Yad Hashem on Megilas Esther by Rabbi Abraham Aaron Yudelowitz, New York, 1923.

Rabbi Yudelowitz, although, perhaps better known for the last 22 years of his life, when he was in the United States, was a Rav in Manchester, England, for ten years, from 1898 to 1908.  He was born at Novardok, Russia, in 1850 and was recognised as a child prodigy.  In 1871, at the age of … Continue reading Yad Hashem on Megilas Esther by Rabbi Abraham Aaron Yudelowitz, New York, 1923.

Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation, Glasgow, Synagogue Bulletin, Pesach 1959

Synagogue newsletters and bulletins tend not to be preserved - they get thrown away. The articles are often just recirculated from other publications or of mediocre quality.  However, these newsletters and magazines are records that demonstrate the Jewish life of that community and the advertisements demonstrate support of the members.  Here are some scans from … Continue reading Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation, Glasgow, Synagogue Bulletin, Pesach 1959

The Bayswater Synagogue 1863-1963, Olga Somech Phillips and Hyman A. Simons, London 1963.

This is a relatively modern book, but is important because of its description of this prominent Synagogue and its community. In the middle of the nineteenth century the Synagogue organization of London had remained unaltered since the middle of the previous century. the community who lived in the West End were affiliated to one of … Continue reading The Bayswater Synagogue 1863-1963, Olga Somech Phillips and Hyman A. Simons, London 1963.

L’Lev Ami, To the Heart of My People, Part II, Rabbi Aaron Jacob Singer, London 1955

This is the second part of Rabbi Singer's writings.  The first part was published in 1939 when all was well with Rabbi Singer and his synagogue, the Philpot Street Great Synagogue, which was one of the most important synagogues belonging to the Federation of Synagogues in the East End of London.  If you have not … Continue reading L’Lev Ami, To the Heart of My People, Part II, Rabbi Aaron Jacob Singer, London 1955

The Jewish Year Book 1947, London, edited by Albert Hyamson – London Synagogues.

In my collection of Jewish Year Books, 1947 is interesting because it reflects Jewish life in Britain after the war. It is also one of the years when the Federation of Synagogues had co-operated by supplying information.  Come and join me as we go through the pages with London Synagogues.  In 1947 there were 196 … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book 1947, London, edited by Albert Hyamson – London Synagogues.

Rabbi Israel Salanter and the Musar Movement by Rabbi Kopul Rosen, London, 1945.

1945 was a big year for Rabbi Yaacov Kopul Rosen. He published this book, printed by the Narodiczky Press in Whitechapel. It was actually his Master of Arts dissertation from the University of Manchester.  And, at the age of just 31 he became the Principal Rabbi of the Federation of Synagogues. Kopul ("Cyril") Rosen was … Continue reading Rabbi Israel Salanter and the Musar Movement by Rabbi Kopul Rosen, London, 1945.

Herbert Bentwich the Pilgrim Father, by Margery and Norman Bentwich, Jerusalem 1940. (Hampstead and St John’s Wood Synagogues and Chovavei Zion)

This book, printed in Jerusalem, is a biography of the British Zionist and Jewish activist, Herbert Bentwich.  It has interesting vignettes of late Victorian middle-class London Jewry.  Herbert Bentwich was born at 56 Church Lane, Whitechapel on May 11th 1856.  His father came from Peiser in Russian Poland. His mother, Rose, came from an old … Continue reading Herbert Bentwich the Pilgrim Father, by Margery and Norman Bentwich, Jerusalem 1940. (Hampstead and St John’s Wood Synagogues and Chovavei Zion)

Commemorative Brochure of the Fifteenth Siyyum of the Halukat HaMishnah, Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue, London, 1964

This is an interesting booklet commemorating an event that was held on Sunday, July 5th 1964, in association with the yahrzeit of the Shaages Arieh, Rabbi Arieh Leib ben Asher Gunzberg, at the Hendon Adath Synagogue in Brent Street, Hendon.  The guest of honour was Rabbi Leib Gurwicz, the Rosh Yeshivah of Gateshead. There are … Continue reading Commemorative Brochure of the Fifteenth Siyyum of the Halukat HaMishnah, Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue, London, 1964

Shvil HaTzvi, by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, London 1936

Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber was born in Kovno in 1879. He was a renowned Torah and Talmudic scholar who emigrated to Manchester, England in 1911 and then in 1913 became the Rabbi and leader of the West End Talmud Torah Synagogue (Kehilas Yeshurun) in Soho, London. Much has been written about him, including his memoirs … Continue reading Shvil HaTzvi, by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, London 1936

The Biala Rebbe’s copy of Moreh Nebuchim – the Guide for the Perplexed, by the Rambam (Maimonides), Warsaw 1872

This is a copy of Moreh Nebuchim, which means Guide for the Perplexed, that was printed in Warsaw by Isaac Goldman in 1872.  Moreh Nebuchim is a work of philosophy, written by Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, known as Maimonides or the Rambam.  It is divided into three parts and this edition has four commentaries.  My … Continue reading The Biala Rebbe’s copy of Moreh Nebuchim – the Guide for the Perplexed, by the Rambam (Maimonides), Warsaw 1872