I'm Sammy Gee. Editor for the Mercia Tourist Board. Happy Passover
BRICK LANE USED
TO BE THE JEWISH
CENTRE OF LONDON TODAY IT ISMAINLYPEOPLE FROM
BANGLADESH. THE FAMOUS
IN WHITECHAPEL IS NOW A BURGER BAR. NO ONE KNOWS WHERE THE RUDEST
IN BRITAIN HAVE GONE! YOU HAVE TO LOOK ELSEWHERE IN LONDON FOR
RESTAURANTS- SO IF MAMA ISN'T AVAILABLE TO COOK FOR YOU......BELOW FIND
A LIST OF SOME OF THE
KOSHER FOOD STORES , KOSHER RECIPES AND A SEPARATE SECTION ON THE
to the leading Supermarkets: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys &
Tesco. We are based in Taunton, Somerset. You all carry Matzos in
your stores. However they are all marked " Not For Passover Use". Please could
you provide Matzos for Passover use during Passover.
We are pleased to say that Tesco's have replied as below- there has
been no response from the others mentioned.
you for your patience while I have been investigating this matter. The
points raised in your e-mail have been discussed at length with our
Buying Manager for this area of our business. She was equally
disappointed to learn of your concerns and she has also asked me
to pass on her apologies. She explained that
although each of our stores had a product plan for Passover and were
sent specific Passover stock, it appears that in a number of stores the
non-Passover stock was not removed from sale and replaced with
the appropriate stock. I can only apologise that more care was not
taken. Our Buying Manager
explained that although some of our stores had changed the stock over
correctly, a number of our stores made the same mistake due to a lack
of knowledge around Passover. She explained that they have already put
several plans in place to prevent this from happening again next year,
including sending out a brief to each of our stores in the lead up to
Passover and providing more detailed instructions around stock
placement. Once again, please
accept my sincere apologies for the undoubted frustration that this
matter has caused. I do appreciate why you were unhappy and I would
like to reassure you that we will do our utmost to prevent this from
happening again. Thank you for
taking the time and trouble to bring this matter to the attention of
our Chief Executive.
Kind Regards Nick Johnson Customer Service
Update the elusive Matsos have failed to appear in Taunton so far this
April 2011. Still who knows how the world works- Burger King are making
a feature of their pancakes throughout Lent! and in New York you can
Matzel Toff! is the
matzah make-over you've been waiting for - using
only the finest ingredients to enrobe Streit's matzah in mouth-watering
toffee and rich chocolate. This delectable gourmet treat has won the
hearts - and taste buds! - of everyone who has indulged in its
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STORE WHERE YOU SHOP WE SCHLEP
vast range of kosher food from Biltong and Raw Meat to Deli and Wine
store. After providing the North West community with Kosher food for
over 90 years, we are now pleased to bring you our home delivery
service, J.A. Hyman Direct. Have
a look around, we have tried to create some of the ambience of the shop
(minus the shouting!) that has made Titanics an institution in the
North West. Whether it is having Stanley tell you a joke, a butcher
chatting you up, or Richard looking after your baby while you shop.
Pages are being added all the time to make shopping online as much of
an enjoyable experience as coming in and seeing us!
checkout page is fully secured with Xramp security, which is fully
authenticated and certified security system using SSL technology. So
you will be able to shop with peace of mind in the knowledge that you
can order from us, get fantastic value for your money and be assured
that all your details will remain safe!
full time supervision of the Manchester Kashruth
Hill, Edgware, Leeds or the Bronx chat with others interested in the
of these pages or try & find old & New Friends. We have named
chatroom after Hugo Hackenbush the other persona of Groucho Marx. Those
don't wish to chat may remain in Harpo's room!
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to assist you to keep in touch with other members. It would also be
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group raised money for charity
which included Balls at the Dorchester Hotel & Quaglinos in London,
shuffles, Film Premieres and was a member of the Younger JNF Group in
the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Cricket Club played at
the Old Millhillians ground at Headstone Lane, Wealdstone , Osterley
and at Lyttleton
Playing Fields Hampstead Garden Suburb
Casuals Football Club
team played both in the
and Maccabi Leagues. They played at Regents Park and at Lyttleton
Fields Hampstead Garden Suburb
London is not just
the capital of England, it also happens to be
the Jewish capital, with over 200,000 members of the tribe living in
the metropolis. But while London may not have as many Jewish sights and
facilities as its New York cousin, it’s the quality that London Jews
are proud of, not the quantity. Over the years, the Jews of London have
divided into two distinct groups – the North London Jews and the Essex
Jews. North London Jews have built up their own clique and social life,
while Essex Jews have done pretty much the same in their own territory,
and neither would ever admit to visiting the other’s ‘hood. Not so much
gangland warfare as invert social snobbery, with North London’s
middle-class Jews poking fun at Essex’s working-class Jews, and the
Jews of Essex poking fun at their North London cousins. That’s not to
say there’s no wealth among the Essex Jewish community – far from it.
Some of Britain’s richest Jews live in the area, including electronics
tycoon Alan “Amstrad” Sugar. North London Jews live in some of London’s
wealthiest areas, such as Regents Park, St John’s Wood (aka St Jew’s
Wood) and millionaires’ row The Bishops Avenue in East Finchley, Media
tycoon and adult TV channel owner Richard Desmond has his pad here.
Want to get a taste of the sights and sounds – and a few smells – of
London Jewish life? Here's the essential stuff to do. Visit Golders
Green and pig out. This North London landmark is home to the largest
selection of kosher eateries. Whether your passion is a shwarma or
KFC-style chicken, there’s something for everyone.
The Jews in
happened in 1656 that was "good news" for Jews -
was it? To understand, we must look back before Oliver Cromwell and the
conference" of that year, the event popularly considered the turning
the late 13th century, the small Jewish community that
in England became less useful to the monarch after it was hammered by
rounds of swingeing taxation.
I decreed in July 1290 that all Jews should leave
by 1 November. Apart from a small number in the Domus Conversorum
of Converts) in Chancery Lane, that is exactly what happened.
A few centuries later, Jews in Europe faced a new threat from
Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions.
refugees fled the Iberian Peninsula during the 15th
centuries, seeking safer realms away from religious persecution.
coincidence, in England, there was a king who found a
point of view useful. Henry VIII imported Jewish rabbinical advisors to
find a Biblical way out of his marriage to Katherine of Aragon, the
of his six wives. He also welcomed Italian Jewish musicians to his
from the mid 16th century onwards, Jews entered England
and Portuguese merchants. They lived a double life: practising their
faith in secret while in public attending Lutheran churches.
they managed to observe feasts, fast-days and some
though their Jewishness was tacit knowledge in London and Bristol, a
eye was turned to their private religious activities.
There was no Inquisition in
England. In fact, Jews
a useful political tool for an English court at odds with Spain and
The throne found it was able to make good use of these exotic merchants
their overseas contacts.
is impossible to say how many such "conversos" lived in
- perhaps they numbered no more than 100 at any one time - but without
synagogue or official recognition, they did not constitute a community.
Rabbi Menasseh ben Israel, a scholar, publisher and
for Jews, petitioned Oliver Cromwell in 1656, asking for his community
have the right to settle. That petition was a catalyst for change.
the time of the Whitehall conference called to decide the
those in favour of the Jews may have had millenarian or mercantile
while those against, cited theology and the fear of competition.
result was inconclusive - but perhaps the fact that the
took place at all effected a change in the climate of tolerance.
accepted that the1290 Edict of Expulsion applied only to Jews resident
England at that date; technically there was no barrier to resettlement.
the renewed hostilities with Spain meant that it
safer to come out as a Jew than be taken for a Spaniard in London.
so, in December 1656 Antonio Fernandes Carvajal, the
of a small group of settlers, acquired land for a Jewish cemetery, a
statement of existence.
1657 his hitherto private synagogue in Creechurch Lane was
to accommodate an influx of worshippers - and in 1659, his memorial
was attended by Samuel Peyps.
Jews from Germany and Poland founded their first
in 1692 in Broad Street, Mitre Square.
magnificent Spanish and Portuguese Jews' synagogue in
Marks, a road in the City of London, followed in 1701.
intermittent attempts by some clerics and city
to have Jews banished once more, the presence of the small community
secure. The small group had become a community.
the 350 years since the Whitehall conference, the
between the Jews and the host community has not always run smoothly.
Jew Bill of 1753, drafted to enable foreign Jews to
met with violent opposition and had to be axed.
rights came at a snail's pace in the 19th century -
that it is true for Catholics and dissenters too.
most Jews in Britain regard themselves both as
citizens with a rich historical and cultural background.
the fact that anti-Semitism remains alive - while more
immigrants find themselves demonised by a bigoted minority -
that although Britain has become an increasingly multicultural society,
remains, in some quarters, an innate suspicion of difference.
2006 marked 350 years during which Jews have
somewhere they could come and find their feet, whether they were
Russian pogroms in the 19th century, or the Nazis in the 20th. And that
is something worth celebrating.
As reported by the BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/5341424.stm
The fantacinating history of the area is detailed in, Exploring the
Vanishing Jewish East End, which included an nostalgic introduction by
writer, actor and director Steven Berkoff, an East End resident and son
of a Stepney tailor. The two self guided walks also introduce
places that have been home to, and inspired, Jewish writers, artists
and entertainers such as Bud Flangan. Amongst the wealth of history,
pockets of thriving contemporary Jewish life are not forgotten with one
walk leading to Rinkoffs, the only remaining Jewish Bakers in the East
End, where visitors can indulge in a slice of delicious cheesecake.
arrived Jewish immigrants had
tendency to create close-knit, distinctive communities. They wanted to
and work near to their fellow Jews, especially landsleit
- people from the same original village - and within
walking distance of a synagogue,
ritual baths and kosher food
shops. The language of the newcomers was Yiddish.
and Lewis's map of Jewish East London, 1900, shows street by street the
of Jewish settlement. Moving Here
catalogue reference (JML)
immigrants settled in inner
like the East End of London, the Leylands in Leeds, Strangeways in
and the Gorbals in Glasgow.
there were around 46,000
in London, but by 1900 this figure had almost trebled to 135,000, and
were living within the two square miles of the East End.
