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Provincial Jewry
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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: 30 March 2017
Latest revision: 7 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 2 (D to G)

DOVER

School:

One private school kept by Mr. Cohenii.

Number of Pupils:

Private: 30

Hours of Instruction:

Private: 40

Subjects of Instruction:

Translation of Bible and Prayers, Hebrew Grammar, Writing. German, French, Latin, English in all its branches, including ancient, modern and sacred History. Geography, Maps and Natural Philosophy, Algebra, Arithmetic, etc.

Books Used:

Mendelsohn's Tenach with translation, Shulchan Aruch, Shorshei Emunah, Yesodei HaDat, Hurwitz and Newman's Grammar, and Lyon's Hebrew and English Spelling Book.

Other Remarks:

Every member pays a guinea p.a. towards the support of the Burial Ground at Canterbury.

 

DUBLIN iii

Number of Pupils:

Private:5

Hours of Instruction:

Public: 6

Subjects of Instruction:

Hebrew.

Name of Teacher:

Mr. Sandheim

Other Remarks:

Some money has been collected for a Mikveh.

 

EDINBURGH

School:

There is no school.

Hours of Instruction:

Public: 4

Subjects of Instruction:

Hebrew Reading and Translation of Prayers and Chum ash.

Names of Teachers:

Hebrew: Mr. Lubominsky 

English Department: Mr. Ashenheim

Other Remarks:

Of the 17 Baalei Batim returned, 4 contributed nothing. The rental received from the 16 seat-holders is 10116d. p.a. The gross expenses of the Congregation exclusive of charity distributed averages 140.

 

EXETER

Number of Pupils:

10 Males and 3 Females

Hours of Instruction:

Private: 3 or 4

Subjects of Instruction:

Hebrew Reading, elements of Grammar, translation.

Books Used:

Lyon's SpellIng, Lindoe's Vocabulary, Henry's Class Book.

Names of Teachers:

S. Hoffnungiv. and B. Mordecai

Parents with Children of School Age:

Boys

Girls

  Hyman Davis

2

1

 

  Isaac Lazarus

1

-

(Examiner)

  Moss Lazarus

4

1

 

  David Lazarus

1

-

 

  Israel

2

2

  Morris

4

2

  A. Alexander

2

4

  J. Alexander

1

1

  Lazarus

3

-

  Jonas

-

3

Other Remarks:

Ready to co-operate with the Chief Rabbi in improving the system of education and the better conducting of worship so as to ensure more devotion. Desirous of having lectures delivered. (In the Vestry Room, 102 IG 4 - 7 Sunday, Tuesday.)

 

FALMOUTH

Subjects of Instruction:

Hebrew and German

Name of Teacher:

Mr. Rintel

 

GLASGOW OLD SYNAGOGUE

Number of Pupils:

Private: 30

Hours of Instruction:

Private: 10 - 12

Subjects of Instruction:

Prayer and Torah

Books Used:

Tefillot and Chumashim

Name of Teacher:

Tennenbaum at 2/6d. p.w. for each Baal HaBayit

Other Remarks:

In consequence of the unfortunate division of the Hebrew members, education has for a time been neglected. One party leaving the old Synagogue and carrying away 4 Sifrei Torah and all the rest belonging to a Shool and besides breaking down seats and Shulchan and the Aron HaKodesh and collecting monies due by members for seat rent, etc.to old Shool, all this has ruined our finances, compelling us to replace the Sifrei Torah and all the rest which they want only destroyed. We could not follow them to their impure Synagogue, first, as they had rebelled against the mandate of the late Chief Rabbi about a certain individual here, and induced their Shochet and reader to be guilty of the same breach, and then selected for a place of worship a room in a building where anatomy is practised by 170 students, Cohanim and others may meet corpses of all nations, where they can be got, surely this is an unfit place for worship as a Mikdash Me'at. When the Rabbi shall declare this an unfit place, as he certainly will, as impure, then there may arise a uniting of one Kehillah and Shalom. (The fore-going is scored through with three lines. Dr. Adler added a note in Yiddish which reads, in translation, 'The laws of the synagogue are against, and from the Torah. "a man who dies in a tent", and then the Cohanim? This dispute reached the courts, vd. The Glasgow National, 19 November 1845.

 

GLASGOW NEW SYNAGOGUE

Number of Pupils:

Private; 9 males and 5 females

Books Used:

Chumash with Biur. Tefillot.

Name of Teacher:

S. Cohen.

 

GLOUCESTER

There are no returns entered.

 

Webmaster's Notes (↵ returns to main text)

  1. Except as regards the congregations in Glasgow, the link in the first column of the table on this page is 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. Mr. R.J. Cohen was the Chazan and Shochet in Dover.

  3. In the Paper prepared for the Conference, the data on Dublin appered at the end, following the data on the UK communities and immediately before Jamaica.

  4. Mr. S. Hoffnung was the Chazan and Shochet in Exeter.


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