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Welcome to Jews of FFW in the North East

As out archive expands we are creating spaces for local areas of interest across the UK. On this page you'll find profiles, articles and information about Jews in the Nort West during the First World War

What was the Jewish Community like in the North East during WW1?

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Events: in your area this month

  • Yom Hashoah 2017
    Yom Hashoah 2017
    Barnet Copthall Stadium, NW4 1RL
    Sunday 23rd April

    The We Were There Too team will be attending the 2017 Yom Hashoah commemoration at Copthall Stadium on Sunday, 23rd April, and will be availabe before and after the ceremony for anyone interested in learning more about the project.

    The Commoration Ceremony will take place from 4.30-6.00pm.

    Tickets must be booked in advance from http://www.yomhashoah.org.uk

     

  • We Were There Too
    Edgware Roadshow
    <em> We Were There Too </em> <br/> Edgware Roadshow
    Edgware Reform Synagogue,
    118 Stonegrove, Edgware HA8 8AB
    Sunday 21st May

    If you had a Jewish family member living in London 1914-1918, or are interested in learning more about a new project to find and preserve stories of London Jewry in the First World War, please join us at Edgware Reform Synagogue, on 21st May, for a short explanatory talk and the opportunity to chat to the team.

    We would love to know if you have family stories, photographs, medals, letters or other items relating to the 1914-1918 period or if you would like to volunteer
    to help others with research and uploading information.

    With your help, we will create a lasting archive of stories to honour and remember London’s Jewish community, and its contribution to the war effort, a century ago.

    Please RSVP to contactus@jewsfww.london or just come on the day.

    Everyone is welcome.

     

  • We Were There Too
    Bushey Roadshow
    <em> We Were There Too </em> <br/> Bushey Roadshow
    Bushey United Synagogue
    177-189 Sparrows Herne
    Bushey, WD23 1AJ
    Sunday 12th November

    If you had a Jewish family member living the UK, 1914-1918, or are interested in learning more about a new project to find and preserve stories of Anglo
    Jewry in the First World War, please join us at Bushey United Synagogue on Sunday 12th November, for a short explanatory talk and the opportunity to chat to the We Were There Too team.

    We would love to hear your family stories and see photographs, medals, letters or other items relating to the 1914-1918 period. We also welcome volunteers
    to help us research and upload stories onto our new website, www.jewsfww.london

    Please RSVP to contactus@jewsfww.london or just come on the day.

    Everyone is welcome.

    This event is in partnership with Jewish Care

  • We Were There Too
    Edgware Roadshow
    <em>We Were There Too</em> <br/> Edgware Roadshow
    Edgware United Synagogue
    Parnell Close, Edgware
    Middlesex HA8 8YE
    Tuesday 21st November

    If you had a Jewish family member living in London 1914-1918, or are interested in learning more about our Heritage Lottery Fund project to find and preserve stories of Anglo Jewry in the First World War, please join us at Edgware United Synagogue, on 21st November, for an explanatory talk and the opportunity to chat to the project team.

    We would love to hear your family stories and see photographs, medals, letters or other items relating to the 1914-1918 period. We also welcome volunteers to help us research and upload stories onto our new website, www.jewsfww.london

    Please RSVP to contactus@jewsfww.london or just come on the day.

    Everyone is welcome.

  • We Were There Too
    Jewish Museum Roadshow
    <em>We Were There Too</em> <br/>Jewish Museum Roadshow
    Jewish Museum London
    Raymond Burton House
    129-131 Albert Street
    London NW1 7NB
    Sunday 26th November

    If you had a Jewish family member living in London 1914-1918, or are interested in learning more about a Heritage Lottery Fund project to find and preserve stories of Anglo Jewry in the First World War, please join us at the Jewish Museum London, on Sunday 26 November from 10.30am for family activities, an explanatory talk at 11am, and the launch of the Jewish Military Museum’s First World War Collection, which will be available to view on the project website www.jewsfww.london.

    Talk to the team about your family stories and let us know if you have photographs, medals, letters or other memorabilia relating to the 1914-1918 period. We also welcome volunteers to help others with research or to upload their information onto www.jewsfww.london.

    Please RSVP to contactus@jewsfww.london or just come on the day.

    Everyone is welcome.

     

  • We Were There Too
    Chigwell Roadshow
    <em> We Were There Too </em> <br/>Chigwell Roadshow
    Chigwell & Hainault Synagogue, Limes Avenue, Chigwell, IG7 5NT
    Sunday 14th January

    If you had a Jewish family member living in London 1914-1918, or are interested in learning more about this Heritage Lottery Fund project to find and preserve stories of London Jews in the First World War, please join us at Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue, on Sunday 14 January, for an explanatory talk and the opportunity to chat to the team.

