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London Jewish Bakers’ Union banner

This painted silk banner was made around 1925, and is one of only two surviving Jewish union banners in Britain. It belonged to the London Jewish Bakers’ Union, the longest lived Jewish trade union, which operated from 1905 to 1970.

The banner represents a tangible link with the Jewish labour movement which flourished in London’s East End at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. It was commissioned while Michael Proof, a leading militant, was the union’s secretary. The banner reminded shoppers to buy bread with the union label, which guaranteed that it was baked under acceptable working conditions. The other side of the banner has the same slogans in Yiddish, and an enlarged depiction of the union label.



Mark Brennan

My great great grandfather was called John Adam Reihs. He came over from Germany in the 1800s and had a bakery at 6 Well St, Hackney. We think he was Jewish,but not 100% certain.Any info anyone could give would be appreciated.


David Rosenberg

Larry Wayne wrote an excellent history of the London Jewish Bakers Union, published jointly by the Jewish Socialists' Group and the Socialist History Society.


Jason Lever

Look out for a forthcoming blog piece on this website with more information on Solomon Lever and the Bakers' Union, which he ran for 30 years until his tragic death.


Vince Quinlivan

Please help, though not Jewish myself, I am tring to piece together the Jewish East End history. Can anyone tell me where the Jewish Bakers' Union actually met? Thanks in anticipation, Vince



My great grandfather Isaac founded this union! Taught myself to bake chalah


Shaul Kirsch

my Grandfather, harry was one of jacob's sons And one of his daughters was Abigail Sable, the poetes


Denise Turp

Michael Prooth was my grandfather--though I never met him as he was deported when my mother was a very small child.


Evelyn Simmons (Zarrop)

My grandfather Mosha Rabinovitch I was told was a union member he worked I think in Brick Lane or in the east end

when I was a child mid to late 1940 I will be coming to England from Australia next month is there a record I could look up he died in 1962

Regards E simmons


Juliet Levene Milkens

My grandfather, Simon Levene, was an early member of the Union and My uncle ,Nathan Lenexa was also a member. I remember hearing the name of Moshe Trompeter in family stories


martin jacobs

My uncle Solomon Lever was the secretary of the bakers union.


Lawrie Nerva

A wonderful example of

workers' solidarity.



How wonderful to be able to see the reverse side so clearly!

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