Margaret Thatcher

Remember: when loyalty is blind, you can’t see straight

By Richard Verber, May 19, 2013

I was standing in Auschwitz last month when news filtered through that Margaret Thatcher had died. After flying home from March of the Living, we landed to newspapers, television and social media saturated with analysis of her time at the top.

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Janner-Klausner 'wrong' over Thatcher funeral

By Simon Rocker, April 26, 2013

Liberal Judaism chairman Lucian Hudson has said Reform rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner was wrong not to attend the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.

Rabbi Janner-Klausner said that she could not honour the former Prime Minister because she had been "a cataclysm for the fabric of Britain".

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Thatcher thought Tories were 'sacrificing Jews' in Finchley

By Jennifer Lipman, April 25, 2013

Margaret Thatcher believed that the Conservative Party was "sacrificing [Jewish supporters] unnecessarily" when she fought her first election in Finchley, according to a new biography of the late prime minister.

In Charles Moore's authorised biography, he notes that when she won the seat for the first time in 1959, "there was some antisemitic feeling" in the local Conservative association.

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Don’t drown in Maggie’s wake

By Laura Marks, April 21, 2013

It is more than 30 years since Margaret Thatcher became our first female prime minister, trailblazing the way for women, changing the rules and smashing the glass ceiling. Although we don't buy that for a moment, it is worth considering what this formidable leader really did for women and what we as a Jewish community can learn.

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Representing rabbi

April 18, 2013

Last January, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner became the Movement for Reform Judaism's first Movement Rabbi. The post is representative, described by the organisation as being its "rabbinic face in the national arena". In that capacity she was invited to the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.

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Reform rabbi in Thatcher funeral snub

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2013

Britain’s leading Reform rabbi declined to attend Baroness Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday because of her opposition to the former prime minister’s politics.

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Sharansky: my cuppas with Mrs T

By Orlando Radice, April 18, 2013

The long incarceration of former Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky, now chairman of the Jewish Agency, was known to have been used by Margaret Thatcher as an example of the many wrongs perpetrated by the USSR.

But it was the fury of Mr Sharansky’s wife, Avital, over her husband’s imprisonment that drove Mrs Thatcher into a direct confrontation with the Soviet regime.

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Ben-Gurion and the debate over Winston Churchill's funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, April 17, 2013

Representatives of the Jewish world including the chief rabbi and the Israeli prime minister will be at St Paul's today to bid farewell to Britain's longest serving prime minister.

In attending the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, the Israeli prime minister is following a precedent set by Israeli statesmen when Winston Churchill died.

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Leading Reform rabbi says no to Thatcher funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, April 17, 2013

Britain's leading Reform rabbi will not attend Baroness Thatcher's funeral today because of her opposition to the former prime minister's politics.

Although the Reform movement will be represented by Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, chairman of the assembly of Reform rabbis UK, Laura Janner-Klausner has declined her invitation.

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Natan Sharansky and Benjamin Netanyahu to attend Thatcher funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2013

Israel will be represented by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a prominent former Soviet dissident at Margaret Thatcher's funeral on Wednesday.

The Israeli leader will be joined by former Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky, who is now the chairman of the Jewish Agency.

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