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  • European anti-Semitism exploding: It’s not just about Hamas

    August 1, 2014 | 9:54 am

    Conventional wisdom would have us believe that the current explosion of anti-Semitism across Europe is caused by the war with Hamas in Gaza. But it’s not that simple. The riots on the streets of Paris, the vicious anti-Jewish graffiti defacing the ancient streets of Rome, the...

  • Protesters threaten British cosmetics store that sells Israeli products

    July 31, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    A cosmetics store in Manchester, England, that sells Israeli cosmetics has been victimized by callers threatening to kill the staff and burn down the store.

    Local police are investigating the ongoing threats, the Jewish Chronicle reported. The store, called Kedem, has been the...

  • British Jewish cemetery is vandalized

    June 24, 2014 | 10:42 am

    Gravestones in a Jewish cemetery in England were painted with swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti, and some were toppled.

    The vandalism in Manchester was discovered Monday; it is believed the attack occurred on Sunday or early Monday. A similar attack occurred earlier this month,...

  • SS war criminal lived in Britain for 66 years, Nazi hunter said

    June 20, 2014 | 8:56 am

    A Nazi soldier who helped murder Jews during the Holocaust lived undetected in London for 66 years until his recent death, a British Nazi hunter said.

    The man, a former SS soldier in a unit that massacred Poles and Jews during World War II, was identified as Serhij Woronyj by the...

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  • The pioneers: A revealing look at Israel’s early prime ministers

    By Tom Tugend

    September 6, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Moriah Films, the documentary-making arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has bitten off another solid chunk of Israeli history in “The Prime Ministers,” a film based on the lively book of the same title by Yehuda Avner, who doubles as the chief narrator of the two-part production.

    ...
  • Suspected London terror attack signifies no special risk for Jews, security unit says

    May 23, 2013 | 9:04 am

    British Jews are no more at risk from terrorism than they were before the slaying of a British soldier by suspected terrorists, British Jewry’s security unit said.

    “For the Jewish community security, the primary lessons remain unchanged,” CST wrote Thursday on its website....

  • Release Margaret Thatcher, Reclaim Your Life

    By Marcus J Freed

    April 12, 2013 | 7:11 am

    Few questions are more challenging than "How did we get here?". That moment of discomfort when we find ourself in a predicament that appears to have suddenly occurred - a client has disappeared, the business is in a crisis, a relationship is going down the tubes. There are two...

  • Margaret Thatcher remembered for her affection for Britain’s Jews

    April 8, 2013 | 9:06 am

    Margaret Thatcher will be remembered by history for relentlessly facing down Communism and helping to turn back more than three decades of British socialist advance.

    But it was her warm embrace of the country's Jews and her insistent promotion of Jews in her Conservative Party...

  • Former British PM Margaret Thatcher, ‘staunch friend of Israel,’ dies

    April 8, 2013 | 7:52 am

    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was considered a good friend of Israel despite a rocky relationship with Prime Minister Menachem Begin, has died.

    Thatcher died Monday after suffering a stroke. She was 87. Thatcher suffered from dementia at the end of her...

  • Poll: 45 percent of Britons favor banning shechitah

    March 29, 2013 | 5:05 am

    About 45 percent of 1,900 Britons polled favored banning Jewish ritual slaughter and 38 percent said they favored banning nonmedical circumcision.

    In the poll, which was conducted last week by the YouGov polling agency for The Jewish Chronicle of London, 45 percent of respondents...

  • Pakistani girl shot by Taliban starts at English school

    March 19, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl who drew global attention after being shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, returned to school on Tuesday in Britain where she has been treated for her injuries.

    Yousufzai, 15, has become an international figure as a...

  • Arnold Schwartzman — master designer behind ‘Voices & Visions’

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 21, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Arnold Schwartzman, the artistic director of the “Voices & Visions” program and one of the most accomplished designers and documentary directors of our times, is a story unto himself. Recently, I spent a few very companionable hours at Schwartzman’s L.A. home as he shared some of...

  • Dumping George Clooney for Daniel Craig

    By Ilana Angel

    November 1, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    I dream a lot about George Clooney.  It’s not always the actual Clooney in my dreams, but most of the men I dream about have Clooney’s face. Any man who appears in my dreams, bus driver, teacher, fisherman, or pilot, looks like George Clooney.  I take comfort in knowing I will meet...

  • Prince Charming is Taking Me To England!

    By Ilana Angel

    October 14, 2012 | 9:08 pm

    After 7 months of dating, and a slow and steady stroll to love, the Englishman is taking my son and me to England to meet his family for two weeks in December.  By slow and steady, of course I mean that I have loved him since our first date, but it took me months to allow myself to...

  • London Jewish community, already vigilant, is advised to beef up security for Olympics

    July 16, 2012 | 2:48 pm

    Typically on high alert, London’s Jewish community organizations are being advised to take additional security measures during the Olympics.

    The Community Security Trust, the charity that represents and recommends the community on matters of security, has told Jewish groups to...

  • Football, Prayers & Faking it for Love

    By Ilana Angel

    June 24, 2012 | 6:49 pm

    If you are going to date an Englishman, you have to like football (soccer).  By like it of course I mean pretend you like it so as to impress him.  I have been pretending to care about this game for months and it has been exhausting.  It started out with my blatant faking of...

