Central London

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


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.


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.


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".


Anti-jihadist solidarity

By Rosa Doherty, August 21, 2014

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


Lincoln's arch heritage

By Daniel Easterman, August 15, 2014

A 15-foot arch celebrating Lincoln's medieval Jewish heritage is set to be installed at the entrance to the city's medieval Cathedral Quarter.

The wrought-iron structure features the Star of David prominently and includes details depicting the life of Jewish traders during the Middle Ages.


From outraged to outrageous: protest spills over into hatred

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through central London as the backlash against Israel's military action in Gaza continued to be felt on the streets of Britain this week.

Protesters from groups including the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Stop the War marched from BBC's New Broadcasting House to Hyde Park. Speakers included MPs Jeremy Corbyn, David Ward and Shabana Mahmood.


Tricycle Theatre 'on thin ice' over Jewish film festival boycott

By Sandy Rashty, August 14, 2014

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has said in a letter to UK Jewish Film Festival chair Stephen Margolis that the Tricycle Theatre's boycott is "misguided".

Mr Javid, a long-time supporter of Conservative Friends of Israel, also told the JC: "I am concerned about the impact of its decision."


Art lovers bank on Rothschild

By Julia Weiner, July 31, 2014

Internationally renowned sculptor Eva Rothschild spoke about her work to 100 supporters of British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel at its annual Women in Art lunch.

Works by Ms Rothschild were installed specially for the occasion at the new gallery premises of Modern Art London, where the sculptor was interviewed by the ICA's Katherine Stout.


Highest levels of hate for five years

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Antisemitic incidents in Britain rose by a third in the first six months of this year, and have rapidly increased further in the past four weeks as Israel's military operation in Gaza continues.

Figures published this week by the Community Security Trust showed more than 300 recorded cases between January and June, up 36 per cent on the same period last year.