Jewish Journal

  • European Jewish Revival in the Face of Pessimism The Paideia Alumni Conference 2012

    Masha Pryven

    May 25, 2012 | 3:32 am

    This last month of Spring began, for many, with an exciting and inspiring event: The Paideia Alumni Conference 2012. Annually a European city is selected to host the conference that invites the graduates from the Jewish Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden to meet, converse,... read on

  • A wake-up call

    Tal Ofer

    May 23, 2012 | 8:00 am


    It was after lunch several Fridays ago that I politely declined an offer to have a beer with a friend and told him I had to go elsewhere instead – a counter-demonstration organized by British Israel Coalition outside the Israeli Embassy in High St. Kensington.

    The... read on

  • EU sanctions are key in preventing a nuclear Iran

    Tal Ofer

    May 23, 2012 | 7:53 am

    April 12, 2012
    This Saturday in Istanbul, Catherine Ashton, the EU Foreign Policy chief, will lead the P5+1 talks with Iran over its nuclear program – more than a year after the last negotiated attempt failed because Iran wasn’t prepared to discuss its nuclear program unless the... read on

  • “What must be said about Gunter Grass”

    Tal Ofer

    May 23, 2012 | 7:37 am

    05 April 2012
    The abhorrent poem which German Nobel Prize laureate Günter Grass published at the Suddeutsch Zeitung is definitely not going to win him prizes nor plaudits. The former Waffen SS man accused Israel of plotting to ‘wipe out’ the Iranian people, and that Israel poses... read on

  • Antisemitism still alive in Europe

    Tal Ofer

    May 23, 2012 | 7:33 am

    1 March 2012
    Like many others, I was appalled when I heard about the disgraceful comments Baroness Tonge made during an event at Middlesex University last week, which was part of the ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’  held on different campuses. In addition to that the police are... read on

  • Bel Kaufman- only one in the whole world alive who knew HIM

    Ian Shulman

    May 23, 2012 | 7:13 am


    Bel Kaufman is more than just another example of a writer who’s success did not depend on a legendary relative. While her grandfather Sholem Aleichem dedicated his work to the life of poor Russian shtetl Jews at the turn of the twentieth century, Bel’s main... read on

  • The Quest for Jewish Literacy

    Linda Katz

    May 19, 2012 | 5:01 am

    The need for Jewish Literacy was discussed at a Plenary Session during AJC’s ACCESS conference.  Jewish literacy (likely) includes the need to understand Judaism and what it means to be Jewish.  The speaker encouraged each of us to seek the path of self-education, implying the... read on

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Jews visiting Central & Eastern Europe frequently come with stereotypes and prejudices about the region.  In particular, group heritage and education tours for young Jews...

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