Charles Booth observed:
have gradually replaced the
population in whole districts, Hanbury Street, Fashion Street, Pelham
and many streets and lanes and alleys have fallen before them; they
introduced new trades as well as new habits and they live and crowd
1911, the London Evening Standard published the first of a
of long Catarticles on 'the alien problem'.
many of these streets were
Jewish. To non-Jews, the new arrivals presented a curious spectacle -
spoke a foreign language, wore different clothes, ate strange-smelling
and practised an unfamiliar religion. Many non-Jews were horrified by
they saw as an 'alien invasion'. In his book Living London,
describes Whitechapel in 1904:
utterly alien aspect which
you first and foremost. For the Ghetto is a fragment of Poland torn off
Central Europe and dropped haphazard into the heart of Britain.
settling in tight-knit
the Jews were creating an environment for themselves in which they
retain their distinctive culture and tradition and slowly adapt to the
of life in a new, often hostile, country. The East End historian
Fishman gives his own description of Jewish life in the teeming streets
formed their own
street communities with workshops, stiebels
and all-purpose stores where the men would gather
on Sundays to discuss the ' rabbi's' sermon,
politics and local scandal. On Fridays, the eve of Sabbath, the
cloistered alleys and thoroughfares came to life as candles
blazed from the front parlours of shabby one-storeyed cottages or
conditions in an immigrant home. Moving Here
catalogue reference (JML)
immigrants were settling in
already characterised by poverty and overcrowding. The flow of new
only worsened the conditions of severe overcrowding, dirt and lack of
1884, The Lancet reported
the case of a Jewish potato dealer who lived with his wife, five
and a huge pile of potatoes in one room which measured only five yards
six! But the demand for accommodation, regardless of how bad it was,
Jewish Board of Guardians, an
set up in 1859 to help the 'strange poor', tried to relieve the worst
Other wealthy Jews pressed for improvements in the form of model
Lord Rothschild and others
the Four-Percent Industrial Dwellings Company, which aimed to charge
rents and build flats that were large enough to house families in more
one room. The largest of a series of tenement blocks built by the
were the Rothschild Buildings on Flower and Dean Street, clearing an
known as 'the foulest and most dangerous in the whole metropolis'. Read
morning service at a chevra. Moving Here
catalogue reference (JML)
of prime importance in the community life of the new
immigrants. The existing synagogues, with their imposing interiors and
anglicised services, were not popular with the new arrivals. It was not
a network of small synagogues, also known as stiebels or chevras, sprang
up all over the East End and other areas of new Jewish
in attics, back rooms and even former chapels. They were often named
the town or district in Russia or Poland from which their founders had
and they not only served as places of worship, but provided welfare
study and mutual support.
Philpott Street synagogue. Moving Here
catalogue reference (JML)
were an enormous number of
synagogues in areas of dense Jewish population. Families living in the
Buildings were within walking distance of at least 15 synagogues in the
Zangwill recognised the
importance of the synagogue to the Jewish immigrant.
in, mostly in their workday
and grime, and rumbled and roared and chorused prayers with a zeal that
the window panes, and there was never a lack of a minyan -
quorum of ten.
Vapour Baths. Moving Here
catalogue reference (JML)
Sir Samuel Montagu, the
MP, founded the Federation of Synagogues, which incorporated most of
East End chevras. By 1900, the Federation's membership was
larger than the United Synagogue, which represented the synagogues of
the existing Anglo-Jewish establishment.
attending synagogue on a
night, many men visited a bath-house. A local East End landmark was
Vapour Baths in Brick Lane, offering the 'Best Massage in London:
relief for Rheumatism, Gout, Sciatica, Neuritis, Lumbago and Allied
Keep fit and well by regular visits'! Reverend Schewzik, the manager of
baths, also conducted Holy Day services at the Great Assembly Hall in
on Petticoat Lane. Moving Here
In the areas
where Jews were
the community became almost entirely self-sufficient. In the East End,
example, the streets were thronged with Jewish shoppers, housewives,
children running errands. Everything they needed was available from the
thriving street market centred round Petticoat Lane or the many small
grocery shops selling pickled herring, smoked salmon and onion bread,
which were often
open till midnight.
were Jewish. There was even a herd of cows just off the Whitechapel
that supplied kosher milk.
in Whitechapel Road showed Yiddish language plays, and Yiddish theatre
its principal attraction from 1906 until its closure in 1935.
a home for elderly Jews in Wandsworth. Moving Here
catalogue reference (LMA)
the 19th century, many
were set up for the welfare of the community. The Jewish Board of
founded in 1859, provided help for those who had been in the country
over six months, prompted by both humanitarian motives and a reluctance
to see Jews becoming a burden on the state.
immigrants also wanted to look
each other in times of trouble, and set up charities such as the
Jews Benevolent Society in Manchester. Hundreds of friendly societies,
often associated with individual synagogues, were
also established, as were homes for the aged, orphanages, and day
hospital movement led to
opening of the Manchester Victoria Memorial Jewish Hospital in 1904,
eventually the London Jewish Hospital in 1921.
a bar mitzvah
party for a member of Tottenham Hebrew Congregation c.1965,
with the Reverend Chazen standing far left. The congregation peaked at
400 members in the mid-1950s, but has since declined Moving Here
establishes itself: the order of service for the laying of the
stone at the New Synagogue, Greenbank Drive, Liverpool 1936 Moving Here
at Darley School in Leeds c.1895, with a number of Jewish boys wearing kippahs Moving Here
problem of overcrowding began
in the early 20th century as Jewish families started to move away from
East End. The first step up the ladder was to adjacent areas like
Dalston and Islington, and then to the more suburban areas, such as
Green, Hendon, Cricklewood and Ilford that opened up with the expansion
the underground railway. As Jews moved into these areas, synagogues
founded, and the structure of a Jewish community became established.
London, the settlement of
families followed a similar pattern, with movement away from the inner
into more desirable areas like Cheetham Hill in Manchester or
of home: The first page of Gina Bauer's memories of life in Austria,
at Harris House, 1939-40 Moving Here
catalogue reference (JML)
50,000 or so Jewish refugees
central Europe who settled in England after fleeing from Hitler had a
different experience from their counterparts 50 years earlier. At
many were scattered all over the country:
children were first housed together in Dovercourt Camp
on the outskirts of Harwich in Essex, but were then separated and sent
to foster homes and hostels all over Britain:
Women arriving on
domestic visas might
employed in houses anywhere in the country
Children were evacuated,
and many men
as enemy aliens
during the war years
The refugees soon began to cluster in
along the Finchley Road in North-West London, rather than the East End
which earlier generations of new arrivals had been concentrated. Many
homes in other cities like Manchester and Leeds. The new settlers had
support of immigrants from similar backgrounds, and organisations such
the Association of Jewish Refugees, founded in 1941, to help them
to their new life. They would be joined after the war by refugees
by evacuation, internment and war service, and in their turn helped
With its émigré
clubs and coffee houses, the Finchley Road area
took on a Jewish character of its own, and bus conductors would call
'Passports please' or 'Finchleystrasse' as the buses stopped there!
As Jews became more integrated into
English society, they
behind the distinctive Eastern European flavour of their first areas of
Today, there are very few Jewish people left in those parts, which have
on a new character as immigrants from other parts of the world have
in. The external Spitalfields and Whitechapel area of London, for
is now home to a thriving Bangladeshi community, and what were once
have been turned into mosques.
by Harry Morgan, a local butcher, this once tiny takeaway deli is now
largest and most famous New York Style Deli Restaurant in London.With branches in St Johns Wood,
the West End &
Harry Morgan has built up a reputation for being the only place to go
for freshly made deli sandwiches and salads. Harry
Morgan was voted ‘The Best Chicken Soup in London’
by the Sunday Times and
also nominated two years running (2004 & 2005) in the Evening
Restaurant Awards for the top 5 best value restaurants in London. As its reputation has grown,
Harry Morgan has almost become
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Call them for your nearest stockist.
Cereals Ltd is a family owned company based in Dorchester that was
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Birmingham, in the
Midlands, is the
second largest city in England, with a population of approximately one
million. In the vicinity of Birmingham are a number of towns
whose Jewish communities have looked to the Birmingham community for
support or shares facilities, including Walsall immediately to
Birmingham's northwest and Solihull immediately to Birmingham's
southeast. Until 1974,
Birmingham, Solihull and Walsall were county boroughs, the first two in
the county of Warwickshire and Walsall in the county of Staffordshire.
Each then became metropolitan boroughs within the newly created
metropolitan county of West Midlands (the areas of Solihull and Walsall
being increased at the time by the incorporation of adjoining
areas). These metropolitan boroughs became unitary authorities in
1986, when West Midlands lost its administrative
county status, becoming purely a ceremonial and geographical
Solihull had been an urban district until 1964, when it received county
Bournemouth Jewish community dates back
to about 1905, and is one of the larger communities in the UK, partly
due to its appeal as a retirement resort. The town was also very
popular as a Jewish holiday resort and, at one time, boasted quite a
number of kosher hotels, of which only one or two remain. A
number of Jews also now live
in Poole, which forms single conurbation with Bournemouth. The
Bournemouth District Jewish Representation Council covers a somewhat
area including Southampton.Bournemouth Jewish hotels consigned to
history as Normandie battles on BOURNEMOUTH Jewish hotels
from the 1940s to the end of the 70s represented the ultimate in luxury
and facilities.They offered all-inclusive packages, including top
entertainment, full board, afternoon tea and evening tea. Shabbat
kiddushim were a highlight in themselves. The hotels boasted first
class facilities, including swimming pools. Many holiday romances
developed into lifetime partnerships. Holidays in Bournemouth were as
much the province of the rich and famous as of those with less wealth.
The only survivor of the heyday of Jewish hotels is the Normandie which
will open only for group bookings after the yomtov period. The great
Bournemouth kosher hotel names included the most luxurious of them all,
the Green Park, owned by the Marriott and Richman families, the
Majestic, run by the legendary Fay Shnyder, the Cumberland, operated by
the Felds, the Ambassador, the Langham, East Cliff Manor and East Cliff
Court. Until the last couple of decades the Normandie had never been
under kashrut supervision, relying on its on-site ministers, among them
Rev H Fenigstein and Rev G Phillips, formerly of Liverpool. But its
kashrut was unquestioned and many strictly observant Jews stayed there.
