This is a biographical catalogue of engraved Anglo-Jewish portraits. Before the days of photography, the only images of people were paintings, drawings and engravings. this catalogue of about 460 known engravings includes a large selection of images, and I have reproduced a few interesting ones below. Alfred Rubens (1903-1998) was a chartered surveyor who made … Continue reading Anglo-Jewish Portraits, Alfred Rubens, The Jewish Museum, London 1935.
Rabbi Arieh Leib ben Moses Zuenz (pronounced Tzintz), 1768-1833, was the great nephew of Rabbi Yehonason Eibeschitz. He lived in Prague, and Pressburg and was Rabbi of Plotsk, Poland. He had many famous students including Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Alter, the first Gerrer Rebbe. Melo Haomer is a commentary on the Chumash (the five books of Moses), … Continue reading Sefer Melo Haomer by Rabbi Arieh Leib Zuenz, published by Rabbi Chaim Kreiswirth, Chief Rabbi of Antwerp, London 1960.
This is one of those classic books that any Anglo-Jewish library has to have. The Great Synagogue was the cathedral synagogue - the mother synagogue of British Ashkenazi Jewry. It was known as "Duke's Place" after the street where it was situated. It had 250 years of history. It was the place where my great-grandparents, … Continue reading History of the Great Synagogue, London, 1640-1940, Cecil Roth. London 1950.
This book is subtitled, "The story of a professional man's career told in certificates, testimonials, congratulatory messages, letters and addresses, reports and presentations, &c. relating to Sir Hermann Gollancz, Emeritus Minister of the United Synagogue, London, Emeritus Professor of Hebrew in the University of London, University College." It was printed for private circulation for his … Continue reading Personalia Relating to Sir Hermann Gollancz, M.A., D.Litt., Rabbi, Oxford, 1928.
'The Nazi's Jewish Daughter' is a play, written by Morris Katz and printed in London at the Narodiczky Press in 1947. My copy is in pristine condition. There is a copy in the collection of the Imperial War Museum, catalogue number LBY 82 / 1654. Pinkhes Moyshe Kats (Morris Katz) was born in Lodz in … Continue reading Dem Natzis Yidishe Tochter (The Nazi’s Jewish Daughter), A Play, Morris Katz, London 1947.
This is the 1917 edition of the Jewish Year Book, which was published by the Jewish Chronicle and produced under difficult wartime conditions as a paperback with thinner paper. However, it is absolutely packed with information - a printed snapshot of the Anglo-Jewish community in 1917. I cannot scan it all, and so I have … Continue reading Jewish Year Book, London 1917, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – Manchester
This is the 1917 edition of the Jewish Year Book, which was published by the Jewish Chronicle and produced under difficult wartime conditions as a paperback with thinner paper. However, it is absolutely packed with information - a printed snapshot of the Anglo-Jewish community in 1917. I cannot scan it all, and so I have … Continue reading Jewish Year Book 1917, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – and Jewish Friendly and Benefit Societies
This is, I think, the smallest item in my library. In 1938 W. A. and A. C. Churchman issued a set of cigarette cards, entitled 'In Town Tonight' with a series of London personalities. Rev. Louis Shaposnick (1909 - 1982) was probably the only rabbi to ever be depicted on a cigarette card. Here he … Continue reading Cigarette Card – Rev. Louis Levy Shaposnick of the Great Garden Street Synagogue, Churchmans Cigarettes, 1938
Rabbi Raffalovich is another of the forgotten British Rabbis. He is usually remembered for his time as Chief Rabbi of Brazil. However, he was first in Manchester and then Rabbi in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, and then for 20 years Rabbi of the Hope Place Synagogue in Liverpool. He also did something that I urge … Continue reading Tziunim ve-Tamrurim, by Rabbi Isaiah Raffalovich, Tel Aviv, 1952
This item is a single page from the London Newspaper The Graphic. With descriptions by Lucien Woolf, it depicts the members of the London Beth Din at a crucial time in 1906, just before the Federation of Synagogues withdrew Dayan Chaikin from the London Beth Din. It also provides us with striking images of the … Continue reading “Beth Hamedrash & Beth Din”, (House of Learning & Judgement) – A Jewish Court, from The Graphic, August 11th, 1906