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  • Israeli Ambassador Blasts London Church

    Israel’s ambassador to London added a diplomatic dimension to a row over anti-Israel carol singers at a central London church. Two weeks ago, a group called “Jews for boycotting Israeli goods” performed at St. James’s Church in Piccadilly with its own version of Christmas carols, in which it changed the words of the familiar carols… More ▸

  • Olmert Sets Visit to London

    Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will visit London at the invitation of his British counterpart, Gordon Brown. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad also will be in the British capital next week for an investment conference, which is scheduled to be opened by Brown. The British prime minister has been a longtime supporter of what… More ▸

  • 200 London Jews Attend Aliyah Meeting

    More than 200 Jews and Israelis living in London who are considering moving to Israel attended a meeting with Israeli tax experts. The large turnout at Tuesday’s meeting may be due to changes in Israeli tax laws that will enable people to live in Israel and continue their businesses abroad. About 50 people are expected… More ▸

  • London Church Hosts Anti-israel Carols

    An Anglican church in London hosted an evening of anti-Israel Christmas carols. The “Bethlehem Now: Nine Alternative Lessons and Carols for Palestine” event, sponsored by a group called Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods & Open Bethlehem, took place Nov. 26 at the St. James church in Picadilly, in London’s West End. The money raised, about… More ▸

  • Prince Charles recalls Kindertransport

    It was one of Britain’s finest hours. On the eve of World War II, the British Parliament passed legislation enabling thousands of Jewish children to escape the horrors that would close in on their families in Germany, Poland and elsewhere. Prince Charles marked the 70th anniversary of what became known as the Kindertransport, recalling that… More ▸

  • Peres off to Britain for Knighthood

    Israeli President Shimon Peres will be knighted and receive an honorary degree during an official visit to Britain. Peres is scheduled to arrive in Britain Monday night at the invitation of the British government, to mark 60 years of relations between the two countries. During the three-day visit he will be knighted by Queen Elizabeth… More ▸

  • Britain to Honor Israeli Industrialist

    Queen Elizabeth II will honor an Israeli industrialist after he donated $20 million to projects involving the United Kingdom’s maritime heritage. Sami Ofer will fund the project at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich. A new wing at the National Maritime Museum will be named the Sami Ofer Wing. Ofer has been awarded… More ▸

  • New Reform Prayer Book in Britain Aims to Bolster the Movement

    Leaders of the Reform movement in Britain are looking to a new prayer book to help bolster the movement as the main alternative to an increasingly Orthodox British Jewry. The prayer book, published last month, is being billed as a “grass-roots siddur” because it offers a choice of several services. Its publication comes as researchers… More ▸

  • From Berlin to London to Paris, Europe-Israel Ties Warming

    When Israel asked for European troops, including Germans, to patrol the Israel-Lebanon border area following Israel’s 2006 war with Hezbollah, it was a salient sign of how far European ties with Israel have come in recent years. “Who would have ever thought that German soldiers would be charged — and trusted — to protect Israelis… More ▸

  • Record Anti-semitism in Britain is Stoking Unease Among Jews

    With anti-Semitism in Britain at record levels, life is changing in subtle and not-so-subtle ways for the country’s Jews. Armed guards escort Orthodox Jews in Manchester walking to synagogue. Vendors sell Arabic-language editions of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” outside train stations. Academic and labor unions routinely issue calls to boycott the Jewish… More ▸