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The Windermere Children

In this blogpost for International Children's Day Jewish Museum Intern , Mona, shares her research revealing the story of the Windermere Children.

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Jews in Jamaica

In this blogpost Jewish Museum Intern , Rebecca, shares her research revealing the history of Jews in Jamaica as we celebrate Black History and the connection between Black and Jewish communities this month and beyond.

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Yiddish theatre, Franz Kafka and art movements of the 20th century

by Charlotte Hafner, ARSP Volunteer Yiddish theatre groups have been touring through Eastern Europe between about 1890 and 1933. However, the heightened discrimination and antisemitism in Eastern Europe at the end of the 19th and start of the 20th century, often accompanied by violent pogroms against Jewish people, made life quite difficult for many of […]

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Orientalism in the Alfred Rubens Collection

by Dr Kathrin Pieren, Collections Manager and Curator The museum’s Rubens Collection of 1,600 drawings, prints, etchings, and lithographs from the 17th to the 20th century encompasses scenes from Jewish life and portrays Jewish personalities, mostly from Britain. Yet, it also includes ethnographic prints of Jews from Northern Africa, Turkey and the Middle East. These […]

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Sephardi Dress

by Miriam Phelan, Assistant Curator Sephardi Voices, currently on display in the museum’s Welcome Gallery, explores the stories of Jewish immigrants to the UK from across the Islamic world through video interviews, photographs and a selection of objects from the collection. The Jewish Museum London has a number of Sephardi objects, including rare and beautiful […]

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Jews of Iraq

by Miriam Phelan, Assistant Curator Over the next few months we will be exploring Sephardi Jewish communities from around the world and throughout time on the blog, alongside our exhibition Sephardi Voices: Jews from North Africa, the Middle East and Iran. Explore the historic Iraqi Jewish communities in the first of these blogs below.  The […]

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The Battle of Cable Street

by Morgan Wadsworth-Boyle, Assistant Curator On 4 October 1936, the people of the East End united to block a march by the British Union of Fascists, led by Sir Oswald Mosley. Within the week leading to the event, local politicians had pleaded with Home Secretary Sir John Simon to forbid the march, and he had also been presented with […]

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Uncovering Solomon Lever

by Jason Lever, Guest Blogger The most wonderful sight in the Jewish Museum London is the huge banner of the London Jewish Bakers Union (below) in the main foyer. Alright, I am biased. My great-uncle, Solomon Lever, was its general secretary for thirty years and Mayor of Hackney (1951/2).  2016 marks 57 years since Solomon […]

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The Battle of Waterloo

by Phoebe Newman, Museum Administrator Our recent partnership with the Jewish Military Museum has made us think in more depth about Jewish military history. A few weeks ago it was the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, so I had a rummage around to find some objects in our collection that reflect the Jewish involvement […]

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