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
I am really not sure where I acquired this item, which is just an example of the ephemera sometimes acquired by a book collector. It is a printers proof of the Order of Service which was eventually distributed at the installation of Rabbi Israel Brodie on 28th June 1948. It is marked-up in pencil and … Continue reading Order of Service at the Installation of Rabbi Israel Brodie as Chief Rabbi, New Synagogue, London, 1948
I have previously written about the Hampstead Synagogue ten years after its opening. Here we are now, forty years later, in 1942. This wartime booklet has the history of the Hampstead Synagogue followed by a Roll of Honour - Members of the Hampstead Synagogue, and their sons and daughters, who served in the British armed … Continue reading History of the Hampstead Synagogue and Order of Service on the Fiftieth Anniversary of its opening, 24th Ellul, 5702, 6th September, 1942
This little book was printed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Brondesbury Synagogue in 1905. It explains that as Jews moved to the rapidly growing districts of Brondesbury and Willesden Green at the close of the nineteenth century, a new synagogue was needed. The two nearest synagogues, St. John's Wood and … Continue reading Brondesbury Synagogue Semi-Jubilee Celebration Record, compiled by Dayan Harris Lazarus, 1930.
This little booklet was published by the Office of the Chief Rabbi for the fast of 17th Tammuz, on Sunday 17th July, 1938. On this day, this services took place in many British synagogues. In the historic Great Synagogue in Dukes Place in the City of London (founded in 1790 and due to be destroyed … Continue reading Seder Tephila VeTachnunim – A Service of Prayer and Intercession on behalf of the sufferers from the renewed attack on religion and human freedom, London 1938.
This book is the story and history of the London Board for Shechita (Slaughtering of Kosher Meat). It is, in itself, a surprisingly interesting history book. However, the ephemera that have been preserved by being slipped into my copy provide the story of the occasion. One of the first steps taken when the Jewish Community … Continue reading The London Board for Shechita 1804-1954 by Albert M. Hyamson, London 1954
This folded sheet was published and distributed by the office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire, Rabbi Joseph Herman Hertz, in 1923. Rabbi Hertz had been elected Chief Rabbi in 1913. It is the prayer to be recited at the service of the Anniversary of Armistice Day (November 11th), which marked the end … Continue reading Armistice Day Prayer, Office of the Chief Rabbi, London 1923.
This little item speaks for itself. The Hesped - Memorial Address - was given by Dayan Grunfeld. Note the Hebrew version of Kayl Shmor Malkosaynu - God Save the Queen - at the end.
Kingsbury is a suburb of London on the opposite side of the Edgware Road from Hendon. Jews started moving into Kingsbury in the 1930s, and the embryonic community, as yet without a building, formally joined the United Synagogue in 1936. Eden Lodge, an early Victorian house, was acquired during the War and a first Synagogue … Continue reading Order of Service at the Consecration of the New Kingsbury Synagogue, London, by Dayan Morris Swift on Sunday 8th September, 1968 – 15th Ellul, 5728
This curious item is a printed prayer, printed in London and circulated by the Office of the Chief Rabbi, for the success of the Four-Power Conference at Geneva. it was to be read in synagogues after the prayer for the Queen and the Royal Family. The Four-Power Conference was a Cold War-era meeting in Geneva, … Continue reading Prayer for the Success of the Four-Power Conference – 1955