This book, printed in Jerusalem, is a biography of the British Zionist and Jewish activist, Herbert Bentwich. It has interesting vignettes of late Victorian middle-class London Jewry. Herbert Bentwich was born at 56 Church Lane, Whitechapel on May 11th 1856. His father came from Peiser in Russian Poland. His mother, Rose, came from an old … Continue reading Herbert Bentwich the Pilgrim Father, by Margery and Norman Bentwich, Jerusalem 1940. (Hampstead and St John’s Wood Synagogues and Chovavei Zion)
This book was published by the Jewish Agency in 1924, in Yiddish. The Keren Hayesod, or Palestine Foundation Fund had been founded on December 24th, 1920, after discussions at the World Zionist Conference in London earlier in July of that year. This is an early description of fundraising and what the money was being used … Continue reading Der Keren Hayesod Un Zein Arbeit (The Palestine Foundation Fund and its work), Adolf Boehm, London 1924
I found my copy of this remarkable book in a Tel Aviv second-hand book shop about 40 years ago - one of my first acquisitions of Anglo-Judaica. There is another copy in a glass case in the Jewish Museum in London. The British Jewry Book of Honour was edited by Reverend Michael Adler, who was … Continue reading The British Jewry Book of Honour, Rev. Michael Adler, London, 1922
Recently, Rabbi Meir Salasnik reminded me that Rev. Izak Goller was at one time Minister of Walthamstow and Leyton Synagogue. This is a book of poetry, published in 1923 - his first book - when Izak Goller was at Walthamstow and Leyton. It is a small art book, printed on good quality laid paper with … Continue reading The Passionate Jew and Cobbles of the God-Road. A book of poems written and illustrated by Izak Goller, London 1923.
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)