European Day of Jewish Culture on Sunday October 6 sees a fascinating exhibition at Sandys Row Synagogue, Spitalfields, of unique photographs of the Jewish East End from the 1970s that have never been seen before.
The exhibition, Vanished Streets, features the work of Shloimy Alman, a young youth worker from Manchester who visited east London for the first time in 1977. He met the renowned Yiddish poet Avram Stencl who guided him around the streets.
Fascinated by the vibrant Jewish life he saw there, Shloimy wandered around the area both with Stencl and alone repeatedly over the following two years, documenting local characters, markets, businesses and Jewish institutions. His collection of over 300 colour slides taken during this period remains a unique record of a disappeared world.
Now they will be on display at London’s oldest surviving and still functioning Ashkenazi synagogue, Sandys Row. It is open from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm, and admission is just £5.
At 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm well-known author and Sandys Row historian Rachel Lichtenstein will be giving an illustrated talk on the story of this collection and the wider Jewish East End. Framed prints will be available to purchase along with a full colour exhibition catalogue, various books and postcards on the Jewish East End and Kosher refreshments.
For further information and to purchase tickets go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vanished-streets-1970s-photographs-by-shloimy-alman-of-jewish-east-london-tickets-70756756363
Sandys Row Synagogue is at 4a Sandys Row, Spitalfields, London, E1 7HW, a short walk from Liverpool Street station.