This is an English translation of the book of Proverbs (Mishle), with extensive scholarly notes. One of the sources that Elzas uses extensively is Benjamin Boothroyd, a Christian Minister and scholar from Pontefract in Yorkshire, who produced a significant Hebrew Bible with notes and commentaries in about 1800. (I have a copy and will eventually … Continue reading The Proverbs of Solomon, by Abraham Elzas, Leeds, 1871. (Baron Louis Benas’ copy)
The Jewish Memorial Council Central Committee for Jewish Education, Annual Report by Herbert Adler, 1936-37.
This is the report of Herbert Adler, the Director of Education. It gives am interesting report on Jewish Education in Britain in 1936-37, including not just London, but communities all over the British Isles. Herbert Marcus Adler (1876-1940) was a grandson of Chief Rabbi Nathan Marcus Adler. He was educated at the City of London … Continue reading The Jewish Memorial Council Central Committee for Jewish Education, Annual Report by Herbert Adler, 1936-37.
Jewish Customs and Folklore, by Rabbi Dr. S. M. Lehrman, London 1949.
Rabbi Simon M. Lehrman, as well as being a prolific author, was best known as the Rabbi of the New Synagogue in Egerton Road, Stamford Hill. He was an outstanding scholar, preacher and teacher who was born in Russia in 1900 and came to Britain in 1904. He studied at London's Etz Chaim Yeshiva, and … Continue reading Jewish Customs and Folklore, by Rabbi Dr. S. M. Lehrman, London 1949.
Jewish National Fund for Great Britain & Ireland, Report 5699, London 1939.
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.
The Sixteenth Annual Report of the Anglo-Jewish Association, London, 1886-1887 – Provincial and British Empire branches.
This is the second part of a post about this snapshot of Queen Victoria's more established Jewish families at the time of the Golden Jubilee in 1887. The first part, which includes the lists of London members is here. What follows are scans of lists of members from Ballarat in Australia to West Hartlepool. They … Continue reading The Sixteenth Annual Report of the Anglo-Jewish Association, London, 1886-1887 – Provincial and British Empire branches.
Pilpula shel Torah, by Rabbi Nachman Shlomo Greenspan, London (Poland), 1935.
Rabbi Nachman Shlomo Greenspan was born in the village of Liakhovichi (Lachavitch), near Minsk, in 1878 and studied under the greatest rabbis, including the Sfas Emes – Rabbi Meir Simcha of Dvinsk and the Ridvaz, as well as learning under and with the Avnei Nezer; Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik; the Rogatchover Gaon; the Chofetz Chaim; and … Continue reading Pilpula shel Torah, by Rabbi Nachman Shlomo Greenspan, London (Poland), 1935.
Faith of Israel, by Rabbi Tobias Goodman, London 1834.
Rabbi Tobias Goodman was a pioneer. He was a Rav in London early in the nineteenth century who was famous for being the first Rabbi to give sermons in English in the synagogue. He was Chazan ("Reader") at the Western Synagogue which was then in Denmark Court. He gave English sermons in Liverpool, and London. … Continue reading Faith of Israel, by Rabbi Tobias Goodman, London 1834.
A Jew Speaks! Izak Goller, Liverpool, 1926
Izak Goller had two careers - he was both a British Rabbi and a poet and artist. He was born in Plungian, Lithuania and brought up in Manchester. He gained a scholarship to the Manchester Central School and then studied in a yeshiva. His first ministerial appointment was at the Kovno synagogue in Manchester, and … Continue reading A Jew Speaks! Izak Goller, Liverpool, 1926
The Philip Goldberg Memorial Book (Kovetz Tefilos), London 1962. Includes the Memorial Prayer (Yizkor) for the British Chief Rabbis.
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.
The Jewish Year Book, London, 1907, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – Provincial Communities
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