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.

Sefer Hayeled – a gift book for Jewish children, London 1944.

This is not just a childrens' book.  It is an evocative piece of social history, consisting of material that had been previously published in Hayeled - (The Child), a magazine intended for children who had been evacuated from London during the Second World War.  The book effectively provides instructions for children on how to live … Continue reading Sefer Hayeled – a gift book for Jewish children, London 1944.

HaChayim, April 1940 – Magazine of the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Thrawl Street, London.

The Etz Chaim Yeshiva (Rabbinical School) in Thrawl Street, London was founded in 1909.  One of the founders was Rabbi Aaron Hyman, whom I have written about previously here. This book, printed by the Narodiczky Press in Whitechapel, is the April 1940 edition of HaChaim, the students’ magazine of the Yeshiva. It includes what may … Continue reading HaChayim, April 1940 – Magazine of the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Thrawl Street, London.

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.

Jewish Branch of the Children’s Country Holiday’s Fund, Report, London, 1909 (1910).

This little booklet is one of the Annual reports of the Jewish Branch of the Children's Country Holiday Fund.  The President of this Charity in 1909 was Ernest Louis Franklin.  For more information about the Franklin family, click here.  The committee includes the wives of several well-to-do members of the Jewish community, including Mrs. Herbert … Continue reading Jewish Branch of the Children’s Country Holiday’s Fund, Report, London, 1909 (1910).

School System of the Talmud, by Dayan Bernard Spiers, London 1882

I've previously written about Dayan Spier's book "The Threefold Cord", which was published in 1891.  This is an earlier book which includes an essay on the organization of education in the Talmud, together with a Siyum on Masseches Bava Metzia that Dayan Spiers delivered in the Beis Hamedrash in London. From 1876 the London Beth … Continue reading School System of the Talmud, by Dayan Bernard Spiers, London 1882