East End

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.


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.


Labour leader candidates debate Israel

By Jessica Elgot, June 14, 2010

The five candidates in the Labour leadership race have set out their views on Israel and Palestine in front of a packed audience at Stratford Town Hall.

Speaking at the Labour leadership hustings for young Labour Party members, the candidates responded to a question from the audience: “What is your stance on Israel?”

Former Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband called himself a “critical friend of Israel” and spoke of the need to be tough on the Israeli government, calling for an end to the Gaza blockade.


Hackney's swastika art attack

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2010

A former Vogue photographer and artist has caused a stir in Hackney with plans to display his latest work - swastikas made out of Catholic communion wafers.

The artwork, by photographer Colin Hampden-White, is intended as an attack on Pope Pius XII, who did not speak out against the Holocaust.

The swastikas occupy two squares of the annual 100sqft art exhibition. The idea is that any artist can buy space on a grid of 30cm squares, to show his or her work.


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