Bais Yisroel by Rabbi Hirsch Turetzky of Glasgow, printed in Leeds.

I do not know much about Rabbi Turetzky, sometimes spelled Turetsky.  He is another of Britain's forgotten rabbis.  There were other Rabbis called Turetzky, and they are probably part of the same family, but I have not been able to connect them and would appreciate information.  All I really know is that he was a … Continue reading Bais Yisroel by Rabbi Hirsch Turetzky of Glasgow, printed in Leeds.

MiShanah LeShanah, Yearbook of the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash Congregation 5733 (1972-1973).

This is a snapshot of an important community in Golders Green fifty years ago.  The Golders Green Beth Hamedrash was founded by Rabbi Dr. Elie Munk in 1934. Much of the original membership consisted of orthodox German refugees, following the theological approach of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch. Rabbi Eliahu Munk (not to be confused with … Continue reading MiShanah LeShanah, Yearbook of the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash Congregation 5733 (1972-1973).

The Sephardim of England, by Albert M. Hyamson, London, 1951

This is an important work of reference, written by Albert Montefiore Hyamson (1875 - 1954), a British civil servant and historian.  He was the nephew of Dayan Moses Hyamson of the London Beth Din (Rabbinical Court).  Albert Hyamson  was born in London and entered the civil service in 1895, initially at the Post Office. During … Continue reading The Sephardim of England, by Albert M. Hyamson, London, 1951

Sefer Even Yechezkel by Rabbi Yerachmiel Mett, London 1939.

Rabbi Yerachmiel (known as Rachmil) Mett was born in Mlava, Poland in 1884.  He was brought to England by the Chassidic supporter and fellow native of Mlava, Chaim Eliezer Lass, and became the District Rabbi of Stamford Hill.  The Lass family were also financial contributors towards the printing of the book. By 1928 Rabbi Mett … Continue reading Sefer Even Yechezkel by Rabbi Yerachmiel Mett, London 1939.

Historic Judaism versus Liberal Judaism, Sermon delivered at the Hampstead Synagogue on Saturday 7th May, 1949 by The Rev. I Levy, London.

This little booklet is a sermon by Rev. Dr. Isaac Levy, Minister of Hampstead Synagogue in Dennington Park Road.  Isaac "Harry" Levy, 1910 - 2005, was born and brought up in Paddington, west London, where his father was a tailor. He was educated at University College London, and at the then leading Talmudical academy, the … Continue reading Historic Judaism versus Liberal Judaism, Sermon delivered at the Hampstead Synagogue on Saturday 7th May, 1949 by The Rev. I Levy, London.

Lev Aryeh by Dayan Ari’ Leib (Leopold) Grossnass, London, 1958.

Lev Aryeh is a book of Shaalos and Teshivos (Questions and Answers) by Dayan (Rabbinical Judge) Arje Leb (Leopold) Grossnass.  He was educated at Kamenetz and other European yeshivos (Rabbinical seminaries) and later headed the Antwerp Talmudical college, before being appointed to the London Beth Din in 1949, at the age of 37. Dayan Grossnass … Continue reading Lev Aryeh by Dayan Ari’ Leib (Leopold) Grossnass, London, 1958.

Judith Montefiore College, Ramsgate. Report for the year 1st Tammuz 5651 to 30th Sivan 5652 (1891-92), with catalogue of Zunz’s Miscellenea.

The Judith Montefiore College was originally established in London in 1869 by Sir Moses Montefiore as a memorial to his late wife, Judith.  When Moses Gaster was appointed principal in 1890 the college was reorganized into a modern rabbinical training college in Ramsgate.  The college moved to London on 1965, closed in 1985 and was … Continue reading Judith Montefiore College, Ramsgate. Report for the year 1st Tammuz 5651 to 30th Sivan 5652 (1891-92), with catalogue of Zunz’s Miscellenea.

Kerem HaTzvi, by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, Vienna, 1920.

This is the first edition of the first part of Rabbi Ferber's seminal work,  and commentary on the Chumash (Pentateuch), Kerem HaTzvi, which he titled in English "The Vineyard of Beauty" - not the Vineyard of the Deer, as one might expect.  It is nicely bound but was only the first part - Bereishis (Genesis) … Continue reading Kerem HaTzvi, by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, Vienna, 1920.

Guardian of the Law. The Chief Rabbi Dr. J. H. Hertz by Philip Paneth, London 1943.

This is a wartime book, produced under wartime book publishing stringencies. A dust cover on a paperback with no paper wasted on a table of contents or an index. Philip Paneth was a Central European journalist who had worked in Prague and escaped to London just before the war.  He was the author of a … Continue reading Guardian of the Law. The Chief Rabbi Dr. J. H. Hertz by Philip Paneth, London 1943.

The Sixteenth Annual Report of the Anglo-Jewish Association, London, 1886-1887 – Provincial and British Empire branches.

This is the second part of a post about this snapshot of Queen Victoria's more established Jewish families at the time of the Golden Jubilee in 1887.  The first part, which includes the lists of London members is here. What follows are scans of lists of members from Ballarat in Australia to West Hartlepool.  They … Continue reading The Sixteenth Annual Report of the Anglo-Jewish Association, London, 1886-1887 – Provincial and British Empire branches.