EAST END OF LONDON PHOTO GALLERY & COMMENTARY
London's East End Synagogues, cemeteries and more......
Site map of my personal journey through the Jewish East End of London
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Jewish walking tours with Phil.....are
you a visitor to London, or maybe a family/individual/club/organisation
wishing to discover the Jewish East End of London or Jewish Soho in
London's West End? If so, I would love the
opportunity to take you round. My fee is modest and my enthusiasm is
lead tours around Whitechapel,
Spitalfields, Stepney Green,
and more. If you have a particular interest you wish to explore
please let me know. On the right is a photo of a recent walking
tour visiting a forgotten rural corner of Mile End. Do you recognise it? For more information, photos
and details of pre scheduled tours please click
recent walk for Sutton and District synagogue
enquire about a group or individual tour please e.mail
Guided walk of Jewish
Spitalfields - Sunday 22 December, meeting 10.30am outside Aldgate
Join me on a gentle exploration of
on Sunday 22 December, meeting outside Aldgate tube station at
10.30am and finishing around two hours later by Aldgate East tube
station. Discover buildings people and places that tell our
colourful story, including a visit to an East End synagogue.
The price per person is £10. If you plan to come please
confirm with an email:
Best wishes, Phil
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Site Map of my website - I'm adding new pages all the time, so keep checking
back - have fun!
Site Map -
outline of the information on each page of my Jewish East End of London
website is detailed under the page headings below. The pages can be
opened from the headings at the top of each paragraph.
To the left is a photo of the Lodzer Cafe, once
located at 97 Sidney Street. The owner came from Lodz, hence its name.
It was well known to Polish Jewish immigrants
Join me for an exploration of
Jewish Spitalfields, Sunday 22 December
Join me on a gentle exploration of Jewish
Spitalfields on Sunday 22 December, meeting outside Aldgate tube
station at 10.30am and finishing around two hours later by Aldgate
East tube station. Discover, buildings people and places that
tell our colourful story, including a visit to an East End synagogue.
The price per person is £10. If you plan to come please confirm
with an email:
Jewish Walking tours with Phil
If you would like me to
give you a guided walking tour of the Jewish East End of London or
perhaps of Jewish Soho in the West End of London, please get in touch:
Phil Read more
about my tours on this page. You can read about a walk I led for
Sutton and District synagogue
Jewish News One take a walk with me
I recently took news reporter Cindy Martin of internet television
channel Jewish News One on a walk around Jewish Spitalfields in the
East End of London. Places visited included Sandys Row synagogue
and the Soup Kitchen for the Jewish Poor in Brune Street. A very cold
day, but great fun!
Jewish News One take a walk with me
around Jewish Soho
Just as it says - click the link to see the video
Mazeltov to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on attaining her Diamond Jubilee See this page to view
the National Anthem in Hebrew on an extract from the 1892 Consecration
Service of New Road synagogue
Unusual items that have caught my attention in
my travels round the Jewish East and West Ends of London...do you have
something you would like to add to this page? e.mail:
Emmanuel Litvinoff 1915 - 2011, acclaimed poet,
author and East End chronicler
Litvinoff remembered. Photos and more
Fame at last!
Jewish Chronicle, Rev Leslie Hardman, Mile End and Bow synagogue
40 Hanbury Street, a Jewish story
The story of the inhabitants of 40 Hanbury Street. Their successors
and descendants is our story
19thC & early 20thC street scenes and more
An important archive of
early 20th and late 19th century Jewish East End of London photos has
come into the possession of The Jewish East End Celebration Society (Jeecs).
Selected photos are reproduced.
Hyman Lubel, died for KIng and Country in
The poignant story of a Mile End boy remembered on the
Stockwell War Memorial, South London
Levy Bros, Matzo bakers - the oldest shop in London
stroll down Widegate Street for a look at the
'oldest shop in
Princelet Street - an East End street that
tells the Jewish story
along Princelet Street - the street that talks back!
