This is an example of early Hebrew printing in England. The earliest book printed by a Jewish printer was printed in 1770. This book, published in 1742, demonstrates that Hebrew typefaces were available in the British Isles at an earlier period when the only Hebrew printing was done by non-Jews. My copy has a fine … Continue reading The book of Job (Iyov) – Liber Jobi in versiculos metrice divisus; accedit canticum Moysis, Richard Grey, 1742.
Recently, Rabbi Meir Salasnik reminded me that Rev. Izak Goller was at one time Minister of Walthamstow and Leyton Synagogue. This is a book of poetry, published in 1923 - his first book - when Izak Goller was at Walthamstow and Leyton. It is a small art book, printed on good quality laid paper with … Continue reading The Passionate Jew and Cobbles of the God-Road. A book of poems written and illustrated by Izak Goller, London 1923.
This is an original 1902 copy of the Laws and Bye-Laws of the Burial Society of the United Synagogue - the rules followed for traditional Jewish burials and for administration of the cemeteries. It includes interesting histories of the Ashkenazi cemeteries of London that were in existence in 1902, written by the Secretary of the … Continue reading Laws and Bye-Laws of the Burial Society of the United Synagogue, London 1902. Histories of Cemeteries by Philip Ornstein.
I bought this book from M. Rogosnitzky, the Hebrew Bookseller of Golders Green. It is a large sized book, beautifully printed in London at the Brill Press and bound in the original impressed cloth with gold leaf edges to the pages. I have previously written about another book by Dr. Wigoder, written a little later, … Continue reading Beth Avigdor by Dr. George Wigoder, London (Dublin) 1905.
The problem with this little book was identifying the author, Dov Ber (Or Duberish HaCohen) Zeitlin (pronounced Tzeitlin). M. L. Weiser kindly pointed me in the direction of Ohalei Shem, which is a directory of Rabbi's of the world, compiled in 1912. Rabbi Zeitlin's entry, on page 503 of Ohalei Shem lists him in Paris, France. … Continue reading Sefer Or HaChaim – The Light of Living, by Rabbi B. Zeitlin, London 1886
This little booklet is the Annual Report of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews Hospital for Sick Poor, Lying-in Women, and asylum for the Aged, founded in 1747, and known as the Beth Holim. The hospital was first established in Leman Street, E1, then in 1790 was transferred to 253 Mile End Road. The modern building, … Continue reading Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Hospital, 253 Mile End Road, Report 1907, London.
This is an interesting annual report about the finances, operations and curriculum of a tiny college in 1937 with about 27 students, six teachers and two librarians. Jews College was founded as a Rabbinical Seminary in London in 1855. In 1937 it was housed in Woburn House, Tavistock Square. The Principal, since 1906, had been … Continue reading Jews College, Eighty First Annual Report, 1937
This book is in my Anglo-Judaica library partly because of its prenumeranten (subscription list) which shows that its printing was financed by pre-subscriptions from Jews of Belgium, England and the United States. Unfortunately my copy is printed on very poor quality paper which cracks and crumbles. It cannot be scanned, but the photographs are sufficient … Continue reading The 100th Blog Post: Sefer Chemdas Yisroel by Rabbi Meir Dan Plotsky, Piotrkov, 1924
I have a number of issues of der Fonograf, which describes itself as a Yiddish Weekly Family Paper for Science, Literature and Humor. Published every Friday by the Jewish Press Ltd. at 40 Osborn Street, London. My copies are from 1909, and it seems to have been published from about 1908 at least until 1914. This … Continue reading Der Fonograf – A Yiddish Weekly Family Paper – Science, Literature and Humour, London 1909
This book was written by Menashe Lieberman and printed by Israel Narodiczky in Whitechapel, London, in 1944. My first question - which I throw open to all my kind friends who have commented on this website - is, who was Menashe Lieberman? In spite of some research, I have not been able to find out … Continue reading Sefer Degel Menashe, by Menashe Lieberman, London 1944