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Jun 3, 2019, 6:18 PM
Theresa May was a ‘true friend’? Don’t believe the hype
Within hours of Mrs May announcing she would resign the office of Prime Minister tomorrow, a succession of communal machers vied with each other in their search for words of praise for one of the worst prime ministers in British history. United Synagogue Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis...
Sep 26, 2018, 6:18 PM
How Charedim could take over the Board of Deputies
In March 1933, shortly after Hitler’s accession to power, a leading Charedi rabbi in Germany, Yechiel Weinberg, made a series of astonishing public statements in which he gave a broad welcome to Germany’s Nazi government. Loyal German Jews (he declared), had nothing to fear from...
Jul 6, 2018, 6:18 PM
Federation’s proud legacy is something to celebrate
The Federation of Synagogues’ establishment followed the great emigration of Jews from Eastern Europe that helped to reshape Jewish life in Britain at the end of the 19th century: a ‘native’ Anglo-Jewish population of perhaps 60,000 souls was swamped by twice as many mostly poor...
Jul 3, 2017, 6:18 PM
It’s all hands on Dweck, but this controversy is nothing new
Last week the Joseph Dweck Affair took an ominous turn. A statement, reportedly authored by several London-based Sephardi and Ashkenazi rabbonim, warned United Synagogue chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis that any attempt to reinstate or rehabilitate Dweck in the UK risked being repudiated by very significant...
Professor Geoffrey Alderman is an academic, author and journalist