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03/11/2005
Maybe it's because I'm a Jewlondoner by: Leslie Bunder
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Jewish London
Jewish London
London has always been an important city for Jews.  For many it was a place to come to when fleeing persecution and to rebuild their lives, for others, it presented an opportunity to develop business and be a part of the capital's economy.
 
The East End of London is traditionally associated with Jewish life, it was the first place Jews really settled.  But over time, Jews have left the East End and moved to other parts of London, most notably north west London.
 
So how can the tourist make the most of this great city?  Well, apart from going on a hosted tour of the East End, there's an excellent book Jewish London - An Illustrated History that provides a guide to how the Jews came to the city and the contribution they have played.
 
Written by Dr Gerry Black and illustrated with an archive of fantastic photos, the book will captivate the reader into going out to places such as the East End and doing their own walking tour.  Until someone actually writes a dedicated tour guide to all of Jewish London, this book provides an excellent way to understand the importance of East End London to the Jewish community.
 
All the places and streets mentioned can be visited on foot.  Naturally some of the shops have changed hands and indeed many places have even been redeveloped, but by carefully reading the book, one can plan a great day out in London's East End
 
The book provides addresses of former businesses and other Jewish groups and associations. A picture of A. Cohen Shaving Parlour at 71 Ellen Street from 1930 makes you wonder what is there now, while 36 Hessel Street was home to P. Lipman Poultry Dealer.
 
Take the book, make a note of some of the places you want to see and head off to the East End as Dr Gerry Black provides an inspired tour of the vastness of the area. 
 
While today, the area has seen  change, there is still a Jewish aura around it which can be celebrated and enjoyed. 
 
Jewish London : An Illustrated History (Breedon Books)
 
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