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

Yeshua Gedola, by Rabbi Gedalia Silverstone, Belfast, 1903 (printed in London)

This was Rabbi Gedalia (George) Silverstone's second book - the first was Pirchei Oviv, published in 1901.  Rabbi Silverstone was born in Jasionowka, Poland, in 1871, and died in Jerusalem in 1944. He was at yeshiva in Telz and other places until 1891, when his father, Rabbi Yeshiyahu Meir Silverstone emigrated with his family to … Continue reading Yeshua Gedola, by Rabbi Gedalia Silverstone, Belfast, 1903 (printed in London)

Yad Hashem on Megilas Esther by Rabbi Abraham Aaron Yudelowitz, New York, 1923.

Rabbi Yudelowitz, although, perhaps better known for the last 22 years of his life, when he was in the United States, was a Rav in Manchester, England, for ten years, from 1898 to 1908.  He was born at Novardok, Russia, in 1850 and was recognised as a child prodigy.  In 1871, at the age of … Continue reading Yad Hashem on Megilas Esther by Rabbi Abraham Aaron Yudelowitz, New York, 1923.

Zecher Ov, i.e. Memory of Father by Zev Wolf Olivenstein of Warsaw, published by Rev. H. Olivestone, Tredegar (Wales), London 1916.

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.

Anglo-Jewish Association Branch Members from the Provinces from the 1879-80 Year Book.

I previously wrote about my copy of the Ninth Annual Report of the Anglo Jewish Association for 1879-80.  Please click on the link to see this book.  For scans of the membership lists if the British Empire Branches, including Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Gibraltar etc., please click on this link. These are scans of the … Continue reading Anglo-Jewish Association Branch Members from the Provinces from the 1879-80 Year Book.

Records of the Franklin Family and Collaterals, by Arthur Ellis Franklin, London 1915.

I have previously written a little about Arthur Ellis Franklin, whose copy of the Selichos book of his day is in my collection. You can read about that here. He compiled this important family history, which was printed for private circulation in 1915.  This book was obviously the result of much research, carried out long … Continue reading Records of the Franklin Family and Collaterals, by Arthur Ellis Franklin, London 1915.

Shofar Yisroel by Rabbi Israel Jacob Yoffey of Manchester, Kedainiai (Lithuania), 1931

Rabbi Yoffey wrote three books. I have previously written about the first, Knesset Yisroel, published in 1910.  The second was Tehiyas Yisroel, published in 1927.  The third was this book, Shofar Yisroel. Rabbi Israel Jacob Yoffey was born in Wilkomir (Ukmerge) in Lithuania in 1874. His father-in-law Rabbi Joseph Yoffey had immigrated to England in … Continue reading Shofar Yisroel by Rabbi Israel Jacob Yoffey of Manchester, Kedainiai (Lithuania), 1931

Jewish Year Book, London 1917, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – Manchester

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 cannot scan it all, and so I have … Continue reading Jewish Year Book, London 1917, edited by Rev. Isidore Harris – Manchester

Tziunim ve-Tamrurim, by Rabbi Isaiah Raffalovich, Tel Aviv, 1952

Rabbi Raffalovich is another of the forgotten British Rabbis.  He is usually remembered for his time as Chief Rabbi of Brazil.  However, he was first in Manchester and then  Rabbi in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, and then for 20 years Rabbi of the Hope Place Synagogue in Liverpool.  He also did something that I urge … Continue reading Tziunim ve-Tamrurim, by Rabbi Isaiah Raffalovich, Tel Aviv, 1952

The Passionate Jew and Cobbles of the God-Road. A book of poems written and illustrated by Izak Goller, London 1923.

Recently,  Rabbi Meir Salasnik reminded me that Rev. Izak Goller was at one time Minister of Walthamstow and Leyton Synagogue.  This is a book of poetry, published in 1923 - his first book - when Izak Goller was at Walthamstow and Leyton.  It is a small art book, printed on good quality laid paper with … Continue reading The Passionate Jew and Cobbles of the God-Road. A book of poems written and illustrated by Izak Goller, London 1923.