There was a period in the early 1980s when the Normandie actually
became a non-kosher establishment but in recent years it has enjoyed
kedassia supervision.In the 1950s the Normandie was owned by the Myers
family, subsequently by Mr and Mrs Gershon Lee and then by their
daughter Belle Keyne and her husband Lou. The Keynes, who lived on
site, eventually joined forces with Mr and Mrs Ron Fisher. Jonathan
Keyne recalled: "My parents bought the hotel when I was about nine or
10 and I lived there until I was 18. "It was a very different kind of
upbringing because every couple of weeks there would be new groups
coming in and that affected the way you interact with other people.
"From my point of view, it had a fantastic garden, a putting green and
a swimming pool. I knew nothing different at that age so I just got
used to it. "We used to have our meals in the dining room with everyone
else, so it was nice to get away from the crowds and have meals on our
own. "My parents were also on call all the time, which I never thought
of as a problem but it did make it harder to get away. "Therefore, my
parents made an extra effort, especially at weekends, to go somewhere
else. "My mother was quite an icon in the hotel as she was very good at
looking after the guests. "I'm sure she would have been a major memory
of the hotel to anyone who stayed at that time. "We also had a golden
retriever called Simon who all the kids used to love to play with. "But
ever since my parents sold the hotel, I had no feelings for it."
Jonathan's brother Simon also has happy memories of the Normandie. "It
was an interesting life living in the hotel. I moved there just after
my barmitzvah in about 1958 during the heyday of the Jewish hotels and
it was a very buzzy place," he recalled. "There were so many thriving
hotels and the youngsters used to go from one to another. In those
days, there were very high standards in the Normandie and there was a
lovely garden and lovely food. "In fact, I remember there being masses
of food and the Shabbat kiddushes were very popular - if you were
young, you'd get crushed in the stampede for the kiddush. "At certain
times of the year it used to get very busy and the same people used to
come each year with their families. They used to book their next trip
before they left. "The staff were very loyal and the hotel was well run
by my parents."Every year there were cricket and football matches, and
we also used to play putting, table tennis, and go swimming. "When it
was a good summer, it was the best place in the world. "We also had the
most gorgeous dog called Simon - I was Simon Two-Legs and he was Simon
Four-Legs. "It was a privilege to be by the sea and, although it's
still a nice town, it's not what it used to be."
Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, today minister of Maidenhead Synagogue, was a
regular guest during his childhood. "I very much regret the demise of
Jewish hotels," he said. "The Normandie was a wonderful institution and
attracted Jews from all over the country. It was a wonderful meeting
point and I have lots of fond memories there. "I went there for many,
many years on family holidays and always used to see the same regular
visitors each year. Lou and Bella Keyne, the owners, became like
family. "There was a real haimishe atmosphere, kosher facilities and
great Jewish social opportunities. "On Shabbat morning, the kiddushes
were always lavish and overflowing and the tables sagged under the
weight of all the food put out. "There used to be five kosher hotels in
Bournemouth that catered for the middle-of-the-road community, but the
Normandie was the only one to survive as more Jews started to go abroad
on holidays and demand decreased. "It is a sad occasion that it is now
closing and it reflects the changing passions of British Jewry."
Brian Lassman was involved with the kosher hotel industry for 25 years
- 18 with the Ambassador and seven with the Normandie. He recalled:
"When I started in 1969, Bournemouth was the Jewish family holiday
destination where people stayed for a week or longer and the children
had a fantastic time. "They used to come because they could eat so much
and not have to worry about the food being kosher." Mr Lassman
added that during his time as manager, "the Normandie was a different
type of Jewish hotel in that it was more religious."More religious
people used to like bringing their children as the hotel provides a
safe environment with its two acres of gardens. "Separate entertainment
for men and women was also provided. "As the years went on and other
places became cheaper to go to, the hotels started to decline, although
people still came for short breaks and weekends."In the end, though, it
became very difficult economically to run, which is why it is closing
now." Mr Lassman added: "It's really sad that there are no kosher
hotels left, firstly because I worked in that industry, but secondly
because the hotels used to attract families to the area. "Bournemouth
is a lovely environment and I'm concerned that the Jewish community in
Bournemouth will suffer."
Another veteran of the Bournemouth hotel industry, Geoffrey Feld,
recalled that the Ambassador Hotel was the first of the large Jewish
hotels when it opened in 1935.It later became the New Ambassador. At
one time he owned the Ambassador and the Majestic. "After the war
people started to think about family holidays, that was the backbone of
the Jewish hotel business," he said. "The family's first choice was
sun, sea and sand to get away from the grime and soot of the big
cities."Jewish people love to eat and the hotels gave superb service.
It was the golden age of British holidaymaking. "Bournemouth really was
the place for Jewish families to go to on holiday back then," he
reminisced. "There were eight big Jewish hotels in total. "Between
them, they could accommodate more than 1,000 people. "Each hotel tried
to out-do each other - it was very competitive. "My parents bought the
Cumberland in 1949, although I lived in a house nearby. I met a lot of
people in the hotel and had a great social life. "Many shidduchim were
arranged there and I even met my wife-to-be, Susan, in the bar at the
Cumberland. Indeed, many people who I meet today tell me they either
met their partners there, or had a honeymoon or anniversary
there. "From after World War II to the 1980s, it was a major part
of Anglo-Jewry, especially when it came to the yomim tovim and even the
non-Jewish holidays. "It is a shame the Normandie is now closing, but
it's a question of supply and demand. "But it does mean the people
coming to visit really don't have anywhere to go for a kosher meal or
to stay in a kosher establishment."
Mancunian Martin Mann, organiser for nearly 20 years of the annual
Esther Rosen trips to the Normandie, recalled: "I used to go to the
Green Park Hotel, but when that closed the Normandie was the only
Jewish kosher hotel left open. "The highlight of the trip was always
the wonderful Shabbat kiddush. "I'm very upset it's closing because
it's the last kosher hotel in the country. It is a sad state of affairs
that, with so many Jewish people in the country, we don't have a single
seaside resort of Brighton
(originally known as Brightelstone) and adjoining Hove to its west, on
England's south coast, have a population of nearly 250,000. Until 1974,
Brighton was a county borough and Hove a the municipal borough in the
county of East Sussex. They were then united to form the district of
Brighton & Hove in the county of East Sussex. In 1997, Brighton
& Hove became a unitary authority. and
in 2000 it was granted city status. Brighton & Hove has the fifth
Jewish community in the United Kingdom, and there exists a Brighton
& Hove Jewish Representative Council. There were Jewish residents
in Brighton from the second
half of the 1700's, the earliest Synagogue (in Jew Street) having been
the major city of the West of England with a population of about
400,000, is situated near the eastern end of the Bristol Channel and
has a short coast line along the southern coast of the channel, facing
Wales. Bristol is unique in having been a city with county status
since medieval times (it was named a county borough when the term was
created in 1889), with only a
short break, from 1974 to 1996, when it became a local government
district of the short-lived county of Avon. It regained its
independence and county status in 1996, when the county of Avon was
abolished and Bristol became a
unitary authority.Bristol has had a Jewish presence since at least the
and before that that had been an important Jewish community there in
university city of Cambridge, situated
in the east of England on the river Cam, has a population of over
100,000. It was a municipal borough until 1974, when it became a
local government district
of the administrative county of Cambridgeshire.
Welsh - Caerdydd), a unitary
authority, is the largest city and capital of Wales, with a population
of about 300,000. From 1974 to 1996, it formed the district of
Cardiff in the county of South Glamorgan and, prior thereto, it was a
county borough in the old county of Glamorganshire. It lies on
the Bristol Channel at the mouth of the river
the capital and second largest
city in Scotland. It is situated on the east coast of Scotland's
central lowlands on the south shore of the Firth of Forth. Since
1996, the City of Edinburgh, including surrounding villages, has
constituted a self-contained unitary local
authority, with a population of about 450,000, and from 1975 to 1996 it
a district of the now defunct Lothian Region. Prior to 1975, Edinburgh
in the traditional county of Midlothian. Although Leith, the port of
had historically been a separate burgh, it has been administered as
of Edinburgh since 1920.
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Hebrew Synagogue 4
Road, Edinburgh EH8 Tel 0131
667 3144 President of Synagogue Tel: 0131668
2910 Rabbi David Rose Tel 01316681279 Sukkat
Liberal Jewish Community,http://www.eljc.org/.
situated on the river Clyde, in
Scotland's west central lowlands, is the largest city in Scotland.
Although the City of Glasgow, a self-contained unitary local authority
since 1996, has a population of about 630,000, there are approximately
2,100,000 people living in the Greater
Glasgow area (which also includes East Dunbartonshire, West
Dunbartonshire, most of East Renfrewshire and part of South
Lanarkshire). From 1975 to 1996, the City of Glasgow and the
other areas mentioned were districts of the now defunct Strathclyde
Region. Prior to 1975, Glasgow was in the
traditional county of Lanarkshire.
present boundaries of the officially-named
City of Leeds metropolitan borough, in Northern England, date from
1974, when the
county borough of Leeds was merged with a number of other localities
West Riding of Yorkshire to form the metropolitan district (later
borough) within the then new metropolitan county of West
Yorkshire. Leeds became a unitary authority in 1986 when West
Yorkshire lost its administrative status, becoming purely a ceremonial
county. The Leeds Jewish community is the second largest provincial
community in Britain (exceeded only by Manchester), currently numbering
over 8,000 (out of a total population of approximately for 430,000 for
Leeds itself and 730,000 for the whole metropolitan borough). The
community only really became established in 1840, much later than many
other communities. By the 1870's, most of the community lived in,
or close to, the very poor Leylands district, which was almost a Jewish
ghetto. The Jews gradually moved to the north, partly as a result of
slum clearance schemes which started in 1907 and very few were left in
Leylands by the late 1930's.
They initially settled in the Chapeltown district, and from the 1950's,
moved further north to the vicinity of Moortown and the Ring Road
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Leeds Bet Din
The historic city of
Leicester, in the
English East Midlands, lies on the river Soar. The city has a
population of about 280,000, although there are over 330,000 people
living in the greater Leicester urban area. It was a county
borough until 1974, when it became a district of the administrative
county of Leicestershire. In 1996, the city of Leicester became a
first records of the modern Jewish community date from 1861, although
there had been a community in medieval times.
population of about 440,000 is major city and port lying on northeast
bank of the river Mersey estuary in Northwest England.
