Jewish Values

Wanted by police - more Specials from synagogues

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

There was a strong police presence at the New West End Synagogue on Monday as Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe launched a campaign to recruit a special constable from every London shul.

Posters featuring a police helmet and a kippah will go up in synagogues and Mr Hogan-Howe wants "to persuade people from the Jewish community that this can be a great career.


Don't write us off, we have something to say

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

British Jewry needs a more imaginative approach to its growing ranks of senior citizens which goes beyond care for the most vulnerable, according to a new report.

Instead, it should do more to encourage older people to take part in community activities and find opportunities for personal growth.

"The Jewish community has twice the number of people aged over 60 compared to the general populat


Site launched to link global Jewry in recovery prayers

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2011

A teacher whose sister battled leukemia has developed a website for Jews around the world to unite in prayers for a speedy recovery.

Shira Kalish, from Long Island, came up with the idea of "linking the Jewish community through chesed (lovingkindness)" when she witnessed the response to her sister's illness.


Our girls 'don't need' HPV vaccine

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

A new study has revealed that Jewish parents are rejecting the chance to vaccinate their daughters against a sexually transmitted virus because they do not consider it a necessary precaution.

The research, carried out by Dr Daniel Gordon at University College London, looked at the Jewish community's attitudes towards the vaccine for HPV (human papilloma virus), a sexually transmitted infection


Amy Winehouse's body released for funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse's parents were told they could make arrangements for her funeral, after they identified the body and a post-mortem examination was carried out on Monday afternoon.

After a brief post-mortem, including a toxicology screening, at St Pancras coroners' court, assistant deputy coroner Suzanne Greenaway said she would issue an interim death certificate.


Blonde ambition: Gwyneth Paltrow rocks the CST

July 14, 2011

Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she is raising her children as Jewish.

Ms Paltrow, whose late father was Jewish film producer Bruce Paltrow, appeared at the Young CST's summer cocktail party in the Jalouse nightclub in central London last week, where she spoke to an audience of 100.

She was interviewed by presenter Vanessa Feltz about rediscovering her Jewish background on the Who


Backing Gypsies

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

A delegation of rabbis and British Jews has visited the UK's largest Traveller and Gypsy-owned estate to express solidarity.

The delegation went to Dale Farm in Essex on Wednesday, where they met Richard Sheridan, president of the Gypsy Council. Basildon Council plans to evict the 100 families from the land.


I'll put shuls back in Libya (with a little rebel help)

By Nathan Jeffay, June 16, 2011

The Libyan rebels have a new recruit: a softly-spoken, Kabbalah-studying, Orthodox Jewish psychoanalyst.

Rome-based David Gerbi has been making regular visits to Libya, where he meets rebel leaders to help them plan strategies for instituting democracy and gaining international recognition.


Getting grassroots out: Israeli deputy ambassador optimistic

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

Community leaders must do everything possible to encourage grassroots supporters of Israel, according to its deputy ambassador to Britain.

Alon Roth-Snir said last month's We Believe in Israel conference had provided the perfect platform for members of the Jewish community to speak up and challenge delegitimisation and the boycott campaign.

Mr Roth-Snir said: "People want to do something an


Israel: a looser country than the UK

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

Israel is home to one of the four "loosest" cultures in the world, a new study has found.

According to an international research team, Israeli social norms are far less rigid than those of countries including Mexico, the UK and France.

Researchers, lead by psychology Professor Michele Gelfand at the University of Maryland, examined 33 countries and surveyed nearly 7,000 people.