April 9, 2012
Things To Do while in London
Saturday night Purim party by OY GEVALT, a Jewish student organization. Their Moto: here EVERYONE comes to have a good time. NO CLASS divisions; no remnants for status orientation.”
It was my first night in London and I didn’t comprehend what they were talking about, later on I learned having money plays a major role in English society. http://www.shmultz.com/
BAT MITZVAHS REVISITED- an evening of poetry written by women in conjunction with the Jewish Book Festival. Intelligent, moving, and very intimate.
JCC’s new building is now under construction. This significant facility will stand out in the British capital, where 200,000 Jews live, and will mark a new mile-stone in the cultural life of Hampstead, which is notably considered to be a mainly Jewish area in London. http://www.jccventures.org.uk/
Ivor Dembina will be performing and discussing, to say the least, his unconventional stand-up comedy. If you are looking for pure Jewish humor, this is definitely it. Come open-minded but bring your critical self.
Mr. Dembina’s sessions are aimed at giving humour an importance in your life. They are open to everyone, be it the public or comedy artistes young or old. http://thinkbeforeyoulaugh.com/
Moishe House in Willesden is hosting a series of cultural communal events. These events could be the alternative festival celebration to those who are just taking their 1st steps in secular Judaism, or just to socialise in a relaxed atmosphere with other kindred folk.
The JLC Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership. Open Meetings are held in London as well as in other English cities. Wishing to make some change in the way women are (not) represented as a crucial voice. http://www.thejlc.org/consult.html
If to sum up the total London Jewish experience for me- not assigning it to any of the specific agents mentioned above (!)- it was in general very unpleasant and not at all friendly.
Organizations offering services to the community are shutting out their own customers on a base that security is high priority for Jews socializing.
Having spent my last May in Budapest at the Israeli Cultural Institute, while skin-head protested down the window, but we were still open and in business and welcoming took the entire paranoid Jews of London out of proportion in my eyes.