East End

Taking a walk through time to the old East End

By Monica Porter, November 11, 2011

London Walks, one of the capital's longest established walking tour companies, offers an "Old Jewish Quarter" tour of the East End. I have been on several of their enlightening guided walks - they have scores of them - but I wondered about this one. Hasn't that Jewish past been swept away by the curry houses and mosques of later Asian immigrants? What is there left to see? Quite a bit, actually.


Fight to save ‘Mother Levy’s’ suffers setback

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

East End campaigners have failed in their bid to stop Tower Hamlets planning officers approving the first stage towards the demolition of “Mother Levy’s” Jewish Maternity Hospital.

Chicken Soup with Barley playwright Sir Arnold Wesker, who was born in the hospital, is one of 250 signatories to a petition to save part of the former hospital from the bulldozers.


Shul Crawl: Sandys Row Synagogue, City of London

By Danny Kessler and Joshua Felberg, October 25, 2011

The oldest remaining Ashkenazi synagogue in the country is Sandys Row in the City of London.

We were told by a veteran member of the community with a gleeful smile that it was the second oldest, until the Germans destroyed Central Synagogue in Duke's Place during the war.


Recalling victory at Cable Street

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2011

More than 1,000 people joined a parade from Aldgate to the Cable Street mural, marking 75 years since the famous defeat of fascist marchers in the East End.

The Jewish Socialists' Group and the Jewish Labour Movement were among the organisations represented at the march and rally and participants included 106-year-old Hetty Bower, a veteran of the 1936 battle.


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.


Shul Crawl: Bevis Marks Synagogue

By Danny Kessler and Joshua Felberg, September 28, 2011

Hidden far below the towering buildings of the City of London is Bevis Marks, founded in 1701.

It sits as a monument to British Jewry as it once was, retaining the grandeur of generations past.

The interior has ornately carved wooden pews for the congregation, but with reserved boxes for the wardens, presidents, choir and Sir Moses Montifiore (who died in 1885).


Anger over Yomtov clash

By Simon Round, September 15, 2011

A Jewish councillor has protested to Hackney Council at the holding of a civic event on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.

Councillor Linda Kelly - who switched from the ruling Labour group to the Conservatives in summer - criticised the council's speaker, Susan Fajana Thomas, for the timing of the fundraising dinner.

"If this is a civic event, all the communities should be invited," Councill


Cable Street march set for ban lift

By Jessica Elgot, September 15, 2011

The Metropolitan Police will ask Home Secretary Theresa May to review the month-long ban on marches through London's East End, in case it affects the Battle of Cable Street commemorations.

The banning order prohibiting the holding of all public processions in five London boroughs for 30 days was made in response to the English Defence League's plan to march through Tower Hamlets last month.


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.


Open season for communal heritage sites

September 8, 2011

A two-hour cemetery tour during a torrential downpour might not seem the most fun Sunday outing.