Historically in the county of Lancashire, it was a county borough from
1888 until 1974, when it
became metropolitan district within the then newly formed metropolitan
of Merseyside. Liverpool became a unitary authority in 1986 when
lost its administrative status, becoming purely a ceremonial
Liverpool are a number of other metropolitan boroughs within
including Knowsley, formed in 1974 by the merger of the
District Council and several local authorities. Details of any Knowsley
are included in the list below. For other communities in, or
connected with, Merseyside, see under Sefton
(for Bootle, Crosby and Southport), Wirral
(for Birkenhead, Hoylake and Wallasey) and Widnes
(for Widnes in Halton). The earliest organized Jewish community in
Liverpool was in about 1740, of Sephardi Jews, probably connected to
the small Sephardi community that had been established in Dublin. This
community did not survive and a new Ashkenazi was founded in about
1780, although little is known of its early history.
Centre, Harold House,
Dunbabin Road, Liverpool,
5825/0151-475 5671 Fax:
Thursday and Sunday, 6-10pm
Kosher Restaurants in
Manchester, a metropolitan county established in 1974 in North West
England, covers the City of Manchester and surrounding areas. In
comprises ten metropolitan boroughs, namely the City of Manchester, the
City of Salford, Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside,
Trafford and Wigan. In 1986, Greater Manchester lost its
administrative powers becoming purely a ceremonial county. Accordingly,
each of the metropolitan boroughs effectively became unitary
authorities. The metropolitan county includes certain localities,
such as Salford
and Trafford that form a single conurbation along with
Manchester, while others, such as Bolton, Rochdale and Wigan, are
Kings Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25. Tel: 0871 207 6930.
Next door to JS (next) and one of only two legitimate Kosher
restaurants in Manchester (surprisingly), Ashers offer a modest and
inexpensive meat-free menu menu. It does, however, have salmon and fish
on the menu so it's not
completely vegetarian, though vegetarians would feel quite comfortable
The Square , Hale Barns
144 Old Bury Road,
M7 4QY Tel:0161
Open Mon-Thurs 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.00pm-11.30pm, Sunday
11.30am-11.30pm. One of Manchester's leading Kosher caterers, under the
supervision of the Manchester Beth Din. Wide range of typical Jewish
cuisine, including Chopped Liver, Worsht Omelette, Schnitzel, Salt
Beef, as well as a good selection of burgers, Express Meals and
Sandwiches. Also good for vegetarians. Smart, pleasant & tasteful
décor. Licenced, comprehensive Wine List and cheap House Wines.
Minimum charge of £4.00 after 7.00pm. Takeaway Menu
Kosher Antonio's Restaurant
Cultural & Leisure Centre, Bury Old Road, Salford
Tel: 0161-795 1400 or 0871 207 6974.
upon Tyne, with a population of about 260,000 is the principal city of
North East of England, lying on north bank of the river Tyne a few
miles inland from the North Sea coast. The present boundaries
date from 1974, when the metropolitan borough of Newcastle upon Tyne
was formed, within the then new metropolitan county of Tyne and
Wear. Newcastle became a unitary authority in 1986 when Tyne and
Wear lost its administrative status, becoming purely a ceremonial
county. Until 1974, Newcastle was a county borough and part of
the county of Northumberland. There was a small medieval
Jewish community in Newcastle. The modern community is believed to
date from 1775, the first synagogue being founded in about 1837.
city of Nottingham, in the English East Midlands, lies on the river
Trent. The city has a population of about 270,000, although there are
over 600,000 people living in the Greater Nottingham area. It was
a county borough until 1974, when it became a district of the
administrative county of Nottinghamshire. In 1996, the city of
Nottingham became a unitary authority.
The modern Jewish community was founded in the early 1800's, although
there had been a community in medieval times. In 1986, the closure of
the synagogue in Derby increased membership of Nottingham's synagogues.
Sheffield, which has a
population of over half a million, forms the core of the
Metropolitan Borough of
Sheffield, in Northern England. The present boundaries date from
when the metropolitan district of Sheffield was formed within the then
metropolitan county of South Yorkshire. Sheffield became a
in 1986 when South Yorkshire lost its administrative status, becoming
a ceremonial county. Until 1974, Sheffield was a county borough
part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.
There are few Jews in Somerset and
the nearest synagogues are in Bristol & Exeter. However recently a
new Group has been formed in Somerset.
Somerset Jewish Social and Cultural Group.
are a growing group. We've been together for about one year and there
are approximately 30 people in the group -of all ages, singles,
couples, and some with partners of other faiths. We vary in our levels
of observance, but we all 'click' very well, and we love to welcome new
members -I guarantee you'll have a great time! Our aim appears to be
socialising, nosh and talks from group members. Contact :
have applied to Morrison's, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose to send us
a list of the branches where there are Kosher Counters. Sainsbury's say
" There are85
kosher counters in Sainsbury's stores across the country.
If you are not
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BUTCHERS & FISHMONGERS IN GREATER LONDON
parts of Essex, Hertfordshire &
Barnet & EN4
Boucherie Kosher Ltd,
Cat Hill, East Barnet EN 8JB. Tel: 0208
This is an "easy recipe" donated by Jean
The following recipes are taken from Jewish
Vegetarian Cooking by
Rose Friedman, available from the JVS from £6.99 plus postage and
use only 'Supervised for Passover' ingredients
1 large ripe
skinned and chopped; 2 carrots, grated /shredded;
1 small onion, chopped;1 leek, chopped; 2 sticks celery/celery stalks,
chopped;1 small parsnip, chopped;1 potato, chopped; 6-8 cups water; 2
chopped fresh parsley; sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;1
stock/bouillon cube (optional);1 tbsp tomato puree/paste.
vegetables gently in the water for approximately 1-1'/z
hours or until the vegetables are soft. Add the parsley season to taste
with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the cube at this
1/2 lb (225g)
or frozen spinach; 2 medium onions, grated/ shredded
or chopped; 1 small green pepper, deseeded and chopped; 1 clove garlic,
crushed/minced; vegetable oil, for frying;1 stick celery/celery stalk
3-4 medium carrots, grated/shredded; sea salt and freshly ground black
pepper; pinch ground ginger;1 tbsp tomato puree/paste; 2 oz (55g)
mixed nuts; 2 oz (55g) matzo meal; 3 fl oz (90ml) vegetable stock.
well, cook it in a little water and then chop it finely.
(Cook frozen spinach until soft.) Sauté the onion, green pepper
and garlic in a little oil until they have softened. Pre-heat the oven
to 350oF/180oC/gas mark 4. Add the celery and carrot and cook for about
10 minutes, stirring frequently. Mix all the vegetables together,
to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, add the ginger,
tomato puree, nuts and the matzo meal, mixing all the ingredients
well. Spoon the mixture into a greased ovenproof casserole dish and
the hot stock over. Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes
the top has browned.
Love it or hate it,
fish is undeniably up there in the Jewish food hall of fame. So get
1 lb. minced hake (or any white fish)
3 grated hard-boiled eggs
1 large grated Spanish onion
Salt and pepper
1 raw egg
½ eggshell of water
2 sliced carrots
2 stick celery
4 teaspoons sugar
Mix fish, hard-boiled eggs, onion, seasoning and raw egg. If necessary
add ½ eggshell of cold water. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Fill a large pan 1/3 full of water, a little salt and ½ a
teaspoon of pepper.
Add carrots, onion, celery and sugar then bring the water to the boil.
Make balls of the fish and drop into boiling water. Simmer for about
2-2½ hours then leave to cool in the pan. Pour the stock over
balls in another dish before serving.
Garnish with the infamous carrot hat!
Nothing goes to waste in
home cooking! You'll love Ethel's chopped liver...
½ lb. calves or chicken livers
2 large onions
Salt & pepper
¼ lb. chicken fat
Fry the liver until it is lightly cooked, then allow it to cool.
Hard-boil the eggs. Chop the onions then fry until browned.
Mince the liver and the eggs together. Add salt and pepper to taste.
There's more to lockshen than
noodles that swim around in your chicken soup. The proof is in the
Egg lockshen (see recipe)
or use 1 box of broad noodles
½ lb. cooking cheese
½ lb. cream cheese
2 oz. raisins
3 oz. butter
If using box of noodles boil until soft, 15 minutes, and then leave to
Mix all ingredients with the noodles leaving some butter to melt in the
bottom of the dish.
Stir well and pour into prepared dish.
Bake in oven gas mark 4, 350°F for about 30-40 minutes. Can be
served hot or cold.
The Big Cheese - add
blueberries, raisins or even chocolate. Alternatively, keep it totally
1½ lbs cooking cheese
1 cup of castor sugar
¼ pint double cream
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Pinch of salt
Digestive biscuit crumbs or short crust pastry thinly rolled or sponge
cake thinly sliced
Grease a baking tin and line base with short crust pastry, sponge cake
or Digestive biscuits crumbs.
Beat eggs and sugar until very thick and creamy.
In another bowl beat the cheese, flour, salt, lemon juice and cream
thoroughly. Add the contents of both bowls and beat together.
Pour mixture on top of base in tin and bake, gas mark 4, 350°F. The
cake will rise like a soufflé. Turn off the heat and leave in
20 minutes with the door slightly open.
Herring (serves 6)
Sushi, shmushi! If it's raw
you fancy, try out Ethel's totally traditional recipe for chopped
3 large eating apples
4 hard-boiled eggs
1 large onion
1 tablespoon of sugar, or to taste
Finely chop one egg and set it aside. Place the remaining ingredients
in a food processor until all ingredients are chopped.
Spoon into serving bowl and sprinkle remaining chopped egg on top.
Before the art of
light Sephardic Tradional Matza Balls is completely overtaken by the
heavy Ashkenazi Kneidlach dumpling I want to pass on my grandmother's
Matzo Ball recipe. Believe me once eaten always made.
1 small onion
Matzos (4 Sheets)
Fine matzo meal
half a teaspoon salt & pepper
Chop onion very finely. Fry in chicken
Crush the matzos very finely. Add a small amount of boiling water and
stir into a dry paste. Add one beaten egg, salt & pepper. Mix
ingredients together. Leave to stand until cool. Roll the mixture into
balls by hand coated in fine matzo meal. Add to chicken soup. When
balls rise to surface of the soup boil for ten minutes. Mixture makes
8/9 matzo balls.
