Talk of pork? Not here, we hope

August 18, 2016

The Hampstead and Highgate Literary Festival will be staged for the first time at JW3 next month and one of the events features restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Jay Rayner.

His session, entitled the Ten Food Commandments, is billed as an audio-visual romp by "our culinary Moses", which will help you get to the "edible promised land".

The accompanying bio says he was recently judged by


Gefiltefest feeds a sense of non-political togetherness

By Rosa Doherty, July 1, 2016

Serving up what executive director Nicki Tiefenbrun described as the perfect "non-political antidote" to the Brexit aftermath, the JC-sponsored Gefiltefest attracted 1,000 food lovers to JW3's Finchley Road premises on Sunday.

Food stall offerings ranged from kosher caviar to fudge and visitors had a choice of more than 40 cookery demonstrations, talks and book signings.

"We've been split [b


Beckham shows united front as he reveals: 'I do see myself as Jewish'

By Sarah Ebner, June 16, 2016

He is one of the most famous men on the planet, instantly recognisable almost everywhere. Now some might say that David Beckham has broadened his appeal even further: he told a rapt audience at London's JW3 that he sees himself as Jewish.


David Beckham to star at JW3

By Josh Jackman, May 6, 2016

David Beckham will speak at JW3 community centre next month.

The former England captain is to be interviewed by BBC Radio 4 presenter Kirsty Young on June 14 about his football career and ‘7: The David Beckham Unicef Fund,’ a charity which helps children around the globe.


Celebrating Sephardim

April 27, 2016

A festival of Sephardi and Mizrahi culture at JW3 in Finchley Road on Sunday and Monday will showcase their history, music and literature.

Chef Claudia Roden, Britain's senior Sephardi rabbi, Joseph Dweck, and author Naomi Alderman will be among those involved.


'I talked myself out of a job at JW3 - but tensions were rising'

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2016

New UJIA deputy chair Louise Jacobs still misses the London Jewish Cultural Centre.

As the LJCC's final chief executive, she oversaw the merger with JW3 last April. Programmes were shut, redundancies made and LJCC's Ivy House premises in Golders Green - once the home of Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova - were sold to developers of a Catholic girls' school.


'Fitting tribute' to Duffield's vision

April 21, 2016

London Mayor Boris Johnson has applauded JW3's "fantastic" contribution to London's cultural life.

In a written message to the Finchley Road centre's Life and Soul dinner, which raised £220,000, Mr Johnson described JW3 as "everything a community hub should be and a fitting tribute to the vision of [key funder] Dame Vivien Duffield, who I have worked with and admire".


Betraying a precious inheritance

By Peter Walton, April 21, 2016

Now here's a strange thing. I've just received the new programme of courses from JW3, the north London Jewish community centre which just happens to be about 200 metres from my office. I eat there regularly - it's got a great restaurant.


JW3 comes to the rescue of homeless congregation

By Simon Rocker, February 18, 2016

South Hampstead Synagogue is set to hold Shabbat services at the JW3 centre in Swiss Cottage as a temporary venue when its rebuilding project starts in spring.

The United Synagogue congregation had planned to use the Marriott Hotel Regent's Park but the venue will be unavailable for some months because of its own refurbishment.


Songs of Praise gets a taste of collaborative work

By Rosa Doherty, November 12, 2015

In front of a camera crew from BBC's Songs of Praise, Christians and Jews cooked for the homeless in an early Mitzvah Day activity at JW3's Finchley Road premises.

Respective favourites such as mince pies and apple strudel were on the menu and participants swapped cookery tips.