Tzelem has arrived!

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By Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain Maidenhead Synagogue and CCJ Advisory Board A new rabbinic organisation campaigning for social and economic justice in Britain has just been launched at the House of Commons. It was hosted by the Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, and attended by over 50 rabbis from across the different strands in… Read more »

Education Spotlight

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By Dr Stephen Innes, Programme Manager [Education] is the essential distributing agency for whatever values and purposes any social group cherishes. It is not the only means, but it is the first means, the primary means and the most deliberate means… -John Dewey, Philosophy of Education In an interview about the atrocities of the Holocaust,… Read more »

Dialogue Spotlight

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By Dr Steve Innes, Programme Manager “Dialogue”, as many of you are aware, literally means seeking meaning “through words”. It is a shared process of conversation which opens up a larger world of reality for the participants than was previously known by the individuals. Or said differently, to engage in dialogue is to welcome the… Read more »

Responsibility, Social Action, and Tu B’Shevat

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By Aron Carr, Intern The way we celebrate Tu B’Shevat has seemingly little connection to the original purpose of the day. Normally described as ‘the new year for trees,’ the festival, which is named after its date (15th of Shevat), set a marker for which the age of trees could be calculated for tithing purposes…. Read more »

Some Thoughts on the Paris Attacks

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By Dr Steve Innes, Programme Manager In the aftermath of horrific events such as the recent attacks in Paris, we often find ourselves experiencing an increased sense of powerlessness and despair, asking questions in one form of another which resemble the one asked by Théoden, King of Rohan in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: How… Read more »