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Rothschild whose seat was at Mentmore, three miles away. The following
Leopold de Rothschild took over Ascott as a hunting box. During the
years the house was transformed and enlarged to form a family home. From
1941-1947 a group of Chelsea Pensioners lived at Ascott after the RoyalHospital,
was bombed.In 1949 the Ascott Collection, together with the House, its
of 261 acres and an endowment were given to the National Trust by
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When it opened in September 1995, it was Britain's first
Holocaust Memorial and Education Centre. It was called Beth
the place of peace. It soon became a place of education, a place
memory, a place of testimony, a place of art, a place of academia, and
more besides. The Centre was
in the grounds of a former farmhouse, in the village of Laxton on the
of Sherwood Forest in North Nottinghamshire. The surrounding
provides a peaceful setting and the Centre itself is set in two acres
beautiful landscaped gardens.
1701 and modeled after the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. Built
a courtyard, at a time when synagogues were not permitted on public
it is open for visits and special occasions. Even
though recently restored, the
has barely changed since it was built. It is in the style of many
chapels of the period. The influence of Sir Christopher wren is also
Bevis Marks is the "cathedral synagogue of the Sephardim Jews not just
in the UK but throughout many parts of the world. In 2001 it was 300
years old.If you view the famous Sephardim names on the wall,
Henriques, Mocatta, Sebag-Montfiore, Palache & Musaphia they are
alson on the wall of the Amsterdam Synagogue.
The Synagogue has one of the finest collections of Cromwellian and
Anne furniture in the country and the magnificent brass candelabra with
Jewish festivals) Sunday 11.15 Wednesday 12.00 Friday 12.00
Marks Synagogue 2 Henage
Lane London EC3A
Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation
The congregation formed in 1905 ] It
built its present building in 1911. Albert Samuel, brother of Herbert
Samuel laid the cornerstone. The curvaceous
roof line and window shape reveal what would have been a very
contemporary Art Nouveau take on the Moorish Revival style that was
extremely popular for synagogues. The squat tower with its square
dome and "attractive interlocking window arcade" mark the original
entrance. The Horseshoe arched windows to the left are also part of the
original facade. The new entrance, to the right of the tower, and
barrel-vaulted interior with a ladies' gallery is the result of a
1957-62 expansion. The Torah Ark, also dating from the 1960s, is a
mosaic design by craftsmen form Florence intended to echo the Temple of
Solomon by featuring the Biblical columns Boaz and Jachin.
The East End of
London has for centuries been indicative of the various waves of
immigration to London . Nearby the Roman Wall signifies the Roman
Invasion and not far from it one finds one of the oldiest places of
worship . It was originally a Hugenot chapel, then a Methodist Church
it then became the Spitalfields Great Synogogue in the 19century and
today is the Brick Lane
the Bengali Jamme Masjid,
1897 - Machzike
Adass or Spitalfields Great
was an Independent Orthodox, later
Synagogue which had schoolrooms on the roof. There had been an influx
Yiddish-speaking Jews to the East End after the assassination of the
of Russia in 1881 which had resulted in pogroms (organised massacres)
across northern Europe. Brick Lane was the heart of the “shtetl” and
this was the
principal synagogue of the area, open from dawn till dusk. From the
the Jewish community dwindled, many moving to areas of north London
as Golders Green and Hendon (known as the “bagel belt”). The building
for a short while before its next incarnation.
Joseph Hayes also
wrote a piece on this- see reader's letters below
Brick Lane, E1
British Jewish Life
In 1656, a small group of Jewish people worked hard to earn the right
live in England, and eventually Oliver Cromwell allowed them to live
worship freely within the state. From that time, this small group
a large community that has spread across the nation. This museum
the success and integration of the Jewish people in Britain and
the way that it occurred.
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the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Central Synagogue
as an independent congregation on
present site in Great Portland Street, London,
W.1, in 1870. From time to time, Central
Synagogue are delighted to present various events and trips.
Previously, these have included visits to Hughendon Manor, The
Holocaust Museum, a film premiere of The Horse
Whisperer, Lectures, Shabbaton lunches and successful Children's Parties
community, founded in 1948, and srving the Jewish population of
Southgate, Cockfosters and Hadley Wood – with over 1100 members and
covering an area almost 5 miles across.Our synagogue in Old Farm
Avenue, Southgate, is backed up by Minyanim held regularly in
Cockfosters and now also in Hadley Wood. Unlike most communities in
London we have been successful in maintaining the membership numbers
and this is very much due to the enthusiasm and hard work of all the
numerous groups and committees that look after the varied needs and
interests of the community.
Finchley Central Synagogue
Affectionately known as
Kinloss, we are a vibrant, warm and friendly Orthodox community,
inclusive of all Jews and proud of the State of Israel. Our synagogue
is a haven for inspiring and enjoyable Synagogue Services, a
breathtaking range of creative educational, cultural and social
programmes and personal support for the whole family.
Our community is an inclusive and welcoming Liberal synagogue. We
greet everyone who walks through our doors with the extended hand of
friendship and the opportunity to experience real, living community. We
welcome all people seeking to live Jewish lives, regardless of gender
or sexual orientation and partners of whatever religion are made to
feel at home. We value meaningful worship, inspiring educational
opportunities and a commitment to social action.Liberal Judaism is the
dynamic, cutting edge of modern Judaism. Liberal Judaism reverences
Jewish tradition, and seeks to preserve the values of the Judaism of
the past while giving them contemporary force. It aspires to a
Judaism that is always an active force for good in the lives of Jewish
individuals, families and communities today, and equally makes its
contribution to the betterment of society. Liberal Judaism is the
Judaism of the past in the process of becoming the Judaism of the
Finchley Reform Synagogue
the "Tree of Life" congregation, is a lively, friendly and caring
community. We are committed to celebrating Jewish traditions and
beliefs in a way that is meaningful and relevant to modern life. Our
ethos is based on: *
informality, * inclusivity. We welcome all
individuals, regardless of their Jewish background or circumstances,
and encourage members to play a full role in the in the religious and
communal life of the synagogue. This includes anything from
leading services, helping community members at times of difficulty,
fundraising for charities to taking part in a wide range of social and
educational events for all ages. There’s bound to be something you will
find rewarding and fulfilling at FRS. FRS is a member of the Movement
for Reform Judaism and participates in many of its activities. We are
also active in the wider community, with strong links to other faith
Highbridge in 1884,
Major Frank Foley
was an MI6 agent who used his cover as a passport control
at the British Embassy in Berlin during the 1930s to provide
papers for Jewish people to leave Nazi Germany for sanctuary.
A deeply religious Catholic who frequently
risked his own life by venturing
into concentration camps to help free Jewish internees, he also
them to obtain forged passports and even hid them in his own
until they were able to leave Germany.
His selfless bravery saved the lives
of thousands, maybe
tens of thousands, of Jewish people - many of who remained in
of their unassuming benefactor's identity.
Sigmund Freud’s last residence prior to his death in September, 1939.
to flee Vienna with his family after the Nazis had arrested his
Anna for questioning, Freud was able to emigrate with all his
possessions, including his famous analysand couch and over 3,000
ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Chinese figurines, all of which are
now displayed in the museum.
Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, London
German-Jewish Studies Centre
Since 1994 this collection has been in place and offers an interesting
informative library, resource centre and museum for those who are
in learning more about Jewish lives in Central Europe. Obviously there
the notable atrocities committed by the Nazi’s in the 1940s, but beyond
this collection helps visitors to see a broader picture about how the
of these people changed.
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the sometime country residence of Alfred de Rothschild and
Officers' Mess for RAF Halton.In July of 1883 the house was finished,
it was not formally opened until 15th January 1884. Another Rothschild
was Tring Park which now houses The Arts Educational School.
is housed in a beautiful yet extremely moody dark building on the edge
West Hampstead. Constructed in 1892 the building is a s beautiful on
inside as it is on the outside. The synagogue is the central place of
for the majority of the Jewish community based in the area and is as
as a place of religion a meeting place and a venue from which to
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Hendon Reform Synagogue
HRS is a Reform
community, affiliated to the Movement for Reform Judaism. We draw our
strength and direction from the Torah and from the rich Rabbinical
interpretations of the Talmud and our continuing history thus keeping
alive the living traditions of Judaism. A warm and welcoming community,
we encourage the equal participation of men and women in our services
where both Hebrew and English are used.We promote learning with regular
classes for children on a Sunday morning, the Rabbi's Shabbat morning
class for Bar and Bat Mitzvah children, regular Torah Breakfasts plus
interesting Adult Education programmes.HRS is situated in the centre of
Hendon although our members come from a wide area of North West London
and surrounding districts including Hertfordshire and Middlesex.We have
many social activities that take place during the week and events for
all ages and interests throught the year.
home of Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria's favourite prime minister.
memorabilia, personal belongings, furnishings and paintings. Recreation
the colourful gardens designed by Disraeli's wife Mary Anne Attractive
park and woodland trails. Stunning views over unspoilt Chilterns
Tracker Packs bring history to life for children
historical material to document the Nazis persecution of the Jews prior
and during World War II. The display brings to this country for the
time rare and important objects from former concentration camp museums
in Germany, Poland and the Ukraine, including a funeral cart from the
Warsaw Ghetto, a deportation rail car donated by the Belgian government
and a wagon heaved by slave laborers. Toys, diaries, mementoes, and
filmed testimonies from 18 survivors help to illuminate one of the most
in history, thus making for a profoundly moving exhibition.
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reflect the entire spectrum of Jewish religious, social and political
from left to right, Orthodox to secular while its arts and lifestyle
coverage includes film, theatre, travel, cookery and youth &
Description: The Jewish
East End Celebration Society
and promotes all aspects of the former Jewish East End and promotes a
of talks, walks, events and other initiatives.
JEECS, P.O. Box 57317,
London E1 3WG
Genealogical Society of Great Britain http://www.jgsgb.org.uk Description: The Jewish
Genealogical Society of
Britain, JGSGB are an important link for anyone wanting to research
family history, as well as more general research.
Society of Great
33 Seymour Place, London W1H 5AU 020
Jewish Historical Society of England http://www.jhse.org Description: The Jewish
Society of England is England’s oldest Jewish learned society founded
1896 and conducts research into all aspects of Anglo-Jewish history.
Historical Society of England
Place, London W1H 5AP
Jewish life and heritage, is enjoying a Renaissance of a sorts in
and thanks to events such as Jewish Heritage Day (held annually the
week in September), Jews from all over the world are invited to explore
city’s Jewish sites and landmarks, of which there are many.
UK, P.O. Box 193
M13 9PL email@example.com
Military Museum This
museum is run by the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women and
established to commemorate the brave contribution that British Jews
made to the Armed Forces over two centuries. There are well over a
artefacts and documents on display consisting of memorabilia, books,
artefacts of soldiers, uniforms and medals. The Jewish Book of Honour
housed in the museum that complies a role of honour of more than 60,000
who have served since World War II.
