Boris Johnson

Boris digs in as JCC starts its £50m building

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2011

The Jewish Community Centre for London, the biggest capital project ever undertaken for British Jewry, took a step nearer fulfilment with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by 200 communal leaders and activists last Thursday.


Boris's timely appearance

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2011

Congratulations to Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who has struggled to make it on time to a couple of recent Jewish events.


Boris Johnson tries to blow the shofar

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2011

A masterclass in shofar blowing, from the Chief Rabbi for London Mayor Boris Johnson.

H/T Ruth Gledhill


Boris Johnson joins groundbreaking ceremony for Jewish Community Centre

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2011

The long-awaited Jewish Community Centre on the Finchley Road in north London moved a step closer to completion today as a groundbreaking ceremony was held.

The centre, designed by architects, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, is set to open in 2013, ten years after it was first discussed.


This could be last Quds Day demo

By Richard Millett, August 25, 2011

This year's Al Quds Day rally has prompted a strong response from Mayor Boris Johnson in anticipation of political rallies due to be held during the Olympic Games next year.

Although numbers for Sunday's Trafalgar Square rally, organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, were thought to be down on previous years, the level of vitriol remained distressingly high.


Back on your bike, Boris

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

Mayor of London Boris Johnson was guest of honour at the opening of Jewish Care's Golders Green campus last week. Before leaving, he retrieved his bicycle helmet and rucksack from behind the front desk, waving cheerio and apparently all set to peddle back to City Hall.


Stars have their fill of bagels

May 5, 2011

Dermot O'Leary likes his bagels with salt beef and mustard with pickles on the side. Boris Johnson prefers the traditional smoked salmon and cream cheese.


Boris Johnson aide Sir Simon Milton mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

The Jewish chief of staff to London mayor Boris Johnson has died at the age of 49.

Sir Simon Milton, who spent eight years as the leader of Westminster City Council, died yesterday in hospital after a short illness.

Sir Simon, who was knighted for services to local government in 2006, also served as chairman of the Local Government Organisation.


Boris Johnson keeps faith with social links

By Simon Rocker, February 10, 2011

Around 300 people from London's religious communities explored ways of co-operating on social projects at a conference hosted by Mayor of London Boris Johnson on Tuesday.

The event was organised by Jewish philanthropist Maurice Ostro, vice-chairman of the Council of Christians and Jews and chief executive of the Fayre Share Foundation, in conjunction with the Faiths Forum for London.

Alex Goldberg, co-chairman of the forum, said its purpose was to "get faith leaders, business and local government together to look at ways we can collaborate in a time of economic downturn".


Boris Johnson: We must learn lessons from genocides

By Jessica Elgot, January 27, 2011

Boris Johnson paid tribute to the bravery of Holocaust and Rwandan genocide survivors who addressed the City Hall Holocaust Memorial Day event on Tuesday.

The speakers were Mala Tribich, who was in Ravensbruck and Bergen-Belsen, and Alphonsine Kabagabo, who survived the Rwandan genocide in 1994.