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Jewish media round-up

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-04-02

Jewish media

Jewish media

Each week SJ editor Leslie Bunder looks at some of the stories that the print Jewish media are reporting by delving into their front pages, news sections and features and adding his own additional comment.

The Jewish Chronicle reports that London Mayor Ken Livingstone will not be asked by the organisers of a Trafalgar Square Rally to lead the celebration to mark the 350th anniversary of Jews being re-admitted back to the UK.

According to Geraldine Auerbach, convenor of Jewish Culture UK which is talking to the Greater London Assembly over the rally there is some concern over having the mayor involved over recent comments he has made in public including telling property developers David and Simon Reuben should “go back to where they come from”.

Instead of the Mayor, they are hoping to get the GLA chief executive Anthony Mayer.

LB adds: Ken only has himself to blame for the feelings many London Jews may have towards him. While he may not be anti-Semitic, his recent comments and attitudes towards some members of the community have been quite disgusting. He would have not said it about other diverse community groups, but seems quite comfortable with saying it to Jews.

The Jewish Chronicle writes that Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue has hosted a commitment ceremony for its Rabbi, Elizabeth Sarah, and her partner, Jess Wood. Wood converted to Judaism three years ago with Rabbi Sarah conducting her acceptance service. "It means so much to us to be celebrating our chupah with our community,” said Rabbi Sarah.

The Jewish Chronicle reports that in a bid to safeguard itself, east London's King Solomon High School is to admit pupils who have a Jewish father. The United Synagogue backed school is said to be doing it due to a decline in numbers on its roll and needs to increase the number in order to maintain various grants and support it gets. 

The Jewish News reports that WIZO.uk executive director Marcus Fielding has died of cancer at the age of 53.

The Jewish News writes that female members an orthodox synagogue will not be allowed to vote on a new rabbi for their synagogue. Yeshurun Synagogue in Edgware, north west London is part of the Federation of Synagogues and maintains that while women can be active, they cannot vote. In protest last month, the synagogue saw 30 women dress up as Suffragettes on Purim with sashes saying: "Votes for Women".

LB adds:  This is the 21st century and denying women members of the synagogue a vote is nothing short of being seen as suppression of women. Either through their husband's or themselves, women pay for the upkeep of the synagogue and should be entitled to vote on matters of concern and importance, whether it is a new rabbi or a new shul roof.