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Extract from papers on
Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain

Papers prepared by Dr. (later Prof.) Aubrey Newman for a conference at University College, London, convened on 6 July 1975 by the Jewish Historical Society of England
Reproduced here with Prof. Newman's kind consent)

Page created: 27 March 2017
Latest revision: 25 May 2017

        

STATISTICAL ACCOUNTS OF ALL THE
CONGREGATIONS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
5606 / 1845

Transcribed by the late Rabbi Bernard Susser, B.A. M.Phil.

Second Part
Education and General Remarks
i.

Page 1 (A to C)

BATH

There are no returns entered.

 

BIRMINGHAM

School:

The Hebrew National Schoolii.

Number of Pupils:

Public: 58 males and 36 females

Hours of Instruction:

In summer 32 and in winter 31.

Subjects of Instruction:

Hebrew:
Reading, Translation of Tefillah, Translation of Chumash, Translation of Nach, Grammar, Writing, Latin, French, Geography, History, Arithmetic, Book-keeping, Bible History, English Grammar, English Writing, English Composition.

Books Used:

Elementary Class:
Tefillah, Lyon's Grammar, Mayor and Carpenter's Abridged Grammar. -

Second Class:
Tefillah, Chumash, Lyon's Grammar, Crossley's Class Book, Murray's Grammar, Bible, Bonnycastle's Arithmetic.

First Class:
Tenach, Newman's Grammar, Nordheim's Grammar,. Latin: Eton Grammar, Telemachus.
English: Murray's Grammar. Goldsmith's History of England, Goldsmith's History of Rome, Goldsmith's History of Greece, Goldsmith's Geography. Keith's Arithmetic, Smith's Book-keeping. Kitto's Bible History, Dr. Raphael's Testaments of the Lord.

Names of Teachers:

Headmaster: Dr. Raphael, 180 p.a.
Latin and English: J. Jelly, 80 p.a.
Junior Class: Revd. L. Chapman, 60 p.a.
French and Hebrew: Dr. M. Kohnstam, 80 p.a.

Payment of Pupils:

Boys: 1/- per week. Girls: 6d. per week.

Other Remarks:

The funds of the Congregation are raised by assessment. The Congregation is governed by baalei batim who annually appoint a President, Treasurer and Committee of 5, of which outgoing Parnas and Gabai are ex officio members. The school is governed by the subscribers who appoint a Committee of 13 gents who chose their own President, Treasurer and Secretary. Committee is chosen for 2 years, 6 members retiring annually. The Chevra is governed by the subscribers who annually appoint a President, Treasurer, Secretary and Committee of 10 members.

 

BRIGHTON.

School:

There is no school.

Number of Pupils:

Private:4

Hours of Instruction:

Private:6

Subjects of Instruction:

Translation of Chumash, Hebrew Grammar, Reading and the elements of the Jewish faith.

Books Used:

Chumashim, Tefillot, Dikduk

Name of Teacher:

M. B. Levyiii.

Other Remarks:

The children do not regularly attend their instruction.

 

BRISTOL

 

School:

There is no school.iv. The children of the more affluent part of the Community are sent to Hebrew Boarding Schools, and others are taught by the Shamas and Chazan, as far as relates to Hebrew. And as to other Branches of Education, by English Schools or Teachers in the locality.

Parents with Children of School Age:v.

  Boys Girls  
  Morris Michal 2 1  
  Joseph Rothschild 1 6  
  John Solomon 1 -  
  Mr. Haym 1 3 (Mr Barnett)
  Mr. Moseley 2 -  
  Mr. Alexander 2 1  
  Mr. Braham 2 -  

  (Poor Charity)

3

6

(by Mr. Benjaminvi.)

Other Remarks

5 persons are returned as seatholders who only subscribe towards our Synagogue as they reside in places where there are none.

 

CANTERBURY

School:

There is no school.

Name of Teacher:

The Schochetvii. teaches Hebrew readingto a few children.

Parents with Children of School Age:

  Boys Girls  
  Mr. L. Nathan 1 2  
  J. Solomom 3 -  
  Abr. Abraham 1 2  
  Lyons 1 2  

  None has instruction

Other Remarks:

Complaints of a want of efficient instruction in Hebrew.

 

CARDIFF

School:

There is no school.

Parents with Children of School Age:

  Boys Girls  
  Mr. More Morris 1 2  
  Samuel Morris - 1  
  Wilther 2 - } by Newfield
  Mr. Braham 2 - }
  Abraham Lyons 2 -  

4 are instructed by Menasch Cohen

 

CHATHAM

School:

There is no school.

Subjects of Instruction:

Private. Hebrew to a few families

Name of Teacher:

J. Phillipsviii.

Parents with Children of School Age:

  Boys Girls  
  S. Harris 1 1 } by Mr. Phillips
  B. Harris 1 1 }
  Magnus 1 1 }
  Barnet 1 - }

Mr. Phillips has passed the examination very well. (this probably refers to the the periodic examination of Mr. Phillips as a Shochet.)

Other Remarks:

Very little attention paid to Hebrew Instruction..

 

CHELTENHAM

School:

There is no school.

Subjects of Instruction:

Hebrew

Books Used:

Hurwitz Grammer

Name of Teacher:

J. Pulverix.

Parents with Children of School Age:

  Boys Girls  
  Mr. Dent 3 1
  Solomon 1 -    
  Alexander - 1    

 

 Webmaster's Notes (↵ returns to main text)

  1. Unless otherwise indicated, the link in the first column of the table on this page and on each subsequent page of this part, is generally to the relevant community page on JCR-UK, not (as in the First Part) to the page for the relevant 1845 congregation, unless there was only ever one congregation in the community. 

  2. See paper by Sharon Rothstein on the Evolution of the Birmingham Hebrew National School within the context of the development of Anglo-Jewish Education, 1841-70. See also the Board of Deputies Jewish Schools Return for Birmingham dated 13 February 1853. 

  3. Mr. M.B. Levy was the Chazan and Ne'eman in Brighton.

  4. See also the Board of Deputies Jewish Schools Return for Bristol dated 13 February 1853.

  5. This was not a seperate item in the transcription made by Rabbi Susser, but was in each case included under "Other Remarks". Chief Rabbi Adler himself adding certain comments in his own handwriting, including noting down the names of parents who had children of school age in small communities.

  6. Mr. Benjamin was the Shammas and Shochet in Bristol.

  7. The Shochet in Canterbury was Mr. Juda Isaacs. 

  8. Mr. Phillips was the Shochet in Chatham.

  9. Mr. Pulver was the Chazan and Shochet in Cheltenham.


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