JewTh!nk’s Top Ten Most Read of 2020

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In reverse order, here are our top ten most read pieces since our launch in July.

10. As part of our series on the pandemic, Alastair Falk reflected on how the pandemic made us all a little bit Jewish. Read the full piece here.

9. It would be no surprise that a piece about the Equalities and Human Rights Commission report into Labour antisemitism would feature in our top ten. Read Dan Jacobs’ piece considering likely reactions to it here.  

8. Another piece about antisemitism but this time as it related to the reception of Stanley Kubrick’s legendary horror movie, The Shining, which marked its fortieth anniversar this year. Read Nathan Abrams’ piece here.

7. We are very proud of this piece in which ten-year-old Momo Skinazi recreated the beautiful cathedral synagogue of Birmingham Hebrew Congregationin Minecraft. Take a tour here! Momo is still our youngest contributor and we welcome more.

6. Rabbi Ariel Stone, from Portland, Oregon, reported on the Black Lives Matters demonstations then taking place. You can read her full letter here.

5. We are also very proud of the creative collaborations that are emerging out of JewTh!nk and also of showcasing new art. Here Miki Shaw, an artist, illustrator and graphic designer based in London, reflects on parenthood during lockdown.

4. The Netflix drama, Unorthodox, has evoked some strong emotions. In response, Independent Sexual Violence Advisor, Yehudis Fletcher, described her work in the heart of Manchester’s Charedi community. Read her full piece here.

3. In third place, in exploring Unorthodox, Rachel Harris argued how the problem with Orthodox Jewish women in popular cultural representations lies with audience desires for shlock and salvation, not with Haredi society. Read her full piece here.

2. A surprising entry in second place was Nathan Abrams’ Jewish history of the north Wales seaside town of Llandudno, known as the ‘Queen of Welsh Resorts’. Read the full piece here.

1. In first place, and somewhat predictably, is a story about Jeremy Corbyn, antisemitism and the Labour Party as Keith Kahn-Harris reviewed Gabriel Pogrund and Patrick Maguire’s  Left Out: The Inside Story of Labour Under Corbyn. Read the full review here.


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