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Youth Aliyah success story comes to dinner

March 10, 2016

A graduate of Youth Aliyah's Mechina project in northern Israel was among the 450 guests at the Youth Aliyah Child Rescue gala dinner in central London on Tuesday.

Ethiopian-born Solomon Lawee went on to become a high ranking IDF officer, in charge of 120 soldiers.


IPO plays the palace at 80

March 3, 2016

A Kensington Palace dinner and concert featuring violinist Pinchas Zukerman launched the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's 80th anniversary celebrations and raised well over £300,000.

Hosted by the British Friends, the Ottolenghi-catered event attracted IPO supporters from Europe, America and Israel.


Kosher wine elicits a spirited response

By Simon Rocker, February 18, 2016

At an evening of food and wine, you might well start with a glass of champagne, particularly if the bottle bears the legendary name of Rothschild.

The first kosher Barons de Rothschild champagne, released this week at £60-plus, was one of the alcoholic highlights of the 2016 Kosher Food and Wine Experience, held at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in Piccadilly on Tuesday.


West End Great Synagogue takes the Central line to share deal

By Simon Rocker, February 18, 2016

The independent West End Great Synagogue has found a new home after announcing its departure from Western Marble Arch Synagogue for financial reasons.

From the beginning of next month, the 362-member congregation will hold services a little further down the road at the Central Synagogue.


Jami pleased by a healthy interest

February 18, 2016

Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin - who was talked out of jumping off Waterloo Bridge in 2008 - addressed guests at a screening of The Stranger on the Bridge organised by mental health charity Jami at the Charlotte Street Hotel in central London.

The documentary is about Mr Benjamin's search for the man who persuaded him to abandon his suicide attempt.


Say it in French in the West End

By Naomi Firsht, February 11, 2016

A central London shul is following in the footsteps of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St John's Wood by establishing a minyan catering to French speakers.

The Western Marble Arch plans to hold the first monthly Sephardi Shabbat morning minyan in April.


West End Great quits home after 'excessive' rise

By Simon Rocker, January 7, 2016

The independent West End Great community is to leave Western Marble Arch Synagogue at the end of February after being asked to pay substantially more to remain.

West End Great has held services there for around 20 years after selling its own premises in Soho.


WJR pledges to improve lives of those in 'chronic poverty'

By Barry Toberman, December 3, 2015

World Jewish Relief's work down the generations was reviewed at its annual dinner at London's Guildhall which raised more than £1 million.

And, after the 500-plus diners had heard from Polish-born Harry Olmer, one of "The Boys" rescued by WJR and helped to settle in Britain after the war, chief executive Paul Anticoni stressed that the largest number of survivors and older Jewish community mem


Interfaith study group builds towards bigger future in Cambridge

December 3, 2015

The Woolf Institute in Cambridge, dedicated to the study of Christian-Jewish-Muslim relations, held a ground-breaking ceremony for its new home on the Westminster College site in the centre of the city.

Scheduled for completion in summer 2017, the new premises will enable the institute to accommodate growing student numbers and research, addressing issues such as end-of-life care and foreign po


European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series London, 2015–16 - Dr Thabet Abu Rass (3rd December 2015)

By LBI London, November 19, 2015
Thursday 3 December
6:30pm - 8:15pm