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PAUL LESTER’S bLOg The free­lance writer chron­i­cles life as a fa­ther who is sud­denly sin­gle www.thejc.com/users/paul-lester “this is prob­a­bly as good a time as any to re­as­sure ev­ery­body how I feel about women. I love them. ev­ery sin­gle one of them. my mum, my grand­moth­ers, my sis­ter? All great. my ex-girl­friends? Got pho­tos of them all pasted chrono­log­i­cally on my wall, a ver­i­ta­ble shrine to ladies past (al­though I can’t help de­tect­ing a de­cline in the qual­ity of pul­chri­tude some­time around the turn of the ’90s, which can pos­si­bly be put down to the loud Amer­i­can grunge mu­sic I was lis­ten­ing to back then).” gIdEON SCH­NEI­dER’S bLOg A young man’s bat­tle with can­cer www.thejc.com/users/gideon­schnei­der “‘Don’t hug any­one for the next two days. es­pe­cially chil­dren,’ she said as she in­jected dye into my blood­stream. No, I wasn’t in some seedy tat­too par­lour in Soho, but a mile north in Uni­ver­sity col­lege hospi­tal (Uch) be­ing pre­pared with a ra­dioac­tive liq­uid de­signed to show up in a Pet scan. ‘You’re go­ing to be toxic,’ the nurse added ca­su­ally. I was seized with vi­sions of ch­er­nobyl and my young cousins spawn­ing third eyes at my very touch.” JUdY IN JERUSALEm’S bLOg A bri­tish-born writer of­fers thoughts from Is­rael www.thejc.com/users/ judy­in­jerusalem “I know most jews call Yom Kip­pur by other names, but here in jerusalem, it’s the Day of No traf­fic Lights. there are no traf­fic lights be­cause there’s no traf­fic on Yom Kip­pur in jerusalem. the city just turns them off for 25 hours. Imag­ine—an en­tire coun­try without any mo­tor ve­hi­cle traf­fic apart from emer­gency ve­hi­cles and army pa­trol jeeps. the quiet is ab­so­lutely stun­ning. think of the neg­a­tive car­bon foot­print im­pact!” RE­NEE bRAvO’S USER PAgE ANd bLOg An 80-year-old re­tired shop­keeper who cam­paigns for women’s rights in the syn­a­gogue www.thejc.com/users/re­nee-bravo “the re­cent JC es­say by David New­man ends with the hope that the An­glo-jewish com­mu­nity move be­yond the in­ter­nal con­sti­tu­tional bar­ri­ers which di­vide syn­a­gogue or­gan­i­sa­tions. he sug­gests that only the com­ing of the mes­siah will do that. Is it a co­in­ci­dence that the front page fea­tures the at­tempt by the non-or­tho­dox syn­a­gogue au­thor­i­ties to do just that, break the bar­ri­ers? Did the Fea­tures ed­i­tor re­alise this, and is try­ing to pre-empt the com­ing of the mes­siah? the Jewish Chron­i­cle has tremendous in­flu­ence in all sorts of places. But this?” JEREmY mON­TAgUE’S USER PAgE ANd bLOg Re­flec­tions from the for­mer pres­i­dent of Leo baeck Col­lege www.thejc.com/users/jere­my­mon­tagu “Among and be­tween the Yamim (and a happy New Year to any old friends) I’m work­ing on my next book, on his­tory etc of brass mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, il­lus­trated mostly from my own col­lec­tion. For my pre­vi­ous books, see my web­site jere­my­mon­tagu.co.uk, which il­lus­trates all their cov­ers and gives some de­tails of them. cur­rent job, hav­ing writ­ten the ba­sic text, is mea­sur­ing and pho­tograph­ing, much the least in­ter­est­ing part of the job!” bNAI bRITH UK Re­port­ing on its ac­tiv­i­ties www.thejc.com/bnai-brith-uk/ “to cel­e­brate euro­pean Day of jewish her­itage, Viv Bel­los pre­sented her mu­si­cal re­flec­tions to First Unity Lodge. this was par­tic­u­larly apt for this year’s theme of mu­si­cal jour­neys as Viv’s am­bi­tious project is to doc­u­ment, no­tate and pre­serve litur­gi­cal melodies and songs used in the home whilst record­ing the amaz­ing jour­neys which brought them here.” JEWISH COm­mU­NITY CEN­TRE FOR LON­dON Read about the JCC’s events www.thejc.com/jcc “Are you pas­sion­ate about end­ing the geno­cide in Dar­fur? Does it bother you that small-scale pro­duc­ers around the world are not paid fairly for their goods? We will teach you how to speak in pub­lic and gal­va­nize sup­port for ei­ther the Dar­fur cam­paign or the Fair trade cam­paign. In part­ner­ship with tzedek. Sun­day 26 oc­to­ber: 10-4pm. jewish So­cial Action hub, haskell house, 152 West end Lane, Lon­don NW6 1SD.” dAvId mINKOFF’S JEWISH HU­mOUR LINKS Pro­mot­ing the au­thor’s web­site, “the world’s big­gest web­site of Jewish jokes” www.thejc.com/users/db­minkoff “It’s a hot sum­mer’s day and Rabbi Lan­dau is walk­ing with his pupils on min­nis Bay beach when a beau­ti­ful young girl in a swim­ming suit walks to­wards them. Rabbi Lan­dau im­me­di­ately says to them, “Don’t look, boys, turn away your eyes....” [Read the rest at

“I am the prod­uct of Im­manuel Col­lege, Has­monean High and yeshiva. I am also the prod­uct of sub­se­quent re­bel­lion against all of them.” Gideon Sch­nei­der ( above) is one of may blog­gers at TheJC.com

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