LEYTON ORIENT feature prominently in a new museum exhibition which explores British Jews’ relationship with football.
FourFourJew is the new exhibition at the Jewish Museum in London which through a combination of memorabilia, rare archive footage, specially commissioned film and untold stories, re-imagines football as a surrogate religion whose passion and tribal spirit have played an integral role in shaping British Jewish identity from the 1900s to the present day.
Through the eyes of players, fans, managers and sports journalists, Four Four Jew takes a look at the subject from four angles: as a social history narrative about integration and identity; an exploration of Jewish fan culture and football’s tribal dimension; the conflicts and parallels between football and religion; and as a celebration of the contribution that Jews have made to the British game on and off the field, as players, club owners, Chairmen and writers.
Orient assistant manager Kevin Nugent attended the opening of the exhibition, whilst fan James Masters was a recent visitor to the museum in Camden and felt proud of the relationship between the O’s and the Jewish community.
“While the exhibition was quite humbling at times, it also made me hugely proud of how out of all the clubs, the name of Leyton Orient kept on cropping up. It was a club which embraced the Jewish Community and made it feel welcomed – a sanctuary in a time of hardship,” he said.
Amongst the highlights of the exhibition are…
Material relating to Arnold Seigel who played for Orient in 1946/7 including his training book (that was mentioned by David Dein and Arsene Wenger in the opening event speeches)
Orient vs Hapeol Petach tikvah programme, September 1960
Knitted Orient kippa (skullcap)
Picture of former Orient Chairman, Harry Zussman
Material relating to other former players – Barry Silkman, Mark Lazarus
The exhibition will run at the Jewish Museum London from 10 October 2013 until 23 February 2014. For more information please visit www.jewishmuseum.org.uk/football