A Comprehensive Guidebook for Visitors and Londoners
Rachel Kolsky and Roslyn Rawson
published 2012 • 5 3/4" x 8 1/4" • 224 pages • full-color illustrations • maps
ISBN 9781566569002 • paperback • $17.95 •
“An easy-to-read, organized and beautiful guide to all-things Jewish in London… Jewish London: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Visitors and Londoners (Interlink Publishing) offers a way to explore London through Jewish culture and history, which spans back to the 11th century. The book features everything from historical synagogues and sculptures to kosher restaurants and even the best place to get a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon.”
“For those planning to visit London a recommended companion is a new guide book, Jewish London... From the city’s famous East End, to little-known areas with a Jewish connection, to famous personages, to synagogues and cemeteries, it’s all here... Visitors wishing to get a sense of Jewish London and to explore neighborhood byways will appreciate the walking tours, with maps and directions that are clear and include enough detail to make them easy to follow. Most conveniently, they all start and end near a tube station.... Rachel Kolsky is a tour guide who specializes in Jewish heritage tours, and co-author Roslyn Rawson is an attorney and writer with an interest in Jewish history and culture... It’s a winning combination for both the London visitor and the armchair traveler... The authors also enable thematic and historical explorations of, for example, Holocaust memorials and Judaica... It’s all enhanced by beautiful photos... The authors seem to have traced every Jewish echo in London... Jewish London offers the key.”
—Chicago Jewish Star
The perfect companion for discovering Jewish London through the ages
Whether you visit Golders Green with its bagel and falafel bars, Stamford Hill with its growing Orthodox community, Spitalfields with its memories of the Jewish East End, the City to trace civic emancipation through the lives of 19th-century financiers or stroll through leafy NW3 in the footsteps of refugees fleeing Europe in the 1930s, this book is for both visitors and residents. It is a comprehensive guide to Jewish London past and present.
Divided into 11 chapters, the book includes “Jewish London on Foot,” a series of walking tours located in the East End, Central London and Hampstead. Each walk has a route map and clear directions, as well as informative text that will bring London’s Jewish heritage to life.
“Jewish London Today” takes a look at contemporary Jewish London, providing listings for cafés and restaurants, shops, hotels, synagogues and religious amenities in the main Jewish areas within close proximity to Central London.
There are also chapters on exploring places of Jewish interest off the main tourist trail, an in-depth look at the Jewish Museum, features on Holocaust memorials, art and artists, literature and film, a calendar of cultural events and festivals and a chapter with suggested day trips from London.
• 8 carefully planned walks that will bring to life London’s Jewish communities over the centuries
• Jewish London today—listings of places to stay, eat, shop, pray and explore
• Information on where to see Jewish art, Judaica and Holocaust memorials, and an in-depth “tour” of the Jewish Museum
• Discover the birthplaces, homes and burial grounds of well-known Jewish Londoners
• Full-color photography and specially commissioned maps throughout
Prize-winning London Blue Badge Guide, Rachel Kolsky runs Go London Tours. Her wide range of walks and visits specializes in both Jewish heritage and uncovering the human stories behind London's buildings. Roslyn Rawson is London-based writer, lawyer, and Jewish historian.
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