The Jewish Museum

Jewish Britain

A History in 50 Objects


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.



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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