Jewish life

Dating Jewish men

By Miriam Elia, September 20, 2012

‘And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman” (Numbers 12.1).


Glasgow Jewish future in doubt say Calderwood Lodge school parents

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2012

Parents of pupils at Scotland's only Jewish school have warned of a decline in its religious education and expressed concern for the future of Glasgow's Jewish community.


Kids’ reunions: ring any bells?

By Sarah Ebner, September 2, 2012

R eunions never quite live up to expectations, do they? There are too many people you aren't sure if you recognise, but who claim to recognise you. And there's always someone who has no clue who you are, even though you think you look exactly the same as you used to.


Eruv or not to eruv: who cares?

By David Aaronovitch, August 12, 2012

The other day, notices appeared in our area informing of a consultation concerning the erection of an eruv. As the notices went up, so too did the balloon. One hundred per cent of those questioned by Aaronopoll in a survey for this column, were not just opposed to the eruv, they were foaming at the mouth.


How your shul can go for gold

By Richard Verber, August 3, 2012

As a kippah-wearer, I never cease to be amazed by how much attention I get from strangers. At Westminster station, a Bob Marley-crooning busker interrupted his set to start singing Jewish blessings. In Hebrew. In Camden, I've often had people shout "Shalom" while waving at me. Bizarre though it is, it's mostly good-natured.


Historian takes on scientist over 'Jewish gene'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2012

A US geneticist has entered the debate on “who is a Jew” with a new book arguing that Jewishness has a “biological cultural basis”.

In what has been mentioned as a challenge to Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People, Harry Ostrer argues in Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People, that this genetic link sits alongside shared culture, tradition and belief.


Rallies planned over husband who won't grant wife Jewish divorce

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2012

Rallies will be staged in New York this weekend in support of a woman whose husband has denied her a religious divorce.

Campaigners who support Tamar Friedman plan to protest against Aharon Friedman's doggedness outside his mother's home in Brooklyn.

Another demonstration will be held on Sunday at the headquarters of a Jewish group run by Mr Friedman's uncle.


The History behind the Prayer for the Royals

By Nic Abery, May 31, 2012

On recording his visit to a synagogue on Simchat Torah on October 13 1663, Samuel Pepys made two observations. Firstly the decorum was terrible and secondly a special prayer was recited in Hebrew for the King. How true are both today!


Tunisian Jewish pilgrimage resumes with high security

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2012

Tunisian Jews have begun their traditional festivities to mark Lag B'Omer.

Last year the annual pilgrimage to the historic El Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba was cancelled because of concerns for the community's security in the wake of the Arab Spring and rising anti-Jewish sentiment.


Wanted: high fliers to lead Jewish Community Centre

By Jenni Frazer, April 11, 2012

The Jewish Community Centre for London's announcement that it is seeking a new chief executive means that three high-profile Jewish community posts are now up for grabs.

Aside from the JCC job, the chief executive position at Bicom, the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, until recently held by Lorna Fitzsimons; and the chief executive role at the United Jewish Israel Appeal, who