Jewish Community Centre

Signs of The Times at JCC

By Jessica Elgot, April 14, 2011

James Harding of The Times has spoken about the pressures of being a Jewish editor when Israel is in the headlines.

Mr Harding was interviewed by former Sunday Express editor Eve Pollard at a JCC event, discussing his career, antisemitism and the media and British reporting of the Middle East.


Trees grow local links to the JCC

February 3, 2011

In anticipation of its move to permanent premises in 2013, the Jewish Community Centre for London has created an environmentally friendly project for young people.

Ten schools near the new building in Finchley Road, Hampstead, will each nurture a fruit tree sapling during the construction process over the next two-and-a-half years.

Pupils will give regular updates of their trees' development to the JCC's website and Twitter feed. Once the building opens, school representatives will be invited to a ceremony at which they will be asked to donate their trees to local institutions.


Chinese visit heralds new relationship

January 20, 2011

Six Chinese academics from Harbin Jewish Studies Centre visited the London Jewish Cultural Centre's Holocaust education and anti-racism department during a London trip.

They also met survivor Joanna Millan, who recounted her experiences during the Shoah and discussed her educational work at Jewish schools on behalf of the centre.

Richard Goldstein of the LJCC said: "We are delighted that Harbin's Jewish Museum exhibition will be loaned to the centre in 2012.


Kelly Brook, Rachel Stevens and Isla Fisher support JCC

By Robyn Rosen, January 6, 2011

Kelly Brook, Rachel Stevens and Isla Fisher are among more than 40 celebrities who have decorated bras for an online charity auction for the Jewish Community Centre for London and breast cancer charity Cancerkin.

Other contributors include Joanna Lumley, Arlene Phillips, Dannii Minogue, Jo Brand and Esther Rantzen.The bras, donated by Triumph, will also be displayed at an event at London's Comedy Store next month featuring Tracy-Ann Oberman and Ivor Baddiel.


JCC picks three heads

November 11, 2010

The JCC for London has appointed entrepreneur Robin Klein and consultant Elliott Goldstein to its board.

Mr Klein, former chairman of the JC and co-founder of the Accelerator Group, will help the JCC build its digital presence and e-marketing.

He said: "The JCC is an inclusive, creative and energetic organisation. I'm thrilled to be joining the board at such an exciting time in its history."

Mr Goldstein is managing director of Anouska Hempel Design.


JCC begins demolition

By Marcus Dysch, September 21, 2010

Demolition of a former car showroom to make way for the £50 million Jewish Community Centre for London - British Jewry's biggest ever capital project - is due to begin this month.

Demolition experts will erect hoardings around the old Mercedes showroom on London's Finchley Road before starting the lengthy deconstruction process.

The new 80,000 sq ft JCC will cater for Jews across the religious and political spectrum and is due to open in 2013.


Redbridge advances global partnership

September 16, 2010

Building on its relationship with community centres in New York and Jerusalem, Jewish Care's Redbridge Jewish Community Centre hosted a week of activities for teens from London, America and Israel.

As well as seeing the sights of the capital, participants had practical and theoretical workshops to help them develop leadership skills.

"It was both fun and a real learning experience," said Israeli Yael Malul. "I made some great new friends but also think I got a taste of what it means to be a leader."


Interview: Debbie Klein

By Simon Round, June 17, 2010

A few weeks ago, journalists at the JC received a memo about directory enquiries numbers entitled "The Power of Advertising". Apparently over half of all directory enquiries calls had been made to 118118 - one of the most expensive numbers. We were implored to use an alternative service.


JCC's Dame Vivien Duffield: I'm the maniac who signs the cheques

By Jenni Frazer, September 17, 2009

She is, she says with a guffaw, “the maniac who signs the big cheques”. That, Dame Vivien Duffield says cheerfully, is how the rest of the board of the Jewish Community Centre for London regard her.


London JCC gets go-ahead for £50m centre

By Jenni Frazer, September 17, 2009

The Jewish Community Centre for London (JCC) has received unanimous planning permission from Camden Council to build its long-awaited new home in Swiss Cottage, north west London.

A former car showroom will be razed and rebuilt as a multi-purpose cultural building, expected to open in 2013.

The project was the initiative of Dame Vivien Duffield, whose Clore Duffield Foundation has committed £25 million to the scheme, the biggest ever single gift to a Jewish communal body — and also the biggest donation she has ever made to any project.