East End

East End succah goes green

By Jessica Elgot, September 28, 2010

Behind the high rises of Tower Hamlets, past the bright lights of Brick Lane, a community of radical Jewish activists, partnered by artists, gardeners, architects and a London mosque, have built a unique succah.

The East London succah - built in the most historically Jewish area of London - is the brainchild of Jewish activism group Jewdas and Heather Ring, a landscape architect who specialises in pop-up shops and temporary structures.

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Galloway backs Rahman's Tower Hamlets bid

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2010

A councillor with alleged links to an Islamic extremist group, who was deselected by Labour, is to stand as an independent in the Tower Hamlets mayoral race.

Lutfur Rahman has been given the backing of George Galloway’s Respect party in the vote for the borough’s first directly elected mayor.

Mr Rahman, who represents the borough’s Spitalfields and Banglatown ward, is a controversial figure in the area due to allegations of his connection with the fundamentalist Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE), which operates out of the East London Mosque.

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George Galloway may run in Tower Hamlets

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2010

George Galloway is planning to run in an east London mayoral election following the deselection of a Labour candidate with alleged extremist connections.

The pro-Palestinian activist and former Respect MP is considering standing for the party in the vote for Tower Hamlets first directly-elected mayor next month.

Respect had said they would not field a candidate in the contest.

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Labour ousts Tower Hamlets mayoral candidate Lutfur Rahman

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2010

A Labour councillor alleged to have links with an Islamic fundamentalist group has been removed as the party’s candidate to become mayor of Tower Hamlets.

Labour’s National Executive Committee has suspended Lutfur Rahman and chosen another candidate to replace him.

Mr Rahman, who represents the borough’s Spitalfields and Banglatown ward, was nominated as Labour’s candidate earlier in the year despite opposition from local party members.

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East End star returns

September 16, 2010

Chazan Moshe Dubiner will make a sentimental return to London's East End to officiate on Yom Kippur at Fieldgate Street Synagogue in Aldgate.

The chazan began a career which has taken him to France, Israel and America at the Great Synagogue in Commercial Road.

Fieldgate Street's Raymond Singer said that news of the guest cantor had led the shul to anticipate a male attendance in excess of 40, more than double the usual number.

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Mayoral candidate's 'extremist' links

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2010

A man who allegedly has connections with an Islamic fundamentalist group is in the running to become the first directly-elected mayor of Tower Hamlets.

Councillor Lutfur Rahman, who represents the borough’s Spitalfields and Banglatown ward, has been nominated as Labour’s candidate for the executive mayor position.

Mr Rahman has faced scrutiny in the past following claims that he is linked with the fundamentalist Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE), which operates from the East London mosque.

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Appeal over school building

By Robyn Rosen, August 19, 2010

Developers Berkeley homes will appeal against a Hackney Council decision to stop a former school site being turned into luxury homes.

In March, hackney's planning subcommittee voted 5-4 against the proposal to demolish the old Skinners' School site in Stamford hill. Members of the Belz, Satmar and Lubavitch communities campaigned against the housing proposal and campaign leader and yesodey hatorah Schools' principal rabbi Avraham pinter considered the appeal "ill-advised. They don't have a chance of success."

The hearing is set for october.

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Hackney councillor mourned

August 5, 2010

A Hackney Conservative councillor who represented Stamford Hill's New River ward for 12 years has died after suffering a heart attack.

Councillors observed a two-minute silence on the town hall steps to pay their respects to Maureen Middleton, 68, who was buried at Waltham Abbey on Tuesday.

Former Hackney mayor Joe Lobenstein said Councillor Middleton had "understood the needs of the Stamford Hill Jewish community".

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Israel trip for Jews, Muslims and Christians

By Marcus Dysch, July 22, 2010

An interfaith group is encouraging Jews, Christians and Muslims to join a study trip to Israel examining ways to bring peace to the Middle East.

St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace is a Christian-led independent charity in east London.

It will run the eight-day "study and encounter" tour of Israel in November. Participants will be expected to work together to investigate how to create productive dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Fieldgate Street synagogue's plea for new roof

By Jessica Elgot, July 8, 2010

One of the last remaining synagogues in London's East End has launched a £23,000 fundraising appeal after being granted charitable status.

Surrounded on three sides by the East London Mosque, the 111-year-old Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue needs the money for a new roof and additional funds for other repairs.

Rothschild Bank has started the ball rolling with a £1,000 donation, but if significant funds are not forthcoming, the shul could face closure.

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