After the center hosted a Hanukkah party for gay parents and their families.
— A group of Orthodox rabbis in London have called on their members to boycott the city’s JW3 Jewish cultural center because it holds eve…
When Etgar Keret couldn’t make it to the London Jewish community center to appear with celebrity chef Yotam Ottolenghi and star Guardian columnist (and novelist) Jonathan Freedland he sent this video.
Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner’s classic ‘2000 Year Old Man’ routine is being reprised for the first time in London. But can the comedy work without its original creators?
Photo: Simon Annand/JW3
Cooking like Lady Judith Montefiore did in Victorian days was never going to be easy. It starts by thinking upper class — really upper.
In the years immediately following the Rabin’s assassination, the anniversary of his passing became an important event for British Jewry, only to see it weaken as the years passed.
A queue snaking down north London’s Finchley Road is an unusual sight, as are people on stilts, musicians and ice cream vendors. But JW3, London’s new Jewish community centre, finally opened its doors on September 29 to a crowd that may have represented an unprecedented representation of the community. On the first of two launch days designed to entice and give a flavor of what is on offer in its first season, the place teemed with activity and curiosity, amidst an air of slight organizational chaos.
At his office in London’s newly opened, $80 million Jewish community center, Raymond Simonson fumbles with a state-of-the-art telephone switchboard.
On a grey autumn afternoon, a group of journalists congregate on a sheltered tree-lined piazza, waiting to tour a building whose presence might well alter London’s Jewish cultural and communal identity. Before entering JW3 — the city’s new Jewish community centre — there is an attempt to find the spot where, several months ago, a time capsule was buried. Then, JW3 was very much a building site and not the gleaming, glass-fronted place that it is today. Eventually someone locates the bronze coin-sized shape in an unmarked spot, camouflaged within the paved granite and gravel floor. However, the significance of the capsule is not lost. On September 29 the centre’s doors will open to the public, offering 1,300 events and activities. Only time will tell what impact the institution will have.