Three Hundred Years. A volume to commemorate the Tercentenary of the Resettlement of the Jews in Great Britain 1656-1956, London 1956.

This was a celebratory book to mark a celebratory year - 300 years since the Jews had officially been allowed to live in the United Kingdom in 1656 - after the expulsion of 1290. We will leave aside the questions of whether the resettlement was official and the fact that there were unofficial Jews living … Continue reading Three Hundred Years. A volume to commemorate the Tercentenary of the Resettlement of the Jews in Great Britain 1656-1956, London 1956.

Jewish Religious Education Board, Forty-Fourth Annual Report 1938.

This is the record of a substantial organization, dedicated to providing Jewish Religious education in London schools, mainly in the East End of London. However, by 1938, numbers were declining as the Jewish community was already relocating to better or more middle-class neighbourhoods. This was also at a time when the minimum school-leaving age had … Continue reading Jewish Religious Education Board, Forty-Fourth Annual Report 1938.

The Jewish Memorial Council Central Committee for Jewish Education, Annual Report by Herbert Adler, 1936-37.

This is the report of Herbert Adler, the Director of Education. It gives am interesting report on Jewish Education in Britain in 1936-37, including not just London, but communities all over the British Isles. Herbert Marcus Adler (1876-1940) was a grandson of Chief Rabbi Nathan Marcus Adler.  He was educated at the City of London … Continue reading The Jewish Memorial Council Central Committee for Jewish Education, Annual Report by Herbert Adler, 1936-37.

About Zionism, Speeches and Lectures by Professor Albert Einstein with an introduction by Leon Simon, London, 1930.

This book is the first edition (which precedes the American edition by one year) of this volume of Albert Einstein's speeches and letters concerning his views on Zionism. Einstein was not a conventional thinker, and as we might expect, his views on Zionism were not conventional either. He was an assimilated Jew who saw that … Continue reading About Zionism, Speeches and Lectures by Professor Albert Einstein with an introduction by Leon Simon, London, 1930.

Jewish Customs and Folklore, by Rabbi Dr. S. M. Lehrman, London 1949.

Rabbi Simon M. Lehrman, as well as being a prolific author, was best known as the Rabbi of the New Synagogue in Egerton Road, Stamford Hill. He was an outstanding scholar, preacher and teacher who was born in Russia in 1900 and came to Britain in 1904. He studied at London's Etz Chaim Yeshiva, and … Continue reading Jewish Customs and Folklore, by Rabbi Dr. S. M. Lehrman, London 1949.

Ma’amar Ha’achdut by Yosef Yavetz, 1862 – Rabbi Yaakov Ben Zion Mendelsohn’s copy.

This book belonged to Rabbi Yaakov Ben Zion Mendelsohn, another of Britain's  slightly forgotten rabbis.  He was a well-known and respected scholar, Talmudist and pulpit rabbi.  His original name was Rabbi Yaakov Ben Zion Morein and he was born in Kreitzburg (Latvian Krustpils), in the Vitebsk district of Russia. He changed his name to Mendelsohn … Continue reading Ma’amar Ha’achdut by Yosef Yavetz, 1862 – Rabbi Yaakov Ben Zion Mendelsohn’s copy.

Jewish National Fund for Great Britain & Ireland, Report 5699, London 1939.

This report, covering the year ended 30th September 1939, provides a picture of the JNF at the beginning of the Second World War.  There is great concern over the Jews of Poland, a community of three and a half million Jews.  Where can they go? Only in Palestine can they find a home.  The Jewish … Continue reading Jewish National Fund for Great Britain & Ireland, Report 5699, London 1939.

Sefer Torath Abodath HaAdamah by Isser Yosef Einhorn, London 1910.

This is a detailed guide, in Hebrew, to agriculture, including plants, terrain, climate, drainage - in fact everything that you need to know to grow things.  It is a technical guide for Jewish agriculturalists.  The book covers the various species of earth products, atmospheric conditions, soils, irrigation, ploughing, manures, sowing, the warfare against insects and … Continue reading Sefer Torath Abodath HaAdamah by Isser Yosef Einhorn, London 1910.

Form of Prayers for the Day of Atonement according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, David Levi, London 5551 (1791).

I have a set of these Machzorim (Festival Prayer Books), in near mint condition, but sadly with no bookplate or information about who owned them. The translation, into fine 18th century English, demonstrates the skill of the erudite scholar, David Levi. The prayer for King George the Third and the Royal family, below, is particularly … Continue reading Form of Prayers for the Day of Atonement according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, David Levi, London 5551 (1791).

Apiryon, Volume IV Number XI, by Shmuel Miller of Yonkers, New York, 1926-1927.

This is a Rabbinical journal which I have included in my collection to demonstrate the international renown of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber of London, extracts from whose book, Kerem HaTzvi are included. The editor, Shmuel Miller, is Dr. Simon Miller (1887-1971), a Yonkers dentist who served as a lay leader of Ohab Zedek and local … Continue reading Apiryon, Volume IV Number XI, by Shmuel Miller of Yonkers, New York, 1926-1927.