The Jewish Community Centre (JCC) movement began in America in 1854. Alone in a foreign country, surrounded by a strange culture, many Jews found solace in their local JCC, together with the confidence to begin a new life. The JCC movement helped these immigrants find their feet, and provided a place to be Jewish in a largely non-Jewish world. JCCs have played a key role in ensuring continuity of a Jewish life over the last 150 years.
Around the world today there are more than 1,100 JCCs, where you can walk through the doors, receive a warm welcome and participate in a myriad of Jewish events. Sitting at the heart of their communities, each JCC is dedicated to celebrating Jewish life through cultural, educational, recreational and charitable activities. Most major cities are home to a JCC, but there is nothing comparable in London.
Read on to see how we're setting out to change that and enhance the Jewish life of London’s Jewish community.