Jewish identity

Dame Vivien Duffield puts the final touches to her project

By Simon Round, February 28, 2013

Dame Vivien Duffield claims she is tired. The new Jewish community centre for London, to be known as JW3, is approaching completion and Dame Vivien, honoured for her massive philanthropic efforts, says that this may be her last big project.

However, when she discusses JW3 and the influence she hopes it will have on the community, she seems to lack nothing in energy.

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Aran Haber

February 22, 2013

Speaking an extra language at shul and having a sense of belonging to a group — my own group.

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Yona Ward

February 22, 2013

It makes me feel special. I love going to my school and having Kabbalat Shabbat with my friends.

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Lior Solomons-Wise

February 22, 2013

Judaism brings out my personality and how I feel. I love being Jewish. It takes me into a completely different world.

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Eitan Okrent

February 22, 2013

I like the stories in the Torah, I like eating pitta, hummus and falafel, and I like Shabbat because I get to stay up late on Friday night.

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Natan Boyd

February 22, 2013

Being Jewish means loving Shabbat, festivals, Torah, Jerusalem, the Kotel, tzedakah, chicken soup, and biscuits at synagogue.

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Jake Grayson

February 22, 2013

Having Jewish friends surrounding me, listening to the stories of Moses, Noah, Abraham and Sarah. Going to synagogue and celebrating all the festivals including Shabbat. Our family lighting the candles on Shabbat and knowing people are doing the exact same all around the world.

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Matty and Luke Godfrey

February 22, 2013

Matty Godfrey:
Being Jewish means eating salt beef.

Luke Godfrey:
Being Jewish means eating chicken soup and challah on a Friday night and supporting Arsenal.

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Matthew Darvill

February 22, 2013

Being different at school which makes me feel special. There is only me and my brother Jonathan who are Jewish. And I love fishballs that my Nana brings from London and her chicken soup with lokshen and kneidlach.

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Jonina Grayson-Lee

February 22, 2013

Going to a Jewish school makes me feel Jewish, surrounding me with people of my own kind, learning about how badly my ancestors were treated. This makes me thankful that I am a Jew now. I am proud about being Jewish, standing up to the people who are against me.

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