First Steps in Yiddish, H. Heathcote, London 1907.

This is not just another Yiddish text book.  It was written for non-Jews so that they could communicate with the Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants who had been arriving in relatively large numbers and settling in  the East End of London since 1882. Although the book has been reprinted, and you can buy a new copy on … Continue reading First Steps in Yiddish, H. Heathcote, London 1907.

Board of Deputies of British Jews, Annual Report for 1933.

The Board of Deputies of British Jews was established in London in 1760, when seven deputies were appointed by the elders of the Sephardi congregation of Spanish and Portuguese to form a standing committee and pay homage to King George III on his accession to the throne. Shortly thereafter the Ashkenazi Jewish Congregation from Central … Continue reading Board of Deputies of British Jews, Annual Report for 1933.

Jews College, Ninety-Fourth Annual Report, 1951.

Jews College was founded as a Rabbinical Seminary in London in 1855. In 1951 it was housed in Woburn House, Tavistock Square. I have quite a few Jews College items in my collection, including publications and annual reports. I have previously written about the Jubilee of Jews College in 1906, the 75th Anniversary in 1931 … Continue reading Jews College, Ninety-Fourth Annual Report, 1951.

Yalkut Yosef, Part II, by Rabbi Israel Joseph Lew, London 1947.

Rabbi Israel Joseph Lew was born in Vengroff, Poland in 1884.  He was a follower of Ger, received semicha (his rabbinical diploma) in Warsaw and lived on his father-in-law’s home in Siedlce for a while.  He was involved with Agudas Yisroel in Poland, and was part of the important rabbinic delegation that visited Great Britain … Continue reading Yalkut Yosef, Part II, by Rabbi Israel Joseph Lew, London 1947.

Bais Yisroel by Rabbi Hirsch Turetzky of Glasgow, printed in Leeds.

I do not know much about Rabbi Turetzky, sometimes spelled Turetsky.  He is another of Britain's forgotten rabbis.  There were other Rabbis called Turetzky, and they are probably part of the same family, but I have not been able to connect them and would appreciate information.  All I really know is that he was a … Continue reading Bais Yisroel by Rabbi Hirsch Turetzky of Glasgow, printed in Leeds.

MiShanah LeShanah, Yearbook of the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash Congregation 5733 (1972-1973).

This is a snapshot of an important community in Golders Green fifty years ago.  The Golders Green Beth Hamedrash was founded by Rabbi Dr. Elie Munk in 1934. Much of the original membership consisted of orthodox German refugees, following the theological approach of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch. Rabbi Eliahu Munk (not to be confused with … Continue reading MiShanah LeShanah, Yearbook of the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash Congregation 5733 (1972-1973).

The Sephardim of England, by Albert M. Hyamson, London, 1951

This is an important work of reference, written by Albert Montefiore Hyamson (1875 - 1954), a British civil servant and historian.  He was the nephew of Dayan Moses Hyamson of the London Beth Din (Rabbinical Court).  Albert Hyamson  was born in London and entered the civil service in 1895, initially at the Post Office. During … Continue reading The Sephardim of England, by Albert M. Hyamson, London, 1951

Sefer Even Yechezkel by Rabbi Yerachmiel Mett, London 1939.

Rabbi Yerachmiel (known as Rachmil) Mett was born in Mlava, Poland in 1884.  He was brought to England by the Chassidic supporter and fellow native of Mlava, Chaim Eliezer Lass, and became the District Rabbi of Stamford Hill.  The Lass family were also financial contributors towards the printing of the book. By 1928 Rabbi Mett … Continue reading Sefer Even Yechezkel by Rabbi Yerachmiel Mett, London 1939.

Historic Judaism versus Liberal Judaism, Sermon delivered at the Hampstead Synagogue on Saturday 7th May, 1949 by The Rev. I Levy, London.

This little booklet is a sermon by Rev. Dr. Isaac Levy, Minister of Hampstead Synagogue in Dennington Park Road.  Isaac "Harry" Levy, 1910 - 2005, was born and brought up in Paddington, west London, where his father was a tailor. He was educated at University College London, and at the then leading Talmudical academy, the … Continue reading Historic Judaism versus Liberal Judaism, Sermon delivered at the Hampstead Synagogue on Saturday 7th May, 1949 by The Rev. I Levy, London.

Lev Aryeh by Dayan Ari’ Leib (Leopold) Grossnass, London, 1958.

Lev Aryeh is a book of Shaalos and Teshivos (Questions and Answers) by Dayan (Rabbinical Judge) Arje Leb (Leopold) Grossnass.  He was educated at Kamenetz and other European yeshivos (Rabbinical seminaries) and later headed the Antwerp Talmudical college, before being appointed to the London Beth Din in 1949, at the age of 37. Dayan Grossnass … Continue reading Lev Aryeh by Dayan Ari’ Leib (Leopold) Grossnass, London, 1958.