The last remaining Jewish welfare service in the East End
Jewish Care’s Stepney Jewish Community Centre has been at the heart of East London’s Jewish community since it was opened by Queen Mary in 1937. The centre offers a warm, relaxed and caring environment where older people living in the area can meet up with old friends and make new ones. It is the only remaining Jewish service left in the area today, quite a change from 50 years ago when the East End was the focus of a lively and bustling Jewish community. According to the 1911 census the Jewish population in the East End was around 150,000; 100 years later in 2011 the census recorded around 1,000 Jewish people living in the area. The centre is currently used by over 200 people from across East London each week.
The Stepney Jewish Community Centre members call it their ‘second home’ with its busy and warm atmosphere. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their level of religious observance. It offers a wide range of stimulating activities from art to creative writing, keep fit, reminiscence groups, entertainment and regular outings. The centre also provides a programme of therapeutic activities for anyone who needs special care and is experiencing a bereavement or isolation.
There is also a convenient kosher shop for anyone wishing to buy their weekly challah, a handy hairdressing salon, chiropody, optician and audiologist service and a lovely garden and patio area where members can relax and enjoy the open air, this is of particular importance for many of our members who live in flats and don’t have gardens of their own. Members are served a hot kosher lunch and can be taken to and from the centre by the Stepney Jewish Community Centre care bus. www.www.jewishcare.org
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