League Update 49


For those of you who were unable to join the webinar arranged by ICJW entitled Voices of Woman Leaders, you can view the edited version of Bridging the Gap Part II by clicking on this link or copy and paste into your browser.–qY

With restrictions gradually being lifted, we are still unable to plan international travel. However, you may be interest in joining an exclusive launch event of ANU – Museum of the Jewish People (formerly Beit Hatfutsot), taking place virtually on 4th May at 7:00 PM UK Time.

With so many people being unable to visit Israel or to explore the museum in person, this is an opportunity to celebrate the launch while also learning and discovering Jewish history, as captured by this prestigious institution.

This live tour will explore the rich history and heritage of the Jews in the Middle East and North Africa. This is a chance to view unique artefacts that detail the stories, journeys and lives of rich and vibrant communities in the region.

Please register via this link, or cut and paste into your browser, and feel free to invite your contacts and friends.

On The Jews of London website there is a free self-guided walking tour from the United Synagogue. Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum and Ben Vos designed a walking tour which allows you to guide yourself through London, and through our history, either through the streets or from the comfort of home.

Each of the fifteen stops has a map link to get you there quickly, or written directions if you prefer. And if you’re “walking from home”, you can use Google Street View.
Click here for a route map

The central element of the stops are the podcasts, which are each around six minutes long. Each stop also has a picture and a document. Sometimes the podcast will be about a broad period or area of Jewish history in London and the picture or text will focus on something narrower. Sometimes, the document or text will be about something seemingly unrelated to the podcast, but we hope it will give you context.


The Jewish Virtual Library has a chronology of the Jewish in Britain. This is worth looking at as it contains some very interesting information. Here is one fact from each century listed.
In 1177 Jews in England had had to use the burial ground in London, but in 1177 were permitted to purchase burial grounds outside any city where they lived.
In 1290, Jews were expelled and officially only allowed to return in 1655.
The Board of Deputies founded in 1760.
Establishment of the London Board of Shechita in 1804 and the Jewish Free School in 1817.
In 1944 the last V2 rocket on London killed 130 people, nearly all Jewish.
Surprisingly, the closing of ‘Blooms’ in Whitechapel in 1996 merits a mention!!

If you would like to attend any of the meetings, please contact who will put you in touch with the Group Chairman to confirm your attendance. This procedure is purely for safety reasons as only League members will be able to attend. Unfortunately, if your membership is not up to date, you will not be able to participate. If you wish to join a Zoom meeting you must give ample notice as emails are only dealt with on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Pinner Group
Tuesday 15 June at 8pm– Maurice Collins speaking about his collection of unusual gadgets on a talk entitled ‘Your Grandmother had one of these but she threw it away’.

Stanmore Group
The next zoom meeting will be at 7.30 on Tuesday 4th May. The speaker will be Jonny Daniels whose talk is entitled “How the future generations remember the past”.

Literary Event/League Book Club – 24th May 2021. Amanda Weinberg will discuss her book The Tears of Montirini. – This meeting is open to all members.

Emails and telephone calls will only be dealt with on
Tuesdays and Thursday.