The Board of Deputies of British Jews was established in London in 1760, when seven deputies were appointed by the elders of the Sephardi congregation of Spanish and Portuguese to form a standing committee and pay homage to King George III on his accession to the throne. Shortly thereafter the Ashkenazi Jewish Congregation from Central … Continue reading Board of Deputies of British Jews, Annual Report for 1933.
Jews College was founded as a Rabbinical Seminary in London in 1855. In 1951 it was housed in Woburn House, Tavistock Square. I have quite a few Jews College items in my collection, including publications and annual reports. I have previously written about the Jubilee of Jews College in 1906, the 75th Anniversary in 1931 … Continue reading Jews College, Ninety-Fourth Annual Report, 1951.
Rabbi Israel Joseph Lew was born in Vengroff, Poland in 1884. He was a follower of Ger, received semicha (his rabbinical diploma) in Warsaw and lived on his father-in-law’s home in Siedlce for a while. He was involved with Agudas Yisroel in Poland, and was part of the important rabbinic delegation that visited Great Britain … Continue reading Yalkut Yosef, Part II, by Rabbi Israel Joseph Lew, London 1947.
I do not know much about Rabbi Turetzky, sometimes spelled Turetsky. He is another of Britain's forgotten rabbis. There were other Rabbis called Turetzky, and they are probably part of the same family, but I have not been able to connect them and would appreciate information. All I really know is that he was a … Continue reading Bais Yisroel by Rabbi Hirsch Turetzky of Glasgow, printed in Leeds.
This is a snapshot of an important community in Golders Green fifty years ago. The Golders Green Beth Hamedrash was founded by Rabbi Dr. Elie Munk in 1934. Much of the original membership consisted of orthodox German refugees, following the theological approach of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch. Rabbi Eliahu Munk (not to be confused with … Continue reading MiShanah LeShanah, Yearbook of the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash Congregation 5733 (1972-1973).
This is an important work of reference, written by Albert Montefiore Hyamson (1875 - 1954), a British civil servant and historian. He was the nephew of Dayan Moses Hyamson of the London Beth Din (Rabbinical Court). Albert Hyamson was born in London and entered the civil service in 1895, initially at the Post Office. During … Continue reading The Sephardim of England, by Albert M. Hyamson, London, 1951