Princelet Street - premises of Lipman's
Did you know that Princelet Street Synagogue was also the premises of a
shoe repairer? Neither did I, but I do now!
The story behind my website
says on the tin!
The Belasco family
A long letter with Bevis Marks connections that
deserves its own webpage
Bygones - an East End Eulogy
Jewish moment in the mountain village of Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal
I meet a
London's Jewish East End Home Page
History of Jewish settlement
in London's East End with photos and information on Fieldgate Street
Synagogue, Nelson Street Synagogue, Bevis Mark Synagogue, Beaumont Grove
(South West Essex Reform) Synagogue, Princelet Street Synagogue,
Sandy's Row Synagogue, Bethnal Green Great Synagogue, Brady Street
Cemetery. Photos of Jewish sites around the Brick Lane/Petticoat
Lane/Aldgate & Whitechapel areas. Addresses of East End of London
Alice Model Nursery, Beaumont Grove,
The appeal booklet
reproduced on this page tells you all about it.
Around the East London Synagogue
A Jewish tour round the
Stepney Green area. Photos and commentary on the East London
Synagogue in Rectory Square, Stepney Jewish School, Stepney Orthodox
Synagogue, 7th Stepney Scout troop, Reverend Mendel Zeffertt of the East
London Synagogue and more. Photos include rare black and white views of
various Jewish scenes.
Around Jewish Spitalfields
Photos and commentary on
sites of Jewish interest in and around the Spitalfields area, including
information on Bud Flannagan, Central Foundation Girls school in Spital
Square, Old Castle Street Synagogue, Brick Lane Beigal shop, Vine Court
Synagogue, Princelet Street Synagogue, Miriam Moses, Machzike Hadass
Synagogue, Mossy Marks deli, Phil Kay's London Sack and Bag Company,
Blooms restaurant and more.
Around Jewish Soho in London's West End
Can you follow my route?
Around Mile End and the Sephardim
A photographic tour and
commentary of the two Sephardi cemeteries in Mile End - Old Velho and
Novo Beth Chaim cemeteries. Photos and commentary on Albert Stern
House - the former Sephardi old peoples' home that backs onto the Old
Velho cemetery in Mile End. Photos of Mile End Place.
Around Nelson Street, Anna Tzelniker
Some history of Nelson
Street Synagogue (also known as East London Central Synagogue) together
with photos of the interior. Photos and commentary about veteran Yiddish actress
Anna Tzelniker speaking in 2003 to an audience inside Nelson Street
Synagogue. Photos of sites of Jewish interest close by to Nelson
Scenes from Nelson Street Synagogue, filmed on Jewish heritage day
2007 when author Bernard Kops read samples of his work, can be viewed
here: Nelson Street
Alderney Road Cemetery in Mile End
The story of Alderney Road
Jewish Cemetery in Mile End, opened 1696 and closed 1852, with photos
Aldgate Pump and all stops East
Shearer recalls his pre War East End childhood.
A walk down Maiden Lane to Bancroft rd
the curious story of Covent Garden's Maiden Lane Synagogue and its
abandoned cemetery at Bancroft rd, Mile End - with a footnote on the
Western Synagogue and photos of their cemetery (closed since 1884)
located in Queen's Elm, Brompton Rd, Chelsea.
A walk around Stepney & Mile End
stroll around my favourite part of the Jewish East End - including
information on Daniel Mendoza and Henry Cooper.
Bancroft Road burial ground in Mile End &
a serious assault in...1826!
curiosity - can anyone throw further light on this?
Henriques - an East End hero
appreciation of the great man's life.
1930s Scenes from the Oxford & St George's
Summer camps at Goring on Sea
Highdown Hill, Goring on Sea with Sir Basil Henriques for the annual
Summer camp with the East End boys and girls of the Oxford and St
Battle of Cable Street remembered
Fenton's father was there on 4th October 1936. Read his anecdotes.
