Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Annual Report 1938-9, London.

This booklet is really the Annual Report of the British Friends, who had been established in 1926.  It describes the University on the eve of the Second World War and has interesting lists of subscribers and donors. The Organizing Secretary of the Friends when this report was written was Chaim Raphael.  He was born Chaim … Continue reading Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Annual Report 1938-9, London.

Jewish Religious Education Board, Forty-Fourth Annual Report 1938.

This is the record of a substantial organization, dedicated to providing Jewish Religious education in London schools, mainly in the East End of London. However, by 1938, numbers were declining as the Jewish community was already relocating to better or more middle-class neighbourhoods. This was also at a time when the minimum school-leaving age had … Continue reading Jewish Religious Education Board, Forty-Fourth Annual Report 1938.

The Jewish Memorial Council Central Committee for Jewish Education, Annual Report by Herbert Adler, 1936-37.

This is the report of Herbert Adler, the Director of Education. It gives am interesting report on Jewish Education in Britain in 1936-37, including not just London, but communities all over the British Isles. Herbert Marcus Adler (1876-1940) was a grandson of Chief Rabbi Nathan Marcus Adler.  He was educated at the City of London … Continue reading The Jewish Memorial Council Central Committee for Jewish Education, Annual Report by Herbert Adler, 1936-37.

Hendon Synagogue Hebrew School, Annual Prize Distribution, 9th April 1967.

This was tipped inside my copy of the official opening and consecration of the nearby Finchley Synagogue, which took place the following week. Presumably the original owner attended both events. Hendon United Synagogue was originally called Hendon Synagogue.  From 1928 to 1935 it was at 128 Brent Street, London NW4. The original building was sold … Continue reading Hendon Synagogue Hebrew School, Annual Prize Distribution, 9th April 1967.

Jews College, Ninety-Fourth Annual Report, 1951.

Jews College was founded as a Rabbinical Seminary in London in 1855. In 1951 it was housed in Woburn House, Tavistock Square. I have quite a few Jews College items in my collection, including publications and annual reports. I have previously written about the Jubilee of Jews College in 1906, the 75th Anniversary in 1931 … Continue reading Jews College, Ninety-Fourth Annual Report, 1951.

Judith Montefiore College, Ramsgate. Report for the year 1st Tammuz 5651 to 30th Sivan 5652 (1891-92), with catalogue of Zunz’s Miscellenea.

The Judith Montefiore College was originally established in London in 1869 by Sir Moses Montefiore as a memorial to his late wife, Judith.  When Moses Gaster was appointed principal in 1890 the college was reorganized into a modern rabbinical training college in Ramsgate.  The college moved to London on 1965, closed in 1985 and was … Continue reading Judith Montefiore College, Ramsgate. Report for the year 1st Tammuz 5651 to 30th Sivan 5652 (1891-92), with catalogue of Zunz’s Miscellenea.

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.