Jewish media round-up
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-04-09
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.
The Jewish Chronicle reports that hundreds of British Jews are to join an estimated 90,000 tourists who will spend Passover in Israel and live up to the "Next Year in Jerusalem" saying. Tour operator Peltours says the rooms are full in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Eilat and Galilee.
PR guru Lynne Franks' son Josh Howie who works as a stand-up comic found his jokes falling flat at a UJIA event. The Jewish Chronicle reports that the charity has had to apologise to dinner guests following a number of Holocaust jokes that offended some of the audience at the Young Property Dinner Group event. He commented that he felt safe "knowing that the Holocaust could never happen in Britain we dont have the trains for it." 30-year-old Howie said: "Being Jewish is a massive part of my identity and I take the Holocaust very seriously. I have done the same set before in front of Jewish audiences where it has been extremely well received and I will use the same material again. Just maybe not at a corporate event."
LB adds: It's always a tough call when third generation Jews perform material that has a Holocaust theme to it, but for many it acts as a way to come to terms with their past. In the States comedian Sarah Silverman has faced similar criticism for her material that reflects issues such as the Holocaust. We often joke about cossacks and the way they treated Jews in Russia, so why not the Holocaust?
The Jewish Chronicle writes that members of the Jewish and Muslim communities have held their first joint national conference for religious leaders.
Home Office Minister Paul Goggins addressed the conference which include various sections of both the Jewish and Muslim communities. Organisers are hoping that this will be the first of regular events.
One of the groups who also took part, Alif-Aleph UK which promotes dialogue between Jews and Muslims has recently received a £50,000 home office brand to develop a new website.
The Jewish News reports that The Association of Jewish ex-servicemen and women has opened its membership to people who have not served in the armed forces. The move is largely driven by a declining membership and a need to keep the organisation going.