Marks Selichot Service
The story of a late
night/early morning Selichot Service at Bevis Mark Sepahrdi Synagogue
with photos and commentary.
Bevis Marks Sephardi Celebration
The story of a concert of
Sephardi Music at Bevis Marks Sephardi synagogue with photos and commentary.
Brief background information on Sephardi settlement in the UK.
Bonn's kosher hotel, 12 Great Prescott Street
A gem of
a photo and a fascinating story to go with it
Boris Bennett-East End Photographer to the Stars!
Photos and commentary on
legendary 1930's Jewish East End photographer Boris Bennett of
Whitechapel Road. Fabulous new photos added May 2012!
Brady Street Cemetery
Views of this beautiful
hidden cemetery in London E1.
Brady Club memories
Delightful 1950s and
1940s photos from the Brady Club and stories to go with them
Brune Street Soup Kitchen for the Jewish Poor
Do you want to know what
the inside looks like? Have a look. Plus Harry Landis
shares his memories of visiting the kitchen with his mother
Cemeteries - don't you just love them...and
they can be so interesting
curiosities are detailed + some great photos!
Cheshire Street synagogue + The Minnie Lansbury
forgotten synagogue in a turning off Brick Lane. A photo revived
some memories +++ The Minnie Lansbury Memorial Clock, Bow Rd. Read
about this Jewish heroine and the little known clock erected in her
Christian Street Talmud Torah...and Mieir
An interesting letter
about Christian Street and the Merchant of Venice..in Yiddish plus the
Mazin family, Ship Alley, Raine's School, Fairclough Street school and
Commercial Road Great
synagogue, 262 Commercial Rd, London E1
A brief history and three stunning photos of a vanished
time and place.
An East End tailor's workshop circa 1949
interesting photo and letter that tells its own story. See also
from the same source
Workers Sports Club, circa 1936
Curiosities from a
bygone age in Christ Church, Spitalfields.
Daniel Mendoza - the father of scientific boxing
to his memory is unveiled in the East End of London, Sir Henry Cooper
Discovering her Jewish family, a reader
From Amsterdam to
Riga, a murder, a tailors shop, a heritage. Photos and more
Fieldgate Street 2007 temporary closure
Street synagogue closed temporarily in September 2007, but has now reopened for a
monthly Shabbat morning service.
View historic scenes from their March 2006 Purim service here:
Purim, part 1 &
Purim, part 2
synagogue, remembering Reverend Baruch Smus
Smus, z'l, was Chazan of
Fieldgate Street synagogue and led an eventful life. Read about
Friendly Societies: The United Brethren Benefit Society, Grand
Order of Israel and Shield of David Friendly Society, The Tent of
Righteousness Friendly Society
- Jewish friendly societies including
the first and the last.
Great Garden Street synagogue
Great Garden Street closed in 1996. It is
Harry Landis -
veteran East End actor - recalls growing up in the East End
I recently met Harry in Spitalfields market.
Harry kindly wrote the article on this page for the
Jewish East End Celebration
Society's magazine The Cable
Hessel Street - some jottings, a letter and
called 'The Vanishing Street', Carver's shoe shop and more.
Isaac Rosenberg, soldier poet of World War
'Through these Pale Cold Days'. Remembering Isaac
Rosenberg 1890 - 1918 and the University of the Ghetto, Aldgate East
Solomon Lever, Labour
politician, Mayor of Hackney
The fascinating story of 'Uncle Solly', Labour politician and East End
Jew, told by his nephew
Spanish Civil War, Battle of Cable
Street - the story of a Jewish East End hero
Freddy Shaw tells his father's story.
The Jewish Communal Restaurant, Whitechapel
A flyer from the mid
1930s tells of the establishment of this restaurant. Do you have
further information to add? write to me:
Jewish People's Home, Whitechapel, London
Another curiosity, do
you know anything about this organisation?
