History

Heritage plea over care site

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2011

The Jewish Heritage UK director has joined the campaign to stop the total demolition of the former Jewish Maternity Hospital site in a Tower Hamlets housing project.

Sharman Kadish this week wrote to developers the Peabody Trust, arguing that the "the historic significance to the Jewish community has not been fully appreciated".

She suggested the developers "accommodate retention of the well

More..

Cable Street march remembered 75 years on

By Jessica Elgot, October 4, 2011

More than 1,000 people joined a march from Aldgate to the Cable Street mural last week to mark 75 years since the famous march against the fascists in the East End.

More..

The battle of Cable Street: original footage

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

On October 4 1936, Jews, Communists and trade unionists vowed not to let Oswald Mosley and his fascists pass. Watch footage from that historic day.

More..

Cable Street memories: The day that every horse went down

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

For Cable Street veteran, Michael Sherbourne, the famous battle against the fascists in Whitechapel, 75 years ago next Tuesday, was a foregone conclusion.

"It was a deliberate provocation. We knew we were going to stop them."

More..

Online, after a mere 400 years

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

Part of one of the most important texts in the Jewish canon is to be made available online for the first time, fulfilling a request by its previous owner.

The first two books of the Mishneh Torah, the comprehensive code of Jewish law written in the 12th century by Moses Maimonides, the Rambam, were acquired by Oxford University's Bodleian Library around 400 years ago.

More..

Historian fights to preserve East End landmark

By Jessica Elgot, September 8, 2011

A Tower Hamlets campaign group is fighting to save the former Jewish Maternity Hospital building in Whitechapel from demolition by developers.

Retired teacher and local historian Tom Ridge is spearheading a letter-writing campaign to preserve the building, which is more than a century old.

Arnold Wesker and Lionel Bart were among famous Jews born there.

More..

Tottenham Barber Aaron Biber on the battle of Cable Street

By Jennifer Lipman, August 12, 2011
See Video

Aaron Biber recalls the sense of community in Cable Street.

More..

Rebirth for Cologne's historic Jewish quarter

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

The Jewish quarter of a German city is to be rebuilt as part of an effort to display more of the community's long history.

Excavators in Cologne hope the work will be finished by 2015.

The city's Jewish quarter, home to more than 20,000 Jews before the Holocaust, has been traced back to at least the 15th century.

More..

Shop owner's disgust as rioters tear up Tottenham landmarks

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

The managing director of a Jewish-owned DIY shop in Tottenham has expressed his disgust at the riots on his community over the last few days.

Derek Lewis was in Bournemouth for the weekend when he was woken just before 4am on Sunday morning because the alarm in H Glickman Ltd was going off.

More..

Hall of Fame: Robert Peston

August 8, 2011

"My family came over from Eastern Europe in the late 19th century and lived in East London. About ten years ago I stumbled on a synagogue just off Brick Lane.

"It felt like a window on my past."

More..