by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2013-01-16
Jewish East End
A Jewish East End extravaganza, celebrating the history of the area which was once home to a large part of London's Jewish population, will kick off the Jewish Community Centre For London's new season on Sunday January 27.
The free event, which will take place at the Rich Mix cinema, will feature a host of attractions including puppetry, performance art and the chance to try out pickling and shoe-making, both popular trades of the Jewish East Enders.
There will also be an exhibition of work from a schools outreach programme set up by the JCC to teach children about the Jewish East End of the past.
And the communities will be also be celebrated in two shows which will be performed at the venue during the day.
One of these, JEW(ish), uses puppets to tell a story of Jewish heritage past and present, while performance artist Danny Braverman's show Wot No Fish - which is based on cartoons his uncle Ab Solomons drew on the backs of wage packets in the 1920s.
Tickets for the shows are priced at £8 and £10 respectively.
Other highlights will include walking tours of the area, as well as the chance to contribute photos and stories from the past to a community map.
Entrance to the event, apart from the two shows, is free.
Meanwhile it's set to be a busy month for the JCC, who in addition to the East End event are also playing host to a family Tu B'Shvat celebration this Sunday, January 20.
The Centre will mark the New Year For Trees in Belsize Park, with attractions including the chance to build jam-jar trees, make celebratory food and explore fun ways of helping the environment.
The fun kicks off at 2pm at Belsize Community Library, with tickets priced at £3 each or £10 for a group of 5 people.