Bill Fishman: a joyous celebration of a wonderful life

"I feel completely overwhelmed by everything everybody has said today that has helped make this wonderful celebration of Bill's life. I know that Bill touched many lives in many ways and we all have our own memories of him. He was my best friend, my lover, my soul mate, he was just my Bill," said Doris Fishman at the end of a celebration honouring the life and work of her historian husband Professor Bill Fishman, honorary president of JEECS.

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Letter: Russian choral tradition lives on

David Mazower's article (in issue 25 of The Cable) on the London Imperial Russian Singers was both interesting in its depiction of the choir and the psycho/social appeal it had to Jewish immigrants.

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Hughes Mansions victims remembered

Victims of the last rocket attack on London were commemorated at a JEECS event on March 29 at Hughes Mansions in Vallance Road in Stepney, 70 years after the tragedy that left 134 people dead.

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Rosenberg commemoration attracts large and enthusiastic audience

Over 100 JEECS members and Isaac Rosenberg aficionados gathered in St John’s Wood, north London,  on Sunday May 26 to celebrate the great East End artist and poet’s artistic and literary legacy in an event organised by JEECS with the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, who hosted this fantastic evening.

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Against Forgetting

Dora Diamant was Franz Kafka’s last love, fled to Britain to escape persecution, suffered wartime internment, and devoted her final years to working in the East End to preserve Yiddish language and culture. PROFESSOR KATHI DIAMANT, her biographer, tells her extraordinary story. On May 26 we have a day of events celebrating her life.

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Jews in Uniform

Jews in Uniform

Did you or any family members serve in the Armed Services during World War 2?

Having just published a book on the iconic wedding photographer 'Boris', I will now be publishing a Photo Book of the Jewish Community, both male and female, who served in the British, Commonwealth & Allied Services. I will also include those in the fire & ambulance services, auxiliary police, air raid wardens, land army etc.

If you would like to be considered for inclusion and have access to good quality photographs in uniform plus biographical details, please contact:-

Michael Greisman. Tel: 0208 458 2631. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Acclaimed dramatist Bernard Kops is JEECS's new honorary life president

Bernard Kops, the acclaimed East End-born dramatist, poet and novelist, has taken on the mantle of JEECS honorary life president in succession to the late Professor Bill Fishman.

We are delighted – and honoured – to welcome Bernard, long a great supporter of JEECS, as our new president.

Back in 2006, just ahead of his 80th birthday, Bernard gave a fascinating interview to JEECS magazine The Cable. In tribute to his new position as JEECS president, the interview is republished below.

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Nelson Street remembers the Holocaust

Holocaust survivor Henry Glanz, 92, sounded the shofah with a vigour belying his years at the close of the Holocaust Memorial Day Interfaith Commemoration at the East London Central Synagogue in Nelson Street on February 1. Henry came to England in 1939 on the last of the Kindertransport. 

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East Ham Cemetery

Marlow Road cemetery in East Ham is the final resting place of many East End Jews. Owned by the United Synagogue, it covers 25 acres and was founded in 1919.

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Death of documentary maker Stephen Pushkin, creator of My Jewish London

Stephen Pushkin, creator of the East End documentary film My Jewish London, died on New Year’s Day.
 
A retired assistant film director, he spent six years working on the film, initially in conjunction with producer Peter Harrison, interviewing people about their East End experiences as a way of telling the history of the East End and the people who settled there in the latter part of the 19th century.

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Budding historians sought

Eastside Community Heritage is seeking budding young historians to work on its fascinating oral history project East End to Essex, documenting the social and cultural heritage of the Redbridge Jewish community.

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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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