PortCities London

The Jewish community and the port


The 'Adler' (1900).
View full size imageThe Adler (1900). © NMM
For many thousands of Jewish immigrants fleeing Russian oppression, the port of London was the point of entry into Britain. For thousands of transmigrants, London was a stopping-off point before moving on to other countries.

Goulston Street on Sunday Morning.
View full size imageJewish market at Goulston Street. © NMM

In the late 19th century, a large Jewish community formed in London's East End. They lived very close to the London and St Katharine Docks, but their lives had little to do with the port.

Despite this, the Jewish community and the dockers gave each other valuable help in times of adversity. These priceless stories from the past are worth retelling.

A fuller account of Jewish immigration into Britain can be found on the Moving Here website of the National Archives:

Other useful reading:

  • Fishman, William J, East End Jewish Radicals, 1875-1914 (1975)
  • Gartner, L, The Jewish Immigrant in England, 1870-1914 (2nd edition, 1973)
  • Lipman, VD, A History of the Jews in Britain since 1858 (1990)


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