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Wed 23rd Jan 2019 – Jewish London

Jewish people came to London during Roman times and have been part of the capital’s story for 2,000 years. This visit traces the Jewish presence in the city and East End visiting the UK’s oldest synagogue and the Jewish Museum.

We meet our guide in the City for

morning coffee followed by a short coach tour taking us to Bevis Marks, our oldest and most splendid synagogue, built when Sir Christopher Wren was building his city churches nearby. It was built inside a courtyard because synagogues were not permitted to open onto public streets. It is fascinating to contrast 17th century church and synagogue buildings.

From here we walk to Spitalfields (approx. half a mile), a hub of Jewish life in the 19th and 20th centuries, picking out visible reminders of a vibrant past. We shall stop at the old fruit and vegetable market which offers a wide choice of cafes and pubs where we can take lunch, as well as a range of interesting shops and market stalls.

In the afternoon, we take the coach to Camden Town to visit the Jewish Museum which includes a recreation of the Jewish East End and the Milk St. mikveh, the ritual bath used by women after childbirth.

There is a cafe on site where we can buy tea before heading home at 4.45pm.

Date: Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Cost: £41.00pp (to include coach, coffee on arrival, services of a guide and tips)

Meeting Point/Departure Time:

8.45am High Street, Kingston upon Thames, opposite the Rose Theatre 9.00am Telephone Exchange bus stop, Ewell Road, Surbiton

If you wish to join this visit, please complete the application form and send it, together with your cheque, made payable to Kingston U3A GAS, to:

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Sheila Evans, apt.8, Maple Leaf House, Surbiton, KT6 4AG, Tel. 3602 6245 or 0750 437 8293.

If you do not give an email address, please include a stamped, self- addressed envelope.