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Jonathan Arkush calls it a day

Arkush for Times of Israel Jan 31 2018 What looked like a workaday email update last weekend contained a shock announcement for Anglo-Jewry —the decision of Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush not to stand for a second three-year term. The elections to lead the British Jewish community’s representative body aren’t until May 13 — […]

  • 8 February, 2018

Eyeless in Gaza

Macintyre on Gaza by Jenni Frazer for the JC January 2018 For the majority of JC readers, one suspects, Gaza remains an almost unfathomable concept — a bit like pre-Second World War Sudetenland, infamously described by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain as “a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing”. But […]

  • 8 February, 2018

Gavin and the tarantula

CFI parliamentary reception for Jewish News January 31 2018 Britain’s new Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson, made the annual Conservative Friends of Israel parliamentary reception one of his first public appearances in his new role — and made a passionate case for Britain to maintain a close partnership with the Jewish state. Speaking […]

  • 8 February, 2018

Sex abuser’s sefer Torah is rejected by Chabad

Chabad row for the JN by Jenni Frazer January 2018 A sefer Torah paid for and completed by a convicted child sex abuse offender, Menachem Mendy Levy, has been rejected by the Chabad community of Golders Green. Last week there were celebrations in Golders Green after the completion of the sefer Torah. According to a […]

  • 7 January, 2018

Moscow mayhem Episodes 1 and 2

McMafia review for the Jewish Chronicle published January 5 2018 Well, who knew that a caviar knife could inflict so much damage? Plainly the rabbonim were on to something when it was decreed that sturgeon caviar was not kosher, thus ensuring that no observant Jew was ever going to be done away with by the […]

  • 5 January, 2018

Black and white and read all over

Jewish Britain on film for Times of Israel from Jenni Frazer posted December 28 2017 The images tumble from the screen, in glorious Technicolor or flickering black-and-white. The quality is highly variable and so too is the subject matter, ranging from the utterly banal to the high-flown. And yet, there is a connecting thread in […]

  • 29 December, 2017

You’re in the army now, girl

Women in the IDF for the JC published November 2017 Any visitor sees it instantly: young women in military uniform, sometimes in skirts, but mostly in trousers and tough-terrain boots, striding along the roads or travelling on the buses and trains, heaving their rucksacks onto the luggage racks and plugging in their mobile phones. The […]

  • 23 December, 2017

Goodbye to Crumpsall

For the JC posted December 23 2017 Crumpsall farewell by Jenni Frazer for JC December 2017 Usually, when we read of the closure of a synagogue, it is as a result of the fall in numbers of the community which it served. Examples such as Sunderland, Grimsby, even most recently Nottingham, come to mind. But […]

  • 23 December, 2017

The girl who made OSLO’s Hebrew right

Liron Shekel for the JC by Jenni Frazer posted December 2017 There is a moment in JT Rogers’ massive hit play, “Oslo”, where two of the characters — of necessity — break into Hebrew, as they mutter instructions to each other about how best to proceed in the delicate negotiations that formed the 1993 Oslo […]

  • 23 December, 2017

Make a difference

For the Jewish Chronicle posted December 23 2017 Seeing traditional circular mud huts at the roadside in northern Ghana came as something of a shock. It was no less shocking to see classrooms which would have been out of place in Victorian England, devoid of facilities save for a miserable collection of dilapidated cracked wooden […]

  • 23 December, 2017