Geoffrey Alderman

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Geoffrey Alderman
Registered: 1 April 2008

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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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Synagogues behaving badly

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 29, 2015

I am about to take delivery of an additional filing cabinet for my already cramped study. Into it will go at least two drawers-full of correspondence, papers and ephemera related to the conduct of synagogal life in this country within the past half-decade or so.

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Time to stop the point-scoring

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 22, 2015

In the aftermath of the Paris outrages an unseemly row has broken out about the safety of Jews in the UK. On January 14, under the headline "Majority of British Jews feel they have no future in UK," the Independent ran a story based upon surveys carried out by YouGov on behalf of the Campaign Against Antisemitism.

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The awkward question of who'll win the Board's vote

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 15, 2015

We should not be surprised that, as the political classes gird their loins in readiness for the May parliamentary election, questions should be raised about specific Jewish dimensions to this forthcoming contest.

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Antisemitism: the half-truth

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 8, 2015

On December 29, Her Majesty's Government published a 47-page report entitled Government Action on Antisemitism. In terms of deepening our understanding of what Mr Cameron and his colleagues actually believe antisemitism to be, and what they have done and intend to do about it, this is a document of the first importance to Jews. Why then was it published on December 29?

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