Online, after a mere 400 years

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

Part of one of the most important texts in the Jewish canon is to be made available online for the first time, fulfilling a request by its previous owner.

The first two books of the Mishneh Torah, the comprehensive code of Jewish law written in the 12th century by Moses Maimonides, the Rambam, were acquired by Oxford University's Bodleian Library around 400 years ago.


Historian fights to preserve East End landmark

By Jessica Elgot, September 8, 2011

A Tower Hamlets campaign group is fighting to save the former Jewish Maternity Hospital building in Whitechapel from demolition by developers.

Retired teacher and local historian Tom Ridge is spearheading a letter-writing campaign to preserve the building, which is more than a century old.

Arnold Wesker and Lionel Bart were among famous Jews born there.


Tottenham Barber Aaron Biber on the battle of Cable Street

By Jennifer Lipman, August 12, 2011
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Aaron Biber recalls the sense of community in Cable Street.


Rebirth for Cologne's historic Jewish quarter

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

The Jewish quarter of a German city is to be rebuilt as part of an effort to display more of the community's long history.

Excavators in Cologne hope the work will be finished by 2015.

The city's Jewish quarter, home to more than 20,000 Jews before the Holocaust, has been traced back to at least the 15th century.


Shop owner's disgust as rioters tear up Tottenham landmarks

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

The managing director of a Jewish-owned DIY shop in Tottenham has expressed his disgust at the riots on his community over the last few days.

Derek Lewis was in Bournemouth for the weekend when he was woken just before 4am on Sunday morning because the alarm in H Glickman Ltd was going off.


Hall of Fame: Robert Peston

August 8, 2011

"My family came over from Eastern Europe in the late 19th century and lived in East London. About ten years ago I stumbled on a synagogue just off Brick Lane.

"It felt like a window on my past."


On this day: World Scout Day

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

When Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell arranged a camping trip for 22 boys in August 1907, he probably was not expecting the movement to grow to a worldwide institution.

The first camp was held at Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, with Baden-Powell eager to try out the ideas that would later be published as the book Scouting for Boys.


The waiting is over for tragic family

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

The long-lost relatives of a man stabbed to death 92 years ago have been reunited after a chance sighting of an advert on the JC's weekly email newsletter.

The surprising reunion has its origin in the 1919 murder of garment factory foreman Solomon Franks, by a Russian Jewish worker who had been traumatised in the battlefields of the First World War.


Strauss-Kahn is modern-day Dreyfus, says Bernard-Henri Lévy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy has compared the attitude towards Dominique Strauss-Kahn to the antisemitism encountered by a Jewish artillery officer in 19th century France.


Skeletons found in 12th century well

By Robyn Rosen, June 30, 2011

The remains of 17 people, believed to be Jewish and found at the bottom of a 12th century well, may change historians' accounts of past attitudes towards medieval Jews.

The skeletons were originally found in 2004 during work on a new shopping centre in Norwich. Now they have been re-examined for a BBC documentary.