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London JCC gets go-ahead for £50m centre

By Jenni Frazer, September 17, 2009

The Jewish Community Centre for London (JCC) has received unanimous planning permission from Camden Council to build its long-awaited new home in Swiss Cottage, north west London.

A former car showroom will be razed and rebuilt as a multi-purpose cultural building, expected to open in 2013.

The project was the initiative of Dame Vivien Duffield, whose Clore Duffield Foundation has committed £25 million to the scheme, the biggest ever single gift to a Jewish communal body — and also the biggest donation she has ever made to any project.


Common cause at ZF

By Leon Symons, September 17, 2009

An Israeli politician has called on diaspora communities to work together with Israel to tackle common issues such as assimilation and education.

Addressing the Zionist Federation’s biennial conference in London, Kadima MK Yoel Hasson said: “I believe we are all one people. We have the same destiny and the same future and we should help and support each other.

“We should deal with assimilation and problems with young people. It’s not just your problem, it’s ours too.”


Young fundraisers answer call to No.10

September 17, 2009

Sarah Brown welcomed four bar- and batmitzvah celebrants to 10 Downing Street to mark the formal launch of a UJIA scheme to encourage teenage philanthropy.

Gabi Mendelsohn, Ella Krikler, Jake Libson and Sally Patterson are among the first participants in myfund, promoting charitable giving within the Jewish or wider community. Also present was Jacob Harris, who will be signing up next year.


Ben Uri gallery loses bid for new London home

September 11, 2009

The Ben Uri art gallery, Anglo-Jewry’s leading art house, has lost out in a bid to move to a new home in the heart of London’s theatreland.

Chairman David Glasser said that while there was “enormous disappointment” that its bid to move the former premises of the Theatre Museum in Russell Street in Covent Garden had failed, an alternative plan would be put into action straightaway that would achieve the same aim.


Pro-Israel MP's new official is Palestinian activist

By Leon Symons, September 10, 2009

One of Israel’s staunchest supporters in Parliament is at the centre of a row over his appointment of a campaigns and communications manager who appears to be strongly anti-Israel.

Barry Gardiner, MP for Brent North in north-west London and a former vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel, has appointed Joseph Brown, who declared his “continued dedication to the Palestinian cause” after being pictured at an anti-Israeli demonstration in January.


JCC Honey Tasting for the New Year

By JCC, September 4, 2009
Wednesday 23 September
7:00pm - 8:00pm


Rail evacuees retrace their Shoah escape

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2009

Dozens of Holocaust survivors this week retraced the journey that saved their lives 70 years ago.

They travelled by train from the Czech Republic to London, remembering the efforts of Sir Nicholas Winton, who in 1939 arranged eight Kindertransport trains, saving 669 Czech children.

Among the 170 people who left Prague’s main station on Tuesday morning were 22 of “Winton’s children” and 64 descendants of those saved by him. He was knighted for his rescue mission.


Bevis Marks Rabbi row deepens

By Simon Rocker, September 3, 2009

The dispute over the suspended rabbi of Bevis Marks Synagogue in London deepened this week after fresh attacks by his supporters on the handling of his suspension by Sephardi leaders.

Rabbi Natan Asmoucha was suspended six weeks ago by the mahamad (executive) of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation over his involvement in an interfaith rally against high bank interest rates in July.

But now supporters are furious at the proposed postponement of a special meeting of the congregation, called to put a vote of no confidence in the executive.


JCC - Exclusive Art Event

By JCC, September 1, 2009
Tuesday 8 September
6:00pm - 8:00pm


Teacher is reinstated

August 27, 2009

The deputy head of Simon Marks Jewish Primary in Stoke Newington has been reinstated following an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

Parents were told last month that Norma Blair had been suspended. Now governors’ chair Peter Kessler has confirmed that Mrs Blair will be back in her deputy’s role for the new academic term. “We are delighted that the children in Mrs Blair’s class will be once again receiving the top quality education that she provides,” he said.