VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS: What could go wrong [or right] during 2016?
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS: What could go wrong [or right] during 2016?

Voice of the Jewish News
Voice of the Jewish News
Voice of the Jewish News
Voice of the Jewish News

NOW JANUARY is well and truly into its stride, this is the ideal week to ask: what will 2016 hold?

What could possibly go wrong or, dare we say it, right? Everyone knows all predictive exercises are folly, so of course, we thought we’d give it a go.

First, 2016 will see a long-overdue wave of consolidation and mergers. Our communal charities and organisations do a sterling job, but there is huge overlap in many areas, so savings can be made.

Chief executives – who like their job title and big office – have so far resisted this logic, but in 2016, with money tighter than ever, they will finally succumb to pressure from their big donors, pick up the phone and whisper sweet nothings into their peers’ ears.

Second, joint head- teachers will become the norm, with Jewish primaries and secondary schools sharing the best. These days, having your own headteacher is a status symbol, a luxury, because excellence at this level is increasingly rare.

This is not for lack of talent, but because potential candidates simply don’t want the top job and all the bureaucratic blame- gaming that comes with it. Those who do, who truly know how to give a top- class Jewish education and don’t mind the hassle, will be spread more thinly.

Third, we sadly predict that the UK will suffer its own terror, most likely here in London.

As with France, this will most-likely be aimed at Jews, the military and/or secularism and free speech, perpetrated by those who would rather live under a caliphate.

And it will work, too, because it will be designed to divide us, to induce hatred and suspicion, to make British Muslims feel like they are enemies in their own land.

They are not. But our final chilling prediction is that, should the worst happen, many won’t see it like that.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments