East End

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."


Barking and Dagenham: Election 2010

By Bernard Josephs, April 15, 2010

The electoral battle for Barking reached new levels of ferocity this week as Labour's Margaret Hodge accused British National Party canvassers of using her Jewish origins to turn voters against her.

The MP, defending a majority of 8,883, is facing a far-right campaign to oust her from the socially troubled East London constituency where the BNP has already ridden a wave of popularity to win 12 seats on the local council.


Brick Lane 'hijab gates' scrapped

By Robyn Rosen, March 5, 2010

Plans to install giant “headscarf” arches in Brick Lane, the heart of the old East End Jewish community, have been scrapped just hours before councillors were due to make a decision.

The arches, labelled “hijab gates”, attracted wide criticism from local Jews as well as Muslims, heritage organisations and artist, Tracey Emin, who lives near Brick Lane.

They were part of a £1.85million “culture trail” proposed by Tower Hamlets council to “reflect the many cultural backgrounds that have occupied and sought refuge” in and around Brick Lane.


JCC Jewish Journeys - Old Jewish East End

By JCC, February 24, 2010
Thursday 11 March
11:00am - 1:00pm


Brick Lane 'hijab' gates to have Jewish Heritage centre close by

By Robyn Rosen, February 18, 2010

A row over proposals to install giant Islamic "headscarf" arches in Brick Lane, the heart of the old Jewish East End, has resulted in plans to create a Jewish East End Heritage Centre.

The arches are part of a £1.85million "culture trail" proposed by Tower Hamlets Council to "reflect the many cultural backgrounds that have occupied and sought refuge" in and around Brick Lane. Also planned is a 30ft minaret outside a mosque.

But the proposals have met opposition from local Jews as well as Muslims, heritage organisations and artist Tracey Emin, who lives near Brick Lane.