Jewish East End Celebration Society
P.O. Box 57317, London E1 3WG
enquiries@jeecs.org.uk

The organisers of this event are  seeking information from Jews who have World War One connections. JW3, the Jewish community and cultural centre (which has absorbed the old London Jewish Cultural Centre) has been awarded a substantial lottery grant to establish a website dedicated to the role London Jews played in the First World War.

The historian Paula Kitching is the project manager and she has invited JEECS to contribute, especially as regards the East End. The project will cover all aspects of the war – soldiers who served, women, deserters, etc etc. Anyone with even a peripheral link to London can be included, and Clive Bettington, JEECS chairman, is preparing items on Isaac Rosenberg and David Bomberg.

If you can contribute to the project please email Clive at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him on 07941 367882 so he can tell you what is needed. He is particularly interested in the various rolls of honour boards that used to hang in the various synagogues and clubs in the East End.

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For the old Jeecs site, visit www.jeecs.org.uk/archive