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 …

Tools to help you cope with Social Media & the Press

WHAT CAN WE DO WHEN OUR “FRIENDS” TELL US WE ARE CHILD KILLERS? Conflict in the Middle East often brings unprecedented condemnation of Israel in the UK and European media. The subsequent public outpourings of hate on the streets of Manchester, London Paris and Berlin has brought Anti-Semitism out in public. …

Combating Anti-Semitism in Social Media & Online

Antisemitism: the UK adopted definition Great Britain is amongst the first countries to embrace the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) explanation of the term. It aims to make it harder for culprits to get away with harassing and abusing Jews, including over-sweeping condemnation of Israel. “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception …

Young Jews & Muslims meet in Vienna

In the shadow of the Gaza conflict, some 100 young Muslims and Jews from around the world are meeting in Vienna this week for the fifth Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC,) according to the Austrian website The Local. For the next six days, young Jewish and Muslim adults from 35 countries, …

Six Point Foundation helps  UK Holocaust survivors

Six Point Foundation aims to close within three years… …so they want to hear from you NOW! Since it began Six Point Foundation has awarded over £360,000 in over 340 grants to individual UK Holocaust survivors and refugees in financial need. Grants have been for one-off expenses to improve quality …