Peace is Everybody’s Business, by Ilya Ehrenburg, London (Narod Press) 1970

Israel Narodiczky and his sons (after his death) did not just print Hebrew and Jewish books. He also printed a wide variety of Anarchist, Socialist and other political publications. This booklet, with two speeches by Ilya Ehrenberg was published by the press department of the Soviet Embassy in Britain and printed by the Narod Press … Continue reading Peace is Everybody’s Business, by Ilya Ehrenburg, London (Narod Press) 1970

Machzor Im Kavanat Hapaytan, London 1771 (two volumes)

This is the first set of Machzorim - Festival and High Holy Day Prayers - printed by Jewish printers and published in London. It is a two-volume set, published in 1771 by Moses ben Gershon and partners. Prior to this similar volumes, published in Saltzbach and Furth were in use. I have several examples of … Continue reading Machzor Im Kavanat Hapaytan, London 1771 (two volumes)

Unto My People, El-Ami, by Rabbi Moshe Avigdor Amiel, translated by Rabbi L. Rabinowitz, published by M. L. Cailingold, London, 1931.

Rabbi Moshe Avigdor Amiel was born in Porozowo, near Vilna in 1883.  He was educated at the Telz Yeshiva, and studied in Vilna with Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik and Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski.  He was one of the first Rabbis to join the Zionist Mizrachi Movement.  Rabbi Amiel was elected Chief Rabbi of Antwerp, in Belgium, … Continue reading Unto My People, El-Ami, by Rabbi Moshe Avigdor Amiel, translated by Rabbi L. Rabinowitz, published by M. L. Cailingold, London, 1931.

Tracts Published by the Jewish Association for the Diffusion of Religious Knowledge, London 1860.

The United Synagogue's Jewish Religious Education Board was originally known as the Jewish Association for the Diffusion of Religious Knowledge. According to Chief Rabbi Hertz, speaking in 1931, "In arming thousands and thousands of the children of the poor against the moral dangers of life, by teaching them reverence and unquestioned obedience to higher things, … Continue reading Tracts Published by the Jewish Association for the Diffusion of Religious Knowledge, London 1860.

The Jewish Year Book 5663 (1902-1903), Isidore Harris. The London Synagogues.

This is another copy of the Jewish Year book - this time for 1902-3.  It is the seventh issue, and much expanded from the 1896 first issue that I wrote about here.  It is a printed snapshot of the Anglo-Jewish community in 1902, and like the other Jewish Year Books has too much information to … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book 5663 (1902-1903), Isidore Harris. The London Synagogues.

Anglo-Jewish Portraits, Alfred Rubens, The Jewish Museum, London 1935.

This is a biographical catalogue of engraved Anglo-Jewish portraits.  Before the days of photography, the only images of people were paintings, drawings and engravings.  this catalogue of about 460 known engravings includes a large selection of images, and I have reproduced a few interesting ones below. Alfred Rubens (1903-1998) was a chartered surveyor who made … Continue reading Anglo-Jewish Portraits, Alfred Rubens, The Jewish Museum, London 1935.

Sefer Melo Haomer by Rabbi Arieh Leib Zuenz, published by Rabbi Chaim Kreiswirth, Chief Rabbi of Antwerp, London 1960.

Rabbi Arieh Leib ben Moses Zuenz (pronounced Tzintz), 1768-1833, was the great nephew of Rabbi Yehonason Eibeschitz.  He lived in Prague, and Pressburg and was Rabbi of Plotsk, Poland.  He had many famous students including Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Alter, the first Gerrer Rebbe. Melo Haomer is a commentary on the Chumash (the five books of Moses), … Continue reading Sefer Melo Haomer by Rabbi Arieh Leib Zuenz, published by Rabbi Chaim Kreiswirth, Chief Rabbi of Antwerp, London 1960.

History of the Great Synagogue, London, 1640-1940, Cecil Roth. London 1950.

This is one of those classic books that any Anglo-Jewish library has to have. The Great Synagogue was the cathedral synagogue - the mother synagogue of British Ashkenazi Jewry.  It was known as "Duke's Place" after the street where it was situated.  It had 250 years of history.  It was the place where my great-grandparents, … Continue reading History of the Great Synagogue, London, 1640-1940, Cecil Roth. London 1950.

Personalia Relating to Sir Hermann Gollancz, M.A., D.Litt., Rabbi, Oxford, 1928.

This book is subtitled, "The story of a professional man's career told in certificates, testimonials, congratulatory messages, letters and addresses, reports and presentations, &c. relating to Sir Hermann Gollancz, Emeritus Minister of the United Synagogue, London, Emeritus Professor of Hebrew in the University of London, University College."  It was printed for private circulation for his … Continue reading Personalia Relating to Sir Hermann Gollancz, M.A., D.Litt., Rabbi, Oxford, 1928.

Dem Natzis Yidishe Tochter (The Nazi’s Jewish Daughter), A Play, Morris Katz, London 1947.

'The Nazi's Jewish Daughter' is a play, written by Morris Katz and printed in London at the Narodiczky Press in 1947.  My copy is in pristine condition.  There is a copy in the collection of the Imperial War Museum, catalogue number LBY 82 / 1654. Pinkhes Moyshe Kats (Morris Katz) was born in Lodz in … Continue reading Dem Natzis Yidishe Tochter (The Nazi’s Jewish Daughter), A Play, Morris Katz, London 1947.