I am 65 years old and my father, who died in 1967, was Jewish and grew up, I believe, near Jubilee Street in the East End. I have tried, unsuccessfully, to find out more about his family and my ancestors.
His name was Israel Cohen and too common a name to be helpful. I know he was from a large family and have looked at the census information to see if I can determine any likely family – no luck.
Anyway, when he married my mum, a Catholic, his family disowned him. I am telling you all this because I always think about my Jewish heritage and would like to know more. I believe someone he knew from the neighbourhood where he grew up went to the Dempsey Street school. I know this school has now been demolished. I can't be certain he went there.