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Jewish London: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Visitors and Londoners [Paperback]

Rachel Kolsky , Roslyn Rawson
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Book Description

2 Mar 2012
Jewish London is the only travel guidebook available that focuses on the sights, heritage and culture of London's historic and present Jewish community. It is now made available again in paperback. Packed with fascinating and practical information, Jewish London features everything for the visitor to London, from walking tours of historic areas such as the old Jewish East End to listings of kosher restaurants and shops, and information on important Jewish Londoners and where they lived, complete with plenty of specially commissioned maps. It is also an extremely useful compendium of information for the Jewish resident in London, listing Jewish cultural and heritage organisations, synagogues, ritual baths and other important Jewish centres, and a calendar of Jewish festivals and events in London. The extremely knowledgeable authors are Jewish historians and tour guides, and their lively, interesting text is illustrated with brand-new full-colour photography of the most important Jewish sights.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: IMM Lifestyle (2 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847739180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847739186
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 a writer and solicitor who has combined her love of travel, food and Jewish culture in the co-authoring of this book.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shirley Nikreem 8 Mar 2012
This is a delightful book combining guided tours and a comprehensive and fascinating journey into the history of Jewish London. The tours are very well planned and the information - packed with curious facts - is delivered in a charming style at a comfortable pace. One has the option of either taking the actual tours, or enjoying the book as a great read while curling up in a chair. The book features beautiful photographs that enhance the entire reading and touring experience. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last - a useful Jewish London guide 13 Mar 2012
This is the book we have been waiting for! Not only does it provide ideas for walks to discover Jewish London (and not just the East End but all over central London too), there are also museums, sculptures, blue plaques, cemeteries all with Jewish associations. Things we had not even thought of seeking out. The book looks wonderful with carefully selected images and the passion and enthusiasm of the authors for their subject just jumps out of the pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time out for Jewish London 14 Mar 2012
This is a beautifully presented book and perfect for wondering around town with.
Bang up to date information, great pictures, clearly laid out and lots of interesting information.
Well worth having for those that live in London and a great guide for visitors - just like a Time Out for Jewish London.
Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed full of valuable information 12 Mar 2012
By S. Kyte
This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn more about London's Jewish history. I have been on Rachel Kolsky's walks and she certainly knows her facts and exudes great enthusiasm which is apparent here also in the lively way in which she writes. There seem to be chapters on everything you need to know including The Rothchilds family, Holocaust, Disraeli and many others too numerous to mention. There are quality colour pictures everywhere and the maps are attractive and easy to follow with walking routes that Rachel has planned. The Whitechapel Walk in particular is one of the best I have followed. The rear part of the book is a list containing vital information for the visitor such as synagogues, eating places, shops, museums, stately homes and even cemeteries. This should sit on anyone's shelf as the ultimate reference book of Jewish London and also good bedtime reading as it is jam packed with useful and interesting information and offers excellent value for money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! Great traveller companion. 15 Jan 2013
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I loved the book, comprehensive reading, detailed and easy to follow routes, has everything a traveller needs. Includes not only Jewish sights, which is rewarding. Full information on modern Jewish London. Good for visitors and Londoners as well. Interesting reading, not just as a guide-book.
I wish all travel books were like this one!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive 7 Dec 2012
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This was bought for a library. It will be popular because it deals with all aspects of the subject in a way that is clear and easy to follow. The walks are well planned and encourage participation. The pictures are attractive and well chosen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's colourful, informative and blissfully easy to navigate. This new guidebook invites the reader to discover Jewish London present, past and resurgent. From bagels and smoked salmon to synagogues and sculptures; food, art, architecture, places of worship and people of note are all given their time in the spotlight. The photography is beautiful and the route maps for walking tours (and armchair explorers) are easy to follow. In addition to the better-known London Jewish areas like Golders Green and Stamford Hill, this book also covers Hidden Jewish London and day trips out of town, all carefully and lovingly researched.

Whether you seek the comfortably familiar or delight in new discoveries and whether you are a Visitor or a Londoner born bred and fed, this book is a great resource and pleasure-giving guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cultural and spiritual in equal measure 13 July 2012
This is the best of guide book writing: opening up a fascinating and important heritage to everyone, of any belief or background. So many stories are contained in the pages of Jewish London, something to make you stop and wonder about our city's history and its Jewish story on every page.

The guide excels in telling not only the histories that contributed to our city but also describing what the visitor will encounter today. It therefore has that rare combination of creative story telling supported by deeply considered research, its obvious intelligence lightly worn. Anyone with even the slightest interest in Jewish history, or just the cultural output of faith in general, will be charmed and intrigued by this beautiful book. It manages to celebrate both religious activity and cultural achievements alike, which broadens its appeal to pretty much anybody who is interested in art, culture, history and architecture as well as those travelling with a more spiritual focus.

The sites in the book are nearly all in central, north and east London, places most closely associated with Jewish communities, plus several day trips out to places in the Home Counties around the city. I wonder as an aside if an additional day trip to Guildford is worth including in future editions, thought to be the site of the oldest synagogue in Britain, if not Western Europe. So I look forward to the authors' next book with great enthusiasm!
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the 'Settlement' to Stepney -
Just to add my kopek's worth to previous greatly-deserved reviews. One of the treasures of this outstanding book is the underlining of the architectural and artistic Jewish... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Fiona W
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
What an Excellent book ! had everything I needed for a few days in London researching my Jewish Ancestors. Read more
Published 5 months ago by mrs mag
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I bought this book for friends visiting London and they found it very useful. It arrived on time and in very good condition.
Published 5 months ago by YS
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a must!
This is one of those wonderful books that totally lives up to what it says it says on the cover: "A comprehensive guidebook for visitors and Londoners". Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. J. Fitter
5.0 out of 5 stars Jewish London: An informative personal collection
Note: Written by Derek Stavrou, Israel
The authors of Jewish London have managed to cram an amazing amount of information into it, and yet still make it a personal collection. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ronnie Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
A must have guide for all things Jewish, Beautifully detailed with historical accuracy and wonderful photographs. I'll always cherish it.
Published 14 months ago by Fire Opal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on unusual subject
Being Jewish myself I loved this guide book to the settlement of Jews in the capital.Well craftedtext and good illustrations made this a must buy for me
Published 20 months ago by J. Levy
5.0 out of 5 stars Jewish London: a Comprehensive Guidebook for Visitors and Londoners.
Bought 2 of these - one for my sister-in-law (for Christmas!) and one for myself. Really comprehensive, very clearly laid out, and extremely easy to consult. Read more
Published 21 months ago by RITA CRAFT
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Compact and easy to carry around when you are visiting some of the trips. Thought I knew a lot about the sunject...until read this book
Published 21 months ago by geoffatmhg
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