Jewish Values

Can Jewish life flourish if God is on the sidelines

By Simon Rocker, June 2, 2013

I once heard a rabbi say in his Shabbat morning sermon : “Without God, Judaism falls down like a pack of cards.” There was a time when such a comment would seem so self-evident that you would wonder why anyone would make it.


Thank you for helping my mum

By Jonni Berger, May 17, 2013

What do a student in Birmingham, a tour guide in Jerusalem, a housewife in Bournemouth, a doctor in Sydney, a teacher in Bushey, an actor in Finchley and a rabbi in New York have in common? If they're Jewish, maybe religion?


Jewish Policy Research conducts its biggest survey

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2013

The largest survey of British Jews in two decades was launched this week by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.

Members of the community will be invited at random to take part in the online questionnaire over the next two months, which will be conducted in association with pollsters Ipso-Mori.


We must take a stand against settler violence

By Simon Rocker, April 27, 2013

Acouple of months ago a young Arab woman from Qalansuwa in central Israel set off to do what we would consider a mitzvah. She was a teacher of Arabic in a Jewish school and she went with a Jewish friend to go to the shivah of a colleague in Jerusalem.


New Jewish Leadership Council members

February 15, 2013

The Jewish Leadership Council has announced two new appointments to its Vice-Presidents Group.

Gillian Merron is a former MP for Lincoln, a member of Liberal Judaism’s Board of National Officers and an active member of the Lincolnshire Jewish Community.


Business ethics are too precious to sideline

By Simon Rocker, January 18, 2013

The incoming Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, seems cut from a different cloth from his predecessor. Whereas Dr Rowan Williams is a poetry-writing scholar with better Hebrew than most of us, the Bishop of Durham’s pre-clerical career as an oil executive has marked him as a man of more worldly experience.


Lord Sacks: religion can help sustain welfare state

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2012

Lord Sacks has described religion as "the redemption of our solitude" during a parliamentary debate on the role of faith in society.


US Jews ponder how to engage young people in community life

By Hillel Kuttler, November 16, 2012

Rabbi Rick Jacobs faced some of the 3,000 people attending America’s annual conference of Jewish philanthropic organisations and presented a key challenge now confronting north American Jewry: how to engage young people in Judaism and in organised communal life.


Gift horse with rotten mouths

By David Robson, November 11, 2012

The other day, I came across one of my barmitzvah presents — a beautiful, old, not so say ancient, evening scarf. Cream silk it is, with black-and-white silk fringes and my initials embroidered on it. It came from Sulka (of New York, London and Paris), a gentlemen’s outfitters who had catered for the Duke Of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Henry Ford and Clark Gable.


Recycling — it’s all in the Torah

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

Recycling, green energy and conserving water have their roots in Jewish, Muslim and Christian texts, according to a new book.

Rabbi Natan Levy — social action consultant to the Board of Deputies — contributed the Jewish chapters to Sharing Eden, a Conservation Foundation project.