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'We were completely dehumanised'

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Shaking with emotion, a 91-year-old great-grandmother recalled her time in Auschwitz to an audience of London civic leaders on Monday.

Freda Wineman - whose parents and brother died in the camp - said that "in no time we were completely dehumanised.


Shuvu's backers get a lesson on its work

January 22, 2015

British supporters of Shuvu's network of kindergartens and schools in Israel raised £200,000 from their first gala dinner, held in central London on Sunday.

"Turning dreams into reality" was the evening's theme and the 350-plus guests were told about the expansion plans of Shuvu, which currently educates over 6,000 children, primarily from underprivileged backgrounds.


Jacob's date with Sam Cam

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

A Leeds teenager who survived a three-year battle with cancer was a guest at a 10 Downing Street reception hosted by Samantha Cameron this week to promote a Cancer Research UK fundraising campaign.

Jacob Ziff was 14 when he was diagnosed with cancer of the white blood cells, known as acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Now in remission, Jacob said the invite to Downing Street was "a once-in-a-lif


1,500 expected to attend London conference in support of Israel

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2015

UK leaders are preparing for the "biggest pro-Israel gathering ever to have been held in this country".


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


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


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


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.


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.


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