JW3 is a Jewish cultural centre and community hub which opened in October 2013 greeted by lengthy queues. Among its facilities are a cinema and stage hosting theatre, comedy and music as well as a dance studio.While Jewish artists are promoted and classes in Hebrew and Judaism are offered, there are courses in other disciplines like design and creative writing. Alternatively those into fitness can take part in pilates or street dance lessons, and workshops for parents and children take place at weekends. The restaurant is a destination in itself, boasting ex-Ottolenghi and Made in Camden chefs. Paid membership is available, which gives members discounts and priority booking.
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JW3 is the only Jewish community and arts centre in the capital. While there are exhibitions by Jewish artists and talks of interest to the community, the arts programme is not restricted to this. Film screenings have included Paddington and Suffragette, and there are classes for creative writing and street dancing. The auditorium also doubles as a theatre for comedy, gigs and plays. The restaurant, Zest, has earned praise from top critics including Jay Rayner for its modern take on Jewish cooking.