    We’d like to hear your family stories and find out if you have photographs, medals, letters or other memorabilia relating to the 1914-1918 period. We also welcome volunteers to help us with research and the uploading of information onto the new website www.jewsfww.london

    To RSVP or for further information email contactus@jewsfww.london or just come on the day.
    Everyone is welcome.

  • We Were There Too
    Harrow Roadshow
    <em>We Were There Too</em> <br/>Harrow Roadshow
    Mosaic, 39 Bessborough Road, Harrow HA1 3BS
    Sunday 18th February

    If you had a Jewish family member living in London 1914-1918, or are interested in learning more about a Heritage Lottery Fund project to find and preserve stories of London Jews in the First World War, please join us at Mosaic on Sunday 18th February, for an explanatory talk and the opportunity to chat to the team.

    We’d like to hear your family stories and find out if you have photographs, medals, letters or other memorabilia relating to the 1914-1918 period. We also welcome volunteers to help with research or to upload information onto the www.jewsfww.london website.

    To RSVP or for futher information email contactus@jewsfww.london or just come on the day.

    Everyone is welcome.

  • We Were There Too
    Finchley Roadshow
    <em> We Were There Too </em> <br/> Finchley Roadshow
    Finchley United Synagogue
    Kinloss Gardens
    London N3 3DU
    Sunday 25th February

    If you had a Jewish family member living in London 1914-1918, or are interested in learning more about a Heritage Lottery Fund project to find and preserve stories of London Jews in the First World War, please join us at Finchley United Synagogue on Sunday 25th February, for an explanatory talk and the opportunity to chat to the team.

    We’d like to hear your family stories and find out if you have photographs, medals, letters or other memorabilia relating to the 1914-1918 period. We also welcome volunteers to help with research or to upload information onto the www.jewsfww.london website.

    To RSVP or for futher information email contactus@jewsfww.london or just come on the day.

    Everyone is welcome.

  • SAVE THE DATE
    Trip to the Somme and Arras areas of the Western Front
    SAVE THE DATE <br/> Trip to the Somme and Arras areas of the Western Front
    Sunday 18th March - Wednesday 21st March

    Responding to a number of requests for another trip to the Battlefields, we are now planning a 4-day visit to the Somme and Arras areas of the Western Front, in March 2018.

    Travelling down by the 1915 battlefield of Loos, the We Were There Too group will explore the First World War through the lives of those affected by it forever. With Project Historian, Paula Kitching, leading, we will examine the tragedy of the first day of the Battle of the Somme and its legacy, the Battle of Arras and changes in warfare technology.

    We will see the sites, museums, cemeteries and memorials which inspired some of the key poems of the period and we will reflect on the thousands of Jewish names that are carved on gravestones there; an eternal reminder that We Were There Too.

    The places we will visit include Pozieres, Thiepval, Lochnagar, Delville and Mametz Woods, the Arras Cemetery and Memorial, Vimy Ridge and the Ring of Remembrance at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette

    Price: £570 per person, which includes coach, bed and breakfast hotel accommodation at the Holiday Inn in Arras and all museum entries. Meals are not included.

    For an itinerary, travel details, booking forms and all other enquiries please email trip administrator Sarah Gluckstein on slgluckstein@hotmail.com

     

     

     

Events

After our launch we will be running a roadshow, providing local events to explain how the website works and talk to our team, how you can get involved or add your family story.

We would love to know if you have family stories, photographs, medals, letters or other items relating to the 1914-1918 period or if you would like to volunteer to help others with research and uploading information. With your help, we will create a lasting archive of stories to honour and remember the North East's Jewish community, and its contribution to the war effort, a century ago. 

If you had a Jewish family member living in the North East 1914-1918, or are interested in learning more about a new project to find and preserve stories of British Jewry in the First World War, please register your interest by emailing us at: contactus@jewsfww.london or by signing up for a newsletter to receive emails on our updates and events.

 

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Gabriel Rosenthal 1887 -10/02/1917
Cyril Frederick Lan Davis 25/04/1887 -14/10/1915
Simon Lippman 1887 -23/04/1917
Louis Garbutt 1890 -01/05/1918
Myer Gallewski M.M. 1898 -19/02/1917

North East: History Windows and Collections

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The War Poets: Siegfried Sassoon

‘Dead men, bloody-fingered from the fight’

HMS BELLEROPHON. Saw action at the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916. © IWM (Q 38256)

The Battle of Jutland

When War was declared in 1914, the British Royal Navy, the best in the world, went into immediate defensive action.

B.E.2 biplane. ©IWM (Q66016)

The Royal Flying Corps (RFC), the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) and the Royal Air Force (RAF)

The Royal Flying Corps was formed in 1912 and the Royal Naval Air Service just before the outbreak of war.

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