Brexit: Now we must avoid narrow nationalism

Rabbi Danny Rich 24 June 2016 The Jewish Chronicle   Whether you were a Brexiter or part of the large minority who voted Remain, you participated in an historic moment – certainly in the story of the United Kingdom, and possibly of greater significance for the future structure of Europe. … Read More

The woman who died without mourners

Lianne Kolirin 16 June 2016 The Jewish Chronicle   Liberal rabbis have launched a campaign to recruit a minyan for the stone-setting of a woman who died with no next of kin.   Rita Fishman was buried three years ago with no mourners present at her funeral.   Little is … Read More

Children who followed their fathers into the pulpit

Rosa Doherty 16 June 2016 The Jewish Chronicle   Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein and his son Rabbi Aaron Goldstein feature in a Father’s Day piece which talks to three families where children have followed their fathers into the pulpit and become rabbis – the other families featured are; Rabbi Yisroel … Read More

Students facing campus Seder test

Naomi Firsht 21 April 2016 The Jewish Chronicle Why is this university term different from all other terms? With Pesach falling late this year, the majority of UK students are faced with the challenge of celebrating the festival on campus, something that last happened in 2008. But student organisations and … Read More

Hardliners ‘alienating diaspora from Israel’

Nathan Jeffay 1 April 2016 The Jewish Chronicle Fears that Netanyahu will backtrack on historic Kotel deal under Charedi pressure Rabbis and community leaders around the world have warned that extremist stances taken by Israel’s Charedi leadership are alienating members of the diaspora. This week, the Israeli government was poised … Read More

How synagogues can make transgender Jews feel welcome

Rabbi Leah Jordan 29 October 2015 The Jewish Chronicle In the past few months, transgender people have moved from the twilight into the spotlight. Thanks to celebrities including Laverne Cox, Caitlyn Jenner and Kellie Maloney, transgender people and issues have found their way into the mainstream press and have been trending … Read More

Bienvenue à Finchley!

11 December 2014 The Jewish Chronicle Finchley Progressive Synagogue has appointed its first assistant rabbi. Rene Pfertzel joins Rabbi Rebecca Birk in a job share at the growing shul which now counts 330 households as members. “It’s quite a big step for the shul, and reflects the view that our … Read More

Putting the picture together

Lucian J Hudson 28 August 2014 The Jewish Chronicle Leadership in a crisis requires not just skill in responding appropriately in the moment but a coherence and consistency of purpose over time. Whitehall and Westminster’s response has lacked strategy, limiting UK’s influence short and long term, and unleashing an anti-Israel … Read More