British Jews

In Britain, Jewish And Muslim Women Connect Over Mitzvah Day

06/23/2015

Good deeds can be contagious. Just ask Laura Marks, a British Jew who is widely credited with creating one of her community’s most widely celebrated new traditions: an annual Mitzvah Day, now in its 11th consecutive year, in which thousands of British Jews perform charity work in retirement homes, homeless shelters, hospitals and even neglected cemeteries.

Muslim and Jewish participants in a new interfaith initiative during its launch at the Jewish Museum in London. JTA

British, Jewish And Gay? Here's Your Yenta.

Rabbi launches LGBTQ matchmaking service in United Kingdom.

04/09/2015
Staff Writer

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner is not your average matchmaker.

This couple met at a Keshet singles event. Courtesy of Keshet

The New Top 5: Britain's Top Jews

Jewish Chronicle Online releases full list of 100 most influential UK MOT.

09/15/2014
Editorial Intern

It takes some serious chutzpa to top the “JC Power 100.”

While not an official MOT, Harry Styles made the list for his consistent support for Israel. upload.wikimedia.org

Jewish, Nigerian Brit Wins Tony, Sparking Twitter Storm

06/09/2014
Staff Writer

At last night’s Tony Awards, British-Jewish actress Sophie Okonedo took home the award for best performance by an actress in a play with her Broadway debut in "A Raisin in the Sun." Okonedo is Jewish, the daughter of an Ashkenazi British woman and a Nigerian civil servant who abandoned the family when she was 5.

Long Live The Queen!

Reform Rabbi Mark Winer is the first American-born rabbi to become a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

01/07/2014
Staff Writer

Rabbi Mark Winer became the first American-born rabbi last week to become a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. He was honored for promoting interfaith relations.

Rabbi Mark Winer: “Long live the Queen!”

Conservative Judaism: You Think It's Struggling in America? Check out the UK

There was once a talmudic student in Europe who was brilliant scholar, as well as a fervent believer. He practiced religious rules scrupulously, and was moved by a godly spirit too. But when he said that God may not have actually given the Torah to Moses at Mt. Sinai some 4,000 years ago, his colleagues were outraged.  "Blasphemy!" they implored, and cast him out of their sight. 

British Jewish Culture Surging Into The Mainstream

From a Booker Prize-winning novel to a hit film to hip JCC programming,
a new Jewish confidence alongside increased anti-Semitism.

03/22/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

‘Things are beginning to be vibrant — there is a new, unapologetic and unashamed generation, less worried about what will happen if the British notice there are Jews living here,” said British Jewish novelist Howard Jacobson, the 2010 winner of Britain’s most important literary prize, the Man Booker Prize, for his novel “The Finkler Question.”

The Man Booker Prize and Howard Jacobson, the British Philip Roth

Hats off to Howard Jacobson, often dubbed "the British Philip Roth," who was long-listed yesterday for the Man Booker Prize in Fiction.  While his book, "The Finkler Question," a comic novel about three single Jewish intellectuals, has not been released in the States yet, it's already made a big splash in the UK.  It's reception is worth noting too, in light of the recent uptick in concern over British anti-Semitism.

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