Short read: Lechaim! To life, to life!
Long read: The other Jewish London. Most Jewish history tours – including our thrice-weekly Old Jewish Quarter walk – focus on the East End, where penniless Jewish refugees settled in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But the City – the original London, the oldest London – hs a much older and richer Jewish heritage. A Millenium of Jewish History. That’s what you get – that’s where we go – on this Jewish London walk. Mazel tov.
Critic’s read: “A quiet courtyard behind the street and, once inside, a great luminous room, compassionate light streaming in through big clear-glass windows on to a set of curly brass chandeliers from Amsterdam that are almost at eye level. Nothing has fretted it or worried it for 250 years, and the force of undisturbed goodness is as tangible as the marbling on the gallery pillars. The designer was a Quaker who gave his fee to the congregation, and this is exactly what the building conveys: that the real parts of all religions are identical.”
JEWISH LONDON – THE PRACTICALS
In the Winter 2019-2020 London Walks programme – which kicks in on November 1 and runs through April 30 – Jewish London takes place every* Tuesday at 10.30 am. Meet Ian just outside exit 1 of BankTube Stop.** Ian will be on the corner of Poultry and Princes Street holding up copies of the distinctive white London Walks leaflet. *Except March 17 (but please see the daily announcement on the homepage about the dates going forward while we are in this “plague season”)
**Make sure you get off at Bank Tube Stop. Do NOT walk through the long tunnel to Monument Tube Stop
N.B. we visit, whenever possible the Spanish and Portuguee Synagogue, Bevis Marks – described in the Critic’s read above – for which there’s an admission fee. On Purim – March 10 – the synagogue is closed to visitors.