Town has a history gallery that traces the community’s story from the
Conquest. On view are the oldest English Hanukkah lamp, a medieval tax
receipt consisting of notched wooden tallies to show the amount
received, as well
as Jewish bronze coins from 103 to 76 B.C. The museum also has a late 13th
century charter in Latin noting a small land grant forbidding its
transfer to monks or Jews and small porcelain figurines of early 19th
professions such as a moneychanger. The collection’s finest ritual
is an elaborately carved 16th century Venetian Ark, found in
in Chillingham Castle, Northumbria, where it was being used as a
wardrobe. Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 10am-4pm, Sundays
(Last admission to the galleries half an hour before closing) Closed
Saturdays and Jewish Festivals.
Raymond Burton House
129-131 Albert Street
London NW1 7NB
Museum relocated to an elegant, early Victorian listed building in the
vibrant neighbourhood of Camden Town. In the same year it amalgamated,
on a two-site
basis, with the former London Museum of Jewish Life, in Finchley, North
(now The Jewish Museum - Finchley).The London Museum of
Jewish Life was founded in 1983 as the Museum of the Jewish East End,
with the aim
of rescuing and preserving the disappearing heritage of London's East
- the heartland of Jewish settlement in Britain. While the East End has
an important focus, the Museum expanded to reflect the diverse roots
social history of Jewish people across London. It also developed an
acclaimed programme of Holocaust and anti-racist education.
Monday - Thursday 10.30am-5pm, Sundays 10.30am-4.30pm
Closed Friday, Saturday, Jewish Festivals, Public Holidays, 24 December
4 January. The Museum is also closed on Sundays in August and Bank
80 East End Road
London N3 2SY
The Jewish Music Institute is an
arts organisation (non-religious), established in
March 2000 at the
School of Oriental and AfricanStudies, University of
London, after 18
years of successfuloperation under the name of
Music Heritage Trust. JMI is a national focus bringing
to the mainstream British
arena for people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures.
of JMI is spread across many sectors.
SOAS, University of London
PO Box 232
HA1 2NN T +44 (0)208909 2445
To visit the library To
visit the library please contact the Head of Information Laoise
on 020 7898 4307 for To visit the library please
contact the Head of Information Laoise Davidson on 020 7898 4307 for an
Jewish Poor Soup Kitchen
The London Hebrew
Kitchen or Jews’ Soup Kitchen began in Leman Street in 1854.
It was later to be found in Black Horse Yard, Aldgate, then to
Fashion Street and in 1903 to Brune Street. In its hayday it
catered for over 1500 people When we first wrote this description
it was derelict but in recent years the guts of the building have been
converted to expensive flats for the city workers. All that remains is
the facade. *Joseph Hayes also
wrote a piece on this- see reader's letters below
of Jewish learning, the community came a cropper when it meddled in
politics and was subsequently subjected to a blood libel and brutal
in which 57 of its members were killed.
2006, Anglo-Jewry celebrated the 350th anniversary of the readmittance
Jews to England. But, in fact, the history of the Jewish community in
stretches back well over 1,000 years. JTrails, the
Anglo-Jewish Heritage Trail, is a new initiative of the Spiro Ark to
awareness of this rich, but often unknown, history among both Jews and
alike, and to encourage individuals to further investigate their own
as well as the fascinating origins of the community
- Jewish Heritage Trails in England Oxford Description: Home
to some of the most celebrated scholars and academics of all time,
the days of the Domesday Book, Jews have made a vital contribution to
both Oxford the university and Oxford the town.
The Judith Lady Montefiore College
Originally in Ramsgate the Judith Lady Montefiore College was re-opened
London in 2005 as a centre for higher Torah education, with Rabbi Dr.
Levy as its Honorary Principal, and is registered with the Department
Education and Skills. It occupies premises attached to the Spanish and
Portuguese Jews' synagogue at Lauderdale Road, Maida Vale, London W9.In
the College opened its part-time Semicha Programme to train future
for the Anglo-Jewish community as a whole.
Jewish Synagogue, known as the LJS, we combine respect for our
heritage with positive acceptance of modern knowledge and an emphasis
leading ethical lives.
both sexes play full and equal roles in every aspect of the
religious, social and educational organisation. The LJS abides by the
of Liberal Judaism and is the founding member of Liberal Judaism
The Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues).
opened London Jewish Cultural Centre offers Jewish Culture
in all its diversity. It includes 50 courses a term in
culture, film, art, literature, music,
and Yiddish. It regularly puts on films, lectures,
performances, exhibitions and debates. We also
schools programme where we facilitiate a number of
for sixth formers in and around London. The subjects
include Jewish history, refuge and asylum: the Jewish
experience, the history of racism and the
London Jewish Cultural
94 - 96 North End Road
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BEN URI GALLERY, The London Jewish Museum of
only dedicatedJewish Museum of Art
in partnership with both secular and Jewish Museums in the UK and
internationally. Conceived in 1914, it was founded
in the East End of London by the charismatic Russian-born
artist Lazar Berson. It has a fascinating and often
90 year history and is this country's longest
Jewish arts and cultural institution. Mon- Fridays
Boundary Road, St. John's Wood,
Manchester Jewish Museum http://www.manchesterjewishmuseum.com Description: The Manchester
Museum and its web-site is an important resource for all aspects of
Jewish history and heritage.
Jewish Museum is located in the premises of the former Spanish and
Synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road.
in 1874, is a listed building of historical importance. It is, indeed,
beautiful example of Victorian architecture, executed in Moorish style.
noteworthy are the splendid stained glass windows and the distinctive
cast-iron fitments. Since
became redundant through the movement of the Jewish population away
the area, it has been completely restored, returned to its former glory
and listed Grade II*.
away in a back street not far from Marble Arch and Oxford Street at the
of London’s west end. The building is really just a converted house
inside has been turned into a small Jewish place of worship. It is home
a lively and busy spiritual community who use the place or private and
prayer as well as a social centre for the community.
Great Cumberland Place,
Marylebone, London W1H 7DG Map
built in 1855 for Baron Meyer Amschel de Rothschild who
a house close to London and in close proximity to other Rothschild
at Tring in Hertfordshire, Ascott, Aston Clinton and later Waddesdon
and Halton House..He commissioned Sir Joseph Paxton and
future son-in-law G H Stokes to design the house. Although Paxton was
a trained architect he was a great favourite of the Rothschild family
were probably impressed by the Crystal Palace he built for the Great
of 1851 and his work at Chatsworth.Paxton designed a vast building in
style with great windows and a turreted roofline. The grand romantic
was a reflection of the immense wealth and power of the Rothchilds
the Victorian era.At the end of the 19th century Mentmore Towers passed
the hands of Lord Rosebery. At that time the house contained a superb
collection of fine furniture and works of art. Lord Rosebery made the
house a magnificent
centre of social life for the rich and influential.In the 1970s the
of the house were put up for sale. Although there was a public outcry
the possible loss to the nation of many important items, the auction
ahead and raised over �6,000,000.The house was sold later to the
Mahesh Yogi and is now the headquarters of his University of Natural
it is being redeveloped as a hotel and golf course.At
the present time the house is not open to the public.
English gentlemen of standing usually possessed country estates, which
included a chapel. Moses Montefiore was no exception; and in 1831 he
a mansion with twenty-four acres of land on the East Cliff of the then
fashionable seaside town of Ramsgate. The house had previously served
as a country residence
for Queen Caroline, when still Princess of Wales, and had passed into
possession of the Marquis of Wellesley, brother of the Duke of
bought an adjacent plot of land and commissioned his cousin, architect
Mocatta, to design his own synagogue, which was opened with a grand
ceremony in 1833.Access to the synagogue for prayer or for interested
may be arranged by
through the Secretary of the Montefiore Endowment: it may also be
for weddings and other events. The synagogue is not generally open for
worship except on special occasions due to lack of a local minyan;
It is widely
accepted that there is insufficient recognition of the men and women of
our Armed Forces who have given their lives in the service of their
country since the end
of the Second World War.Following a period of extensive
consultation with the Services and ex-Services community it was
concluded that a new national memorial should be constructed – to be
known as the Armed Forces Memorial.The Armed Forces
Memorial will not be a traditional ‘war memorial’ that only remembers
those killed in conflict. It will also recognise the many servicemen
women who have given their lives while on duty and those killed by
terrorist action. The Memorial will also help to raise awareness of the
made by the Armed Forces throughout the world.The
will be located at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire
there are already a number of Service-related memorials
a memorial to all those Jews who served and fell in the service of the
Crown. The memorial is the culmination of three years of dedicated work
led by Ron
and Lionel Singer of Birmingham Branch of AJEX , who together with the
Harry Seager are praised for their efforts.
West End Synagogue is among the most beautiful and historic buildings
of Jewish interest in England and visitors are most welcome to view the
of our Grade 1 Listed Building. (Click here
photographs of the interior).Our Central London location
very convenient for tourists visiting London, who are assured of a warm
to all our services and events. The Foundation Stone of
New West End Synagogue was laid on June 7th. 1877 by Mr. Leopold de
in the presence of the Chief Rabbi, Dr. Nathan Marcus Adler, and the
was formally opened on March 30th. 1879.
