Zemiroth Israel, traditional Hebrew melodies, arranged for the pianoforte by Ernst Pauer; with an explanatory preface by Francis L. Cohen. London, 1896.

This edition was published by George Augener in London in 1896.  The arranger, Ernst Pauer was born in Vienna in 1826, and moved to London in 1851. He was engaged to perform daily recitals at the Great Exhibition in South Kensington, and arranged piano music for the music publisher George Augener. The introduction, reproduced below, … Continue reading Zemiroth Israel, traditional Hebrew melodies, arranged for the pianoforte by Ernst Pauer; with an explanatory preface by Francis L. Cohen. London, 1896.

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.

Hendon Synagogue Magazine, Hendon, London, October 1959.

Old Shul (Synagogue) magazines and publications are a bit scarce - people do not keep them. Hendon Synagogue was founded in the late 1920s, and had its first building at 128 Brent Street from 1928 to 1935.  The current building was opened in 1935 in Raleigh Close, Hendon, and is now known as Hendon United … Continue reading Hendon Synagogue Magazine, Hendon, London, October 1959.

Jewish Year Book 1917, Provincial Synagogues and Institutions, A-D.

This is the 1917 edition of the Jewish Year Book, which was published by the Jewish Chronicle and produced under difficult wartime conditions as a paperback with thinner paper.  However, it is absolutely packed with information – a printed snapshot of the Anglo-Jewish community in 1917.  I was asked if I could provide a scan … Continue reading Jewish Year Book 1917, Provincial Synagogues and Institutions, A-D.

Sefer Mate Moshe, by Rabbi Moses of Premeslo, edited by Rabbi Mordechai Knoblowicz of Hendon Adath Yisroel, London, 1958.

This is a solid volume of Rabbinic Laws, first published at the end of the sixteenth century.  It was edited by Rabbi Mordecai Chanoch Knoblowicz, who was the Rabbi of the Hendon Adath in Brent Street.  The Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue was started in 1938, and in 1940 Rabbi Knoblowicz became the Rav until his … Continue reading Sefer Mate Moshe, by Rabbi Moses of Premeslo, edited by Rabbi Mordechai Knoblowicz of Hendon Adath Yisroel, London, 1958.

The Old Castle Street Synagogue and Pri Chadash by Rabbi Hezekiah Da Silva, Fuerth, 1769.

Sometimes I buy a book just because of the association - in this case, a copy of the 1769 printing of Pri Chadash with a book stamp of the Old Castle Street Synagogue, 42 Old Castle Street in the East End of London. It was known as Agudath Achim and Gemiluth Chesedim, and later Agudat … Continue reading The Old Castle Street Synagogue and Pri Chadash by Rabbi Hezekiah Da Silva, Fuerth, 1769.

Sefer Divrei Shir, by Rabbi Shmuel Yosef Rabinow, London 1959.

Rabbi Samuel Joseph Rabinow was a very prominent Talmudic scholar of exceptional ability and insight.  he was born in Chaimiak, in the province of Kovno, Lithuania, in 1889.  He was the only son of a rabbi who traced his descent from the Vilna Gaon. At the age of nine he left his home to live … Continue reading Sefer Divrei Shir, by Rabbi Shmuel Yosef Rabinow, London 1959.

Atem Edi – Ye Are My Witnesses – by former students of Dr. Samuel Daiches at Jews College, London. Published – M. L. Cailingold, 1936.

This book was written in honour of Rabbi Dr. Samuel Daiches, who had completed 25 years as a Lecturer at Jews College, London in 1932. Samuel Daiches was born in 1878 in Vilna. His father, Rabbi Israel Hayyim Daiches, emigrated to England with his family and became a Rabbi in Leeds. I have previously written … Continue reading Atem Edi – Ye Are My Witnesses – by former students of Dr. Samuel Daiches at Jews College, London. Published – M. L. Cailingold, 1936.

What was the Sassover Rebbe reading? A signed volume containing three books bound together and an interesting Berlin subscription list.

The first Chassidic Rebbe who made his home in London between the two World Wars was Rabbi Chanoch Heinoch Dov Rubin, the Rebbe of Sassov.  He came to London in 1925 with his wife and three young children and established a small beis midrash (house of study) at 14 Fordham Street in the East End.  … Continue reading What was the Sassover Rebbe reading? A signed volume containing three books bound together and an interesting Berlin subscription list.

Commemorative Brochure of the Sixteenth Siyyum of the Halukat HaMishnah, Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue, London, 1965

Each of the participants in the Halukat Hamishna project undertakes to study a different Tractate of the Mishnah.  By that means the entire Mishna is learned within a few months.  This is followed by a siyum to mark its completion and the commencement of a new cycle.  I have previously written about the brochure that … Continue reading Commemorative Brochure of the Sixteenth Siyyum of the Halukat HaMishnah, Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue, London, 1965