Boris Johnson

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.


Mayor's £50,000 to aid Jewish sports

December 10, 2010

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced a £50,000 grant to the London Jewish Forum to be spent on promoting mainstream integrated sports in the Jewish community.

The grant is part of £2.4 million funding from his Olympic Sports Legacy programme, for 18 projects across the capital to help increase participation in sports.

The London Jewish Forum, on behalf of the Jewish Committee for the London Games (JCLG), will now raise another £50,000 to match the grant for its Enable programme, which aims to promote disabled and non-disabled integrated sports.


Boris Johnson backs big Mitzvah Day

November 18, 2010

Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and London Mayor Boris Johnson are supporting the final push for Mitzvah Day, Sunday's community-wide volunteering initiative.

Dr Williams says "the Jewish community should be proud of what they achieve each Mitzvah Day. I am also proud that increasing numbers of Anglican groups are joining our Jewish friends, both to build bridges and to make a difference to those in our community who, from time to time, need a helping hand."

Mr Johnson describes the day as an example of the community spirit he wants to see across the capital.


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.


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.”


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.