In Memoriam – Rabbi Dr. V. Schonfeld, London 1930

v schonfeld 1930This is the memorial book, published 30 days after his death for Rabbi Victor Schonfeld by the Chevra Ben Zakkai youth society, a group that he had started in London.

Rabbi Victor Schonfeld was born in Hungary in 1880, started his rabbinical career briefly in Vienna, and was elected Rabbi of the then North London Beth Hamidrash in 1909.  He built up the community of the Adath Yisroel Synagogue, in Green Lanes, Stoke Newington.  After an interval in Jerusalem, working for the Mizrachi movement from 1920-22, he returned to his old congregation and stayed there until his early death on January 1, 1930.

v schonfeld 1930 2I am not going to write the story of his life and achievements (of which there were many), because there are many other sources for this, and this is about the book.

v schonfeld 1930 3The very distinguished contributors to this book edited by Naphtali Lipschutz, include Dr. Charles Duschinsky, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber (in Hebrew), and Rabbi Dr. J. J. Hoffman of Frankfort (in German), among others.

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