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  • Jewish Leaders Blast Decision Lifting Britain’s Ban on Farrakhan

    Lawyers for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan have succeeded in overturning a 15- year-old ban on his visiting Britain. Jewish groups had been instrumental in getting Farrakhan barred from the United Kingdom in 1986 on the grounds that his presence could stir up racial tension. Jewish leaders reacted with dismay after the High Court… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture London Klezmer Festival is British, but Musicians Are Playing Yiddish

    Last week, London’s School of Oriental and African Studies hosted a Saudi-sponsored conference on the Middle East that excluded Israelis. This week, the school was swinging to the sounds of klezmer. The strains of clarinets, trumpets, violins and accordions filled the hallways between rehearsal rooms, while in a lecture hall, more than 20 people of… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Break out the Violins: Musicians, Fans Head to London’s Klezfest

    London is set to host its first festival dedicated to klezmer, the “Jewish jazz” that grew out of the Jewish celebration music of Eastern Europe. The event, KlezFest, runs from July 1-4 at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, home of the Jewish Music Institute, which organized the festival. About 150 participants are expected… More ▸

  • Pullout Reports Prove to Be Untrue: Britain Will Send Team to Maccabiah

    Despite initial reports to the contrary and confusion among its athletes, Britain is planning to send a team to the Maccabiah Games next month. It was widely expected that the "Jewish Olympics" would be canceled or postponed, and it was reported that the British team — one of the largest — had pulled out amid… More ▸

  • As Britain Conducts Its Census, Religion Question Ruffles Feathers

    For the first time since 1851, Britain’s census includes a question on religion this year. The official bodies of British Jewry welcome the question on faith, but some Jewish thinkers believe the effort to draw a religious map of Britain is seriously flawed. Sociologist Barry Kosmin, director of the British-based Institute for Jewish Policy Research,… More ▸

  • Two Jewish Men Convicted in Massive London Vote Fraud

    Two observant Jews who served as elected London officials face up to 10 years in jail after being convicted of vote fraud. Detective Inspector Robert Garratt, the investigating officer, called the case “the largest attempt to subvert the democratic process that I am aware of.” In a trial that lasted nearly two months, a court… More ▸

  • Kosher Meat in Britain Less Prone to Foot-and-mouth

    As far as foot-and-mouth disease is concerned, it’s good to be Jewish. Since the outbreak of the disease last month, Jews who keep kosher have faced fewer serious meat shortages than the rest of the British community. In order to contain the highly contagious livestock virus, British authorities have imposed severe restrictions on the movement… More ▸

  • London Jewish Columnist Wrote About Cancer Struggle

    John Diamond, a much-beloved writer for Britain’s Jewish Chronicle, who had written about his throat cancer in the Times of London since he was diagnosed in April 1997, died last Friday. He was 47. Writer Salman Rushdie hailed him as “a loyal pal and one of the funniest men I knew.” Many people commented on… More ▸