East End

'Spectacular' Sandys Row reviving at 160

By Josh Jackman, July 9, 2015

London's oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue, Sandys Row, was hailed as "spectacular" by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis as it celebrated its 160th anniversary in style on Tuesday night.

Addressing an audience of 150 at the East End shul, Rabbi Mirvis said: "The mark of Sandys Row has been love. For 16 glorious decades, people have been welcomed into this synagogue with consideration and generosity.


Memorial to 9/11 unveiled

By Charlotte Oliver, March 19, 2015

A monument commemorating the 9/11 tragedy was unveiled this week, after a five-year search to find it a permanent home.

Mayor Boris Johnson, historian Simon Schama and US ambassador Matthew Barzun were present as the 28-ft high sculpture, made from steel taken from the ruins of the World Trade Centre, was displayed at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London.

Mr Johnson said: "We nee


Sadness as shul holds final service

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

Emotions ran high at the valedictory service of Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation on Sunday as 200 congregants said goodbye to the 95-year-old east London shul.

Since February, members of the formerly independent community have been worshipping at the Churchfields premises of Wanstead and Woodford Synagogue, following Waltham Forest's merger with the United shul to form Woodford Forest.


Pupils' cemetery service

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Thirty east London pupils from a variety of faiths visited Britain's oldest Ashkenazi cemetery on Tuesday to remember Holocaust victims.

History students at Morpeth School lit candles and listened to readings of survivor testimony during the cere-mony at Alderney Road.

Two Morpeth sixth-formers who travelled to Auschwitz last year with the Holocaust Educational Trust spoke about their visit.


Sadness as East End shul shuts

By Simon Rocker, January 22, 2015

Members of one of the last synagogues in London's East End have decided to call it a day.

The Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue - which opened in 1899 and is an affiliate of the Federation of Synagogues - is to be sold.

"It's a sad moment for all of us," said shul president Howard Michaels. "But most of our members are not local and we had trouble getting a minyan.


‘Charlie Kray was a charmer’

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2014

Every time Jonathan Goldberg QC attends a party, he faces the same question: “How can you defend a man you know to be guilty?”

It’s something he has come to expect, having acted for some of the most notorious murderers, rapists and fraudsters in criminal courts at home and abroad for the past 41 years.


Unsung hero is 'embarrassed' by recognition

By Josh Jackman, November 6, 2014

A self-effacing Canary Wharf executive who has organised activities for the Docklands and wider east London community for 24 years has been presented with Jewish Care's major communal award.

Danny Seliger, administration director at Canary Wharf Management, received the Topland award at a lunch at London's Grosvenor House on Wednesday attended by 550 people.


East End clubbers enjoy final night

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

Former members of a Jewish boys' club opened in London's East End in 1924 gathered for final reunion dinner in central London this week.

Reunion committee chair Monty Meth, 88, said it was "the end of an era" for those who attended the Cambridge and Bethnal Green Jewish Boys' Club, which closed its doors in 1989.


Never the twain shall meet

By Sandy Rashty, July 10, 2014

This week, I went where few modern Jewish girls have gone before - to east London on a Tuesday night.

I gave up my pre-planned Netflix-filled evening to hang with gig-goers in Shoreditch.


UK Jewish Film awards teach youngsters about their past

June 2, 2014

More than 200 year-eight schoolchildren from Jewish schools took a trip down memory lane into London’s East End for a film award ceremony in honour of UK Jewish Film’s “Hackney Roots” initiative.