Category Archives: Jewish East End

The end of Yiddish theatre

A century ago it was the hottest ticket in town. Yiddish theatres all around the East End would pack in thousands, with several shows a night. And visiting actors from as far afield as Eastern Europe and the United States … Continue reading

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Henny Youngman in the East End of London

When Henny Youngman died on February 24, 1998, at the age of 91 in Manhattan, New York, the world of comedy lost the last of a generation. Henny was known as the ‘King of the One Liners’ in a career … Continue reading

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Israel Zangwill

Jewish immigration to the East End produced a melting pot of businessmen, entrepreneurs, writers, artists and musicians. Among them was one writer who was unique – he not only grew up in the East End of East European Jews, he … Continue reading

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Simon Blumenfeld … an obituary

When Sidney Vauncez died in April this year, he ceded his place in the Guinness Book of Records … as the world’s oldest working journalist on a nationally available weekly paper. At the age of 97 he was still penning … Continue reading

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Bloom’s Restaurant

For many, Bloom’s Restaurant was symbolic of the Jewish East End. When The Whitechapel eaterie went, in 1996, it was a sad sign of how the Jewish population of Tower Hamlets had declined and dispersed. For others, Bloom’s was simply … Continue reading

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