Photos and thoughts on
Jewish Cracow, Poland - a 2005 visit.
Model, Hannah Hyams, Lily Montagu - three ladies who made a difference.
Jewish History & photos
Jewish History from the
Middle Ages to the present. Photographs of Jewish synagogues,
cemeteries, memorials and other sites in Eastern Europe, including
Riga, Vilnius, Krakow, Budapest, Prague. A photographic visit to a World War One
German cemetery in Neuville St Vaast, France with commentary. A
World War One memorial in Perth, Australia erected by the Jewish
Community of Perth.
Readers help wanted and the most
As it says...finally
getting things up to date!! + lots of photos
Jewish stories, older letters and photos and
that. You are welcome to contribute.
Shelter - the House of a thousand destinies
Temporary Shelter in the East End provided vital support to our
immigrant forebears. The
story of the Shelter, adapted from a talk by former employee Prue Baker
+ a letter from a couple visiting from the USA who spent their honeymoon
night there in 1971!
Jews on bikes
Two South London Jews on bikes - me and my son
Ben - available for tv shows (Sky Atlantic?), rides across the USA and all your simchas!
My journey through Eastern Europe, August 2012
Litvinoff's 'Journey Through a Small Planet'
Jeecs celebrates a new edition of
the late Emanuel Litvinoff's East End masterpiece at Nelson Street
Kuper family, a journey from the East
End of London to Houston Texas
A bitter sweet story
of one family's post war journey from London to the USA
Letter from the present about a postcard from
the past - The Belz syangogue, Commercial Rd
Belze synagogue, 90 Commercial Rd, London E1 - can you help?
Lithuanian Heritage in the USA
family emigrates to the USA, their story.
The Maud Nathan Home for Little Children
A long forgotten story of philanthropy and need in a
pre welfare state society
Mezuzahs I have spotted on my East End walks
You can still see the occasional mezuzah when walking the East End.
Their owners may be long gone, but sometimes their shadow remains.
Nelson Street synagogues 90th
birthday party, 29 Sept 2013
Read all about it -
history, anecdotes, tributes, photos!
The New Yiddish Theatre, corner of
Adler Street and Commercial Road
1946 and 1947
scenes from the Yiddish plays: Merchant of Venice, Belsen
Performance, King of Lampedusa, Sulamith, all performed at
The New Yiddish Theatre, Adler Hall in 1946 and 1947 with additional
celebrated Yiddish actors and actresses of the day taken from an archive of press
cuttings containing the photographs of Maurice Kaye of 10
Sidney Square, London E1. Maurice Kaye worked mainly
for the long closed Illustrated Theatre Mirror
Netherlands club, Bell Lane
There were once many Jewish clubs in the East End. This is the
story of one of them: the 'Dutch' club in Bell Lane - includes
The Novo & the 1882 fire at the Spanish and Portuguese orphanage,
The sad story of Henry Nunes
Martinez, a 10 year old boy who lay forgotten at the Novo cemetery, Mile End. He
is remembered here.
Polonskys of Pelham Street, by Harold Pollins
His family, his
Purim at Fieldgate Street Synagogue March 2006
Historic photos of the festival of Purim being celebrated in one of the
East End's last surviving synagogues.
and More at Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue
Some history of Fieldgate
Street Synagogue and how it relates to the story of Jewish immigration
to the East End of London. Details of synagogues that combined
with Fieldgate Street Synagogue as the local community shrank. Photographs of
various foundation plaques and others on display inside Fieldgate Street
Synagogue. The story of the Jewish festival of Purim and photos of the
celebration of Purim in Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue (to give
Fieldgate Street Synagogue its full name).
The Samuda brothers
Sephardic descendants of
secret Jews, shipbuilders of Cubitt Town and a connection with Crossness
Pumping Station and Bevis Marks synagogue + photos of glorious Crossness
Sandys Row synagogue
Fabulous photos of a
fabulous building and a welcoming community
Selichot service at Fieldgate Street synagogue,
24th September 2011
first Selichot service in the Jewish East End of London for many years -
Settle Street Synagogue
surprising recent photos.
