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Jewish Museum London

Jewish Museum London

Jewish Museum London

The Jewish Museum London is a museum of British Jewish life, history and identity. The museum has a dedicated to exploring Jewish history, culture, and heritage. The museum was founded in 1932 and houses a collection of Jewish ceremonial art, and the museum’s Holocaust Gallery includes items and filmed survivor testimony. The museum also has exhibitions recounting the history of Jewish life in England, supported by a diverse collection of objects. There are also collections of paintings, prints and drawings, and an archive of photographs.

History of the Jews in England

The first written record of Jewish settlement in England dated from 1070 and continued until the Edict of Expulsion in 1290. After the expulsion, there was no Jewish community, apart from people who practised Judaism secretly. Under the rule of Oliver Cromwell, a small colony of Sephardic Jews living in London was identified in 1656 and allowed to stay.

Britain in the 19th century acquired a reputation for religious tolerance and attracted significant immigration from Eastern Europe. Benjamin Disraeli, born Jewish but converted to Anglicanism, had been elected twice as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1868 and 1874. In the 1930s and 1940s, an increase of European Jews fled to England to escape the Nazis.

Jews in Britain now number about 275,000, which is the second largest Jewish population in Europe, behind France and the fifth largest Jewish community worldwide. The majority of the Jews in England live in and around London.

Highlights of the Jewish Museum London

  • Procession of the Law by Solomon Hart
  • Jewish ceremonial art
  • Hanukkah menorah

Jewish Museum London

  • Museum:    Jewish Museum London
  • City:            London
  • Country:      United Kingdom
  • Founded:    1932
  • Type:           Cultural Museum
  • Location:    Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, London, United Kingdom

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Jewish Sayings and Quotes

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“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
– Viktor Frankl

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“Do not accuse a man for no reason – when he has done you no harm.”
– Jewish Proverb

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“If you can’t go over, you must go under.” – Jewish Proverb”Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.
– Jewish Proverb”

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Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”
– Jewish Proverb

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“The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice and the desire for personal independence, these are the features of the Jewish tradition which make me thank my stars that I belong to it.”
– Albert Einstein

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“Whoever seeks cake loses his bread.”
– Jewish Proverb

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“A Jew who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist.”
– David Ben Gurion

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“Do not say to your neighbour, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow” – when you now have it with you.”
– Jewish Proverb

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“A righteous man falls down seven times and gets up.”
– King Solomon, Proverbs

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“In Jewish history, there are no coincidences.”
– Elie Wiesel

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“Any home not built for hot days or rains is not a home.” –
Jewish Proverb

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“Good men need no recommendation and bad men it wouldn’t help.”
– Jewish Proverb

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“Life is like riding a bicycle: to keep your balance you must keep moving.”
– Albert Einstein

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“Who is the wise person? The one who foresees the consequences.”
– Talmud

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“Don’t boast of tomorrow, for you know not what a day will bring.”
– Jewish Proverb

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“Our lives are fashioned by our choices. First, we make our choices. Then our choices make us.”
– Anne Frank

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“Do not say to your neighbour, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow” – when you now have it with you.”
– Jewish Proverb

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“Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the Right Honorable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

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“First mend yourself, and then mend others.”
– Jewish Proverb

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“What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does is thrown back at all Jews.”
– Anne Frank

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“Whoever argues for the sake of argument is a boor.”
– Jewish Proverb

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“There are two things that are infinite, the universe and man’s stupidity….. And I am not sure about the universe.”
– Albert Einstein

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“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.”
– Jewish Proverb

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“Do not plot harm against your neighbour, who lives trustfully near you.”
– Jewish Proverb

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“Don’t pick a wasp out of a cream-jug.”
– Jewish Proverb

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“First mend yourself, and then mend others.”
– Jewish Proverb

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Photo Credit: JOM

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