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Aug 4, 2020, 1:58 PM
Shifting focus of Jewish education from minds to hearts
Education has always been a quest to win the hearts and minds of students. However, until now, Jewish Studies in our community’s schools has arguably concentrated a little too exclusively on the ‘minds’ side of this equation, and not enough on the ‘hearts’. There is...
Oct 25, 2019, 1:56 PM
We must pay Kurds our debt of gratitude
Last week, hundreds of Israelis gathered on the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to protest against the attacks on the Kurdish community in northern Syria. One of the organisers, Major Yair Fink, said: “It’s our moral obligation as Jews to help them.” Israeli Prime...
May 3, 2018, 6:27 PM
#BoDelects: Our community leaders must listen, not just talk
The Labour anti-Semitism row has been challenging for our community. But it need not be a crisis. Crises occur when there is no strategy or planning. By working so effectively together and placing the issue in the public eye, the Board and the Jewish Leadership...
Oct 26, 2017, 12:43 PM
Don’t alienate allies by turning to intolerance
Where I grew up, we had to endure severe religious discrimination until we managed to escape and were welcomed to the UK as asylum seekers. Thankfully, we now live in a country where such prejudice is neither legal nor tolerated, for it leads to a...
Feb 1, 2017, 9:29 AM
Trump’s cruel policy hands victory to the radicals
One year ago my wife and I were notified that we are no longer eligible for a visa waiver should we wish to visit the USA and that our electronic travel authorisation ESTA was revoked. Should we wish to visit our family in the States...
Edwin Shuker is the vice chair of the International division of the Board of deputies and the European Jewish Congress special envoy for refugees.