History

Magen David shows how Lincoln's star is rising

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2015

The official unveiling of a tribute to Lincoln’s medieval Jewish heritage has raised the profile of the small local community.

A Magen David occupies a prominent position in a new archway welcoming visitors on their way to two of the surviving buildings, Jew’s House and Jews’ Court.

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Raiders of the lost mikveh

By Rosa Doherty, February 12, 2015

The owners of Britain’s oldest mikveh are appealing to the public for help in uncovering the religious treasures it might contain.

The entrance to the 12th-century Jacob’s Well, in Bristol, was discovered in 1986, but access to the mikveh itself was blocked by rubble and brickwork.

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David Cameron pays tribute to Sir Martin Gilbert

By Rosa Doherty, February 6, 2015

Historian Sir Martin Gilbert was buried in Israel on Thursdays, with British Prime Minister David Cameron among those paying tribute.

British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould delivered a message on behalf of the Prime Minister.

He said: “Martin was a wonderful historian, a proud and faithful servant to his country, and a true friend of Israel.

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Historian Sir Martin Gilbert dies at 78

By Rosa Doherty, February 4, 2015

Leading historian Sir Martin Gilbert has died of a heart condition which he had suffered since 2012.

He was 78.

Sir Martin, the official biographer of Winston Churchill and author of 80 studies on subjects including Israeli and Jewish history, was a member of the Iraq Inquiry panel.

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New deal keeps Iraqi-Jewish archive in US

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2014

Jewish groups have welcomed a deal between the American and Iraqi governments, which will allow the Iraqi Jewish Archive to remain in the United States for an unspecified period.

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Rarely seen Auerbach painting due to sell for £800,000

February 7, 2014

A Painting by Jewish artist Frank Auerbach is expected to fetch up to £800,000 when it is sold at Sotheby’s in London next week.

The piece, entitled Morning – Mornington Place, has not been seen in public since the early 1970s, when it was bought by an Italian family in Milan, and remained in storage ever since.

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Culture, not faith, is the key to continuity

By Rabbi David Goldberg, February 6, 2014

Last week, the JC summarised the findings of the largest-ever survey of UK Jewry. The results broadly confirm my own amateur observations, based on over 40 years in the Progressive rabbinate.

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King Arthur expert leaves £1.5 million to Manchester University

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 31, 2014

A leading Jewish academic who escaped Nazi Germany as a child has left a £1.5 million fortune to Manchester University where she spent much of her career.

Professor Fanni Bogdanow, a world expert on King Arthur, died last July aged 86.

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St Albans: who knew it was a crowd puller?

By Jay Grenby, December 30, 2013

A presentation on the history of the Jewish community of St Albans at Verulamium Museum proved so popular that there was standing room only for some members of the nearly 100-strong audience, while others had to be turned away at the door.

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Simon Schama: British Jews must resist the victim-bully image

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

Historian Simon Schama has restated his Zionist beliefs and called for a shift in the public view of Jews as “either victims or bullies”.

Despite the shock expressed in some circles over his statement that he was a Zionist in his recent BBC series The Story of the Jews, Professor Schama said he had meant to be bold and was “completely unapologetic”.

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