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Jul 7, 2018, 11:09 AM
Shoah director Claude Lanzmann was as uncompromising as his art
Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List is the most famous movie about the Holocaust, but it was documentary maker Claude Lanzmann, who died on Thursday aged 92, who most accurately shaped how we remember mankind’s darkest hour. Filmed in 14 countries over 11 years, Lanzmann’s gruelling nine-and-a-half-hour...
Jul 6, 2018, 3:55 PM
Labour’s failure to adopt full IHRA definition is an extraordinary act of bad faith
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism is internationally recognised and widely used. It provides a clear framework that helps us to identify and tackle antisemitism. It carries the confidence of the representative bodies of British Jewry – the Board of Deputies and the...
Emma S. Jacobs
Jul 6, 2018, 11:54 AM
For some Jews it’s still not safe to be out and proud
Jewish News celebrated the 10 LGBT+ trailblazers in the community, posting a photo of myself and my friends with our youth movement flag at London’s last pride. Somehow the pages of a Jewish newspaper felt a more daunting space to be out, or an ally,...
Jul 5, 2018, 11:49 PM
Wherefore Israel Engagement?
It has been six months since I took over as chairman of UJIA and the landscape has not become any easier. I took on this role because I passionately believe that our children and our grandchildren should have a deep and profound connection to Israel...
Jul 5, 2018, 3:48 PM
This will be a very proud weekend for LGBT+ Jews
This Friday night, hundreds of LGBT+ Jews and others will gather at West London Synagogue for a special service to mark Pride in London. The next morning, KeshetUK – the organisation working so no one has to choose between their Jewish and LGBT+ identity – will lead the Jewish...
Jul 5, 2018, 12:16 PM
An archive more important than life
Outside of academic circles very few of us have heard of the The Oneg Shabbat Archive or the exceptional man Emanuel Ringelblum . With the assistance of associates he created a top-secret archive documenting the tragic fate of 3.5 million Polish Jews also known as...
Jul 4, 2018, 7:00 PM
William the witness: Why Prince’s Israel visit was so profound for Shoah education
“I am well aware that the responsibility falls now to my generation, to keep the memory alive of that great crime, as the Holocaust generation passes on. And I commit myself to doing this.” These powerful words came from the future King of England, His Royal Highness...
Jul 4, 2018, 1:31 PM
Sir Mick’s five straw man arguments in the row over Zionism
Sir Mick Davis lays claim to the moral high ground in his Jewish News column (3 July). But his history means no-one will be fooled. In previous columns he has used the language of our enemies, speaking of the risk of Israel becoming an “apartheid...
Marie van der Zyl
Jul 3, 2018, 11:48 AM
Ofsted must take a less aggressive approach to Charedi schools
I have been deeply alarmed over recent weeks and months at the increasing hostility emerging between the educational authorities – particularly Ofsted – and our Charedi community. Many Jewish schools have an excellent relationship with the educational authorities, with a lot of Jewish schools in...
Jul 2, 2018, 4:59 PM
British values have become a fundamentalist doctrine
David Brown’s Jewish News article last week does not reflect the ethos of Jewish schools or how the ‘British values’ agenda has been enforced. As Orthodox Jews, our community is proud to demonstrate two fundamental values: respect and tolerance. These are fundamental British values and...