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Jun 27, 2018, 12:40 PM
Prince’s visit and the unmistakable echoes of British-Israeli history
There are rare moments when you experience something and you know it’s history in the making. Being at the reception at the British Ambassador’s residence for Prince William was not only history being made for this particular moment but held the unmistakable echoes of past...
Apr 4, 2018, 7:17 PM
After Jewdas’ seder, Corbyn must finally lead and take responsibility
It was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek, very alternative event with an eclectic, counter-cultural group. I accepted my relative’s invitation to attend the Jewdas seder because of the Jewish imperative of ‘kiruv’. Kiruv is bringing all Jews, particularly those I don’t agree with, closer to...
Jan 15, 2018, 6:14 PM
Changing to opt-out organ donor system will save lives
It is said that good things come to those who wait. From Jewish tradition, we learn that it took forty long days of waiting to receive the Torah, our bible. That amount of waiting was a test of faith for the people, even though they...
Nov 22, 2017, 7:05 PM
This week, my idea of refugees was transformed
We have our own forgotten refugee crisis. We may remember how many times in recent years we reminded ourselves to ‘care for the stranger.’ This short mitzvah rightly drives us again and again to the conclusion that we cannot stand by while individuals from distant...
Jul 12, 2017, 12:21 PM
Synagogue report tells a tale of two Jewish communities
The Jewish community is changing, as it has for more than 2,000 years. It’s time for cheshbon nefesh – a time for taking stock. Last week’s report from the Institute for Jewish Policy Research and the Board of Deputies has highlighted that we are all...
Jun 29, 2017, 1:25 PM
I feel saddened and dismayed at the Kotel decision
When the Jewish people went up to the Jerusalem Temple, they would sing Shir Ha’ma’alot – Song of Ascent. One of these still appears at the beginning of our Birkat Hamazon, our grace after meals, on Shabbat and festivals. Together, Jewish people of all backgrounds, with all...
May 30, 2017, 6:37 PM
There is no Chief Whip in the Jewish community
Growing up with a father who was an MP, envelopes would arrive weekly containing instructions from the Chief Whip. The instructions came in the form of the title of the Parliamentary debate accompanied by long, thick black lines – the “whip”. Anything which was less...
May 25, 2017, 11:26 AM
Fixing Britain’s broken heart after the Manchester attack
What a city Manchester is. Diverse, dynamic and defiant, all its best attributes were on display in the aftermath of this week’s terrible attack. There were the examples of pizza gifted from local restaurateurs to busy journalists, the local Sikh community distributing drinks to attendees...
Apr 26, 2017, 2:05 PM
In Moscow, Limmud is not just invaluable, but brave
It’s a very Jewish Yom HaShoah – our family spread throughout the Jewish world marking the occasion in their own way. Our eldest child, Tali, in Jerusalem, despite working, just like on every other Sunday, the eerie 10am siren ensuring it’s not just another normal...
Mar 14, 2017, 2:32 PM
Why Odessa is a wonder of the modern Jewish world
These days it isn’t an obvious destination, but if I were to write a Jewish equivalent of 100 places to see before you die, Odessa would be among the highlights. With its reinvigorated Jewish life, set against a backdrop of unique celebration and pain, this...
Rabbi Janner-Klausner grew up in London; worked as an educator in Jerusalem for 15 years working with Jews and as dialogue facilitator trainer of Palestinians and Israelis. She is the Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism in the UK.