Jewish Values

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.


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.