B’nai B’rith European Days of Jewish Culture & Heritage - Jewish Heritage Walks

By Bnai BrithUK, September 8, 2010
Saturday 11 September


B’nai B’rith European Days of Jewish Culture & Heritage - Jewish Heritage Walks

By Bnai BrithUK, September 8, 2010
Sunday 12 September


Ashmolean leaves Judaism out of world faiths show

By Simon Rocker, September 7, 2010

Britain's oldest museum, the Ashmolean in Oxford, has defended the exclusion of Judaism from a panel on world religions.

Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, a Jewish academic who lives in the city, had believed the display would be changed after he questioned the omission.

But the museum, which reopened last November after a major redevelopment, believes it would be "inappropriate" to alter the wording.

It added that a new "Jewish trail" linking items of Jewish interest in the museum was in the pipeline.


Australian candidates battle for Jewish vote

By Dan Goldberg, August 19, 2010

A London-born, Oxford-educated Catholic who once trained to be a priest, or a Welsh-born, unmarried woman who is a self-confessed atheist?

That's the choice facing Australians - among them 110,000 Jews - this weekend in a federal election that polls predict will be a photo finish.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, whose bloodless coup toppled Labor leader Kevin Rudd two months ago, is pitted against Tony Abbott, the Liberal Party leader once nicknamed the "mad monk" after a slew of brutish remarks.


Oxford keeps up services in summer

By Marcus Dysch, August 12, 2010

Oxford's Jewish community is enjoying a period of renewed success with services taking place daily for the first time in years.

The number of people davening at Oxford Jewish Congregation's Richmond Road synagogue traditionally drops in summer as students return to their home towns.

But the community has continued its daily minyanim with the help of University Jewish Chaplaincy's Rabbi Daniel Braune Friedman, who has co-ordinated an informal rota of male congregants.


Christian convert lecturer claims discrimination

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

A lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Jewish and Hebrew Studies has told an employment tribunal that she was discriminated against after she converted from Judaism to Christianity.

Israeli Dr Tali Argov, who was a full-time lector in modern Hebrew, said at the hearing in Reading last week that she was ostracised by colleagues and then made redundant after she converted to Anglicanism in January 2008.


Graduate wins social justice fellowship

By Candice Krieger, July 8, 2010

Oxford university graduate Keren Simons has won the inaugural New Israel Fund UK William Frankel Social Justice Fellowship.

The accolade, in memory of the late JC editor, seeks to nurture future leaders for social change from outside Israel.

Miss Simons, 25, from north London, will spend 10 months in Israel working in a social justice NGO. She has a masters from Oxford in gender studies, where she looked at Israeli women and political power and has written biographies of Muslim women's rights activists. She also headed the Jewish Society at Royal Holloway, University of London.


John Bercow speaks to Oxford Chabad

By Marcus Dysch, June 17, 2010

Oxford Chabad Society welcomed the first Jewish Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP, to an end-of-term Friday night dinner.

Around 100 students, staff and Oxford Jewish community members heard Mr Bercow talk on the subject of "New Parliament, New Politics?".

He discussed how the expenses scandal had undermined the trust of the public in politics and should be viewed as a transition from traditional, executive-run politics to a new system of greater accountability.


Jewish students' Gucci fashion event

By Marcus Dysch, June 3, 2010

Chanel, Valentino, Dior, Gucci – they are some of the biggest names in fashion, more often associated with London, New York and Paris, but later this month they will feature at a charity event run by three Jewish students in Oxford.

The Red Dress Couture Ball, organised by Leo Seigal, Bryan Baum and Samantha Friedmann, is supported by leading industry figures including Harold Tillman, head of the British Fashion Council.


The Israeli who's taken Abraham to Oxford

By Simon Rocker, May 27, 2010

Oxford may have lost to Cambridge in this year's boat race, but in one pursuit Oxford has pipped its old rival to the post. Oxford's first Professor of Abrahamic Studies has been teaching there almost a year, while Cambridge is still in the process of recruiting one.

The holder of Oxford's new chair is a Parisian-born Jewish Israeli with a special interest in early Christian mysticism. Guy Stroumsa had been Martin Buber Professor of Comparative Religion at the Jerusalem's Hebrew University until his arrival here last autumn.