Post Office Directory of London, 1927 – East End Streets and Synagogues.

This huge book is not Anglo-Judaica but it is packed with thousands of pages of information.  As a sample, I've chosen some streets in the East End of London, including several with synagogues, which establishes their addresses.  There are hundreds of small shops and businesses.  These scans also demonstrate the large numbers of Jewish families, … Continue reading Post Office Directory of London, 1927 – East End Streets and Synagogues.

Likvod Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Rabbi Yehoshua Szpetman, London, 1957 (Yiddish).

Rabbi Joshua (Shiya) Szpetman was a native of Lublin, who had already been a Rosh Yeshiva in Poland when he emigrated to London.  He was the Rabbi of the Nelson Street Sephardishe Synagogue from the 1930s until his death in 1964.  We should say a word about the Nelson Street Synagogue.  It is the survivor … Continue reading Likvod Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Rabbi Yehoshua Szpetman, London, 1957 (Yiddish).

The Jewish Year Book, London, 1940 – The Jews of Wales.

The 1940 Jewish Year Book was the first to separate Wales from the rest of "The Provinces".  The information was compiled in 1939, and so this listing gives a picture of the Jews of Wales on the eve of the Second World War. Newport has been included here, although it is listed in England in … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book, London, 1940 – The Jews of Wales.

The Jewish Year Book 1927 – London Synagogues.

I have previously included extracts of lists of London Synagogues from other editions of The Jewish Year Book Here is 1903. Here is 1947. This time I have taken a year in between - 1927.  In 1927 the Jewish Year Book was edited by Rev. S. Levy.  Unfortunately the Federation of Synagogues did not provide … Continue reading The Jewish Year Book 1927 – London Synagogues.

The Scarborough Street Synagogue (original owner of Divrei Chaim by Rabbi Aaron Chaim of Kaidanov, Vilna 1898)

This book is in my library not because of its content, but because it has the stamp of the Scarborough Street Synagogue, and I am going to relate the story of this Synagogue.  I have previously written about another book with this stamp - see "Dayan Fisher's copy of Chemdas Hanefesh".  The book itself is … Continue reading The Scarborough Street Synagogue (original owner of Divrei Chaim by Rabbi Aaron Chaim of Kaidanov, Vilna 1898)

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.