Simchat Torah at Fieldgate Street
A brief description of the
Jewish festival of Simchat Torah with photographs of Simchat Torah
celebrations at Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue - including parading
the Torah scrolls.
Stoke Newington memories
A letter I liked so
much, its got its own page
Stepney Orthodox Synagogue - Rosalind
Green Hall, Stepney Green
and rare photos of the interior
Tubby Isaacs jellied eels passes into history
The East End's
favourite purveyor of jellied eels is no more. It makes you want to
weep...jellied eels, jellied eels, wobbling around like wonky
wheels...with photos..of jellied eels!
Whitechapel Library, Aldgate East
celebration of the University of the Ghetto. Lots of photos
Willesden Cemetery's Stars
A photographic tour of the
United Synagogue's Victorian Willesden cemetery with photographs of the
graves of some of its most famous Jewish residents.
Memories of Rabbi Yehuda Leib (Lewis) Levene,
Rabbi Lewis Levene of Jubilee Street
Great Zionist Synagogue.
A fascinating story.
Memories of Chazan
Legendary East End Chazan whose name still lives on in Fieldgate Street
Memories of The Great Synagogue - Duke's Place
but evocative piece.
Memories of Great Garden Street Shul
Photos and commentary on
Great Garden Street Synagogue in Greatorex Street. A reminiscence
about Great Garden Street Synagogue by the son of Rev Shaposnick, late
minister of the shul. Reminiscences of the Kosher Luncheon Club in
Great Garden Street.
Memories of Growing up in Jewish Stepney before the War
The story of Jewish Life in
Stepney before the War by the son of the Rev Mendell Zeffertt, late
minister of the East London Synagogue in Rectory Square detailing
people, places, shops and entertainment encountered along the way +
of Jews' Free School, Bell lane
Photos from Bell Lane of
classes, teachers, playground activities, 1935 Jubilee celebrations,
school outings to Crystal Palace, Whipsnade Zoo & Boxmoor and more.
A description of a school visit to Dukes Place Synagogue. An
extract from Israel Zangwill's 'Children of the Ghetto' describing a
C19th view of Jews Free School
in Bell Lane.
The Royal Fusiliers - 1918 Private Jacob
Schneiderson lose's his regiment
fascinating story told to me by Private Schneiderson's son Peter.
The March of the 38th Royal
Fusiliers; when the spirit of Judah Maccabee hovered over the
February 4th 1918 - the day the Royal Fusiliers marched down
the Whitechapel road, by AJEX archivist Martin Sugarman.
Memories of the Belz synagogue,
90 Commercial Road
Silver, senior warden of Nelson Street synagogue, remembers his family
in the Belz synagogue
Memories of The Jewish Legion, World War 1
The story of the Jewish
Legion, largely manned by young men from the East End of London with
many historic photographs and a chronology of events. Photographs
of World War One embroidered postcards and more.
Memories of growing up in the Jewish East End in
Correspondent Rachelle Marks recalls growing up in the Jewish East End
in the 1950s.
Memories of growing up in pre war Jewish Mile End
Transcript of a talk given
by my mother Leah to a religion
school class at
South London Liberal Synagogue
describing her Jewish
life and experiences growing up in poverty in the Mile End area of
London before the War.
of the Ruda family
The story of the Polish born
Ruda family, landed Jewish Gentry of Sky Peals Estate in Hyams Park,
owners of Ruda's Wet Fish Shop in Wentworth Street. Rare black and
white photos of the
Memories of Ruda's Wet Fish shop
The story of Ruda's wet fish
shop at 16 Wentworth St (Petticoat Lane) by his granddaughter Ruth. Photo of
Jack Ruda surrounded by wet fish ready for his Jewish customers.
