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Meet London's Jewish Teenager Comic Genius, Scribbling Since Age 8
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Meet London’s Jewish Teenage Comic Genius, Famous Since Age 8

By On June 29, 2016

When most 8-year-olds sit down with paper and pens, there’s lots of stick figures, basic representations of houses and trees–you remember. But when Zoom (yes, Zoom) Rockman sat down at age 8,… Read More

The Jew Who Made England a Paradise for Walking
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The Jew Who Made England a Paradise for Walking

By On June 2, 2016

Benny Rothman could climb any mountain. And he risked his life fighting for our rights to do the same. Rothman was born to a poor British family in 1911 and became an… Read More

Quirky, Gorgeous Pics of London Kids in Purim Costumes
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Quirky, Gorgeous Pics of London Kids in Purim Costumes

By On March 23, 2016

Ever wish you could just stare at kids in Purim costumes without looking away? Thanks to French photographer Estelle Hanania, now you can. In her gorgeous photography book Happy Purim (Shelter Press),… Read More

The London Rabbi in the Haunted House
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The London Rabbi in the Haunted House

By On November 2, 2015

This past weekend, while we were busy managing our sugar highs and reveling in the joy that is Challah-ween, Jewish folks across the pond might have been dealing with a real life… Read More

How Not to Sell Christianity to the Jews
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How Not to Sell Christianity to the Jews

By On July 10, 2014

The name “London Jews’ Society” might conjure up images of proper Brits at a Hadassah meeting, or of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (or maybe of a Fiddler on the Roof/Downton Abbey mash-up).… Read More

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When King Henry VIII Bribed the Rabbis

By On January 3, 2014

In 1527, King Henry VIII was desperate to divorce his first wife, Catharine of Aragon. So when his Catholic advisors denied him annulment, Henry sent messengers to the Jewish community in Italy, instead,… Read More

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The First Jewish Boxer

By On August 1, 2013

Many of us know that Jews were a significant presence in the boxing world from the 1920s to the 1940s, but few realize that they followed in the footsteps of an 18th-century British fighter… Read More

the excommunicated city
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The Excommunicated City

By On May 31, 2012

The city of York, England, is a vacation spot where Londoners like to spend long weekends, enjoying a vibrant café culture and a growing nightlife. But there is said to be a Jewish spiritual curse, or herem,… Read More