Post Office Directory of London, 1927 – East End Streets and Synagogues.

This huge book is not Anglo-Judaica but it is packed with thousands of pages of information.  As a sample, I've chosen some streets in the East End of London, including several with synagogues, which establishes their addresses.  There are hundreds of small shops and businesses.  These scans also demonstrate the large numbers of Jewish families, … Continue reading Post Office Directory of London, 1927 – East End Streets and Synagogues.

Der Mishpat – Judgement, a play by Morris Katz, London 1949

Morris Katz (Pinkhes Moyshe Kats) was born in Lodz in 1901, left Poland in 1925 and lived in Czechoslovakia and then Antwerp, Belgium, before fleeing to London in 1940. He emigrated to the United States in 1950. He was a dentist and Yiddish writer who contributed to various Yiddish newspapers, including the daily Yiddish newspaper … Continue reading Der Mishpat – Judgement, a play by Morris Katz, London 1949

The Jewish Year Book, London, 1900, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – Jews who served in British forces in the South African (Boer) War.

By 1900 the Jewish Year Book was in its fifth year of publication, and was packed with useful information about the Jewish community in the British Empire. The original editor, Joseph Jacobs, had gone to the United States to work on the Jewish Encyclopedia.  The new editor, Reverend Isidore Harris, was born in London in … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book, London, 1900, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – Jews who served in British forces in the South African (Boer) War.

Sefer Zichrom Moshe al Talmud Yerushalmi by Rabbi Moshe Pinsker, London, 1934.

In his later years, Rabbi Morris Pinsker was the Rav of the New Road Synagogue, which was at 115 New Road in the East End of London.  It was built in 1891-92 on a large plot of vacant ground behind nos 113 to 119 New Road.  It was the first purpose-built synagogue built by the … Continue reading Sefer Zichrom Moshe al Talmud Yerushalmi by Rabbi Moshe Pinsker, London, 1934.

Order of Service for Israel Independence Day, edited by Moses Friedlander, published for Armin Krausz by Routledge and Kegan Paul, Ltd., London 1964

This book copies the traditional style of the blue 20th Century Adler Machzorim (Holiday Prayer Books), and has a similar binding.  It is interesting because it combines prayers and celebration of Yom HaAtzmaut with some British flavours.   My copy was owned, and is stamped by Rabbi Aaron Ben Zion Shurin. He was a native … Continue reading Order of Service for Israel Independence Day, edited by Moses Friedlander, published for Armin Krausz by Routledge and Kegan Paul, Ltd., London 1964

Mevaser Tov (Harbinger of Good Tidings) by Rabbi Yehuda Alkalai, London, 1852.

There is a street in Jerusalem called Rechov Alkalai, which people often mistake for the writer of the dictionary.  Actually, it is named after Rabbi Yehudah Alkalai, who came up with the idea that the Jewish people should organize to settle in the Land of Israel, at a much earlier date than the modern Zionist … Continue reading Mevaser Tov (Harbinger of Good Tidings) by Rabbi Yehuda Alkalai, London, 1852.

Guardians of Our Heritage (1724-1953), edited by Leo Jung, New York, 1958 (inscribed).

This is an important book, edited by the British educated Rabbi Dr. Leo Jung. My copy is inscribed by him personally as a gift to Dr. Samuel Belkin, who was the President of Yeshiva University in New York.    It includes the mailing label. In 1912 the Federation of Synagogues in London, England, appointed a new … Continue reading Guardians of Our Heritage (1724-1953), edited by Leo Jung, New York, 1958 (inscribed).

Glokn in Midbar (Bells in the Desert), Yiddish, London, 1948 and Ringn un Keyten (Rings and Chains), Yiddish, London, 1947 by S. Palme.

S. Palme was the pen name of Bernard (Berl) Sovinsky.  He was my great-grandmother’s first cousin, born in Miedzyrzec Podlaski (Mezerich in Poland) to Baruch and Chana Sovinsky in 1888.  I have previously written about his book Farviste Erd (Scorched Earth), published in London in 1943.  This copy has all three books bound together, and … Continue reading Glokn in Midbar (Bells in the Desert), Yiddish, London, 1948 and Ringn un Keyten (Rings and Chains), Yiddish, London, 1947 by S. Palme.

Anti-Semitism in Germany, by Israel Cohen, London 1918.

What is striking about this little booklet is the date.  We expect the 1930s and 1940s - the era of the Holocaust.  But this was published by the London Jewish Chronicle in 1918, towards the end of the First World War. Even allowing for the fact that this was a time of great anti-German sentiment, … Continue reading Anti-Semitism in Germany, by Israel Cohen, London 1918.

The “Jewish Chronicle” Year Book, Rev. Isidore Harris, London, 1911 – Metropolitan Schools and Classes.

The Jewish Year Book was acquired by the Jewish Chronicle in 1911, resulting in a slight change of name.  It was edited by Reverend Isidore Harris.  He was born in London in 1853 and was the Minister, appointed in 1881, at the West London Synagogue of British Jews. Previously, he was the  Minister of the … Continue reading The “Jewish Chronicle” Year Book, Rev. Isidore Harris, London, 1911 – Metropolitan Schools and Classes.