Memories from Raines Rd to the King of Lampedusa
A pot pouri of Jewish East
End recollections from the 1940' and 1950's by a former Jewish East End
of London resident now living in Israel. Photos and commentary.
East End memories of The Troxy, Rev J K Goldbloom, Redmans Rd Talmud Torah, Johnny
Isaacs, and more
As it says....
Memories of Rabbi Isaac Suwalsky, publisher of HaYehoodi
Rabbi Isaac Suwalsky pioneered the use of Hebrew as a living language. He died in
poverty in 1913.
Memories of Redman's Rd Talmud Torah, Philpot St &
The pre War story of
Redman's Road Talmud Torah, head teacher Rev J K Goldbloom and various
members of staff. Appreciative review of the Talmud Torah's
activities by noted Jewish scholars including one written in the early
1900's by Hebrew language pioneer
Yitzhak Suvelsky. Singing in the Philpot Street Great Synagogue
choir. Singing at boxing legend Harry Mizzler's wedding at Philpot
Street Great Synagogue. A story about boxing promoter Jack
Solomons and his protégée Eric 'Boy' Boon. A Grodzinski's bakery
Fieldgate Street Synagogue and Redman's Road Talmud Torah connection. Photos and commentary.
Memories of a Redman's Rd Talmud Torah Barmitzvah
A Barmitzvah boy's
reminiscences of his 1938 Barmitzvah at Redman's Road Talmud Torah with
photographs and commentary.
Memories of the Settlement Synagogue/Basil Henriques
The story of the Oxford and
St George's Settlement clubs by a former treasurer and trustee of the
organisation with photos and commentary. Extracts from their
camping holiday song book as written by the Gaffer's wife Rose Henriques.
Mile End Road Mural
A terrific mural depicting scenes from East End life
has appeared on the wall of the premises of T V Edwards solicitors
at 33 Mile End Road. A few snippets can be seen on this page,
but a visit is a must
Morris 'Two Gun' Cohen
amazing story of an old boy of Jews Free School in Bell lane who became
a Chinese General by his cousin Dr Cyril Sherer.
Moses Montefiore synagogue and Mausoleum,
curious connection between Captain Robert Sebag Montefiore, the
Montefiore synagogue and Mausoleum in Ramsgate and the Montefiore centre
in Hanbury Street + terrific photos of the Montefiore synagogue and
Mausoleum and the very odd pub next door.
Montefiore's diary entry concerning he and his wife Judith's survival of
a great sea storm in 1827. This note is read by the descendants of
Moses and Judith Montefiore to this day at the conclusion of their
Passover Seder. Read it here:
The Novo Sephardic cemetery, Mile End
This had recently been
tidied up (April 2012) and was therefore due a visit. A few things
caught my eye...including the grave of Henry Naphtali Hart, founder of
the oldest synagogue in Buenos Aries, and Isaac Cohen Belifante, a
former resident of Brick Lane....photos and more...
The Congregation of Jacob - Kehillas Ya'acov story
and origins of this fascinating little shul in the Commercial Rd, by
David Russell of Kehillas Ya'acov.
Four Per Cent Industrial Dwellings Company Ltd
wondered about that Arch in Wentworth Street? Read about Lord
Rothschild's late 19th Century attempts to clear the slums of the East
End of London.
The amazing story of Barney Barnato the Diamond
King and his playboy son 'Bentley Boy' Wolf Barnato.
A few thoughts on fast movers and fast cars.
The Troxy, Commercial Road and its mighty
The story of how the
Hyams Brothers mighty Wurlitzer cinema organ has found a new home in
the Troxy, Commercial Road.
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stroll with me around the East End - enjoy!
from the Jewish East End
Walks, talks and
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from London's transport past - just for fun!
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"You've heard of Christian Dior, well I'm the Yiddisher
Dior", Jackie Brafman,
Wentworth Street trader
King Edward 7th memorial drinking fountain, Whitechapel
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