Leah Lehrman was just 16 when she was killed while cycling from her East End home to central London and her job as a tailor. Now, 100 years after her death in one of the first Zeppelin raids of the First World War, her tomb has a memorial plaque after a 20-year search by her niece, Janet Foster, for the resting place of the aunt she never knew.
The life of Dora Diamant, a remarkable East Ender by adoption, was commemorated by JEECS on May 26 with a morning service at East Ham Jewish cemetery and an afternoon talk by Professor Kathi Diamant, her biographer, at Toynbee Hall.
"I feel completely overwhelmed by everything everybody has said today that has helped make this wonderful celebration of Bill's life. I know that Bill touched many lives in many ways and we all have our own memories of him. He was my best friend, my lover, my soul mate, he was just my Bill," said Doris Fishman at the end of a celebration honouring the life and work of her historian husband Professor Bill Fishman, honorary president of JEECS.
Over 100 JEECS members and Isaac Rosenberg aficionados gathered in St John’s Wood, north London, on Sunday May 26 to celebrate the great East End artist and poet’s artistic and literary legacy in an event organised by JEECS with the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, who hosted this fantastic evening.
Dora Diamant was Franz Kafka’s last love, fled to Britain to escape persecution, suffered wartime internment, and devoted her final years to working in the East End to preserve Yiddish language and culture. PROFESSOR KATHI DIAMANT, her biographer, tells her extraordinary story. On May 26 we have a day of events celebrating her life.
Bernard Kops, the acclaimed East End-born dramatist, poet and novelist, has taken on the mantle of JEECS honorary life president in succession to the late Professor Bill Fishman.
We are delighted – and honoured – to welcome Bernard, long a great supporter of JEECS, as our new president.
Back in 2006, just ahead of his 80th birthday, Bernard gave a fascinating interview to JEECS magazine The Cable. In tribute to his new position as JEECS president, the interview is republished below.
Holocaust survivor Henry Glanz, 92, sounded the shofah with a vigour belying his years at the close of the Holocaust Memorial Day Interfaith Commemoration at the East London Central Synagogue in Nelson Street on February 1. Henry came to England in 1939 on the last of the Kindertransport.