East End

East End anniversary

By Charlotte Oliver, October 7, 2013

Speakers reflecting the diversity of East End life addressed the 200 guests at Sunday’s 90th anniversary celebrations of the East London Central Synagogue in Stepney.

Church, mosque and Buddhist representatives were among the speakers, as was the synagogue’s Rabbi Yitzchok Austin.


Steven Berkoff’s EastEnder

By Anna Sheinman, September 17, 2013

Writer, director and renowned East Ender Steven Berkoff has teamed up with an EastEnder — actress Gillian Wright, who is starring in five new short plays written by Mr Berkoff about the latent antisemitism he believes still exists in Britain.


Cut from different cloth — the East End shmutter kings loved by the A-listers

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2013

Philip Pittack and Martin White have every reason to celebrate this new year. As the last Jewish cloth merchants in the East End, their business is thriving, with clients ranging from local hipsters to designers like Vivienne Westood and stars such as Helen Mirren and Mick Jagger.


Rabbis' course ends in perfect 10 at Bevis Marks

By Zoe Winograd, July 15, 2013

The historic Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City of London provided an elegant photo-opportunity on Sunday. Families of the 10 graduates of the London Montefiore semicha programme had cameras at the ready to capture images of the new rabbis in their traditional top hats.


Boris a big seller in photo auction

By Zoe Winograd, June 10, 2013

Encouraging bidders at an auction of images of the Jewish East End from the 1970s, Boris Johnson told guests at Forman’s Fish Island Gallery in Hackney: “These are historical photographs.”


Lord Levy keeps Stoke Newington centenary in the family

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2012

Lord Levy’s “emotional” family connection to the Walford Road Synagogue in Stoke Newington was a feature of the independent Orthodox congregation’s centenary dinner on Monday.


Artists tour with Anne Frank Trust

By Anna Sheinman, November 16, 2012

Clila and Hadasa Bau, daughters of concentration camp artist Joseph Bau, had a positive message as they toured schools with the Anne Frank Trust.

Clila Bau said at Morpeth School, Bethnal Green, that pupils should understand “that our parents, even though they suffered, even though they met in a concentration camp, always found a way to be happy”.


Fings ain't what they used to be around Olympic Village

By Ivor Davis, July 20, 2012

'Known for its cutting-edge bars, off-beat galleries and ethnic restaurants, East London is by far the city's trendiest area…" so trumpeted the New York Times in April.

Was this chic neighbourhood - now the site of the Olympic village - the one in which I spent the first 21 years of my life?


East End street where Jews were safe from antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2012

An East-End street described as a haven against antisemitism and British fascism is being remembered in a BBC TV documentary this week.

Arnold Circus, in Shoreditch, was once a Victorian slum with up to 60 people living in each house and an average life expectancy of 16.


Outcry over 'one-sided' Palestinian meeting

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

Hackney Council has promised to tighten bookings procedures after a complaint about a pro-Palestinian event held in one of its libraries on Tuesday night.

Martin Sugarman, chair of the Hackney Anglo-Israel Twinning Association, had called for the cancellation of the "one-sided" meeting at Dalston library, addressed by a group of visiting Palestinian women.