Jewish life

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


‘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.


Survey says Israelis are, Davka, happy

By Nathan Jeffay, April 4, 2013

An international survey suggests that, far from the conventional view of Israelis as inveterate complainers, they are highly contented.

In the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Better Life Index, rating aspects of quality of life in member and affiliate countries, Israel came eighth out of 36 in the category of “satisfaction.”


‘We’ve been in Tunisia for 2,500 years. It’s our country still’

By Kouichi Shirayanagi, March 28, 2013

The Israeli Foreign Ministry recently issued a travel warning for Israelis visiting Tunisia over Passover.
In addition, the Israeli government will probably again tell citizens not to visit Tunisia for the annual El Ghriba pilgrimage to Djerba at the end of April.


All change in Leeds

By John Fisher, March 25, 2013

Lawyer Simon Jackson is to be the new president of Leeds Jewish Representative Council, replacing Hilton Lorie who ended his three year tenure at the organisation’s AGM at Leeds Civic Hall on Sunday.