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British Philo-Semitism, Once and Future British Philo-Semitism, Once and Future
Thursday, November 3, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Anyone who has even a passing familiarity with public discourse about Jews in today's United Kingdom can be forgiven for viewing the term "British philo-Semitism" as an oxymoron.
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Limmud Turns 33 Clive Lawton, eJewish Philanthropy. "As far as I remember, this was the first time in the Jewish world that Orthodox Jews could hear what Reform Jews really thought and vice versa."
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The Children Britain Didn't Save Fred Barschak, Jewish Chronicle. The Kindertransport saved 10,000 from Nazi territory in the late 1930s.  But when it came to rescuing 1,800 Jewish children from Vichy France in 1942, Britain turned its back.
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Lost in Translation Zev Eleff, Tradition. Samson Raphael Hirsch has been described as “the intellectual godfather of modern Orthodoxy.” But his influence on American Orthodoxy had to wait until long after his death.
A Safe Pair of Hands Jeremy Rosen, Algemeiner. Ephraim Mirvis is a good pastoral leader.  But his appointment as Chief Rabbi in the U.K. testifies to the unwillingness of Britain's centrist Orthodoxy to challenge Haredi authority.
Out of the Closet Josh Glancy, Jewish Chronicle. “Some Jews are beginning to grasp a fact that Britain's Asian and black communities have known for years: we're a minority, maybe that can actually be quite cool.”