Jewish West End

With Stephen Burstin

Walks & Trips

This enthralling tour features the bustling districts of Soho and Fitzrovia, renowned today as two of the city's most fashionable areas and the centre for entertainment and shopping. They are also steeped in an enthralling hidden history of a Jewish community that lived there as recently as 75 years ago: *Be shocked at the abject poverty that existed in the West Ed among Jews living just a stone’s throw from the luxury homes of the ultra rich; and learn the story behind those famous ‘Nippies’ at Lyons Cornerhouses. *Meet Jewish personalities from the past including the billionaire’s daughter who devoted her life to creating happiness among working class girls; the tailor with 10 daughters who turned to running a pub; the ‘battling’ chief rabbi who upset most of his Jewish brethren by being an ardent Zionist; the London boy who won the highest civilian gallantry medal during the Second World War; and the Hebrew school pupils studying alongside (and making friends with) Soho’s red light ladies of the streets.

*Hear how bitter rivalries split Synagogue congregations and led to a new Jewish religious movement. *Stroll along famous Berwick Street, Dean Street and Frith Street with plentiful sights of Jewish interest and wonderful stories such as the comical antics of market traders including the notorious ‘Queen of the Shleppers’; a kosher restaurant where the most enthusiastic clientele were Hollywood stars; one of the country’s first Government state schools that was Jewish in all but name; and where the Great Tailors’ Strike began 100 years ago involving thousands of Jewish workers led by a non-Jewish Yiddish-speaking German immigrant.

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