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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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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Latest news

  • I remember, I remember

    Among my most powerful memories of living in Petticoat Lane are the smells. I make my own bread and when I smell baking I’m taken back to our cold water tenement in Wentworth Dwellings. Read More
  • A unique view of East End life in pictures

    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. Read More
  • An East End family through three generations

    East End life will be explored in what should be a fascinating evening at Finchley Church End Library on Monday November 25, when author Ruth Badley will be in conversation with Kate Thompson talking about her  book Where are the Grown-ups?,  a tragic and uplifting story about a Jewish family in Stepney. There will be a 45mins discussion followed by Read More
  • An Evening with Esther Rinkoff

    Esther Rinkoff from the East End’s celebrated Rinkoff Bakery is at Finchley Church End Library on Monday November 18 in conversation with Pam Fox examining the business’s fascinating history. There will be free pastries for early arrivals, while stocks last. Read More
  • 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
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