Finchley Church End Library Library proudly presents: 'An evening with Esther Rinkoff from Rinkoff Bakery in conversation with Pam Fox: talking about the history of this legendary Jewish East End bakery from 1911-present. There will be a 45mins discussion followed by a 15mins Q and A session with a prize for the best question.
Free pastries for early arrivals, why stocks last.
Rinkoff bakery, established in 1911, is a family run business based in the heart of London’s East End. It has been producing speciality bread cakes and rolls for over 100 years. From traditional challah breads, sourdoughs, cheesecakes, croissants and danish pastries to their famous Crodough’s
The bakery was founded by Hyman Rinkoff. In 1906, Master Baker Hyman arrived fleeing the pogroms in Kiev and opened his shop five years later in Spitalfields opposite Black Lion Yard, lined with jewellers and known then as the Hatton Garden of the East End. All the family, uncles, cousins and aunts lived up above the bakery and worked in the business which flourished there until 1971 – when a compulsory purchase order presaged the demolition of the building, along with the rest of Old Montague St.
In recent decades Rinkoff’s has operated from Jubilee St with a small shop and a large busy bakery behind, where the next generation have joined the family business. In 1982, Lloyd Rinkoff was only thirteen when his father told him he could either take Hebrew Classes or work at the bakery on Sundays, so he chose the latter and stayed. More recently, in 2007, Jennifer Rinkoff joined and has expanded the bakery range to include Linzer biscuits and muffins.
Pam is a social historian, she is very involved in Jewish affairs and has a particular interest in Jewish social history. In 2011 her book, A Place to Call My Jewish Home: Memories of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue 1911–2011 was published. In 2014 she published an authorised, full-length biography of Britain’s first Liberal rabbi, Israel Mattuck, Architect of Liberal Judaism.
Her book, My History of the Jewish Community of Golders Green was published by The History Press in November 2016 and has recently been reprinted. It has created widespread interest and she has given over 40 talks on the book including at Golders Green Library.
Pam has recently completed a book on the hundred-year history of the Rinkoff Jewish bakery in London’s East End.