JEECS member Vivi Lachs’ new book, Whitechapel Noise: Jewish Immigrant Life in Yiddish Song and Verse, London 1884–1914 is published this month (May).

JW3, the Jewish Cultural Centre, has a book celebration with music on Thursday June 7 with Vivi,, three bands and guests in an evening of histories and stories gleaned from London’s Yiddish music-hall lyrics, satirical verse and socialist hymns and ballads of 1884-1914 – tales of radical politics, sex and religion, serious, comic and moving. Illustrated with vibrant Yiddish songs. Tickets £12. Booking advisable at

JW3 is at 341-351 Finchley Rd, London NW3 6ET, close to Finchley Road and West Hampstead tube stations.

Other events relating to the book include:

Book launch, Wednesday May 30 at the UCL Institute of Jewish Studies, UCL Anatomy building of UC, Gower St, London WC1E 6XA. A reception from 6.30 in the Gavin de Beer lecture theatre will be followed at 7.00 by a lecture in the J.Z. Young lecture theatre. This is a free event.

East End walk with Vivi on Sunday June 3. Starting at 11.00 and ending at around 12.45, the walk will explore the noise of debate and popular culture of the vibrant immigrant East End community at the turn of the 20th century. £10 (concessions £8). Booking essential by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Location on booking.

Talk and concert on Sunday June 10 at Klezfest South. Workshops and concert with Polina Shepherd, Merlin Shepherd, Daniel Kahn, Dan Gouly and Vivi. More details and booking at

Day £45, £27 students. Brighton and Hove High School, Montpelier Rd, Brighton BN1 3AT. Evening concert £12 (£10) at The Brunswick, 1-3 Holland Road, Hove, BN3 1JF.

Whitechapel Noise is published by Wayne State University Press in hardback, paperback and as an e-book.


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