Jews College, Eighty Third Annual Report, London, 5670 – 1939.

Here is Jews College in wartime, the last one standing in 1939. All the Jewish Seats of Learning in Germany, Austria and Italy, the Seminaries of Breslau and Vienna, the Lehrenstalt and Rabbiner-Seminar of Berlin, the Yeshivahs at Frankfort and Rhodes and the Collegio Rabbinico of Rome, have been closed. Of these institutions, only Jews … Continue reading Jews College, Eighty Third Annual Report, London, 5670 – 1939.

Joint Celebration of Anniversaries, London, March 1931.

Almost exactly 91 years ago there was great cause for celebration amongst the establishment of the Anglo-Jewish orthodox community in London. It was the 75th Anniversary of Jews College, the 70th Anniversary of the Jewish Religious Education Board, and the 60th Anniversary of the United Synagogue. These events were celebrated by a Joint Anniversary Service, … Continue reading Joint Celebration of Anniversaries, London, March 1931.

Order of Service on the occasion of the Consecration of the new building of The Bayswater Jewish Schools, London, 1930.

This is a typical example of a printed United Synagogue Order of Service.  The Bayswater Synagogue was in Chichester Place, near Harrow Road, London, and was founded in the newly fashionable neighbourhood of Bayswater in 1862.  Please click here to read the history of he Bayswater Synagogue.  It was the first synagogue in London to … Continue reading Order of Service on the occasion of the Consecration of the new building of The Bayswater Jewish Schools, London, 1930.

Second Report of the Joint Emergency Committee for Jewish Religious Education in Great Britain, London, 1942.

Currently, when children flee from bombing in wartime, they are called refugees.  In Great Britain, at the start of the Second World War, they were called evacuees.  Between 1939 and 1945, there was a great effort by the Anglo-Jewish establishment to provide Jewish religious education for both children evacuated from big cities, and also refugee … Continue reading Second Report of the Joint Emergency Committee for Jewish Religious Education in Great Britain, London, 1942.

Talmud Torah Ivrit Be-Ivrit, 61 Redman’s Road, Stepney. 1901-1951, Fifty Years of Its Existence, London, 1951.

This is the Golden Jubilee book of the Redman's Road, Talmud Torah, known as the Talmud Torah Ivrit B'Ivrit, founded in 1901.  It includes a history of the institution and is full of names, information and some photographs. One of the first items that I included when I started to write about my collection was … Continue reading Talmud Torah Ivrit Be-Ivrit, 61 Redman’s Road, Stepney. 1901-1951, Fifty Years of Its Existence, London, 1951.

Jews’ College Jubilee Volume, London, 1906.

Jews College, London, which was a college of the University of London until recent years and has been renamed the London School of Jewish Studies and moved to Hendon, was founded in 1855 as a Rabbinical College in London. This Jubilee book commemorates the first fifty years of Jews College, and starts with a detailed … Continue reading Jews’ College Jubilee Volume, London, 1906.

Jewish Religious Education, Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schonfeld, London 1943.

It is not my place to write a biography of Dr. Solomon Schonfeld, as so much has been written about him.  Suffice it to say that he was born in London in 1912, the son of Rabbi Victor Schonfeld, that he was instrumental in rescuing Jews from Nazi repression before the Second World War and … Continue reading Jewish Religious Education, Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schonfeld, London 1943.

Kol Torah – Kollel Rabbonim BeBritania – edited by Rabbi Chaim Shmuel Lopian, Gateshead, 1947.

This publication was printed (in London, by the Narod Press) in 1947. The Gateshead Kollel had been founded at a meeting at the home of the Rov of the Gateshead Yeshiva (Talmudical College), Rabbi Shakovitsky, five years earlier.  The Yeshiva was itself relatively new.  The Shochet (religious slaughterer) of Gateshead, Rabbi Dovid Dryan, had written … Continue reading Kol Torah – Kollel Rabbonim BeBritania – edited by Rabbi Chaim Shmuel Lopian, Gateshead, 1947.

Atem Edi – Ye Are My Witnesses – by former students of Dr. Samuel Daiches at Jews College, London. Published – M. L. Cailingold, 1936.

This book was written in honour of Rabbi Dr. Samuel Daiches, who had completed 25 years as a Lecturer at Jews College, London in 1932. Samuel Daiches was born in 1878 in Vilna. His father, Rabbi Israel Hayyim Daiches, emigrated to England with his family and became a Rabbi in Leeds. I have previously written … Continue reading Atem Edi – Ye Are My Witnesses – by former students of Dr. Samuel Daiches at Jews College, London. Published – M. L. Cailingold, 1936.

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.