Machzor for Rosh Hashana – The Form of Prayers for the New Year according to the custom of the German and Polish Jews, David Levi, 1807

This is a Georgian Machzor, the second edition of the David Levi Machzor, printed posthumously in 1807.  It was revised by Isaac Levi and has a bold portrait of Chief Rabbi Solomon Hirschell as its frontispiece, that is actually dated 1808.  It was printed by E. Justins press at 34 Brick Lane, Spitalfields.  My copy … Continue reading Machzor for Rosh Hashana – The Form of Prayers for the New Year according to the custom of the German and Polish Jews, David Levi, 1807

Keter Shem Tob, by Haham Shem Tob Gaguine, Part III, 1948

Dayan Shem Tob Gaguine was born in 1884 in Jerusalem, and died in Manchester in 1953. He was a British Sephardi Rabbi and scion of a famous Moroccan rabbinical dynasty which emigrated to Palestine from Spain at the time of the Spanish Inquisition.  He was appointed Chief Rabbi ('Haham') of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews … Continue reading Keter Shem Tob, by Haham Shem Tob Gaguine, Part III, 1948

The Manchester Great Synagogue, Cheetham Hill Road, 1858-1958, edited by H. R.Gouldman

This book is a nice history of the early Jewish community in Manchester and its Great Synagogue.  It starts with messages and greetings from: Chief Rabbi Dr. Israel Brodie Rabbi Dr. Alexander Altman, the Communal Rabbi of Manchester and District Professor Rabbi Israel Abrahams, Chief Rabbi of the Cape, South Africa Isidore Sandler, President of … Continue reading The Manchester Great Synagogue, Cheetham Hill Road, 1858-1958, edited by H. R.Gouldman

Sermons and Addresses setting forth the Teachings and Spirit of Judaism (second series), Rabbi Professor Hermann Gollancz, London 1916.

Rabbi Doctor Hermann Gollancz was born in Bremen, Germany. He was the eldest son of Rabbi Samuel Marcus Gollancz, of the Hambro Synagogue in London.  He was educated at Jews’ College and University College London. He graduated in Classics and philosophy in 1873 and was awarded his MA in Hebrew, Syriac and German in 1889. … Continue reading Sermons and Addresses setting forth the Teachings and Spirit of Judaism (second series), Rabbi Professor Hermann Gollancz, London 1916.

Beis Yisroel by Rabbi Lewis (Arieh Leib) Levine of Liverpool, London 1903.

This was Rabbi Levine's first book, printed in 1903 at the Bril press, which also printed the newspaper 'Telefon'. Rabbi Arieh Leib Levine, known as Lewis Levine was born in Traby, near Ivye in the district of Grodno in 1861.  He emigrated to England in the 1890s, and when this book was published, he was … Continue reading Beis Yisroel by Rabbi Lewis (Arieh Leib) Levine of Liverpool, London 1903.

Laws of the Society for relieving the Poor on the Initiation of Their Children into the Holy Covenant of Abraham, reprinted 1886.

This little booklet was published by the Initiation Society, which was founded in 1745.  The Society set out rules for its mohelim and provided relief for the poor.                 More Laws follow here, followed by a list of subscribers and their addresses, which is scanned in full below:

Purim or The Feast of Esther by N. S. Doniach, 1933

Although this book was published by the Jewish Publication Society of America, it belongs in an Anglo-Judaica collection because of its author, and also because my copy is a piece of Anglo-Jewish ephemera. Nakdimon Shabbethay Doniach was a scholar of Hebrew and Semitic languages, lexicographer, linguist, and British civil servant. he was born in London … Continue reading Purim or The Feast of Esther by N. S. Doniach, 1933

Nesivos Chen by Rabbi Alter Noach HaKohen Michalensky, London 1899

Rabbi Michalensky was born in 1852 in Neschitz, near Kovel.  He was the first Chassidic Rebbe to settle in London, and according to Rabbi Harry Rabinowicz in his book "A World Apart" (the only source that I have found for information about him) was a colourful, fighting, enigmatic and erratic personality.  In 1870 he travelled … Continue reading Nesivos Chen by Rabbi Alter Noach HaKohen Michalensky, London 1899

Yalkut Zvi by Harris (Herschel Zvi) Gertler, London, 1954

Harris (Herschel Zvi) Gertler was born in Olkusz, Poland, in 1883 and died in London in 1972.  He was a pupil of the Sochatchover Rebbe.  He emigrated to London, England.  During the Second World War his house and business were destroyed by bombs, and he left London for a small village in the country for … Continue reading Yalkut Zvi by Harris (Herschel Zvi) Gertler, London, 1954