Chana Hughes

Chana Hughes is a writer for the Jewish Chronicle

Britain’s synagogues have never been fuller

It has been just over a month since the Hamas massacres on 7 October. For British Jews, these past few weeks have been a month of prayer gatherings and vigils; desperate longing for the hostages’ return and an end to the torturous conflict. A month of pain, loss, confusion and worry. Our lives have changed

Why should British Jews take their skullcaps off?

I was proud when my son, then aged three, wore his kippa (Jewish skullcap) for the first time. We placed the kippa on his head and told him what it meant to be a Jew. ‘Mazel tov!’ we said as we hugged each other, prayed, and sung. We wondered hopefully what he might become –