has been much discussion and debate on the effectiveness of the Jewish Leadership Council. Yet, if they are able to complete their mapping exercise of community organisations, this could prove to be one of the most important pieces of work for Anglo-Jewry.

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Women who escaped misery offer help to Charedi misfits

By Charlotte Oliver, February 14, 2014

Three years ago, Judy Kaye bought her first pair of jeans — an act she describes as “overwhelming”.

Aged 30, she had two children and had lived in three different countries, but was still bewildered by everyday experiences taken for granted by most but which seldom touched her life within a strictly observant, Charedi community.

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Community leads the way in gay rights, says rabbi

By Charlotte Oliver, February 13, 2014

An exhibition tracing the history of the Jewish gay community has opened at the London School of Economics.

Rainbow Jews, organised by Liberal Judaism, explores the relationship between the Jewish community and its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members, showcasing video footage, banners, books and artefacts from the past 50 years.

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