The quintessential Anglo-Jewish Hebrew and English Siddur, sometimes known as "Singers Prayer Book", was compiled by the Reverend Simeon Singer. Rabbi Simeon Singer was born in London in 1846. He was educated at Jews College in London and while still there became a part-time Minister (in 1867 at the Borough Synagogue) and teacher. He moved … Continue reading A Companion to the Authorized Daily Prayer Book of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Empire, London, 1922.
Each of the participants in the Halukat Hamishna project undertakes to study a different Tractate of the Mishnah. By that means the entire Mishna is learned within a few months. This is followed by a siyum to mark its completion and the commencement of a new cycle. I have previously written about the brochure that … Continue reading Commemorative Brochure of the Sixteenth Siyyum of the Halukat HaMishnah, Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue, London, 1965
This interesting little item, an early Jewish Museum, London publication, caught my eye because of a family connection. My late father and grandfather both used to buy jewellery from the firm of M. H. Meyer that is mentioned. The author, Wilfred Sampson Samuel, was a British businessman and historian who was born in London in … Continue reading Lord Meyor’s Show-Day 1837, by Wilfred Samuel, London 1950.
This is a ten volume set of encyclopedias, the first comprehensive encyclopedia in the Hebrew language. The editor, Julius Eisenstein undertook this work in response to perceived limitations of the English Language Jewish Encyclopedia. Julius (Judah David) Eisenstein was born in Miedzyrzec Podlaski (known to the Jews as Mezirich) on November 12th, 1854. In 1864 … Continue reading Otzar Yisrael – Hebrew Encyclopedia, editied by Julius Eisenstein 1907-1913. Subscription Lists.
The Etz Chaim Yeshiva (Rabbinical School) in Thrawl Street, London was founded in 1909. One of the founders was Rabbi Aaron Hyman, whom I have written about previously here. This book, printed by the Narodiczky Press in Whitechapel, is the April 1940 edition of HaChaim, the students’ magazine of the Yeshiva. It includes what may … Continue reading HaChayim, April 1940 – Magazine of the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Thrawl Street, London.
My copy of Sefer Ikarim belonged to Rabbi Elie Munk. Today, Sivan 3rd, is his 40th yahrzeit. The connection with Anglo Jewry is that he was the father-in law of Chief Rabbi Lord Immanuel Jakobovits. His first cousin was Rabbi Eli Munk of Golders Green, London. Rabbi Munk (1900-1981), was district rabbi of Ansbach (Bavaria) … Continue reading Sefer Ikarim, by Rabbi Joseph Albo, Presburg, 1853 – copy of Rabbi Elie Munk of Paris.
This anthology, a book of 232 pages, printed by the Narod Press in Whitechapel, was edited by Avrum Nochem Stencl, the Yiddish poet and writer, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the modern settlement of Jews in Britain. Avrum Nochum Stencl (pronounced Shtentsel) was known in his later years as the Yiddish poet of Whitechapel. … Continue reading Tercentenary Almanac – Loshen un Leben, in Yiddish, edited by A. N. Stencl, London 1956.
Philip Goldberg was born in Liverpool in 1887 and served in the Artists' Rifles during the First World War. He was appointed Secretary of the Council of the United Synagogue and the Burial Society in 1920, retiring in 1947. Many British Machzorim (Festival Prayer books) include wording in Yizkor (the Memorial Prayer) that "here are … Continue reading The Philip Goldberg Memorial Book (Kovetz Tefilos), London 1962. Includes the Memorial Prayer (Yizkor) for the British Chief Rabbis.
By 1907 the Jewish Year Book was in its twelfth year of publication, and was packed with useful information about the Jewish community in the British Empire. The editor, Reverend Isidore Harris, was born in London in 1853, and educated at Jews College and University College, London. He was appointed Minister of the West London … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book, London, 1907, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – Provincial Communities
Rabbi Aaron Hyman was known for publishing rabbinical reference books, which have been reprinted and are still in use today. He had previously published Bet Vaad Lechochamim (which I have written about previously) and had just published Toldos Tannaim VeAmoraim. This last work, in three volumes with 1,250 pages, is an alphabetical biographical dictionary of … Continue reading Igeret Rav Sherira Gaon (The Letter of Rabbi Sherira, Gaon) by Rabbi Aaron Hyman, London 1910.