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

In Meine Teg (In my Days), Memoirs by Selig Oberman, London 1947

This book is an important autobiography in Yiddish in three parts that includes not only the authors earlier experiences in Warsaw, but also, especially, London.  Selig Oberman details memories of the Black Lion Yard Shtiebel, Bethnal Green Synagogue and the Dalston Talmud Torah.  Selig Oberman, or to give him his full name, Asher Zelig Oberman … Continue reading In Meine Teg (In my Days), Memoirs by Selig Oberman, London 1947

Jews College, Eighty First Annual Report, 1937

This is an interesting annual report about the finances, operations and curriculum of a tiny college in 1937 with about 27 students, six teachers and two librarians.  Jews College was founded as a Rabbinical Seminary in London in 1855.  In 1937 it was housed in Woburn House, Tavistock Square.  The Principal, since 1906, had been … Continue reading Jews College, Eighty First Annual Report, 1937

Talmud Torah IBRITH B’IBRITH, Redmans Road, Annual Report, December 1911

This Annual Report of the Redmans Road Talmud Torah was printed by Israel Narodiczky in 1911.  the Principal was J. K. Goldblum, and the Talmud Torah was famous for it's Ivrit B'Ivrit system of teaching Hebrew.  There were 526 pupils, but a shortage of teachers.  I have several years reports in my collection - this … Continue reading Talmud Torah IBRITH B’IBRITH, Redmans Road, Annual Report, December 1911

Stepney Jewish Schools 1892

This little pamphlet represents an interesting piece of London Jewish social history.  It is the report of the twentieth Annual Meeting held 3rd April 1892.  What is noticeable is that the officers and donors to the schools represent the wealthier and more established members of the Jewish community.  The children are often the children of … Continue reading Stepney Jewish Schools 1892