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A taste of Jewish culture

by: Leslie Bunder and Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2005-09-02

European Day of Jewish Culture

European Day of Jewish Culture

Jewish groups and organisations across the UK will be opening their doors to the public on Sunday September 4th, as part of the European Day of Jewish Culture (EDJC).

Now in its sixth year, the EDJC has gone from strength to strength, and this year’s events, which sees 26 countries taking part, is themed around a subject dear to most Jewish (and indeed non-Jewish) hearts – food. All parts of Britain, from London’s East End to Exeter, will be hosting events. Some are paid for, while others are free.

While there’s a lot going on, here’s our suggestions for which events to catch:

London Events

In Stepney, visitors to the community centre can pre-book a special lunch of salt beef, latkes and strudel, followed by a Jewish cookery session by Queen of kosher cuisine Denise Phillips.

West London Synagogue in Marble Arch is organising a food fair, from 2.30pm – 4.30pm, with health expert Michael van Straten, author of The Healthy Jewish Cookbook.

At the East London Central Synagogue, there’s an evening with Bernard Copse. Actor Warren Mitchell will read from the works of this writer, who commented on the Jewish East End.

At the New London Synagogue, in St John’s Wood, a virtual tour of Jewish London will be given.

The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in London’s Maida Vale will be open for a few hours, giving people an opportunity to view its magnificent interior.

A number of guided walking tours will also be taking place in London, covering areas including London’s East End, Willesden Cemetery, West End tour, and Spitalfields.

Outside London Events

Bristol Hebrew Congregation will be open for a view of this Victorian synagogue built in 1871.

Exeter Hebrew Congregation, which was built in the late 18th Century, is open with tours and talks about Jews in the West Country being offered.

Manchester Jewish Museum features a history of Manchester’s Jewish community.

Plymouth Synagogue – the oldest Ashkenazi synagogue in the English-speaking world – features tours of the shul, and various lectures.

As well as these events taking place on the 4th, various other events are taking place throughout September.

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