Jewish culture

John Galliano to star at London Jewish event

By Simon Rocker, April 24, 2015

Fashion designer John Galliano is to speak at the launch of a West End of London Jewish learning programme sponsored by the Chief Rabbinate.

His appearance will mark a further step in his rehabilitation within the Jewish community after he was sacked by Christian Dior four years ago for an antisemitic rant.

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Bad Jews poster banned from Tube by TFL

By Josh Jackman, March 6, 2015

Posters advertising the hit play ‘Bad Jews’ have been banned from Tube stations by Transport for London.

TfL says it is following its rule that adverts can be removed if they are “likely to cause widespread or serious offence to members of the public”.

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Bad Jews poster banned from Tube by TFL

By Josh Jackman, March 6, 2015

Posters advertising the hit play ‘Bad Jews’ have been banned from Tube stations by Transport for London.

TfL said it was responding to "a few complaints" from customers, and followed its rule that adverts can be removed if they are “likely to cause widespread or serious offence to members of the public”.

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Authors from across the globe compete on JQ-Wingate prize shortlist

By Josh Jackman, January 13, 2015

The nominees for this year’s prestigious JQ-Wingate literary prize come from all over the globe, with authors from four continents competing on the shortlist, announced today.

Famous literary figures such as Simon Schama and Ari Shavit, as well as controversial anti-Zionist Ilan Pappé, fell by the wayside as the longlist was cut down from 15 to seven.

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Culture Secretary Sajid Javid speaks at UJS Conference

By JC Reporter, December 17, 2014

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Sajid Javid, addressed students at the Union of Jewish Students Annual Conference on December 14.

Thank you for coming, and thank you for inviting me along today.

It’s always great to see young people getting engaged with the political process.

I vividly remember my own experience of student politics.

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Stars mourn ‘inspirational, irreplaceable’ Mike Nichols

By Josh Jackman, November 21, 2014

Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning film director of The Graduate and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, has died aged 83.

Mr Nichols was one of only 12 people to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards - the coveted ‘EGOT’, standing for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

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JW3 and LJCC set to unite in historic merger

By Stephen Pollard, September 17, 2014

JW3, the £50m London community centre, is to merge with the LJCC, the London Jewish Cultural Centre, based at Ivy House in Golders Green.

The merger, which has long been predicted but has been repeatedly denied by both organisations, will be completed within the year.

As yet there is no name for the new joint organisation. But both bodies are keen to maintain their identities.

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Tricycle Theatre refuses to host UK Jewish Film Festival over Israeli sponsorship

By Sandy Rashty, August 5, 2014

A major London theatre has refused to host the UK Jewish Film Festival because it is sponsored by the Israeli embassy.

The Tricycle Theatre was scheduled to be the main venue for the UKJFF in November, with 26 films due to be screened there as well as six gala events.

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Jewish figures condemn government's prison books plan

By Daniel Easterman, April 10, 2014

A group of leading Jewish figures has condemned government regulations preventing prison inmates receiving books through the post.

In a letter to The Times signed by 18 rabbis, journalists and activists, the group wrote: “Jewish culture is united by a deep-rooted conviction in the power of the written word. We are therefore sensitive to any attempt to restrict access to books.”

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New law could bring curtain down on anti-Israel protesters

By Marcus Dysch, April 3, 2014

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Protesters who disrupt performances by Israeli actors and musicians could be sued or face injunctions under new plans expected to be put before Parliament.

A proposal due to be introduced by Israel-supporting lawyers would seek to adapt the law on aggravated trespass which would allow aggrieved performers or audience members to seek damages from activists.

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