A Jewish colony in Essex

HAROLD POLLINS investigates an old headline and discovers a forgotten project to give East Enders the opportunity of less crowded living in a new development.

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Are we relatives?

A US resident wonders whether a photograph on an East End blog might be of someone to whom she is related. The subject of the photograph, a Mr Ralph Burns, bears a striking resemblance to the writer’s grandfather, who went to the US as a child. She thinks they might be relatives. Can you help her contact Mr Burns?

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Nelson Street marks Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day was marked in the East End with a wide range of events, culminating in the annual Interfaith Commemoration at the East London Central Synagogue in Nelson Street.

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Journal of a cabinet maker

Michael Philip Davis, born Posimensky, came to the East End as a small child in the 1880s. Some 70 years later, he wrote a fascinating account of his early life, his eventually fulfilled dreams of settling in what would become Israel, and his first visit there. His great grandsons have kept his memory alive and Eliav Schmulewitz, one of them, contacted JEECS for help in tracking down more about his time in London. A posting on our Facebook page yielded at least one new discovery. Here below (unedited except for some explanatory additions in brackets) is Michael Davis’s account of his East End days, followed by some of Eliav’s findings and his request for further information. You can read more of Michael Davis’s own account on http://www.cabinetmaker.blogspot.co.il/.

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Jewish East End to feature in BBC Living History project

The Jewish East End is to feature in a new Living History series on BBC television – and you could be part of it. Wall to Wall Television, the production company responsible for such hits as WhoDo You Think You Are?, Turn Back Time: The High Street, and the recent BBC2 series Back In Time For Dinner, is seeking people willing to relive the East End of the late Victorian era, including what assistant producer Emily Thompson calls the “rich story of the Jewish community living in these areas at the time”.

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A magical link to the family tree

The Russian Imperial Singers, Jewish musicians who performed dressed as Cossacks, featured in the spring 2015 issue of The Cable. Now meet the Younkman Czardas Band. PIPPA REID, 3rd cousin of Nat Younkman, describes her exciting family discovery.

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Open day at Fieldgate Street

Fieldgate Street synagogue, which had been one of the last remaining active synagogues in the East End until relatively recently, has been bought by the adjacent East London Mosque.

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Yiddish theatre classic has UK stage premiere

A classic of Yiddish theatre has at last had its UK premiere – 109 years after it was written.

Treasure by David Pinski was staged  in English  at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre in Earl's Court, south-west London, for a four week season from Tuesday October 20 to Saturday November 14.

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The Cable draws US theatre group to Britain

A theatre company in Boston in the US and an arts centre in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, have been brought together – thanks to a Cable article about the East End artist and poet Isaac Rosenberg.

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Finally commemorated – 100 years on

Leah Lehrman was just 16 when she was killed while cycling from her East End home to central London and her job as a tailor. Now, 100 years after her death in one of the first Zeppelin raids of the First World War, her tomb has a memorial plaque after a 20-year search by her niece, Janet Foster, for the resting place of the aunt she never knew.

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Latest news

  • Rosenberg centenary visit

    We are looking at the possibility of a visit to Isaac Rosenberg's grave at Arras next April, the centenary of the great East End poet and artist's disappearance on the Western Front in France, and are keen to gauge interest. Read More
  • Jewish philanthropist to be commemorated in new Aldgate square

    The City of London Corporation is creating a new square next to St Botolph's, Aldgate. The drinking fountain in memory of Frederick Mocatta, the notable Jewish financier and philanthropist, has now been fully restored and put in the square. Read More
  • World War One project needs you

    JEECS is going to be at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, 28 St John’s Wood Road, London, NW8 7HA, from 2.30 to 4.30 on Sunday March 5 as part of a fascinating project to research the role of London Jews in the First World War. Read More
  • JEECS co-operates on Mendoza film

    JEECS is working with an American film company making a feature film on the life of Daniel Mendoza, known as the father of scientific boxing. Read More
  • Campaign saves East End pub

    The historic Still and Star public house in Aldgate has been saved from demolition and site redevelopment after a campaign by the Victorian Society, supported by JEECS.  Read More
  • Walks, plus Cable editorship plea

    Nelson Street synagogue   Below are details below of two forthcoming walks that we hope will attract planty of people, plus a call for new blood at the helm of the JEECS magazine, The Cable. Read More
  • Brady Street cemetery through the seasons

    Can you send the author your Brady Street recollections? Many members of JEECS will know of the United Synagogue owned cemetery in Brady Street, a few hundred yards from the street’s junction with Whitechapel Road. . In 2011 the cemetery celebrated its 250th anniversary – having been founded in 1761 – with a ceremony attended by the then Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks. Read More
  • A London gathering to honour an acclaimed Yiddish writer. Can you name any of the people in these pictures?

    The celebrated Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb visited London in 1949. And, thanks to the Yiddish cultural historian David Mazower and to Goldie Morgentaler, Chava’s daughter, we have photographs of a gathering of London-based Yiddish writers and journalists assembled in what is possibly a café, in March 1949 to hear her give a reading of her poetry. Read More
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