This is a bound volume of the Jewish Chronicle for the year 1894. The format is a little different to the Jewish Chronicle of today. The paper is better than modern newsprint and has stood up well to time. The first thing that is noticeable is that there are no photographs. Apart from the occasional … Continue reading Jewish Chronicle 1894 – Bayswater Synagogue Installs Electric Light
This is another copy of the Jewish Year book - this time for 1902-3. It is the seventh issue, and much expanded from the 1896 first issue that I wrote about here. It is a printed snapshot of the Anglo-Jewish community in 1902, and like the other Jewish Year Books has too much information to … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book 5663 (1902-1903), Isidore Harris. The London Synagogues.
This is one of those classic books that any Anglo-Jewish library has to have. The Great Synagogue was the cathedral synagogue - the mother synagogue of British Ashkenazi Jewry. It was known as "Duke's Place" after the street where it was situated. It had 250 years of history. It was the place where my great-grandparents, … Continue reading History of the Great Synagogue, London, 1640-1940, Cecil Roth. London 1950.
This is, I think, the smallest item in my library. In 1938 W. A. and A. C. Churchman issued a set of cigarette cards, entitled 'In Town Tonight' with a series of London personalities. Rev. Louis Shaposnick (1909 - 1982) was probably the only rabbi to ever be depicted on a cigarette card. Here he … Continue reading Cigarette Card – Rev. Louis Levy Shaposnick of the Great Garden Street Synagogue, Churchmans Cigarettes, 1938
Rabbi Lewis Levene was Rabbi of the Jubilee Street Great Zionist Synagogue in the East End of London. He published this book of sermons and eulogies in approximately 1929. My copy has his address of 52 Heneage Street, Brick Lane crossed out and handwritten as 83 the Avenue, London N.W.6. The Jubilee Street Synagogue opened … Continue reading Diukno shel Yaakov by Rabbi Lewis (Yehuda Leib) Levene, circa 1929, and the Jubilee Street Great Zionist Synagogue
I have previously written about the Hampstead Synagogue ten years after its opening. Here we are now, forty years later, in 1942. This wartime booklet has the history of the Hampstead Synagogue followed by a Roll of Honour - Members of the Hampstead Synagogue, and their sons and daughters, who served in the British armed … Continue reading History of the Hampstead Synagogue and Order of Service on the Fiftieth Anniversary of its opening, 24th Ellul, 5702, 6th September, 1942
I have a whole shelf of Jewish Year Books - they are still being issued each year today - but this one is the grand-daddy of them all, the Jewish Year Book for the first year, published in 1896. This was a revolutionary book, full of facts and contact information for the "Queen's Jewry", the … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book 5657, Joseph Jacobs, 1896, London
This book gives us an opportunity to introduce another largely forgotten Anglo-Jewish clergyman, George (Gershon) Simmons Belasco. The book itself, which George Belasco edited from a rare manuscript, is an Anti-Christian satire. The "Haggadah" of R. Jonah Rapa (c. 1380), is a vehement denunciation of the licentiousness indulged in by Gentiles during the carnival. It … Continue reading Zeman Zemanim Zemanehem attributed to Rabbi Jonah Rappa, edited by Rev. George Belasco of Ramsgate, London 1908
I bought this book in 1987 in the closing-down sale of the old Feldheim book store on East Broadway, New York. I have other copies of the Jewish Year Book, from the very first one in 1896, but this is one of the most useful. The earlier Jewish Year Books had plenty of information about … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book 1932, Rev. S. Levy – and the Federation of Synagogues
In the nineteenth century the wealthier Jews started to move out of the East End of London to the more fashionable West End. In 1848 the Central Synagogue was established as a 'branch' of the Great Synagogue in the City of London for those for whom the walk to the Great Synagogue was too far. … Continue reading Central Synagogue, Nineteenth Annual Report, 1908.