I often post about sorrowful events concerning Jews in England. I often publish on sorrowful events concerning Jews in England. Lachrymose me.
Today I want to bring your attention to an organization dedicated to the vitality of Judaism in the contemporary UK: Jewdas (motto: "radical voices for the alternative diaspora").
Here's a little bit from a recent opinion column on just how English Jews in England should become, from a column entitled "Passing Jews":
What Judaism needs is for its members to be Jewish as boldly as possible. Jews need to go public, becoming a prescence in the high street that cannot be ignored, and that's not just Golder's Green High Street. Jewishness should be celebrated in a way which involves all members of society; bring the synagogues out onto the street. Light lag b'omer fires in your front gardens. Throw Purim parties for all. Take as many days off work as the Jewish calendar will allow - this is an obvious benefit (you still get the Christian ones you know). The benefits are huge. This public Judaism is what will scupper Blair's monoethnic dream and it has huge benefits for the moribund Jewish community. Allowing Judaism to take its place as a rightful, challenging, subversive part of British culture will make its celebration vibrant, fulfilling and important.Check out the rootless cosmopolitan yeshiva as well. I love this kind of inventive blending of history and the contemporary: a respect for tradition, an acknowledgment of modernity, a refusal to be straightjacketed by either.
Celebration of national discourse can only ever be temporarily beneficial. There is always the risk that the passing Jew will be outed and will have to suffer the consequences of being outside the culture which passing reinforces.