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  • Britain’s Orthodox Rabbinical School is Saved — for Now — by Chief Rabbi

    The sole location in Britain where Orthodox rabbis get their training has been saved temporarily from closure by Orthodox Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. After a Feb. 19 meeting to decide the London School of Jewish Studies’ future, Principal Rabbi Abner Weiss asked to be released from his duties. Sacks temporarily assumed the role. Formerly known… More ▸

  • Two Palestinians Lose Their Appeal over 1994 London Embassy Bombings

    Two Palestinians convicted in connection with the 1994 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in London have lost their appeal. Jawad Botmeh, 31, and Samar Alami, 33, were convicted in 1996 of conspiracy to bomb the embassy and a separate building that houses the London offices of Jewish charities. They were each sentenced at the time… More ▸

  • Jewish Leaders in Britain Back Airstrikes Against Afghanistan

    British Jewish leaders are strongly backing the joint U.S.-British air strikes against Afghanistan. Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks said the strikes were “no instinctive act of revenge, but a focused, precise strategic intervention designed to make our world a safer place.” British Prime Minister Tony Blair, one of the strongest European advocates of strikes against the… More ▸

  • Jews Cheer As Britain Says It Will Try to Ban Farrakhan Again

    British Jewish leaders are welcoming their government’s announcement that it will seek new legal action to keep Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan out of Britain. The government had banned Farrakhan from visiting the country since 1986, largely due to pressure from Jewish groups, but his lawyers succeeded in overturning the ban in London’s High… More ▸

  • 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 ▸