London’s new Jewish community center held a day of festivities on Sunday to mark
Events throughout the day included krav maga, a musical
puppet show for youngsters and a screening of Woody Allen’s film Midnight in
Paris, before a celebratory launch party in the evening, featuring a performance
by Israeli band Hadag Nahash.
Launch events are scheduled to continue
through Monday, including a playgroup for children, a session on Jewish ethics,
a Hebrew calligraphy program and a cookery workshop.
The new center is
the brainchild of Dame Vivien Duffield, who was inspired by her visit to similar
community centers in the US and gave £25 million to realize the project, the
largest ever single donation in the history of the London Jewish community. The
center – known as JW3 – is located in the heart of the British capital on
With the principle of inclusiveness at its heart, the
center is modeled on the Jewish community centers in cities across
Those centers host an array of events and activities for all
ages that invigorate Jewish life, while also catering to the local community and
Amenities at JW3 include a 60-seat screening room; a kosher
café, bar and restaurant; a multipurpose hall for functions and performances; an
arts and crafts studio; dance and rehearsal rooms; meeting rooms; a
demonstration kitchen; and a nursery providing 85 places.
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