Diukno shel Yaakov by Rabbi Lewis (Yehuda Leib) Levene, circa 1929, and the Jubilee Street Great Zionist Synagogue

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

History of the Hampstead Synagogue and Order of Service on the Fiftieth Anniversary of its opening, 24th Ellul, 5702, 6th September, 1942

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

The Jewish Year Book 5657, Joseph Jacobs, 1896, London

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

Zeman Zemanim Zemanehem attributed to Rabbi Jonah Rappa, edited by Rev. George Belasco of Ramsgate, London 1908

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

The Jewish Year Book 1932, Rev. S. Levy – and the Federation of Synagogues

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

Central Synagogue, Nineteenth Annual Report, 1908.

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.

Hampstead Synagogue, Tenth Annual Report, 1901-1902.

Those who have read my post on the Hammersmith Synagogue will find the Hampstead Synagogue familiar.  Read on to find out why. During the 1880s the Jewish population of Hampstead began to increase.  The push to build a new Synagogue in the West Hampstead area was lead by Herbert Bentwich.  On May 30th 1889, Bentwich … Continue reading Hampstead Synagogue, Tenth Annual Report, 1901-1902.

The History of the Hammersmith Synagogue, Michael Adler, London 1950

This book was originally intended to be published in 1940, the Jubilee of the Hammersmith Synagogue, but war intervened, and it was not published until 1950, by which time its author, Reverend Michael Adler had passed away. Michael Adler was born in 1868 and educated at Jews College.  He is remembered today chiefly as the … Continue reading The History of the Hammersmith Synagogue, Michael Adler, London 1950

Brondesbury Synagogue Semi-Jubilee Celebration Record, compiled by Dayan Harris Lazarus, 1930.

This little book was printed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Brondesbury Synagogue in 1905.  It explains that as Jews moved to the rapidly growing districts of Brondesbury and Willesden Green at the close of the nineteenth century, a new synagogue was needed.  The two nearest synagogues, St. John's Wood and … Continue reading Brondesbury Synagogue Semi-Jubilee Celebration Record, compiled by Dayan Harris Lazarus, 1930.

The Manchester Great Synagogue, Cheetham Hill Road, 1858-1958, edited by H. R.Gouldman

This book is a nice history of the early Jewish community in Manchester and its Great Synagogue.  It starts with messages and greetings from: Chief Rabbi Dr. Israel Brodie Rabbi Dr. Alexander Altman, the Communal Rabbi of Manchester and District Professor Rabbi Israel Abrahams, Chief Rabbi of the Cape, South Africa Isidore Sandler, President of … Continue reading The Manchester Great Synagogue, Cheetham Hill Road, 1858-1958, edited by H. R.Gouldman