This report, covering the year ended 30th September 1939, provides a picture of the JNF at the beginning of the Second World War. There is great concern over the Jews of Poland, a community of three and a half million Jews. Where can they go? Only in Palestine can they find a home. The Jewish … Continue reading Jewish National Fund for Great Britain & Ireland, Report 5699, London 1939.
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
This is a relatively modern item, but it is a useful picture of the Irish Jewish community as it was in 1985, when Rabbi David Rosen was finishing a short term as the Chief Rabbi of Ireland and Editor of the Year Book (He is one of the sons of the late Rabbi Kopul Rosen … Continue reading Irish Jewish Year Book 5745 (1984-1985), Dublin.
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 was asked if I could provide a scan … Continue reading Jewish Year Book 1917, Provincial Synagogues and Institutions, A-D.
This book itself is not rare. It is a copy of Kli Yakar, printed in Lemberg in 1895. This is a Torah commentary written by Rabbi Shlomo Ephraim ben Aaron Luntschitz and originally published in 1602. The name, Kli Yakar, comes from Proverbs 20:15 where it says that wise speech is a “kli yakar”, a … Continue reading Kli Yakar, Lemberg, 1895. This copy belonged to Rabbi Elkan Eliezer Gavron of Dublin.
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
Myer Joel Wigoder was a lay-scholar who published fifteen works on Midrashic and Aggadic topics. He was born in the village of Vigoda, near Vexna, Lithuania in 1855 and had a thorough Yeshiva education. Upon losing all his possessions in a fire in the town of Laizovo soon after he was married, he emigrated in … Continue reading Beis Evel and Beis HaRoeh by Myer Joel Wigoder of Dublin, Ireland, Jerusalem 1914.
Myer Joel Wigoder was born in the village of Vigoda, near Vexna, Lithuania in 1855. He had a thorough Yeshiva education and after various trials and tribulations left Lithuania in search of a better place to economically establish his young family. He travelled to Dublin, Ireland, and was eventually joined by his brother, Doctor George … Continue reading Chayei Olam and Beis Haknesses by Myer Joel Wigoder of Dublin, Ireland, (1936?)
This little book has the most amazing prenumeranten (subscription) list, so please read right through to the end! Henich/Chanoch/Henry Olivestone was born in Warsaw in about 1884 and died in 1952. he emigrated to the British Isles and became a Shochet (Ritual Slaughterer) and Shaliach Tsibur (Synagogue Reader) in Tredegar, in Wales. The Jewish community … Continue reading Zecher Ov, i.e. Memory of Father by Zev Wolf Olivenstein of Warsaw, published by Rev. H. Olivestone, Tredegar (Wales), London 1916.
The year is 1880, on the eve of the great Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe to England. Anglo-Jewry, established from 1656, had prospered. If you could afford a minimum of five shillings per year, you could be a member of the Anglo-Jewish Association. This 200-page volume includes details of the work of the Association, and … Continue reading The Ninth Annual Report of the Anglo-Jewish Association, London, 1879-1880