  • Bachelorette Emily in London

    By Ilana Angel

    June 12, 2012 | 1:10 am

    Emily and her daughter are in London, which I am excited about.  Not the show as much as the city.  It is my favorite city in the world, the birthplace of my fabulous boyfriend, and where I hope to retire.  It will be a fun week full of beautiful scenery and embarrassing American...

  • Former neo-Nazi elected to local council in England

    May 18, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    A former neo-Nazi who once defaced buildings with swastikas reportedly has been elected to a local council in south central England.

    Margaret Burke won a seat on Milton Keynes Council earlier this month after demonstrating her remorse to local Labor Party officials and describing...

  • An Englishman and a Canadian Walk Into a Bar

    By Ilana Angel

    May 1, 2012 | 12:08 am

    I first spoke to my Englishman two months ago.  I thought he was funny and charming, but did not think he was my type.  He lived 35-45 minutes away and while attractive, he was unlike men I usually date. I loved that he’s English however, and agreed to a date because if nothing else...

  • Roman Abramovich & Roberto Di Matteo & Chelsea FC

    By Ilana Angel

    April 26, 2012 | 9:11 am

    I have learned that in order to date an Englishman you need to embrace soccer.  Not only do you need to sit through countless conversations and games of “football”, you need to embrace the team that your man loves.  My delicious English boyfriend is a diehard Chelsea fan and so...

  • The pragmatists

    By Rob Eshman

    April 25, 2012 | 12:50 pm

    Yehuda Avner arrived in Israel in 1947 from his native Manchester, England, as an idealistic religious Zionist. His keen intellect landed him a post in the foreign service, and his English proficiency almost guaranteed that he would be the designated note taker as he traveled with...

  • Availability of kosher food aboard Titanic sheds light on immigration via England

    April 12, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Of the 2,225 people aboard Titanic on its maiden voyage, 1,512 perished in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic when the ship went down in the early hours of April 15, 1912.

    Charles Kennell was among the nearly 700 crew members to die that night. Born in Cape Town, South Africa,...

  • A Jewish housemaid in England at wartime

    February 25, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Natasha Solomons is a British writer whose first novel, published in the United States in 2010 as “Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English,” should have received a wider readership. Inspired by the experience of the author’s grandparents, European Jews who fled Nazism for safety in...

  • Britain’s sick society

    August 17, 2011 | 1:48 pm

    Watching the ferocious criminality displayed during the riots in British cities during the past weeks, one might be forgiven for thinking that this explosion of mob violence was taking place in some dilapidated god-forsaken Third World country. The horrific scenes of homes and...

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royally Jewish Wedding

    By Lauren Bottner

    April 27, 2011 | 3:21 pm

    Never mind that the Prince William and Kate Middleton are Christian. That’s no excuse for Jews to feel left out during the Royal Wedding extravaganza.  I give you the Royal Wedding’s Sheva Brachot (seven blessings).

    Royal Sheva Brachot

    1. David Beckham will be in attendance and...

  • German prosecutors slowing investigation, victim’s mother claims

    March 31, 2011 | 2:39 pm

    The mother of a Jewish man who was killed under unexplained circumstances in Wiesbaden eight years ago says German prosecutors are dragging their feet in the investigation.

    Erica Duggan of England returned March 28 to the site of her son Jeremiah’s death to deliver a plea to...

  • Protest forces London Ahava store to close

    November 22, 2010 | 11:06 am

    An Ahava store in London was forced to close again after pro-Palestinian activists blocked the entrance.

    Two activists reportedly chained themselves to a cement-filled barrel and had to be removed by police, The Jerusalem Post reported.

    Ahava produces lotions and bath crystals using Dead Sea minerals on West Bank land claimed by the Palestinians. It has been the target of boycotts and protests worldwide.

    The same London store was forced to close twice in 2009, in September and December, due to protests in which activists locked themselves to the same barrels.

  • No top of the morning in Catholic churches

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 6, 2009 | 12:56 pm

    I hardly think being too informal isn’t the biggest issue affecting the atmosphere at Catholic churches. Nonetheless, a few priests in the Diocese of Leeds in England came to the conclusion that it’s inappropriate to say “good morning” after standing in front of the congregation and...

  • Disraeli: The curious case of England’s Jewish prime minister

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 25, 2008 | 6:19 pm

    Adam Kirsch, "Benjamin Disraeli" (Nextbook: Schocken, 2008 ) $21.00.

    Benjamin Disraeli was born Jewish, baptized as a boy but (mostly) considered himself to be Jewish.

    He famously proclaimed to Queen Victoria -- who began by hating him and ended adoring him -- that he was the...

  • No stiff upper lip as U.K. Jews celebrate Israel @ 60

    July 1, 2008 | 12:17 am

    LONDON (JTA)—With a pair of massive rallies for Israel held simultaneously in London’s Trafalgar Square and Manchester’s Heaton Park on Sunday, British Jewry may be signaling that its transformation is at hand.

    Some 30,000 participants attended the public shows of support for...

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