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Wallenberg gets a new place alongside a shul

November 27, 2014

The crescent fronting the Western Marble Arch Synagogue and the Montcalm Hotel in London's West End is to be renamed Wallenberg Place in honour of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis.

The change of name for the area, currently part of Great Cumberland Place, has been approved by Westminster City Council.

In 1997, the Queen attended a dedicati

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Toksvig is a page-turner for Nightingale diners

November 6, 2014

In a wide-ranging address to Nightingale Hammerson's literary lunch at Claridge's in central London, author and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig spoke about her childhood in Copenhagen and her book, Hitler's Canary, based on the true story of how her relatives helped to save Danish Jews from the Nazis.

Discussing her new book, Peas & Queues, she explained some of the amusing reasons behind polite beha

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Well suited to science

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

The cutting edge of Israeli science was shared with a select band of London diners by the Friends of Bar Ilan University last week.

Professor Ido Bachelet outlined research being done in the university's faculty of life sciences which, he said, "could revolutionise everything we know as medicine".

His team is developing tiny robots which could be injected into a patient to destroy cancer cel

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Israeli chain's London launch met with happy anticipation - and foreboding

By Sandy Rashty, October 30, 2014

A new Israeli cosmetics store in central London could attract negative attention from boycott activists, communal figures have warned.

Sabon, a luxury brand specialising in skincare and fragrances which contain minerals from the Dead Sea, was due to open its first UK store on Neal Street in Covent Garden on Thursday.

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London march postponed

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2014

A Jewish solidarity march due to take place in London has been postponed.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism had called on grassroots supporters to walk through the capital wearing kippot or other Jewish symbols on Sunday.

But the event will now not take place, with organisers blaming insurance costs, liability issues and the need for permits.

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The Piccadilly succah that was also a bridge

By Naomi Firsht, October 14, 2014

It may only be a simple wooden frame adorned with a cluster of empty plastic bottles, but the succah at St James, Piccadilly could signal the end of the long-running rift between a historic London church and the city's Jews.

Last Christmas, the church caused a great deal of anger among Jews when it erected a life-size replica of Israel's security wall in its courtyard, as part of a festival abo

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Chabad 'army' salutes British achievements

By Simon Rocker, October 2, 2014

It is 20 years since the last Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, died. But the outreach enterprise he launched continues to flourish with 3,000 centres and 4,000 emissaries in around 80 countries.

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Bremner is a roaring success for Norwood

September 18, 2014

Rory Bremner made a huge impression on guests at Norwood's "distressed investment" dinner in London's Mayfair, which raised a record £322,000.

A pitch perfect George W Bush was a clear favourite and satirical swipes at the financial sector also went down well with the 290 diners.

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Reforming zeal is praised at movement's dinner

September 18, 2014

A world authority on contemporary religion has praised Reform Judaism as "a beacon of hope".

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Anti-jihadist solidarity

By Rosa Doherty, August 21, 2014

A Jewish group has joined demonstrations highlighting the Islamic State threat facing minorities in Iraq.

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