Geoffrey Alderman

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Geoffrey Alderman
Registered: 1 April 2008

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Time is not on the Board's side

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 22, 2015

The recent contest for the presidency of the Board of Deputies struck me as one of the most civilised and enlightened in the Board's history. The hustings were well conducted and threw up some fundamental issues that affect the Board itself as well as the wider and pressing concerns of British Jewry. Chief among these was the problem of communal leadership.

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An Orthodox crisis of legitimacy

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 14, 2015

On March 20, I devoted this column to a consideration of shifting allegiances within the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, and the effect these might have on other Orthodox groupings, such as the United Synagogue, the Federation of Synagogues, and the Union itself beyond its Stamford Hill redoubt.

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Finally, our vote's come of age

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 7, 2015

By the time you read this, the General Election will be over, bar the shouting, of which there will be more than usual. While we wait for that to begin, let me draw your attention to one of the most remarkable features of the election - remarkable because the media has taken it for granted: the Jewish Vote has come of age.

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Too cross with making a cross

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 3, 2015

Weary of the current political mud-slinging and descent into personal invective, I have been searching for some light electoral relief - and I may have found it.

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The obscenity of extravagance

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 23, 2015

First, the bad news. I have to tell you that the quote of £55,000 obtained by the JC for a slap-up kosher wedding amounts to a considerable underestimate of the probable true cost.

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It’s no surprise we’re voting Tory

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 18, 2015

No one who has traced, however crudely, the developing political sociology of British Jewry over the past quarter-century should be the least bit surprised at the findings of the Survation poll of Anglo-Jewish voting intentions, commissioned by the JC and published last week.

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My word, is it a turning point?

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 17, 2015

I confess to being a pessimist. Optimists believe that everything is for the best. Often this is far from the case, so optimists are sad people. We pessimists believe that things have a habit of turning out for the worst. Often they don't, which makes us very happy.

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An own goal in Southampton

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 8, 2015

As a research-orientated academic I receive many invitations to present conference papers.

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Racists seeking to destroy Israel

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 2, 2015

Under what circumstances should criticism of the state of Israel be deemed "illegitimate?" The now-cancelled Southampton University conference, "International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism", brought this subject into focus.

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University's lesson in bigotry

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 26, 2015

What are we to make of recent events at the School of Oriental & African Studies, where a ballot of students and staff appears to have resulted in a 73 per cent majority in favour of "a full academic boycott of Israel?" The ballot was organised by the SOAS students' union, with the support of two campus trade-union branches known for their anti-Zionism, the University & College Union and Unison.

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The kashrut war of cultures

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 19, 2015

The latest "kashrut war" tells us something profound about the social demography of Jewish Orthodoxy in Britain. But we might be forgiven for missing the lesson that it teaches.

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Is this a fit legacy for the Board?

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 12, 2015

In my experience, all holders of high public office like to leave a "legacy" - something (preferably positive) by which they may be fondly remembered.

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Danes who are not so great

By Geoffrey Alderman, March 5, 2015

Last week, the USA-based Pew Research Center released the findings of its annual study of global restrictions on religion. Looking back to 2013, the Pew study concludes that there is good news and bad news. The good news is that social hostilities involving religion declined "somewhat" in 2013, from a six-year high the previous year.

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Mirvis must tackle this disgrace

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 26, 2015

Ephraim Mirvis is not merely chief rabbi of the UK's United Synagogue.

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HMD's shameful untold story

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 5, 2015

My views on the subject of Holocaust Memorial Day are well known. We Jews do not need HMD to remind us just how close the Nazis came to wiping out the Jewish people. HMD has also (as I once predicted) been skilfully if spitefully manipulated by multifarious enemies of the Jewish people for their own anti-Jewish ends.

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