Pairing Off In England

In visit to England, tie together a stop for grownups and one for the kids.

Contributing Editor
09/21/2016 (All day)

The pound is severely weakened as the world absorbs Britain’s surprise decision to leave the European Union, meaning that the dollar cost of vacationing in the UK has just dropped significantly. If you have dreamed of taking the whole family to Britain, there has rarely been a better time to do it.

In Blackpool you will find Sandcastle Waterpark, Britain’s largest indoor waterpark. Courtesy

Brexit: A Shock, But a Traveler's Boon

As Britons Agonize Over Separation, U.K. Visitors Find Bargains

06/28/2016 - 12:31
Travel Writer

The tension between integration and separateness is one that Jews know particularly well.

To be Jewish in the diaspora is, by default, to have a hybrid identity. Where one identity ends and another begins, and the spaces where they overlap — these are waters most of us navigate throughout life, even more so when we travel and those identities are thrown into sharp relief against the backdrop of foreignness.

A tourist stand in Trafalgar Square, in central London. Wikimedia Commons

5 Faith Facts About Amy Winehouse: She Hated Hebrew School, Loved Family Celebrations

07/27/2015 - 20:00

Amy Winehouse’s dramatic eye makeup and iconic beehive weren’t the singer’s only fashion statements. Winehouse, who died four years ago Thursday (July 23), is back in the spotlight with the July 3 release of the documentary “Amy.” In it, she is frequently seen wearing a thick, gold Star of David pendant around her neck.

British singer Amy Winehouse performs at the Brit Awards at Earls Court in London on February 20, 2008. RNS

Freudian Trips

Taking in Jewish London, from the great shrink’s couch to the old Jewish East End (plus, the Cadbury’s kosher chocolate in Birmingham).

Contributing Editor
06/16/2015 - 20:00

If the couch at 20 Maresfield Gardens in London could speak, it would have stories to tell. It was, for years, the consulting couch of Sigmund Freud — and it sits in his immaculately preserved study.

Freud's famous couch. Wikimedia Commons

Belz Schools Walking Back Expulsion Threat For Children Of Mothers Who Drive

06/03/2015 - 20:00

A letter issued by rabbis of the Belz Hasidic group in London saying that the children whose mothers drive them to school will be banned was not approved by the schools’ board of governors.

London Neighborhood Again Vandalized With Swastikas

12/30/2014 - 19:00

More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas.

A Walk In The Park

11/10/2014 - 19:00
Travel Writer

Between the museums, palaces, theaters and pubs, it’s easy to spend a week in London entirely indoors. Given the famously drab weather, it is often preferable to do so.

Hyde Park is London’s answer to Central Park and the largest of its royal lawns.  Amy Larson

Life-Size Statue Of Amy Winehouse To Be Erected In London

08/20/2014 - 20:00

A life-size bronze statue of late British Jewish singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse will be erected in the London neighborhood where she lived.

Jewish Film Festival To Return To London Theater, But Not This Year

08/19/2014 - 20:00

Canterbury, England - A well-known London theater has reversed its decision and will host future Jewish film festivals partly financed by the Israeli Embassy, though not this year. Earlier this month, the Tricycle Theatre board decided not to host the 2014 UK Jewish Film Festival because of the Israel-Hamas conflict in  Gaza and the Israeli government’s financial backing of the festival.

Twenty-six films were scheduled to be shown in November.

The London Jewish Community: Just Fine, Thank You!

02/13/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I left London this past Tuesday morning after a long weekend and wonderful Shabbat there, and landed in Madrid this afternoon, preparing to meet up with the Conference of Presidents mission here.  If anyone asks you what London and Madrid have in common besides both being in Europe, the answer is that, right at this moment, they're both cold and wet! 

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.
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