The Story of Harris House Southport

December 1938 saw 19 Jewish girls arrive in the resort after escaping Nazi persecution from across Germany and Austria. They came to Britain through the Kindertransport, a rescue mission that saved more than 10,000 Jewish children prior to the outbreak of war. For the girls that fled the Nazis in …

Israeli Mizrahi musicians reclaim centre stage

Musicians Djamchid and her husband Gilad Vaknin are third-generation Mizrahi Jews, whose families came to Israel not from Europe but from the Middle East and north Africa. The music they seek to reinterpret, through their group Ecoute, is what their parents and grandparents once listened to in cities across the …

A single person with a single heart

Sitting here in New York on Thursday evening waiting for a plane, I received an anguished call from friends in Israel. Did I have any words to offer them in the wake of these days and weeks of terror? What do you do when terror strikes, when all sense of …

In Memory of Rabbi Eitam & Naama Henkin

A dvar Torah for Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot By Rabbi Sacks The brutal murder of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin in the presence of their four young children has shocked us all. It is hard to enter the spirit of zeman simchatenu, our festival of joy, in the midst of …

Book Review: Witnessing the Robbing of the Jews

Witnessing the Robbing of the Jews – paperback – 8 Jul 2015 by Sarah Gensburger (Author) Collected images found in the Federal Archives of Koblenz www.combinedacademic.co.uk/witnessing-the-robbing-of-the-jews When you think of the ravages of War you think of looting, of pillaging. You imagine this will be of items of value, art, …

Student Yom Kippur Debate 2015

Over recent years Tribe have been successful in engaging 15-19 year old students with this debate across the United Synagogues. This year JSCN has arranged for this to be made available to small communities across the country. Its easy to  run your own event So if you have students in your …

Cultivating the Inner Self

A message for Rosh Hashanah 5776 from Rabbi Sacks “Original” is not a word often used in connection with a code of Jewish law. In general, the rule tends to be that if it’s true it isn’t new, and if it’s new it isn’t true. But “original” is precisely the …

National Day marking Jewish Expulsion from Arab lands

Today, 30th November, we remember the 850,000 Jews who were expelled from Arab countries in the 20th century. In just one event from that time, on 30 November 1947, Jews in the Syrian city of Aleppo peered between the slats of wooden shutters at a horrendous spectacle. The city, which Jews …

Today the World was Conceived

“What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.  ― A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh ROSH HASHANA 5775: SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 After hearing the sound of the shofar on Rosh HaShana, we say “Hayom harat olam”, which means,  “today the world was conceived”. Rosh HaShana stands in …

A New Strain of Antisemitism is on the Rise

The boundary is being blurred between fair criticism and hatred in a thin disguise. by the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis 28 AUGUST 2014 On Sunday a rally will take place in London to demand zero tolerance of antisemitism. Why is this necessary? On March 19 2012, a teacher and three …