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.

Sefer Lashon Zahav, by British Chief Rabbi David Tevele Schiff, Offenbach, 1822.

Sefer Lashon Zahav was written by Rabbi David Tevele HaKohen Schiff.  It gets its title because the values of the Hebrew letters in both the word Zahav and the name David add up to fourteen. Rabbi David Tevele Schiff served as Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the Rabbi of the Great Synagogue of London … Continue reading Sefer Lashon Zahav, by British Chief Rabbi David Tevele Schiff, Offenbach, 1822.

Order of Service to be used at the Great Synagogue on Tuesday, June 23rd, 5651 – 1891, at the installation of The Rev. Dr. Hermann Adler as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Empire.

This item, scanned below, speaks for itself.  Click here to read about how Hermann Adler received both Semicha (his Rabbinical Diploma) and a Doctorate during his 18 month stay in Prague.

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.

East End Story, by Abraham Bernard Levy, London (1951).

This is one of my favourite books. East End story originated in a series of articles that A. B. Levy, a journalist and writer who was the son of a Hull tailor wrote for the Jewish Chronicle from 1948 to 1950. It evokes memories of the East End of London, damaged, but still surviving in … Continue reading East End Story, by Abraham Bernard Levy, London (1951).

History of the Great Synagogue, London, 1640-1940, Cecil Roth. London 1950.

This is one of those classic books that any Anglo-Jewish library has to have. The Great Synagogue was the cathedral synagogue - the mother synagogue of British Ashkenazi Jewry.  It was known as "Duke's Place" after the street where it was situated.  It had 250 years of history.  It was the place where my great-grandparents, … Continue reading History of the Great Synagogue, London, 1640-1940, Cecil Roth. London 1950.