Raymond Simonson

Trying to please all of the Jews, all of the time

By Raymond Simonson, June 2, 2016

If you would have asked me five weeks ago which single issue, other than antisemitism or Israel, would take up more column inches in the JC than any other this month, I could have had a thousand guesses and still not got it right.


Jewish identity project will stand the test of time

By Raymond Simonson, March 22, 2013

On Wednesday March 6 I attended a Jewish burial. It wasn’t at Bushey, Willesden or Waltham Abbey, and no, I wasn’t consigning a sefer Torah to its final resting place either.

It was, in fact, a joyous occasion; the burial of a time capsule under the piazza on the site of the new JW3 Jewish Community Centre on London’s Finchley Road.