Order of Service at the Official Opening and Consecration of the new Finchley Synagogue, Kinloss Gardens, London, 16th April 1967.

Finchley United Synagogue, in North West London, often known as "Kinloss" is a large orthodox Synagogue with architectural features that look like the grill of a Rolls Royce (at least, to me).  The site was originally acquired by the United Synagogue in 1934, and there was an earlier building on the site. This is the … Continue reading Order of Service at the Official Opening and Consecration of the new Finchley Synagogue, Kinloss Gardens, London, 16th April 1967.

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.

The Philip Goldberg Memorial Book (Kovetz Tefilos), London 1962. Includes the Memorial Prayer (Yizkor) for the British Chief Rabbis.

Philip Goldberg was born in Liverpool in 1887 and served in the Artists' Rifles during the First World War. He was appointed Secretary of the Council of the United Synagogue and the Burial Society in 1920, retiring in 1947. Many British Machzorim (Festival Prayer books) include wording in Yizkor (the Memorial Prayer) that "here are … Continue reading The Philip Goldberg Memorial Book (Kovetz Tefilos), London 1962. Includes the Memorial Prayer (Yizkor) for the British Chief Rabbis.

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.

“Beth Hamedrash & Beth Din”, (House of Learning & Judgement) – A Jewish Court, from The Graphic, August 11th, 1906

This item is a single page from the London Newspaper The Graphic.  With descriptions by Lucien Woolf, it depicts the members of the London Beth Din at a crucial time in 1906, just before the Federation of Synagogues withdrew Dayan Chaikin from the London Beth Din.  It also provides us with striking images of the … Continue reading “Beth Hamedrash & Beth Din”, (House of Learning & Judgement) – A Jewish Court, from The Graphic, August 11th, 1906

Laws and Bye-Laws of the Burial Society of the United Synagogue, London 1902. Histories of Cemeteries by Philip Ornstein.

This is an original 1902 copy of the Laws and Bye-Laws of the Burial Society of the United Synagogue - the rules followed for traditional Jewish burials and for administration of the cemeteries.  It includes interesting histories of the Ashkenazi cemeteries of London that were in existence in 1902, written by the Secretary of the … Continue reading Laws and Bye-Laws of the Burial Society of the United Synagogue, London 1902. Histories of Cemeteries by Philip Ornstein.