Geoffrey Alderman

We must harass Jews for Jesus

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 27, 2008

The only way to defeat missionaries is to beat them at their own game

A funny thing happened to me on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line last week.


The conversion row: pure politics

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 20, 2008

Religion is not the prime reason for the recent spate of conversion annulments

Three weeks ago, in a Shabbat sermon about which he must have thought a great deal, Naftali Brawer, rabbi of the United Synagogue at Borehamwood, launched a ferocious attack against those of his colleagues — in Israel and elsewhere — who have proudly claimed responsibility for, and enthusiastically supported, one of the most malevolent rabbinical decisions of recent times.


Let them eat packed lunches

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 13, 2008

Why is a Jewish school stopping its students from bringing in food from home?

Next Friday I shall attend the formal opening of Yavneh College in Borehamwood. The ceremony will be graced by the presence of a host of Jewish and non-Jewish dignitaries, chief among whom will be the Secretary of State for Children, Families and Schools, Ed Balls.


When blame hits history

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 6, 2008

Journey to Nowhere
By Eva Figes
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Donors’ wishes must be heard

By Geoffrey Alderman, June 6, 2008

Was the Hebrew University right to deduct 20 per cent of a recent legacy to fund the office of its British Friends?


A revisionist revises his views

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 30, 2008

Historian Benny Morris concedes that the Arab struggle against Zionism is about religion, not land

Over the past few weeks, the even tenor of my scholastic existence has been repeatedly interrupted by the demands of the media for “authoritative” answers to their many queries arising from the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence.


Police failed us over imam racism

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 23, 2008

The authorities’ reluctance to pursue Islamic radicals has been a boon to the BNP

The apologies given in the High Court last week by the West Midlands police and the Crown Prosecution Service to the makers of an extraordinary documentary have thrown a welcome light upon that species of malign political correctness that is eating away at British tolerance and respect for minorities. 


Ken lost us, then lost London

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 16, 2008

The statistics indicate that if Livingstone had apologised to London’s Jews, he may have won

What part did the Jews of London play in the ousting of its former mayor, Ken Livingstone? The circumstantial evidence is compelling, and points to a vindication of Nicky Gavron’s claim (reported in last week’s JC) that a Jewish backlash made a significant contribution to his loss of office.


Let Lord Levy speak his mind

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 9, 2008

The attacks on Michael Levy’s new memoir are groundless


Israel should not fight polygamy

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 2, 2008

Many Bedouin have been killed while serving in the IDF. Time to show their culture some respect

The Israeli government has recently announced a programme to tackle the “problem” of polygamy amongst its Bedouin citizens.

There is no such “problem”.


Geoffrey Lewis

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 2, 2008

Born London, June 19, 1920.
Died Oxford, February 21, 2008, aged 87.

A pioneer of the study of Turkish language and literature in this country, Professor Geoffrey Lewis was almost single-handedly responsible for its introduction to the University of Oxford, writes Geoffrey Alderman.

After University College School, London, he read classics at Oxford, which sparked his interest in Turkish. In the Second World War he served in the RAF, in radar. Returning to Oxford, he gained a first in Arabic and Persian in 1947.


William Frankel

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 25, 2008

Born London, February 3, 1917.
Died Washington DC, April 18, 2008, aged 91.

A strong and effective editor, William Frankel was responsible for a revolution in the relationship between the Jewish Chronicle and the Anglo-Jewish establishment a half-century ago.

As general manager from 1955-58 and editor from 1958-77, Frankel dispensed with the niceties of a past in which Anglo-Jewry’s oldest and premier newspaper had tamely reported — or not reported — what the establishment wanted the rank-and-file to know, or not to know.


Israel a theocracy? It would die

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 25, 2008

Its greatest challenge is to remain both the Jewish state and a liberal democracy


Defending Israel? Anger works

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 18, 2008

Advice recently given by PR experts on how to promote Israel in the media was wrong

How does one best put Israel’s case in public? This was the theme of the recent conference hosted by Bicom. Unfortunately, I was unable to accept my invitation to attend because of pressing family commitments. However, had I done so I suspect I would have summoned up the courage to disagree with the advice apparently given by some of the presenters, and reported in last week’s JC.


We’re integrated, but at a price

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 11, 2008

In the effort to be part of British society, we had to suppress our own Jewish culture

Addressing a Board of Deputies seminar in Salford last week, local MP Hazel Blears, Secretary of State for Communities, spared not a word in the praise she lavished upon Britain’s Jewish communities as a template, a model from which other immigrant communities would do well to learn how to integrate successfully into British society.


We're not a 'people'? Outrageous

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 4, 2008

A new Israeli book arguing that there is no ‘nation-race’ of Jews will be pounced upon by anti-Zionists


Our schools must act lawfully

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 20, 2008

A hundred years ago, an historic compromise was arrived at to settle the vexed question of taxpayer-funded faith-based schools in the UK. That compromise is now under threat. But whilst the future of all “maintained” faith schools is under scrutiny once more, none are more threatened than those that profess one or more variants of the Jewish faith. And whilst some of the pressures that have led to this scrutiny are general in nature, others are very much specific to British Jewry. There ought to be a communal policy already agreed and in place to address the issues that have arisen.