Jews celebrate on square
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-07-31
London's Trafalgar Square is to be the focal point of celebrations marking 350 years of Jews returning to England.
Simcha on the Square will take place on Sunday 17 September from 1pm to 7pm and will feature a wide variety of Jewish arts and culture including music, dance and other live performances as well as food stalls.
£60,000 of funding from London Mayor Ken Livingstone is being provided to the organisers of the event, Jewish Culture UK, though the Mayor himself will be represented on the day by deputy mayor Nicky Gavron.
"Jewish people make up one of London's oldest communities with a long tradition of contributing to all fields of intellectual, cultural and economic life. These events will give all Londoners an opportunity to learn about and enjoy Jewish culture," said Mr Livingstone.
"I hope we can establish an annual round of events celebrating the enormous contribution to Jewish people to our city. I am determined that not only will London remain a city which does not tolerate anti-Semitism or any other form of racism, but also that we are a city which positively celebrating the gigantic Jewish contribution to human culture and civilization over many centuries," he added.