A world of glamour that contrasted with the reality of East End life

Boris Bennett (1900-85), born Boris Sochaczewska in Poland and known professionally as just Boris, was famed for bringing Hollywood glamour to an impoverished area of east London. His Whitechapel Road studio was the fashionable location for wedding couples and families in the 1930s and 1940s.

 

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Can you help with information on Bethnal Green victims?

Memorial Trust seeks relatives and friends of those killed in the Second World War’s worst civilian disaster.

Was a member of your family or a friend a victim of the Bethnal Green tube disaster, the worst civilian disaster of the Second World War? Do you recognise any of the names below? If so, Sandra Scotting, secretary of the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust, which seeks to ensure the tragedy is never forgotten, would love to hear from you.

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Olives, coocumbers and sammon sangwiches

HAROLD POLLINS researches the story of the Netherlands Choral and Dramatic Club, one of the many now forgotten Jewish clubs that flourished in the East End

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1923 - 2013.....Many Happy Returns!

The East London Central synagogue (Nelson Street) was founded in 1923.  On Sunday 29 September 2013 it celebrated its 90th birthday with a big party - many happy returns!  We were there

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Latest news

  • Hoping for a connection

    Back in 2013 our magazine The Cable published a fascinating article by Ivan Koop Kuper about his maternal family's East End origins in Whitechapel. Read More
  • In search of a better life

    IVAN KOOP KUPER takes a personal journey through his mother’s East End from his home in Houston, Texas.    The average American’s only exposure to London’s East End, if any, is typically through the BBC television series EastEnders, syndicated to the US to be shown by PBS. This long-running British soap opera depicts the offbeat characters who live in the fictional neighbourhood Read More
  • Minnie Lansbury: one of the most remarkable women to emerge from the East End

    A gleaming green and gold clock on the side of Electric House in Bow Road forms a fine tribute to Minnie Lansbury, one of the most remarkable women to emerge from the East End, whose life and achievements are the subject of a recent book from Five Leaves Publications. It was a life cut tragically short at the age of Read More
  • Stepney Synagogue book

    People have been asking us about the top picture on our Facebook page (JEECS Facebook). It is the East London Synagogue in Rectory Square, Stepney Green, long closed and now turned into flats, some of which retain features of the synagogue.. The picture (see above) dates from August 1948 The synagogue’s fascinating history has been told by Marc Michaels in Read More
  • Harking back through the centuries

    News that a change of use application to turn the historic Whitechapel Bell Foundry into a boutique hotel has been submitted to Tower Hamlets Council has prompted us to resurrect this interesting short article by the late Philip Walker z"l, revealing a mysterious Jewish link, from our magazine The Cable, originally published in 2013. To find out more about the plans for Read More
  • Newsletter: January 2019.

        From Clive Bettington, JEECS chairman   1. Isaac Rosenberg Statue I continue working on the above project as I want to ensure that the statue commemorating Rosenberg, the acclaimed East End artist and poet who is recognised as one of the finest poets of the Great War, is erected this year. JEECS has to continue until the project Read More
  • Nelson Street on Wikipedia

    The beautiful East London Centre Synagogue in Nelson Street (30-40 Nelson Street, E1 2DS) now features on Wikipedia, with an entry that draws in part from an article in JEECS magazine, The Cable. Read More
  • JEECS Newsletter August 2018

    From Clive Bettington, JEECS chairman        1. Email address change Clive Bettington’s new email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please change your contacts lists if necessary. The previous email addresses no longer function. Read More
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