Readers in the United States probably think of July 4th as Independence Day. However, it is also the date that Chaim Nachman Bialik died, in Vienna in 1934, as evidenced by my bound volume of HaOlam, the magazine of the World Zionist Organization. (I apologise for the lower quality of some of the photographs - … Continue reading HaOlam, London 1934 – Chaim Nachman Bialik dies on July 4th (21st Tamuz).
Zalkind Stalbow was an early British Zionist. He was born in Vidzy, near Vitebsk, in May 1878, and emigrated to London at the turn of the century. This book is his autobiography - the story of a remarkable life. it was printed in London by the Narod Press. An early member of the Chovovei Tzion … Continue reading Toldot Tzioni Echad, Zalkind Stalbow, London 1961
Rabbi Dr. Joseph Litvin (1896 - 1966) arrived in London before the Second World War from Latvia. He was described as a Zionist of First World War Vintage and was a prolific speaker at Synagogue events during the 1940s, 50s, and up to his death in 1966. In 1941 he was the Representative of the … Continue reading Yismach Yisrael by Rabbi Dr. Joseph Litvin, London 1958
Yaakov Meir Zalkind, or Dr. Yankev-Meyer Zalkind was an orthodox Rabbi, an anarchist friend of Rudolf Rocker and a pacifist. He was born in Kobrin in 1875 and his family descended from generations of famous rabbis, including the Chochom Tzvi, Maharshal and Tosephes Yom Tov. He was educated at the Volozhin yeshiva, and then followed … Continue reading Talmud Babli in Yiddish – Tractate Berakhos – Yaakov Meir Zalkind, London 1922
This little book was written by Reverend Benjamin Caspar, who was the Senior Chaplain to the Jewish Infantry Brigade of the British Army in the Second World War. The Jewish Infantry Brigade Group was formed at a comparatively late date in the Second World War, but it completed training in time to take part in … Continue reading With the Jewish Brigade by Benjamin Caspar, London 1947
This first edition of Steimatzky's Palestine Guide was published by George Philip and Son, London, but printed in Palestine by Azriel Press, Jerusalem. It is a comprehensive guide for the tourist of the 1930s to the British Mandate of Palestine. Zev Vilnay decribes the routes, towns and chronology. Dr. A Bonné writes the General Survey. … Continue reading Steimatzky’s Palestine Guide by Zev Vilnay, published in London and printed in Palestine, 1935 (first English edition)
This book has interesting associations. It was published in 1915 and is a lecture given by Dr. Samuel Daiches to the Jews College Union Society in London on February 7th, 1915. Field Marshall Lord Herbert Kitchener was the British Secretary of State for War and was the creator of the largest volunteer army that Britain had … Continue reading Lord Kitchener and his work in Palestine, by Dr. Samuel Daiches, London 1915.
Rabbi Rabinowitz was born in Kelme, Lithuania, in 1857. He was a member of the Zionist group, Chovevei Zion (Lovers of Zion), attended the second Zionist Congress, and was elected to the Zionist General Council. He was one of the founders of the Mizrachi movement and was appointed Rabbi of Liverpool in 1906. He was … Continue reading LiTekufot Hayamim, The Cycle of Seasons by Rabbi Samuel Jacob Rabinowitz of Liverpool, London, 1917.
This is a small 24 page booklet in Yiddish, published by the Keren Hayesod Central Bureau from 75 Great Russell Street, London in 1922. There was also an English version. The Keren Hayesod (Foundation Fund) had been founded in 1920 at the World Zionist Conference in London, and the pamphlet, recording the speeches of Sir … Continue reading The Jewish National Home and Its Critics – Sir Alfred Mond and Chaim Weizmann, 1922