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.


Latest news

  • Hoping for a connection

    Back in 2013 our magazine The Cable published a fascinating article by Ivan Koop Kuper about his maternal family's East End origins in Whitechapel. Read More
  • In search of a better life

    IVAN KOOP KUPER takes a personal journey through his mother’s East End from his home in Houston, Texas.    The average American’s only exposure to London’s East End, if any, is typically through the BBC television series EastEnders, syndicated to the US to be shown by PBS. This long-running British soap opera depicts the offbeat characters who live in the fictional neighbourhood Read More
  • Minnie Lansbury: one of the most remarkable women to emerge from the East End

    A gleaming green and gold clock on the side of Electric House in Bow Road forms a fine tribute to Minnie Lansbury, one of the most remarkable women to emerge from the East End, whose life and achievements are the subject of a recent book from Five Leaves Publications. It was a life cut tragically short at the age of Read More
  • Stepney Synagogue book

    People have been asking us about the top picture on our Facebook page (JEECS Facebook). It is the East London Synagogue in Rectory Square, Stepney Green, long closed and now turned into flats, some of which retain features of the synagogue.. The picture (see above) dates from August 1948 The synagogue’s fascinating history has been told by Marc Michaels in Read More
  • Harking back through the centuries

    News that a change of use application to turn the historic Whitechapel Bell Foundry into a boutique hotel has been submitted to Tower Hamlets Council has prompted us to resurrect this interesting short article by the late Philip Walker z"l, revealing a mysterious Jewish link, from our magazine The Cable, originally published in 2013. To find out more about the plans for Read More
  • Newsletter: January 2019.

        From Clive Bettington, JEECS chairman   1. Isaac Rosenberg Statue I continue working on the above project as I want to ensure that the statue commemorating Rosenberg, the acclaimed East End artist and poet who is recognised as one of the finest poets of the Great War, is erected this year. JEECS has to continue until the project Read More
  • Nelson Street on Wikipedia

    The beautiful East London Centre Synagogue in Nelson Street (30-40 Nelson Street, E1 2DS) now features on Wikipedia, with an entry that draws in part from an article in JEECS magazine, The Cable. Read More
  • JEECS Newsletter August 2018

    From Clive Bettington, JEECS chairman        1. Email address change Clive Bettington’s new email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please change your contacts lists if necessary. The previous email addresses no longer function. Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

For the old Jeecs site, visit