Jewish centre launched

JW3 is a brand new, state-of-the-art community and cultural centre in London, established for the benefit of the Jewish community, the local community and for London.

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Host of activities at new centre

Visitors got a taster of some of the 1,000 different activities that will be on offer throughout the centre's first season, including art classes, cookery demonstrations, lectures and films.

Community leaders say everyone - from orthodox jews to those that just love jewish food - is welcome at the new centre. Credit: ITN
The building cost £50m to construct. Credit: ITN
Visitors were welcomed by musicians on stilts. Credit: ITN
The piazza was decorated with a "garden of Eden" theme. Credit: ITN
Graffiti artists demonstrated their skills. Credit: ITN
Activities included drawing. Credit: ITN
Sketching with charcoal. Credit: ITN
Youngsters were also entertained with yoga classes. Credit: ITN
The restaurant served up kosha food. Credit: ITN

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New Jewish community centre opens its doors in landmark step

London's newest community and cultural centre JW3 has opened its doors to the public for the first time.

Inspired by the Jewish Community Centre (JCC) of Manhattan, JW3 has been ten years and £50m in the making.

The new building on the Finchley Road will be, in the words of Dame Vivien Duffield: "A vibrant destination for London, open to all who have an interest in Jewish life".

Funded by her Clore Duffield Foundation and other private donors, and designed by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, JW3 aspires to be a place where Jewish culture is made, not just celebrated. Its vision is to be at the heart of a unified, community, inspired by and engaged in Jewish life.

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