Sir Alistair Horne's Shabbat dinner at Oxford Chabad

By Marcus Dysch, November 5, 2009

Distinguished historian Sir Alistair Horne was treated to his first Shabbat dinner, courtesy of Oxford University Chabad Society.

Sir Alistair was invited by Rabbi Eli Brackman to speak about his book on Henry Kissinger and the Yom Kippur War.

Around 100 students attended the American-themed dinner and heard recollections of Kissinger’s role in the war and the Israeli reaction to the historian, who had served in the British Army during the Second World War.

“I enjoyed the evening. It was flattering to be asked to speak and to be invited to don a yarmulke,” said Sir Alistair.


Graduate joins Rwandan mercy mission for WJR

By Robyn Rosen, October 29, 2009

An Oxford graduate has taken part in a charity trip to Rwanda to help current or former street children reintegrate into family life and wider society.

Hannah Goldie, 22, spent a week in Kayonza, an eastern Rwandan province as part of a 10-person World Jewish Relief mission. She was chosen from close on 20 young applicants for a place largely financed by “a generous subsidy” from the Ansel Harris Memorial Fund.


Rabbi Daniel Braune Friedman

October 28, 2009

The 31-year-old was ordained at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York, in June. Before moving to Oxford he served as a hospital chaplain, a synagogue intern and a campus rabbinical intern at Washington University and New York University. His wife Hannah is a social worker and received her Master’s degree from Hunter College, New York, in 2006.

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Orthodox man jailed for sex offences

By Leon Symons, October 13, 2009

An Orthodox academic has been jailed for four months after police found dozens of images of children in his computer.

Eight years ago Dr Benjamin Yudkin, 41, of Wolvercote, Oxford, escaped a custodial sentence after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old child in Reading.

Last week Yudkin appeared for sentence at Oxford Crown Court having previously admitted three counts of possession of indecent images.


David and Joelle Abrahams set themselves a mountainous target

By Candice Krieger, August 6, 2009

Father and daughter David and Joelle Abrahams are on their way to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The duo, who live in Northwood, Middlesex, left today for the six-day trek, in memory of Mr Abrahams’s close friend Steven Jacobs, who died suddenly from a heart condition in March. The pair are hoping to raise £7,000 for Harefield Hospital.


Interview: Chloe Aridjis

By Gerald Jacobs, July 23, 2009

One day in 1986, Chloe Aridjis was wandering through the food section of the grand KaDeWe department store in Berlin when she was overcome by a wave of disgust. “There were huge fish and lobster tanks; all kinds of meats and animal parts dangling from the walls,” the writer now recalls. “The previous year in Seville my sister and I passed a restaurant with a suckling pig in the window, an apple in its mouth. My sister became a vegetarian that night. I’m ashamed to say it took me a year to follow.”


Hebrew U scholar gets Oxford chair

July 9, 2009

A scholar of international renown has been appointed to a new chair at Oxford University for the study of Abrahamic religions.

Guy Stroumsa, the Martin Buber professor of comparative religion at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, takes up the post in October and will be a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall.

Professor Stroumsa stresses the importance of the comparative study of religions, “and in particular of the monotheistic religions, as contemporary problems demand intellectual attention on the religious and historical roots of our current predicaments.”


Tributes to Sir Isaiah

By Alison Ryde, Oxford, June 18, 2009

Oxford’s Jewish Heritage Committee was instrumental in securing blue plaque status for Headington House, Sir Isaiah Berlin’s home for many years, to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.


Pears school partnership

By Candice Krieger, June 11, 2009

The Pears Foundation has teamed up with the UK’s top business schools to promote philanthropy among the business leaders of the future through a series of lectures by leading business figures. The schools involved are Cranfield School of Management; Saïd Business School, Oxford; and the London Business School. Trevor Pears, executive chair of The Pears Foundation, said: “We are pleased to be working with such dedicated colleges in pursuit of our shared aim to grow the culture of philanthropy.”


New think-tank for Institute for Jewish Policy Research

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2009

The Institute for Jewish Policy Research has announced a change of direction with a key new appointment.

David Graham, who has worked on demographic surveys for the Board of Deputies, will be the new director of social and demographic research. He will be supported by a new advisory board, chaired by Professor Steve Miller, an expert on research into Jewish communities.

The changes mark a return to a more local agenda for the think-tank, which, under its former executive director Tony Lerman, who stepped down last year, had shifted its focus from domestic social research to Europe.