Parkes Institute for the
Study of Jewish/nonJewish Relations
Parkes Institute is a unique centre for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish
relations across the ages. The Institute, through its research,
publications, teaching and outreach work, is based on the library and
life work of the Christian scholar and activist, the Reverend Dr James
Parkes (1896-1981). The library now consists of over 20,000 printed
items – books, pamphlets and journals – and is supplemented by one of
the largest collections of Jewish archives in Europe, consisting of
many hundreds of individual and institutional records, totalling
millions of individual items.
probably the most famous and oldest of all of London's
was established over 400 years ago and still attracts visitors from all
the world.Where does the name come from (given
it is based around Middlesex Street)? The Huguenots, who came to London
France, sold petticoats and lace here. The street and the market became
as petticoat lane, but then the prudish Victorians changed the name of
lane and market to avoid referring to woman's underclothes. Although
this (middlesex street) remains its official name, the old name has
the Sunday market, held here and in the surrounding streets, is still
as Petticoat Lane Market.A further wave of immigrants,
time Jews fleeing persecution in
Europe, settled in the area from 1882. The chapels, that had previously
the Huguenot community, now became synagogues; and due to the grinding
in the area, many Jewish relief societies were founded.Jewish immigrants entered
local garment industry and maintained the traditions of the market. The
damage experienced throughout the East
End during World War II, served to disperse the Jewish
to new areas, and the area around Middlesex Street suffered a decline.
market, however, continued to prosper, and a new wave of Asian
beginning in the 1970's restored the area's vitality - centred on
Brick Lane. The market actually takes
in Wentworth Street on Monday - Friday lunch times, spreading on a
morning to take up 10 separate trading streets, including Middlesex
On a Sunday there is a huge variety of goods is on sale including
fashion clothes, fabrics, jewellery, china, toys, textiles, household
and electrical items, but there is still a bias towards clothing,
leather coats.The market is always very crowded.
are not always shown, so haggling may be necessary (and even where
are shown, haggling is often accepted). Like
and Goulston Streets,
headquarters on St. Swithen’s Lane, where the international price of
is set daily. Although it is well-guarded, the Rothschild building
a mezuzah on its main doorway. In its lobby, next to the family
hangs a striking woven tapestry of Moses in the desert striking the
Rothschild outgrew its New Court
and now operates out of several buildings on St. Swithin's Lane,
1 King William Street, once the site of the first Gresham Club.
Museum http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/salomons-museum The Salamon's Museum is a new web-site all about the
of the Salomon's family and their house which is now a museum in Kent
near Canterbury. Mondays,
and Fridays 2 pm - 5 pm (except for Bank Holidays)
Broomhill Road , Southborough
Tunbridge Wells , Kent
The Spiro Ark http://www.spiroark.org The
Ark, founded by Robin and Nitza Spiro, and the lead partner of JTrails,
Jewish heritage tours, courses in Jewish history, culture and language
well as a range of cultural events
The plaque on the
right can be
seen at the entrance to Mary Stevens
Park in Stourbridge in recognition of
Foley, the Stourbridge man who saved thousands
of Jews in World War 2. The plaque was unveiled on 27
2004, Frank Foley was a secret service agent who posed
passport officer in
Berlin, issuing fake documents to around 10,000 Jews,
saving them from almost certain death in the Nazi concentration camps.
Foley lived most of his life in Stourbridge
died in 1958 and is buried at Stourbridge
Spy who saved 10,000 Jews
- buy the book
was built (1874-1889) by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild
display his outstanding collection of art treasures and to entertain
fashionable world. Fascinated by the history and culture of France, he
a French architect, Gabriel Hippolyte Destailleur, to build
a Renaissance-style chateau, based on those in the Loire Valley, and
a French garden designer, Elie Lainé to lay out the
Like other members of his family he wanted a retreat outside London and
Buckinghamshire because several of his cousins already had houses there
was known as "Rothschildshire" in the late 19th century). Now, the
is run by a family charitable trust chaired by the present Lord
The Collection continues to grow, new features and displays are added
both House and Gardens and we offer a varied programme of events and
Almost 300,000 visitors were welcomed to Waddesdon last year.
Wingate & Finchley Football
Wingate Football Club was founded
in 1946 by four enthusiastic Jewish sportsmen who returned to the U.K.
after the Second World War and wished to form a Jewish Football Club
playing in senior amateur competition. They earnestly believed that one
positive way of helping to combat the ignorance and social evil of
anti-Semitism was on the field of play. Finchley were the six oldest
(substantiated) club in the UK. They were founded in 1874 by NL “Pa”
Jackson who also founded the famous Corinthians, the London Football
Association, and who later became Secretary of the FA. Finchley joined
the London League from the North London League in 1902.Early in 1991 it
was announced that the club would merge with Wingate and a new club
would participate in the South Midlands League the following season
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reader of our free information service- our replies are included:
17:22 :We have removed all the materials you complained about
& replaced them with a direction to your correspondence which is
reproduced on the site. We did not realise you were just
referring to a couple of
small items describing properties of Jewish Interest- we thought you
were complaining about some article. Still we can not understand how
they are the same when we wrote ours in June 2007 and your copyright
said 2008! We do not "steal" in fact we enhance other
remote sites by giving
the reader a taste of what they might find. With our offices in Brick
Lane we do not need to steal local pictures or comments for a free
service for visitors to London. . As I said the relevant wording has
been changed as attached. Michael Davey
25/06/2008 14:04 I hope your
"millions" of visitors enjoy your theft. If this is an indication of
your financial advice, I will pray for your clients
Thank you for your reader's letter- It will be published on the website
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in our gallery of famous British Jews too- please send picture.
On Tue, 24 Jun
2008 18:41:20 +0100, Joseph Hayes <email@example.com> wrote:
I will point you to the writing concerning the Brick Lane Mosque
"Like the shifting fate of the Jewish people themselves, the
cycle of new immigration is never ending and life in the
East End continually changes. Part of the ancient Roman wall that
once surrounded Londinium is still standing, literally a
stone's throw from the oldest remaining Jewish house of
worship. More of the wall remains than signs of Jewish
life, which in its turn supplanted older, established communities.
What is now called the Brick Lane Mosque, the Bengali Jamme
Masjid, was the Spitalfields Great Synagogue in the 19th
century -- but before that it was a Methodist chapel, and
before that a church for Hugenots escaping persecution in
And then my article on Time Travel-Britain, copyright 2006,
"Like the shifting fate of the Jewish people themselves, the
cycle of new immigration is never ending and life in the East End
continually changes. Part of the ancient Roman wall that
once surrounded Londinium is still standing, literally a stone's
throw from the oldest remaining Jewish house of worship.
More of the wall remains than signs of Jewish life, which
in its turn supplanted older, established communities. What
is now called the Brick Lane Mosque, the Bengali Jamme Masjid, was
the Spitalfields Great Synagogue in the 19th century -- but
before that it was a Methodist chapel, and before that a
church for Hugenots escaping persecution in France. "
Remarkable similarity, yes? How about word for word?
Your website on the Jewish Poor Soup Kitchen:"The beautiful sandstone
facade is the only thing remaining from the heritage of the
Soup Kitchen. The interior, ironically, is now high-rent
My article, paragraph 6:
"The beautiful sandstone facade is the only thing remaining from
the heritage of the Soup Kitchen for the Jewish Poor in Brune
Street, opened in 1902 to feed indigent local residents.
The interior, ironically, is now high-rent condominiums."
The picture of the front of the Soup Kitchen on your website is
mine, I still have the original print I took in front of
the building. The picture on your website of the Bevis
Marks Synagogue is also mine ... they even have the same
file names, you (or someone building your website) simply
removed the captions from the images.
My email to you didn't warrant a smart-ass response. I make my
living writing, I work hard at it and I'm proud of what I
write, and what I write is not "obtained from other
sources". I did the research, talked to the people and
walked the streets of London. Obviously you also thought it
was notable, as you used it. Claiming your website is
"free" is irrelevant, a writers work is not "free" to use.
I find it difficult to fathom why you would go to such trouble to
write a well-researched website and then lift information
from another source without noting where you got it or
asking permission ... and then sarcastically denying what
is blatantly obvious. Oddly enough, I probably would have
agreed to your use.
And Gypsy Rose Lee was a stripper, not a fortune teller, and even
she would agree that one Jew stealing from another is just
Please remove the above sections, and photos.
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in regards to where to get food. We have seen your 2008 copyright
and note that it has some similiar references that are on our
site. Especially our reference to the rude waiters in
Blooms.We do not mind people utilising our article on the
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visits have been made to our sites so far in 2008. And over
15.9 million in all. If we had "lifted" your article in any
way a year before you wrote it would indeed be a matter for
Gypsy Rose Lee in a fairground. If we had taken it from
elsewhere we would have accepted the source and advertised
it . It is our practice is to bring people to the attention of
remote & obscure matters elsewhere on the internet that
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make no charge whatsoever for this. It appears you might have
obtained some of your background from other sources as we
have & then noticed the similarities. However most of
the subject matter on the pages were written by myself as
part of a thesis when I was at the Jewish studies
department at University College , London in 1979/80. In the
circumstances may I congratulate you on reviving memories
of the old East End & wish you well with your writings.
Michael Davey ll.B& BA(History)
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have been reading you colonials from New England discussing UK beigels.
we must point out that the best beigels in London come from bakeries
are taken home to be filled. They are properly made with the dough
being boiled first. Recently outlets have been opening in London
selling wrongly called "New York or American beigels". These are
usually no more than a bread roll with a hole in it.
the beigel , black bread etc all originally were introduced by
from Germany & Poland and like most other Jewish food is actually
food. A good beigel goes stale quickley so these new varieties have
in them which means they can never be as good.
many people know why there is a hole in the middle. The reason is
used to be sold off sticks and the hole was there for the stick to go
ago Americans complained that English water ruined the
coffee. Yet within a few years in the 1950's Britain had the first good
which have recently been copied by Starbucks etc. Since the 1950's
has been an Americanization of Britain and this has meant the
of the Junk food era. I remember in the 1940's Americans craving for
British kippers,British sandwich( invented by Lord Sandwich) or Scotch
To-day they want to go to easily recognisable chains like MacJunk and
are many very good beigel bakeries in the suburbs- places like
Southgate, Cockfosters, Stanmore, Ilford, and Radlett. There you
get authentic beigels. Golders
Green is very
the old Jewish area but far more
these days. There is a good bagel bakery in West Hampstead too.
We shall be pleased to list them if they or you tell us about them. In
we inform you that the Bagel Bake DOES HAVE FILLED BAGELS. Below
some of your comments. Will bagel bakeries and authentic bagel shops
inform us of their location etc & we will list them. Any fakes we
send our rabbi round to circumcise the owners and staff.
bagels in London
March 22, 2005 2:19 AM
Is there any place in west or central London to buy fresh "NY style"
And is there anything to the story that bagels don't taste the same
of NY because the water is different?
I have noticed a few chain bagel shops in UK (like the one at Heathrow)
the bagels are usually awful and don't come in many varieties. I'm
for that classic "walk in and see loads of baskets containing various
preferably made that day" style place. Extra points if someone knows a
that sells salt or everything bagels.
posted by gfrobe to food & drink (35 comments total)
Not quite west/central, but on the Seven Sisters Rd near Finsbury Park
(15mins from Oxford Circus) there is the 'Happening Beigel Bakery'
makes bagels fresh each day. They are also in baskets, and are 20p each
for plain ones. No extra points for me, though.
