‘Culture’ is a very complex term and many academic books have been devoted to trying to define what this word means.

For the purposes of this activity, we want to explore how the following elements contribute to Anglo-Jewish culture:

  • Food
  • Language
  • Migration
  • Fighting fascism

Watch these short interview clips with Lord Levy to hear his memories of Jewish food and speaking Yiddish when growing up in Hackney in the 1940s and 1950s.

In your groups, create a spidergram collecting together all your ideas and knowledge about each of these topic areas.
This one has been started for you. Click on the sub categories to add another pin.


In this section there are three short films focusing on the theme of anti-fascism – one is a clip from a longer film. They all explain something about the Jewish fight against fascism in Hackney and the East End. As you watch, try to spot three key facts about the significant protests described in Cable Street before World War II and in Ridley Road after the war. You can add these to your spidergram from earlier.


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  © All rights reserved Yoav Segal


Now download this PDF.  Look closely at the images and read the print texts carefully.  Use the information from this document to help add more detail to your spidergram. What do you think are some of the key elements contributing to Anglo-Jewish culture and heritage?