East End

Foxhunting in Hackney

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2010

If only they had listened to former Mayor of Hackney Joe Lobenstein.

After baby twins in the borough were attacked in their cot by a fox, Mr Lobenstein revealed that he had warned the council of the threat from the creatures years ago.

The local Charedi community has mounted anti-crime patrols: perhaps they should now mobilise against the bushy-tailed menace on the streets.


In tune with the East End

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2010

The Jewish Community Centre has commissioned three composers, one Jewish, one Muslim and one Christian, to write works to be performed at the Spitalfields Music Summer Festival in London's East End this weekend.

The Radio 3 presenter and world-music fanatic, Max Reinhardt, has taken on the challenge of writing a piece inspired by the area's Jewish history, which he has called Fifth Quarter.


Disabled child to get care after court battle

By Robyn Rosen, June 3, 2010

A judge has ordered Hackney Council to provide care for a severely disabled toddler from a strictly Orthodox family.

The case, heard at the Royal Courts of Justice last week, involves one of eight families from the Charedi community in Stamford Hill who are pursing legal action against the Disabled Children's Team at Hackney Social Services.

The two-year-old, known as Child V, cannot breathe unassisted and has been in hospital since birth. She is due to be discharged later this month.



By JCC, June 3, 2010
Sunday 4 July
7:00am - 4:00pm


JCC Cook It Workshop - Raw Chocolate Master Class at Saf

By JCC, June 3, 2010
Sunday 27 June
12:30pm - 3:30pm


JCC at Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

By JCC, May 25, 2010
Sunday 13 June
9:30am - 3:30pm


Hackney council winner celebrates

By Cathy Forman, May 13, 2010

With a closely contested general election boosting turnout in the council polls, the leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Hackney Council, Ian Sharer, was enjoying the spotlight.

"It was incredible," he said after his re-election in Cazenove ward, "a tsunami of voters and no one knew who they were. We hadn't canvassed them. We were saying 'who are they coming for?'"


Election result: Poplar and Limehouse

May 7, 2010

The controversial leader of the Respect party, George Galloway, has lost his seat in parliament.

Mr Galloway, who formerly represented Bethnal Green and Bow, has been at the forefront of anti-Israel rhetoric in the UK.

The former MP did not even turn up at the count in Poplar and Limehouse, which was announced eight hours late after problems with the vote verification, at 11am.


Tracey Emin at British Friends of Art Museums of Israel

April 29, 2010

Tracey Emin was the star attraction as the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Women in the Arts lunches on Monday.

Some 180 women (and two men) visited Emin's exhibition at the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury before being taken by coach to Shoreditch House, a private members' club in east London, where lunch was served in the rooftop restaurant. There, Emin discussed her life and career with her friend, broadcaster Tim Marlow.


Ilford South: Election 2010

By Bernard Josephs, April 15, 2010

A bitter face-off between a Labour election candidate defending a majority of over 9,000, and anti-Israel extremists determined to unseat him, has broken out in east London.

Leaflets distributed all over Ilford South described Mike Gapes as a "pro-war, pro-Israel and Islamophobic MP."

Mr Gapes, who was chair of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee, hit back at the personal attack by the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC), describing it as "poisonous."