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Today is our 8th anniversary :-) 12 years together, and there is no-one else I would rather be in lockdown with #london #england #woodfordgreen #mixedmarriage #jewishlondon #gaylondon #civilpartnership #loveislove🌈 #Redbridge #southwoodford #lgbt #lgbtlondon (Photo by sabinecreative ) ...

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This is probably the most famous couch in the most famous study in the world. Where am I? More in Stories (and a proper tour on the blog soon). ...

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It’s the 1930s and Ruthie is living in the East End of London. Ruthie’s grandparents immigrated to Britain from Poland and settled in Whitechapel, which had become the center of London’s Jewish community in the 1880s. At home, Ruthie is called Rut or Ruteleh, her Yiddish name. (In Yiddish, -leh is often added at the end of names as a nickname/term of affection.) At school, she is called Ruthie. At the Jews’ Free School, Yiddish is banned and Ruthie’s teachers encourage her and her classmates not to speak Yiddish at home.

Ruthie knows she can’t do that. Her parents speak English fluently, but they both write in Yiddish for the daily Yiddish newspapers. Her parents spent most of their childhoods in the East End, and they’ve told Ruthie that the area is not the bustling center of Jewish life that it was when they were younger. More and more Jewish families left Whitechapel for other areas of London, or for America—die goldene medina (the golden country). Ruthie’s parents, however, were determined to stay, and to preserve Yiddish, the language of their parents and grandparents.

Ruthie sometimes isn’t sure how to be both British and Jewish. She is proud that her parents are helping keep Yiddish alive, but she knows that all of the kids her age have stopped speaking Yiddish—to be seen as a true Briton, you have to speak English. But she is also proud to be British. She knows it’s safer for her to live in Whitechapel than it was for her grandparents living in Poland.

Ruthie walks along the Whitechapel high street (main street), weaving between people and lorries and trolleybuses. She passes Kosher restaurants and the bustling Kosher marketplace. For Ruthie, Whitechapel is home.

(Stay tuned for another post about the Jewish community living in the East End of London in the 1930s. In the meantime, I’m going to share a Patrons-only post on my Patreon with a behind-the-scenes look at my historical research/how I put this post together. To become a Patron, visit the link in my bio.)

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'We returned' Curated by nicole_zisman
Opening: Thursday, 03 December
(Private view I: 17.30 - 19.30 / Private view II: 20.00 - 22.00)
Exhibition continues 04 December 2020 - 02 March 2021
36 Upper Street
The Angel, London N1 0PN

All welcome, but pllease DM nicole_zisman to book a slot at the PV to view due to covid restrictions.

’we returned’ is the inaugural group exhibit celebrating the opening of the shul and gallery space at 36 Upper Street in Angel. The establishment of 36 Upper Street is particularly significant, given that Islington has not had a synagogue in over 50 years. The establishment of a rotating gallery in the same space as the
congregation is also of great significance.
Featuring tchiprout david.hoch and beverleyjanestewart ,
curated by Nicole Zisman
A project of Chabad Lubavitch of Islington
The exhibition centers on London-based Jewish artists, and their commentaries on British Jewishness
and British Jewish pride. As the presence of a synagogue inevitably nurtures a community, so too may the presence of Jewish art in this space foster connections between artist and audience within a wider
community that, until now, seemed to keep within small satellites and tread fairly quietly in London (despite
our indisputable legacy here). So too may the presence of Jewish art in this space properly contextualise our
community as one driven by hachazarah (החזרה — (as one that returned, returns, and will return to each

#jewishLondon #jewishart #jewishpainting #artinlondon #tchiprout #printmaking #sculpture

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The plight of the #LostDrinkingFountainsOfLondon was featured in Sunday's Observer (link in bio, well worth the read). With certain local authorities being at best indifferent and at worst hostile to our historic fountains, rehabilitating them can be an uphill struggle. But it's not all doom and gloom. For #FountainFriday we are at #StepneyGreenPark with some positive news.

Our 1884 #MemorialDrinkingFountain was donated by Emma Montefiore to commemorate her son Leonard who died aged 27. An Oxford contemporary and friend of Oscar Wilde, Leonard Montefiore was an active supporter of women's emancipation and became a member of the Jewish Board of Guardians (now #JewishCare ) at 25. Our fountain was originally at the Rutland Street School on what is now Ashfield Street. Relocated to Stepney Green in 1939, it has since been left to fall into dereliction.

Last year we saw that Emma Montefiore's 1886 fountain opposite St James Bermondsey, in memory of her husband Nathaniel, has been restored as a working fountain by Heritage of London Trust (#MontefioreFountain). The positive is that the Stepney Green #DrinkingFountain is to be reinstated to full working order as the second of the lucky three #TowerHamlets #DrinkingFountains on the At Risk Register. Once again, this is going to be made possible thanks to the work of holtoflondon
Emma Montefiore donated a third fountain, this one to the memory of her brother Sir Francis Goldsmid. Set on the corner of Cable Street and Dock Street, it is long gone.
#WheresMyDrinkingFountain #WalkLondon #DerelictLondon #FindYourFill #RefillLondon #RefillRevolution #OneLess #OneLessPlasticBottle #PlasticFreeWater #WaterForLondon #LondonWater #LondonHeritage #LondonHistory #LondonFountains #WheresMyWaterFountain #BottleFillingStation #DrinkingFountainAssociation #HeritageAtRisk #HeritageOfLondonTrust #JewishLondon #LDFTowerHamlets

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Making celebratory miracle flags from all kinds of peoples’ miracle stories as a sudden Hannukah installation for Brent Cross shopping centre. Commissioned by jw3london who usually do something fun & interactive around art & story amongst the Christmas baubles. This year it wasn’t certain (still isn’t) whether the shops will open, but either way the centre court will be festooned with nice yellows & blues c/o my old lemon yellow dress, some old sheets I dyed blue a couple of years ago & an excellent stash from sarahcampbelldesigns ragbag. No copy shops or cloth shops open, I had to use stuff that was handy! Thanks to lbainbridgeprint bainbridgeprint for helping & allowing me access to print studio in socially distant way. Looking forward to leaning on talented comrade jacquelinenicholls to stitch & help install. Thanks for asking me mekelladmb & thanks as ever to amazing narrators for sharing touching, funny & interesting stories with me. Fun to imagine a shopping centre as a listening & reading space.

#brentcross #hannukah #miracles #light #collaboration #commission #stories #storiescollectedliveinink #familystories #londoners #lockdownlondon #shoppingcentre #jewishlondon #tradition #flags #banners #festival #art #poetry #writing #reading #listening #fabric #drawing #screenprint #ragbag #recycling #colour #sophieherxheimer #artist

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