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Boris Johnson at sell-out Wizo event

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

London mayor Boris Johnson expressed his admiration of Israel to a sell-out audience of 350 Wizo supporters in central London on Tuesday night.

At a dinner raising more than £300,000 to refurbish the Pheobe Welcome Leon Day Care Centre for vulnerable families in Jerusalem, Mr Johnson said: "There are many things I admire profoundly about Israel. Its amazing 'can do' spirit, its high tech industry, its incredible entrepreneurial flair, its avocados and its talented entrants to the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Boris backs special needs provision for Stamford Hill

February 11, 2010

Boris Johnson backed Stamford Hill special needs school Side by Side’s campaign for state aid when addressing 750 guests at a fundraising dinner at London’s Park Lane Hilton on Tuesday.

The London Mayor praised school founder Rebecca Rumpler, “whose vision and determination has seen Side by Side play such a vital role in the community”. Then, to Side by Side chairman Yossel Margulies, he went on: “I fully support your efforts in applying for partial state aid which will greatly benefit the children and their families who rely on your services so greatly.”

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Boris Johnson visits Hampstead synagogue

By Robyn Rosen, January 14, 2010

Boris Johnson has complimented Hampstead Synagogue leaders on the congregation’s “beautiful and vibrant” premises.

The London Mayor visited the Dennington Park Road shul last Friday morning in the company of London Assembly member Brian Coleman and Councillor Chris Philp, the Tories’ Parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn.

“It’s been beautifully restored and is a fantastic illustration of the vibrancy of London’s Jewish community, showing both its proud history and bright future,” Mr Johnson said.

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Bus link is backed by Boris

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2009

An intervention by Boris Johnson has prompted a potential U-turn by Transport for London over a direct bus link between Golders Green and Stamford Hill.

In June, TfL announced that it “could not justify the cost of introducing a direct service”. However, it has now agreed to a request from the mayor to reconsider extending the 210 bus route.

A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: “He has listened to voices advocating such a link and, although no commitment has been made, he is keen for TfL to explore all options.”

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Boris Johnson backs Jewish festival

By Leon Symons, November 19, 2009

A major new showcase for Anglo-Jewish culture, based loosely on the Edinburgh Festival, is to be launched next spring with the backing of London’s City Hall.

The month-long Open Jewish Cultural Festival will provide a platform for Jewish performance from Britain and abroad, and will include some established events.

One option being considered by festival organisers is to open with Jewish Book Week and close with the formal opening of the new Jewish Museum at its new home in Camden.

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Holocaust survivor wins 'unsung hero' award

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

A 90-year-old Holocaust survivor has received an unsung hero award from Jewish Care.

Richard Fisher was honoured at a business lunch at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, which was attended by 700 guests and addressed by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Vienna-born Mr Fisher’s parents died in the Holocaust. He survived seven years in the coal and salt mines of Siberia — and some difficult times after being freed. He attempted to travel to England on several occasions before finally gaining entry in 1951.

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So, Boris, fasting for Yom Kippur?

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2009

When Mayor of London Boris Johnson last week urged non-Muslims to fast for a day during Ramadan to learn more about Islam, it was perhaps inevitable that someone would enquire as to his views on the benefits of non-Jews fasting on Yom Kippur.

Perhaps it was equally inevitable that Mr Johnson’s response would come in his trademark garbled fashion.

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Boris praises museum’s education role

July 2, 2009

The educational role of the Jewish Museum will become increasingly important in the fight against rising antisemitism, one of its leading supporters said last week.

In welcoming Mayor of London Boris Johnson as guest of honour at its annual dinner Lady Wendy Levene, chair of the museum’s development committee, told the 200 guests at Mansion House in the City of London that antisemitism has become rife and acceptable in mainstream society.

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Boris queries BNP garden party invitation

By Leon Symons, May 22, 2009

London Mayor Boris Johnson has stepped into the row over British National Party leader Nick Griffin attending one of the Queen’s three Buckingham Palace garden parties in July.

The London Assembly’s 25 members are traditionally invited to one of the parties. Richard Barnbrook, the BNP’s London Assembly member, has said he will take Mr Griffin to the party on July 21, the last of the three parties.

Now Mr Johnson has written to LA leader Darren Johnson asking him to persuade Mr Barnbrook to take another or have the invitation taken away.

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Walking into festival

By James Martin, March 5, 2009

Boris Johnson has welcomed the Jewish involvement in The Story of London, a major cultural festival taking place in June.

Launching the project this week, the London Mayor said: "The Story of London is about a city of 300 languages and many faiths and is aimed at all communities.

"There will be a superb opportunity to explore some of the sites that have been at the heart of the Jewish community's important place in the city's development."

As part of the project, walking tours of the East End and Hampstead will be organised by the Jewish Museum.

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