There's also the 'Manhattan Bagel Bakery' further down the Seven
Road towards Holloway, but I've never been in.
posted by altolinguistic at 2:50 AM PST on March 22
Look on the locations page to find the place nearest to you. I've just
tested a sun-dried tomato bagel, with pastrami and Swiss cheese, from
shop on Fleet Street. Very nice.
posted by veedubya at 3:30 AM PST on March 22
There's got to be a Jewish neighbourhood in London. That's where I'd go
get good bagels. Alternatively, set up a deal with a NYC MeFite to
you fresh bagels (sealed airtight, fastest delivery possible) in return
for English goodies.
This may be of some help? (scroll down), or this?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 3:31 AM PST on March 22
Beigel Bake, on Brick Lane. Open all night, and *tremendous*.
Note the spelling, too. It's pronounced Buy-gul, not Bay-gul. Old
posted by DangerIsMyMiddleName at 4:18 AM PST on March 22
excuse me, but weren't bagels invented by European Jews? if so, one
be able to find good bagels in Europe as well
/not a bagel fan
posted by matteo at 4:38 AM PST on March 22
The absolutely definitive bagel bakery in London is in Brick Lane, East
It is open 24 hours and is as far as I know run by Jewish people. The
of fillings is not up to US standard but the bagels themselves are well
and used by many restaurants/ cafés.
I think this link references the correct shop, but there are two next
each other. One is good, one is not. You'll know when you get there!
Personally though I agree that London bagels never seem as good as New
bagels. There's a whole array of reasons why that might be: discuss
posted by skylar at 4:41 AM PST on March 22
The Brick Lane Beigel Bake is ok. I live near there so I eat them
once every few weeks. But honestly they remind me a lot of the mediocre
we used to get in the school cafeteria growing up on Long Island. They
a too soft texture and a mildly strange sweetness that doesn't ring
to a New Yorker. If you realize its a different interpretation of the
same eastern european boiled then baked breads that a New York bagel is
descended from you'll be a lot happier. Kinda like if you compared a
to a New York bagel and expected them to be exactly the same you would
Not exactly a ringing endorsement. I'd say like Mexican food, a search
a truly authentic "bagel" in London will be fruitless.
posted by JPD at 4:52 AM PST on March 22
the only one who finds the concept of a sun-dried tomato bagel, with
and Swiss cheese mildly heretical?
Of course I laugh hysterically at the EAT sandwich that is pastrami,
and mayo on wheat bread
posted by JPD at 4:55 AM PST on March 22
Oh also, Brick Lane is only plain bagels. And I beleive the
Jewish neighborhoods are in the Northeast of London
And I will stop speaking now
posted by JPD at 4:57 AM PST on March 22
Isn't Golder's Green the predominent Jewish neighbourhood in London? I
to live in Finsbury Park and believe Golder's Green is a little
of Hampstead Heath. I had to laugh at the comment about Mexican food
JBD. An American friend of mine lives there now and constantly
about the lack of authentic Mexican. Where we're from, in Chicago, it's
Good luck with your NY bagel search!
posted by zombiebunny at 5:07 AM PST on March 22
JPD, I'm a chap of exotic
posted by veedubya at 5:19 AM PST on March 22
You can't get NY bagels outside of NY. It's that simple. I've spent
looking and eventually just moved back to the city. You can get round
dough things that are very very good, but they aren't NY bagels. It's
the fluoride in the water or something.
this place in Chicago even
To insure the proper taste a water purification filtration system has
installed to match the water properties of New York City. But I bet it
The guys at Finagle A Bagel (Boston) say they disproved that:
New Yorkers insisted that a New York style bagel could never be
outside of the city, because New York water was the secret ingredient!
Smith, the founder of Finagle A Bagel, set out to disprove that claim.
toted 5 gallon buckets of Boston water to New York, and made batches of
with Boston water and with New York water. Side by side, not even a New
could tell the difference! From that point, Finagle A Bagel began
and baking its own bagels.
Don't believe a word of it.
posted by CunningLinguist at 5:29 AM PST on March 22
No offense meant. Just that all you would need is a nice slice of bacon
that for a treif trifecta.
posted by JPD at 5:30 AM PST on March 22
Jewish neighborhood != Good bagels.
I work in Golders Green which is about as Jewish as it gets and you
find a decent bagel here if your bar mitzvah depended on it.
On a separate note, if you're buying them from a supermarket get them
Tesco's (they're amazing) and avoid all others (specifically
posted by john-paul at 5:46 AM PST on March 22
Haha! I've been to that place on Brick Lane. The bagels are actually
decent, but I was aghast when I heard my English friends ordering their
with "salad," which apparently means lettuce and tomato. Huh?! The
and flavors aren't what you'd find in a Jewish Deli, but the basic
is pretty tasty.
posted by abbyladybug at 5:48 AM PST on March 22
just about to head
to Brick Lane when I saw JPD's comment that they only sell plain
bagels. Definitely not what I was looking for. Appreciate all of the
replies though. posted
gfrobe at 6:00 AM PST on March 22
you can't tell the difference between Finagle A Bagel bagels cooked
"New York" water and "Boston" water because in both instances they will
be Finagle A Bagel bagels, and therefore gross. That wasn't a very
posted by neustile at 8:19 AM PST on March 22
I once read that Frank Sinatra so missed NY style pizza that he would
his private plane from LA to pick up pizzas for the weekend. Seems it
have been easier to load up on NYC water if that was the secret.
posted by terrier319 at 8:29 AM PST on March 22
Incorrect bagel types:
- Sun-dried tomato
- Anything not listed under "Correct bagel types"
posted by skwm at 8:39 AM PST on March 22
There's a place called Izzy's Bagels (or some variation on the name)
a block away from the Charing Cross T station. I'm hardly a connoisseur
but their wares seemed decent to me. So it might be worth checking out
you're in the area.
posted by Mayor Curley at 8:49 AM PST on March 22
Actually, anyone who refers to
non-Boston subway stop as a "T station" probably wouldn't recognize a
bagel if it crawled into bed with him and made rude noises.
posted by Mayor Curley at 8:51 AM PST on March 22
I've spent years looking and eventually just moved back to the city.
Wish all the folks who complain in DC (and in every other city
that one can't get good bagels, pizza, pastrami, weed, etc, etc, etc ad
would take your advice, hellcat ;)
posted by terrapin at 8:58 AM PST on March 22
The Famiglia pizza place here in Philly claims to bring water down from
to make their dough.
posted by mbd1mbd1 at 9:22 AM PST on March 22
You missed garlic, skwm.
posted by dame at 9:53 AM PST on March 22
Good NY bagels have become hard to find in New York so difficulty
is not surprising. Sorry this isn't helpful. Terrapin, in DC there are
ones in Georgetown at Chesapeake Bagel (I think - the place with the
bagels" sign on M Street, but it helps to ask for "well-done" ones). If
happen to be in West Palm Beach Florida, at the "Bagel King" they have
to god delicious NY bagels like you get at excellent NYC bagel bakeries.
think that, like pizza, the
in its finest form is not available in the old country, despite the
the the precursor food item was invented there. Italian pizza, while
is not the same as NY pizza. And there simply are not that many Jews
in Europe to uphold the bagel standards.
I didn't have any good bagels in Israel last time I was there, either.
can get really good rugalach in the central market in Jerusalem, though.
I have sent a query to my agent in London regarding bagels. If anyone
posted by mzurer at 9:58 AM PST on March 22
Izzy's Bagels is a chain that has outlets in stations - I believe that
one in King's Cross and possibly another at Euston. Perfectly nice
bagels but again it is true that none of these is going to match a New
bagel or even one from a US chain like Noah's.
posted by skylar at 11:38 AM PST on March 22
There used to be a very good bagel bakery in the main concourse of
Cross station. However, I haven't passed through Charing X for several
so I don't know whether it's still there. As a rule, the central London
terminals -- Liverpool St, Waterloo, Marylebone, and so on -- tend to
good places to find up-market fast food.
There's a bagel shop in Lansdowne Row (just off Berkeley St, on the
side of Berkeley Square). But it's a very small shop, little more than
kiosk really, and I don't know whether they bake the bagels on the
premises. Might be worth a try, though.
Here is a useful list of Jewish bakeries in London. As you will see,
of them are clustered in the north-west suburbs: Hendon, Edgware,
Green. The only one I have sampled personally is the Hendon Bagel
(Church Road, NW4, a stone's throw from where I grew up).
posted by verstegan at 12:04 PM PST on March 22
Oh - and forgive me - I think it's Ixxy's bagels....
posted by skylar at 12:36 PM PST on March 22
I've eaten more London bagels/bayguls/beigels than I care to admit and
to agree that Beigel Bake is fantastic when it's 2 am and there's
else available, but other than that, it's sub-par.
I found the best bagels, and the ones that came closest to resembling
bagels, to be at the Grodzinski's on Finchley Road. It's between the
Cottage and Finchley Road tube stations, approximately across the
from the Argos and McDonald's. Get there in the early afternoon, which
is when they tend to haul a fresh batch of bagels out of the oven.
posted by yellowcandy at 12:47 PM PST on March 22
I really like the Brick Lane place if only to see them being baked in
back. However this thread will inspire me to seek out better London
posted by laukf at 2:23 PM PST on March 22
You missed garlic, skwm.
I dunno if rye is classic but it should be. And I question
posted by CunningLinguist at 6:54 PM PST on March 22
Yeah, I'd put pumpernickel before garlic or cinnamon raisin. But I
stick to sesame & poppy.
Murray's makes a spinach bagel, and a bran, and probably some other
flavors, though they refuse to toast them, per tradition...
It's difficult enough to find proper NYC bagels in NYC sometimes, so I
those afar on this quest. I'd say in london, just enjoy your good
food, good chain/ take out (pret a manger, wagamama - or whatever it's
and yr decent coffee (there are individ places in NY with good coffee,
but no dependable chains when you're in midtown or whatever)
posted by mdn at 7:28 PM PST on March 22
I immediately am suspicious of any bagel place that tries to toast the
by default. Toasting is something you do to a week-old dried up bagel
you're trying to rescue from oblivion. Toasting is not something you do
a fresh, warm, soft-on-the-inside, crusty-on-the-outside bagel.
(My favorite shop makes a lovely spinach feta bagel. Heretical,
but I'll drive an hour just to buy a dozen.)
posted by caution live frogs at 6:21 AM PST on March 23