Jewish East End Celebration Society
P.O. Box 57317, London E1 3WG
enquiries@jeecs.org.uk

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A philanthropist
A philanthropist 1908 sketch of Leonard Lionel Cohen, banker, philanthropist and president of the Jewish Board of Guardians
Zionist meeting
Zionist meeting Saturday 11th July 1915: notice of a special meeting for 'Zionists only' organised by the Association of East London Zionists, 4 Fulbourne Street.
East End entertainers
East End entertainers Two Jewish comedians. The one on the left is Max Bacon, music hall artist and drummer with Ambrose and his orchestra.
Music hall star
Music hall star Music hall artist Harry Claff, son of the Reverend Moses Claff. Harry Claff’s stage name was ‘The White Knight’. He died in 1943 aged 62.
Celebrating a new theatre
Celebrating a new theatre Front page of The Jewish World 2nd May 1902 celebrating the opening of a Yiddish theatre in the East End
A trip to the seaside
A trip to the seaside An outing to Margate
Party frocks
Party frocks A group of East End girls dressed up for their Purim party
Formality at the Friendly Society
Formality at the Friendly Society Executive of the Workers Circle Friendly Society, 136 Brick Lane, Spitalfields
The East End at work
The East End at work Interior of Lichtenstein’s carpentry workshop
Rudolf Rocker
Rudolf Rocker East End Anarchist leader and German exile Rudolf Rocker with his wife Millie Witkop and comrades
Socialist pamphlet
Socialist pamphlet Front page of the Hebrew Socialist Union pamphlet 1876
A leading Socialist
A leading Socialist Lithuanian born Aaron Lieberman, resident of Gun Street and founder of the Hebrew Socialist Union
The East End at work
The East End at work A posed photo in a Jewish East End tailoring workshop
The East End at work
The East End at work The ‘Sweating Song’, which referred to working conditions in tailoring workshops, many of them Jewish owned and staffed
East End shopping
East End shopping David Cohen's closing down sale
East End shopping
East End shopping I Silkoff, General Store, Aldgate

Latest news

  • Whitechapel’s short-lived operatic dream

    The Temple of Art aimed to bring high culture to the East End. But it was an adventure that would end in tears, as cultural historian David Mazower reveals in a book of essays in memory of Bill Fishman, JEECS’s late honorary president.  Read More
  • Next steps for Isaac Rosenberg memorial project

    Where would be the appropriate site for the planned memorial bust to Isaac Rosenberg, the great World War One poet and artist? Read More
  • Local historian seeks your ideas

    We've had a request for help from local historian Siri Christiansen, whose letter to JEECS chairman Clive Bettington is below.  She would love to hear from people with ideas that she might follow up on. Send any messages to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will forward them. Read More
  • JEECS News Update March 2020

    Isaac Rosenberg bust JEECS now has sufficient money to commission the above bust as a memorial to the great East End war poet and artist, but finding a site has been surprisingly difficult. Read More
  • Nelson Street ceiling collapse is a major blow

      The ceiling collapse at the East London Central Synagogue in Nelson Street on January 10 is a big blow to the East End's Jewish legacy. Read More
  • Osborn Street memories sought

    I was wondering if anyone could help me. I am looking for information on what the East End of London, mainly Whitechapel or Osborn Street, was like from 1900 to about 1969 and what is it like today. Read More
  • What do you know about beigels?

    Can you help? From JEECS chairman Clive Bettington.   1: Beigels A British company with American finance is making a film about the   international history of beigels. The company has been filming all over the world – Israel, Canada, the US etc – and has come to me for more information. It also wants me to organise a film premiere in the East End. Read More
  • I remember, I remember

    Among my most powerful memories of living in Petticoat Lane are the smells. I make my own bread and when I smell baking I’m taken back to our cold water tenement in Wentworth Dwellings. Read More
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