Britain's Jews are rightly proud of the community's great entrepreneurial traditions. Among the FTSE 100, Shell, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, Anglo-American, WPP, Next and British Land can all claim strong Jewish roots.
Then, every so often, a scandal erupts that gives us all cause for pause.
The pews were filled to the gunnels and the galleries full of women in fine, wide brimmed hats. The temporary benches in front of the exquisitely carved wooden Aron Kodesh were crowded with youngsters, the awkwardly attired, once-a-year shul-goers, and the bookies and hucksters in loud, checked suits - characters straight out of Graham Greene.
You would have had to been sound asleep to have missed it. But in the last several weeks antisemitism has been almost as much in the headlines as Brexit. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has lit the blue touch paper and what has long been called the world’s oldest hatred has flared.
Technology is finding ever more creative ways to disrupt existing business and to change our lives. The latest generation of tech ventures seeks to eliminate the middle person, cut costs and give the consumer easy access to services.
Israel's robust trade with Britain would largely be unaffected if the UK votes to leave the EU in June. Bilateral commerce between the UK and Israel has climbed markedly in recent times and is estimated to have reached more than £5 billion in 2015 making the UK the third largest trade partner with Israel behind the US and Hong Kong.
More than three decades have passed since Marks & Spencer relinquished family and Jewish leadership with the retirement of Lord Sieff. The traditions of the founding Marks and Sieff dynasties lingered in the shape of the non-Jewish leadership of Sir Richard Greenbury. He was so steeped in the values that his son went on to head Polack House, the Jewish presence, at Clifton College.
It is not a very seasonal gift. But, after months of meticulous planning and some hesitation, arguably the most powerful woman in the world set us all on a new course this week with a widely predicted raise in interest rates.
At lunchtime on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, a man arrived at our front door loaded down with a magnificent bunch of white flowers from a fashionable Knightsbridge florist. The present, replete with New Year greetings, was from billionaire Ivan Glasenberg, chief executive of the global commodity trading and mining concern, Glencore.
Premier League football has never been richer than it is at present. In the 2013-14 season (the last for which there are complete numbers) it generated income of £3.26 billion, some 29 per cent up on the year before. And we know it is only going to get even more wealthy.
As a "start-up" nation praised for its tech genius Israel, more often than not, has been the prey rather than the predator in the rarefied world of global takeovers. Going right back to 1998, when US digital pioneer AOL snaffled the Israeli-invented instant messaging service ICQ for £25m, there have been rich pickings for global buyers.
Once in a while, I am invited to do a short interview about finance on the BBC4 Today programme or Radio 5. Obligingly, they send round the radio car (actually a large van with a mast) along with an engineer, and on the counter inside sits the Guardian. In fact, the BBC buys more copies of the Guardian than any other national newspaper.
Scarcely a week passes without disclosure of fresh scandal for Britain's banks. The image of the lenders has been battered and the reputation of those that ran them tarnished. The current management of Britain's largest bank, HSBC, was seriously damaged by disclosures of tax avoidance and evasion on a grand scale at its Geneva private bank.
In recent years, the annual general meetings of the British security firm G4S have become a tense battleground between genuine investors and supporters of the Palestinian boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) campaign. The latter demand that G4S immediately cease all operations in Israel, where it runs prisons on behalf of the Israeli government.
As the summer season reaches its height at Royal Ascot next month, one of the sights to behold will be the billboards on the enclosures at this most exclusive of events, sponsored by the gas-rich state of Qatar.
Of all the great British companies including Shell, Tesco and Land Securities founded by remarkable Jewish entrepreneurs only one - Marks & Spencer - truly retains the loyalty and affection of the community.
In voting for another Netanyahu-led government, Israelis once again chose guns over butter. Progress made in the polls made by Zionist Union leader Isaac "Buji" Herzog, who tapped into dissatisfaction over economic inequality in Israel, was in the final analysis overwhelmed by fears over national security.
In many ways, Israel has an economy to be proud of.