Sefer Degel Menashe, by Menashe Lieberman, London 1944

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

Vallentine’s Anglo-Jewish Almanac and Diary 1927 (5688), with London advertisements and complete list of Mohelim.

This is Vallentine's Almanac for 1927 - the 90th year of publication.  Apart from a diary and times for Shabbos etc, I have scanned the ads, many of which are for kosher eating establishments in the old Jewish East End of London. It was edited by Rev. Morris Rosenbaum of the Borough Synagogue, and printed … Continue reading Vallentine’s Anglo-Jewish Almanac and Diary 1927 (5688), with London advertisements and complete list of Mohelim.

Ohr Chadash, Rabbi Joseph Kohn-Zedek, London 1881.

Rabbi Joseph Kohn-Zedek was a rabbinical scholar and preacher who was born in Lemberg in 1827 and died in London in 1903.  He had studied with the chief Rabbi of Lemberg, Joseph Saul Nathansohn, and attended also the yeshiva of Joseph Yekeles, rabbi of Yavorov. While at Lemberg he produced a number of Hebrew poems of … Continue reading Ohr Chadash, Rabbi Joseph Kohn-Zedek, London 1881.

HaOlam, London 1934 – Chaim Nachman Bialik dies on July 4th (21st Tamuz).

Readers in the United States probably think of July 4th as Independence Day.  However, it is also the date that Chaim Nachman Bialik died, in Vienna in 1934, as evidenced by my bound volume of HaOlam, the magazine of the World Zionist Organization. (I apologise for the lower quality of some of the photographs - … Continue reading HaOlam, London 1934 – Chaim Nachman Bialik dies on July 4th (21st Tamuz).

Bekurei Avi”v by Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Guterman of Radzymin, London 1947

This book, on the weekly portion of the Torah, is believed to be the first Chassidic book printed in London, by the Narodiczky Press in 1947.  It was published by Rabbi Yechiel Meir Morgenstern of London, and could be obtained from Rabbi Ch. Morgensztern of 100, Fairholt Road, N16. Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh of Radzymin (1792-1877) … Continue reading Bekurei Avi”v by Rabbi Yaakov Aryeh Guterman of Radzymin, London 1947

Diukno shel Yaakov by Rabbi Lewis (Yehuda Leib) Levene, circa 1929, and the Jubilee Street Great Zionist Synagogue

Rabbi Lewis Levene was Rabbi of the Jubilee Street Great Zionist Synagogue in the East End of London.  He published this book of sermons and eulogies in approximately 1929.  My copy has his address of 52 Heneage Street, Brick Lane crossed out and handwritten  as 83 the Avenue, London N.W.6. The Jubilee Street Synagogue opened … Continue reading Diukno shel Yaakov by Rabbi Lewis (Yehuda Leib) Levene, circa 1929, and the Jubilee Street Great Zionist Synagogue

History of the Hampstead Synagogue and Order of Service on the Fiftieth Anniversary of its opening, 24th Ellul, 5702, 6th September, 1942

I have previously written about the Hampstead Synagogue ten years after its opening.  Here we are now, forty years later, in 1942.  This wartime booklet has the history of the Hampstead Synagogue followed by a Roll of Honour - Members of the Hampstead Synagogue, and their sons and daughters, who served in the British armed … Continue reading History of the Hampstead Synagogue and Order of Service on the Fiftieth Anniversary of its opening, 24th Ellul, 5702, 6th September, 1942

The Fourth World Haggadah, Joel Harris and Jack Schuldenfrei, WUJS, London 1970

The Fourth World Haggadah was published 50 years ago by the World Union of Jewish Students. It is an activist Haggadah, aimed at Jewish students of the late 1960s and early 1970s. It includes a full traditional Haggadah, with commentary by Joel Harris and a new English translation by Jack Schuldenfrei. "This Haggadah is offered … Continue reading The Fourth World Haggadah, Joel Harris and Jack Schuldenfrei, WUJS, London 1970

Toldot Tzioni Echad, Zalkind Stalbow, London 1961

Zalkind Stalbow was an early British Zionist.  He was born in Vidzy, near Vitebsk, in May 1878, and emigrated to London at the turn of the century.  This book is his autobiography - the story of a remarkable life.  it was printed in London by the Narod Press. An early member of the Chovovei Tzion … Continue reading Toldot Tzioni Echad, Zalkind Stalbow, London 1961

Faith and Science, by Rabbi Mordechai Tzvi Schwartz, Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Hull, London 1926

This is a book in English, written by Rabbi Mordechai Tzvi Schwartz, one time Rabbi of the Mile End and Bow Synagogue in London, but from 1920 Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Hull in Yorkshire.  I have previously written about his book Doresh Tov LeAmo here. The Synagogue, on Cogan Street in Hull, was … Continue reading Faith and Science, by Rabbi Mordechai Tzvi Schwartz, Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Hull, London 1926