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The New West End Synagogue - London 

In 1656, Jews from Holland, certainly descending from the Portuguese community, settled in London where they once again enjoyed freedom of worship and the possibility of a peaceful life, marked by the traditions of yesterday and the hopes for tomorrow. From year to year, the various sovereigns relax the laws. In 1698, Judaism resumed its right of which it had been unduly deprived: that of being practiced legally.

A meteoric growth that comes in conjunction with the rise of the Zionist movement led by many English Jews such as Chaim Weizmann and Lord Herbert Samuel. On November 2, 1917, the British government expressed its support for the creation of a Jewish home, established in Israel. A letter written by Arthur Balfour, Minister of Foreign Affairs, of a single paragraph with considerable fate is delivered to Walter Rothschild. It will become what we know today as the Balfour Declaration.

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