The people of Surrey need our help, not our hatred

At a recent meeting on the refugee crisis, a well-heeled woman talked about how Hackney might be better placed to deal with the situation, given the number of immigrants living there. She cited, as examples, the large Turkish community and “Orthodox Jewish community”. It took me a few minutes to work out who she meant. Read more about The people of Surrey need our help, not our hatred[…]

Labour leader hustings – eyewitness account

On Monday, JW3 hosted the Labour leadership candidates at a hustings organised by the Jewish Chronicle, Jewish Labour Movement and Labour Friends of Israel. Stretching just over an hour, three-quarters of which were surprisingly taken up by questions relating to Israel, Jewdas generously sought to cut through the haze, and read between the lines of what Read more about Labour leader hustings – eyewitness account[…]

PROTEST: Jewish Bloc at Anti-Austerity Demonstration

This week, the Jewish Chronicle editorial said Jews would be welcoming a Tory win. Not on their life we won’t! On 20th June, there will be a mass demonstration against the government’s plans for austerity. We are organising a Jewish bloc among the thousands of attendees. All Jews who care about stopping these senseless cuts Read more about PROTEST: Jewish Bloc at Anti-Austerity Demonstration[…]

Examples of Medieval Andalusian Jewish poetry

On the BirthWrong tour, we did a session on homo-eroticism in Medieval Andalusian Jewish poetry. We read out some poems as examples. Some attendees asked me to share those poems for reference, so here they are.   “He Said, Don’t Sleep”, Dunash ben Labrat (920-990) ben Labrat was the first major Hebrew poet of the Read more about Examples of Medieval Andalusian Jewish poetry[…]

What the Jewish Election Manifesto should have looked like

This week, the Bored of Deputies released its election manifesto. To be honest, most of it’s pretty inoffensive. It might not seem like much to the outside, but to have the UK’s biggest Jewish body put condemnation of Islamophobia and a viable Palestinian state into its main political programme for 2015 is a pretty big Read more about What the Jewish Election Manifesto should have looked like[…]

What the Prophets would say if they were Modern-Day Jews

What if the prophets had been modern Jews? What would they say?      “Have you seen the price of parking in Hackney lately?” “Maureen, you’re right – it’s just not safe in Hampstead anymore. I’ve gone and got us some lions to scare off the terrorists.” “WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE STAND FOR THE POSITION OF Read more about What the Prophets would say if they were Modern-Day Jews[…]