Jewish life

Wanted: high fliers to lead Jewish Community Centre

By Jenni Frazer, April 11, 2012

The Jewish Community Centre for London's announcement that it is seeking a new chief executive means that three high-profile Jewish community posts are now up for grabs.

Aside from the JCC job, the chief executive position at Bicom, the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, until recently held by Lorna Fitzsimons; and the chief executive role at the United Jewish Israel Appeal, who

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How far can Jewish tolerance stretch?

March 29, 2012

'I think you're wrong, but I'll put up with it. I'll accept our differences - but don't be fooled. I still think you're wrong."

Tolerance is required only for what we don't agree with, for what is by definition intolerable. As a minority in Britain, understanding our position - whether we are "tolerated", or something beyond that, is existentially important.

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New York show for rare 14th century Haggadah

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 15, 2012

A priceless 700-year-old Passover Haggadah will travel from the UK to New York after painstaking microscopic preservation work carried out by Manchester University.

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A world view for Liberals

March 8, 2012

The strong links between Liberal Judaism and the World Union for Progressive Judaism were discussed in London during a visit by WUPJ president Rabbi Stephen Fuchs.

He had talks with Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich and its president Lucian Hudson after delivering a shiur to an audience of 40 at Liberal Judaism's Montagu Centre HQ.

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Youth movements: the pearls of the Jewish community

By Darren Cohen, January 12, 2012

It dawned on me this week that in the short time I have lived in London, I have had the pleasure of hosting friends from four of the world’s continents: Europe, South America, Australasia and North America. Despite coming from four very distant corners of the world, we all have one thing in common: we are all members of the Habonim Dror youth movement.

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Stone-setting for 1843 death

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 10, 2011

A stone-setting for a man who died penniless in 1843 will be the first ceremony for more than 80 years at Liverpool's historic Deane Road Cemetery.

No gravestone was erected for Dutch immigrant optician Lyon Samson, who had been supported by donations from the then Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation.

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Braveheart receives his reward

By Stephanie Brickman, October 10, 2011

A Glasgow Reform leader who saved a woman from drowning in freezing water has been presented with a Brave@Heart award by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond at Edinburgh Castle.

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Recalling victory at Cable Street

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2011

More than 1,000 people joined a parade from Aldgate to the Cable Street mural, marking 75 years since the famous defeat of fascist marchers in the East End.

The Jewish Socialists' Group and the Jewish Labour Movement were among the organisations represented at the march and rally and participants included 106-year-old Hetty Bower, a veteran of the 1936 battle.

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Bit by bit, symbols of a lost world are erected

By Nissan Tzur, October 6, 2011

The year was 1990, Communism had just collapsed in Poland and John Pomian, a Pole living in the UK, was on a return visit to his country of origin with a Jewish friend, Casimir Stamirski.

As the pair passed through the town of Mogielnica, Mr Pomian, who served in the RAF during the war, was invited by Mr Stamirski to stop off in the town to see they could find any traces of the Jewish community

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Leader pledges to fight hate crimes

By Stephanie Brickman, September 27, 2011

Scottish Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland has assured Jewish community members that hate crime will be taken seriously on his watch.

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