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A Jewish man shares a bottle of champagne with friends in Whitechapel, then the center of the Jewish community in London, April 1952. Photo by John Chillingworth/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

A Jewish man shares a bottle of champagne with friends in Whitechapel, then the center of the Jewish community in London, April 1952. Photo by John Chillingworth/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Observation
Oct. 14 2015
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