Hendon Synagogue Hebrew School, Annual Prize Distribution, 9th April 1967.

This was tipped inside my copy of the official opening and consecration of the nearby Finchley Synagogue, which took place the following week. Presumably the original owner attended both events. Hendon United Synagogue was originally called Hendon Synagogue.  From 1928 to 1935 it was at 128 Brent Street, London NW4. The original building was sold … Continue reading Hendon Synagogue Hebrew School, Annual Prize Distribution, 9th April 1967.

Order of Service at the Official Opening and Consecration of the new Finchley Synagogue, Kinloss Gardens, London, 16th April 1967.

Finchley United Synagogue, in North West London, often known as "Kinloss" is a large orthodox Synagogue with architectural features that look like the grill of a Rolls Royce (at least, to me).  The site was originally acquired by the United Synagogue in 1934, and there was an earlier building on the site. This is the … Continue reading Order of Service at the Official Opening and Consecration of the new Finchley Synagogue, Kinloss Gardens, London, 16th April 1967.

Manual of Neginoth by Rev. A Perlzweig, London 1912.

This little book was published by R. Mazin in 1912. Reverend Asher Perlzweig (1876-1942) was born in Kamenetz Podolsk in the Ukraine in about 1876. He studied composition in Vienna and in London under Dr. Prout. He was elected Chazan of Vine Court Synagogue in the East End of London in 1896. He became the … Continue reading Manual of Neginoth by Rev. A Perlzweig, London 1912.

Sefer Shaarei HaMitzvos, by Rabbi Abraham Tzvi Weinstein, London 1953.

This is an interesting book by a slightly forgotten British Rabbi.  Rabbi Abraham Zevi Weinstein was born in Azhore, near Grodno, in 1901.  He studied in the Yeshivos (Rabbinical schools) of Grodno and Slobodka and was then the young Rabbi of Liskova, Lithuania, until he came to England in 1928 to be the Rabbi of … Continue reading Sefer Shaarei HaMitzvos, by Rabbi Abraham Tzvi Weinstein, London 1953.

Seder Hatefilot – Form of Prayers according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, David Levi, London, 1789.

This is a Siddur (a prayer book with daily and Sabbath prayers), published in London in 1789 by David Levi. It is important as it was the first Siddur with an English translation.  It is very comprehensive with prayers for every occasion as well as a prayer for the Royal Family - King George III. … Continue reading Seder Hatefilot – Form of Prayers according to the custom of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, David Levi, London, 1789.

First Steps in Yiddish, H. Heathcote, London 1907.

This is not just another Yiddish text book.  It was written for non-Jews so that they could communicate with the Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants who had been arriving in relatively large numbers and settling in  the East End of London since 1882. Although the book has been reprinted, and you can buy a new copy on … Continue reading First Steps in Yiddish, H. Heathcote, London 1907.

Board of Deputies of British Jews, Annual Report for 1933.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews was established in London in 1760, when seven deputies were appointed by the elders of the Sephardi congregation of Spanish and Portuguese to form a standing committee and pay homage to King George III on his accession to the throne. Shortly thereafter the Ashkenazi Jewish Congregation from Central … Continue reading Board of Deputies of British Jews, Annual Report for 1933.

Jews College, Ninety-Fourth Annual Report, 1951.

Jews College was founded as a Rabbinical Seminary in London in 1855. In 1951 it was housed in Woburn House, Tavistock Square. I have quite a few Jews College items in my collection, including publications and annual reports. I have previously written about the Jubilee of Jews College in 1906, the 75th Anniversary in 1931 … Continue reading Jews College, Ninety-Fourth Annual Report, 1951.

Yalkut Yosef, Part II, by Rabbi Israel Joseph Lew, London 1947.

Rabbi Israel Joseph Lew was born in Vengroff, Poland in 1884.  He was a follower of Ger, received semicha (his rabbinical diploma) in Warsaw and lived on his father-in-law’s home in Siedlce for a while.  He was involved with Agudas Yisroel in Poland, and was part of the important rabbinic delegation that visited Great Britain … Continue reading Yalkut Yosef, Part II, by Rabbi Israel Joseph Lew, London 1947.

MiShanah LeShanah, Yearbook of the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash Congregation 5733 (1972-1973).

This is a snapshot of an important community in Golders Green fifty years ago.  The Golders Green Beth Hamedrash was founded by Rabbi Dr. Elie Munk in 1934. Much of the original membership consisted of orthodox German refugees, following the theological approach of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch. Rabbi Eliahu Munk (not to be confused with … Continue reading MiShanah LeShanah, Yearbook of the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash Congregation 5733 (1972-1973).