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They usually settled in the immediate vicinity of where their ships had landed.
Hence Jewish settlement was concentrated in the dockland areas of major port cities, and if you look at a map of London it is easy to work out why Jewish settlement was concentrated in London's East End.
Six past presidents of the Board of Deputies sat on the Bimah (the raised platform at the rear of the left hand photo) for a lively question and answer session of interaction with the audience - great fun!
Although small numbers of Ashkenazi Jews were already present in London (See the history of The Great Synagogue, Dukes Place - established at the end of the C17th) the huge influx of East European Ashkenazi immigrants arrived much later in the C19th and early C20th.
For their sake it is important the remaining synagogues (shuls) survive.
If you are Jewish please make up a minyan/attend a service when you can.
are you a visitor to London, or maybe a family/individual/club/organisation wishing to discover the Jewish East End of London or Jewish Soho in London's West End?
On the right is a photo of a recent walking tour visiting a forgotten rural corner of Mile End. For more information and photos please click All my walking tourers are entitled to a 10% discount off a meal at London's premier Kosher restaurant: Restaurant 1701 located in the secluded courtyard of historic Bevis Marks Synagogue, Bevis Marks, London EC3A 7LH. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on 28th June 1956" - which is itself a Greek word meaning 'meeting place'.New Road was located at 115 New Road and closed in 1974. The story of the Jewish East End of London could be written around the words on this plaque.Update - this plaque is now permanently on display in the entrance of Nelson Street synagogue.The Ashkenazi immigrants were often illiterate, poor and regarded as an embarrassment by co-religionists already settled here.These Ashkenazi Jews had fled to the West as refugees from Russian persecution.