Jonathan Romain

Rabbi, Maidenhead Synagogue

Rabbi, writer and broadcaster, Jonathan Romain is minister of Maidenhead Synagogue in Berkshire. He writes for The Times, Guardian and The Jewish Chronicle and is often heard on the BBC. His many books include 'The Jews of England' and 'Faith and Practice: A Guide to Reform Judaism Today'. In 2004, he received the MBE for his pioneering work nationally in helping mixed-faith couples, a theme covered in his book 'Till Faith Us Do Part' (HarperCollins). He is chaplain to the Jewish Police Association, chair of the Accord Coalition (which campaigns for inclusive education) and chair of IFDiD (Inter Faith leaders for Dignity in Dying). He is a past Chairman of the Assembly of Rabbis UK and is on the Council of St. George’s House, Windsor Castle. His latest book, 'Confessions of a Rabbi' (Biteback), has had wide coverage in the media.
Organ Donation And Presumed

Organ Donation And Presumed Consent

Then there is the issue of personal autonomy and the fact that our body belongs to us, not to the government or NHS. So while it may be very worthy to donate organs after our death, we alone should make the choice.
19/10/2017 17:13 BST
Jewish Controversy Over Gay

Jewish Controversy Over Gay Rights

For us, one can be religious and gay, Jewish and homosexual, and there is simply no contradiction. In fact, the inability to be both would be a mockery of religious values and Jewish ethics. It is a shame that gay rights have become enshrined in law but not yet in the mindsets of all people of faith. But progress is being made, and, hopefully, the tide of tolerance will prove impossible to resist.
14/08/2017 12:46 BST
From Grenfell To Grenfell - An Umbilical

From Grenfell To Grenfell - An Umbilical Cord

We too are called Grenfell. By which I mean Maidenhead Synagogue, which is situated at Grenfell Lodge. As a result, I have had numerous members asking the same question: what is our connection with the tower block that suffered that dreadful fire?
25/06/2017 19:11 BST
Intermarriage - Sikhs Are The New

Intermarriage - Sikhs Are The New Jews

It was an astonishing event that reverberated far beyond the Sikh community. Last week, over fifty Sikhs interrupted a wedding that was taking place at a Sikh Temple in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. The reason? Because a Sikh bride was marrying a Hindu groom, and the protesters objected to a mixed-faith wedding taking place.
22/09/2016 11:51 BST
Religious Shame of Illegal

Religious Shame of Illegal Schools

Yet again religion is in the dock, and yet again those of faith who abide by the law and seek to do good are being tarnished by others of faith who act illegally and engage in dubious practices.
19/05/2016 09:39 BST
Transgender and

Transgender and Faith

It has been astonishing how quickly the transgender issue has leapt from obscurity to centre-stage in public conversation. And now Barack Obama has given Presidential profile to it by advising schools to let transgender children choose which category of toilet they wish to use...
16/05/2016 11:47 BST
A Religious Perspective on the EU

A Religious Perspective on the EU Debate

As the government's leaflet about the EU begins to sail through our letterboxes, we are being overwhelmed by arguments about the economy, security and sovereignty. But one aspect has been largely ignored so far: the religious perspective. It is worth considering not because faith groups have any greater understanding than others, but because there was a religious theme to the foundation of the EU that needs to be considered when discussing whether to stay or leave.
11/04/2016 15:01 BST
Will Vicars Growing a Beard Impress

Will Vicars Growing a Beard Impress Muslims?

The Bishop of London, the Right Rev Richard Chartres, has taken the extraordinary step of praising two of the vicars in his diocese not for their piety or self-sacrifice, but for growing their beards.
26/01/2016 10:25 GMT
Death Need Not Separate Mixed-Faith

Death Need Not Separate Mixed-Faith Couples

The story of Iris Freud holds lessons for many mixed-faith couples. What was sad was not that she died in mid-October, aged 92 but that she then lay in a mortuary for several weeks whilst a tug of love was fought over her body.
01/12/2015 13:01 GMT
When a Jew Is Banned From

When a Jew Is Banned From Synagogue....

The real tragedy is that the Abayahoudayan case not a unique one, for over the years several hundred Jewish woman in Britain have been held to ransom by former spouses.
15/11/2015 18:56 GMT
The Quiet Revolution That Just Happened in the Jewish

The Quiet Revolution That Just Happened in the Jewish World

Judaism is not a missionary faith. It takes the attitude that there are many paths to God and that, to put it bluntly, it does not matter which one you take, so long as you get there in the end. It is true that some people choose to convert to Judaism, and that is certainly an option for those who so wish, but we do not go out looking for converts.
20/07/2015 11:33 BST
A Jewish Guide to Voting in the

A Jewish Guide to Voting in the Election

British Jews have never voted as a bloc, and have always made their decisions individually, while in previous parliaments there have been Jewish MPs in all three main parties. It means it is impossible lay down which particular party Jews should support in 2015 - as well as morally inappropriate.
19/04/2015 22:38 BST