Morris Goldstein, a near forgotten member of the remarkable group of artists and writers that flourished in the East End in the early part of the last century, deserves wider recognition. RAYMOND FRANCIS, his son, gives us a taste of his story in this extract from his book about his father's life. This article was published in JEECS's magazine The Cable in 2016 and is repubished here to mark the book launch on Tuesday December 5 2023. For details, see our events page.
An exhibtion devoted to the history of the Brady Girls' Club opens in London on October 6. So it seemed a timely moment to republish these reminiscences of an iconic East End organisation originally published in our magazine The Cable in 2010.
The role of Jewish East Enders in working with early Sikh arrivals in the UK is set to form part of a new documentary film whose creators are seeking people who can talk to them from a Jewish perspective about the partnerships that developed.
Fl. Sgt. Jack Nissenthall, an unsung hero of the Dieppe Raid of 1942, has been commemorated with a memorial plaque at Bethnal Green in the Jewish East End.
The highly regarded Watford Palace Theatre wants your family stories about the Battle of Cable Street for an education programme linked to its forthcoming production of the Merchant of Venice, 1936, which is being set against the backdrop of Oswald Mosley’s thugs’ attempted invasion of the East End and the heroic efforts to keep the Blackshirts out.
We have had an appeal for information about the ‘Committee of the Linchitzer Benevolent Society’, which was known to exist at least in 1938 and which may have had some links to the New Road synagogue in Mile End.
Harry Landis, who has died at the age of 90, was a highly regarded actor whose long career brought him widespread acclaim, not least for his glorious portrayal of the horrible Mr Morris in the brilliant television series Friday Night Dinner. In 2013, he wrote a wonderful account of his early life and career for the JEECS magazine The Cable. Here it is below, just as it appeared in the magazine, as a tribute to a great East Ender who will be much missed.
The remarkable story of Jewish East Ender and war hero Jack Nissenthall deserves to be more widely known. And, thanks to a recent book by his daughter Linda Nissen Samuels and an exhibition put on by Hillingdon Council, it will be.
For over 70 years the Brady Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs provided community, friendship and mentoring to thousands of Jewish youth in the East End of London. It was a place where life-long relationships were made, where young people stepped out of underprivileged and often difficult circumstances and were supported to follow their dreams.