East End Jews
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-02-21
While the number of Jews living in the East End of London may have declined over the years as they moved to other parts of London, their influence in the area is regularly remembered through the Jewish East End Society (JEECS).
The group organises a number of tours as well as featuring guest speakers talking about life in the East End and the people that were part of it. The group has two events taking place in April and May.
On April 2 it is hosting a Isaac Rosenberg day. Born in 1890, Rosenberg was a poet famed for his World War One frontline poems. Rosenberg himself, died on the Western Front, France in 1918, ironically on April 1. His poems featured such titles as Break of Day in the Trenches, Dead Man's Dump and God. As well as his poems, Rosenberg was a painter and his work hangs in the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Britain.
Though a prolific poet, Rosenberg is not widely known as other World War One poets, but over recent years, he has been recognised as one of the finest and the day promises to reveal an insight into the man and his life.
During the afternoon, those attending will be able to take a tour of Isaac Rosenberg's East End.
Tickets for the day is £35 which includes a light lunch and takes place at Toynbee Hall.
On May 28 and 29, JEECS is holding a seminar on Jewish Cemeteries of the East End which will highlight local cemeteries as well as providing an opportunity to visit all five in the area with a guided tour.
Cost is £70 for both days, or £40 for one and includes a 3 course kosher lunch and takes place at the Stepney Green Jewish Centre.