Last updated: 2004-09-10
The past year has not been without worry for the Jewish community.
In Britain, the Community Security Trust has reported increases in anti-Semitic crimes, including vandalism, violence and - all too often - desecrations of Jewish graves.
Nothing brought this home to me more than the occasion in June when two London synagogues were hit by arson over one weekend.
I share the Jewish community's determination not to be intimidated by such appalling crimes. So I very much hope for better times in the New Year and I wish all your readers well.