Bessarabia is the
historic name for the region that now comprises most of modern day
Moldova, as well as adjoining areas to the north and south that are now
part of Ukraine. Kiev is the capital of Ukraine. The founders of the
congregation presumably originated from the region, which was then part
of the Russian Empire.
Fashion Street, Spitalfields,
London E1. The congregation may have been utilising premises occupied by
the Mikra Chevra.
("Service and Scandal: the life and times of an immigrant Jewish
Clergyman" by Daniel Appleby, p.87. 2013)
Fashion Street (some 600
feet long), in London's East End, runs east from Commercial Street to
Brick Lane, parallel with Fournier Street (300 feet to the north).
(Flower & Dean Street used to run parallel 200 feet to the south but
this no longer exists.)
Fashion Street is now in
the London Borough of Tower Hamlets,
created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.
it was in the Metropolitan Borough of
Stepney (established 1900) in the County of London
(established 1889), both of which entities were abolished in 1965.
The locality was also
within the civil parish of Spitalfields, which was abolished in 1921, being absorbed
into the civil parish of Whitechapel, which itself was abolished in 1927
and absorbed into Stepney Borough parish (until that parish's
abolition in 1965).