Sefer Birchas HaPesach with Pischei Zitoh al Hilchos Pesach, by Pinchas Halevi Horowitz, with additions by Menachem Mendel Schneebalg and Shraga Feivish Schneebalg, London 1960.

Rabbi David Zvi Schneebalg was the head of the Beis Din (Rabbinical Court) and Yeshiva of Vishnitz.  The Schneebalg fanily lived through the Russian invasion of Poland in 1939 and the subsequent German occupation when they were able to escape. Rabbi David Zvi came to Manchester and became the rabbi of the Machzikei Hadath in … Continue reading Sefer Birchas HaPesach with Pischei Zitoh al Hilchos Pesach, by Pinchas Halevi Horowitz, with additions by Menachem Mendel Schneebalg and Shraga Feivish Schneebalg, London 1960.

Der Rambam (Maimonides) – Folkstimleche Monografie by Leib Sholem Kreditor, London, 1950.

Leib Sholem Kreditor was born in Lithuania in 1875.  He was a journalist who emigrated from Lithuania to London around 1905.  He worked as a Hebrew teacher in local Talmud Torahs, and also wrote short stories, reports, features, and articles on Yiddish theater in the London Yiddish press of his day.  L. S. Kreditor was … Continue reading Der Rambam (Maimonides) – Folkstimleche Monografie by Leib Sholem Kreditor, London, 1950.

Report of The Sick-Room Helps Society and Nurses’ Home, October, 1907 to December, 1908.

This report, an immensely important social document, was actually printed in 1909. 2,693 maternity cases had been helped and about a thousand donors with their addresses are listed. This is a huge growth in a few years  - check my copy of the report for 1901.  This report has quite a story to tell.  The … Continue reading Report of The Sick-Room Helps Society and Nurses’ Home, October, 1907 to December, 1908.

Report of the “Sick-Room Helps” Society, London, 1901.

The Sick-Room Helps Society was founded by Alice Model in London in 1895.  This report, for 1900-1901, shows the organization that had not yet grown to its eventual size.  It is scanned in full below.  813 expecting mothers were helped and there is an interesting list of donors.  I have a later report which I … Continue reading Report of the “Sick-Room Helps” Society, London, 1901.

Yalkut Yosef, by Rabbi Israel Joseph Lew, London 1942.

This book, as we shall see below, is a wartime product, written for orthodox Yiddish-speaking Jews who were living through the London bombing.  "Amid the thunders and lightnings of war, amid the deafening noise of high explosives and the roar of cannon the echo of the trumpet voice of Sinai must continue to resound throughout … Continue reading Yalkut Yosef, by Rabbi Israel Joseph Lew, London 1942.

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 Saint and the Renegade – a historical novel publshed on the 200th yahrzeit of the Baal Shem Tov, by S. Tiger, London 1960.

This book, in Yiddish also has a subtitle - The Black Bishop.  The author, Joshua (known as Shaye) Tiger, was one of the foremost Yiddish journalists in Europe.  He was born in 1897 in Galicia, and lived in Vienna during the First World War, when he was correspondent for the Warsaw Yiddish daily, "Moment", and … Continue reading The Saint and the Renegade – a historical novel publshed on the 200th yahrzeit of the Baal Shem Tov, by S. Tiger, London 1960.

London Lyrics by A. N. Stencl, London, 1940 (Yiddish).

Avrom Nochem Stencl came to London in 1936.  He was born in Czeladz, near Sosnoviec, Poland, in 1897.  His family was rabbinical, and he had lived in Germany for some years, where he was a published author.  His first volume of poetry in London was published in 1937.  Stencil was an amazingly prolific poet.  I … Continue reading London Lyrics by A. N. Stencl, London, 1940 (Yiddish).

The Jewish Year Book, London, 1907: Educational Institutions, Schools and Classes.

This extract from the Jewish Year Book for 1907 gives some fascinating details about the history of London Jewish educational institutions and schools.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 … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book, London, 1907: Educational Institutions, Schools and Classes.

What was the Sassover Rebbe reading? A signed volume containing three books bound together and an interesting Berlin subscription list.

The first Chassidic Rebbe who made his home in London between the two World Wars was Rabbi Chanoch Heinoch Dov Rubin, the Rebbe of Sassov.  He came to London in 1925 with his wife and three young children and established a small beis midrash (house of study) at 14 Fordham Street in the East End.  … Continue reading What was the Sassover Rebbe reading? A signed volume containing three books bound together and an interesting Berlin subscription list.