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Press Reports relating to the Grimsby Jewish Community
Grimsby Observer -
January 12, 1876
Interesting ceremony took place at the house of Mr. V. Abrahams,
jeweler of Cleethorpe road, on Wednesday afternoon last. The occasion was
the Marriage of Miss Fanny Abrahams to Mr. H. Gordon eldest son of Mr. J. Gordon
H D Marks of the Manchester Synagogue officiated; he was assisted by the
Rev. S Marks Grimsby.
bride wore a rich, pale, lavender silk dress covered with a long plain veil, and
the Usual orange wreath..
service commenced at two o'clock and comprised the usual afternoon service at
which there were only male worshippers. At the close of this part of the
service, a crimson Canopy was upraised and the bridegroom took a position under
it, surrounded by his immediate friends.
Wedding service was then proceeded with for a short period, when the bride and
her female friends entered the room. The former then took a place beside her
husband, the other ladies surrounding her. After the ring had been put on the
brides finger by the bridegroom, the officiating minister delivered a very
glasses were then handed to each of the contracting parties, while they both
drank out of the one they were told that is was intended to symbolise the fact
that they should both drink from the cup of salvation and consolation, and while
they drank from the other they were reminded that they would both drink of the
one cup of sorrow and grief. They would participate alike in shade and light,
sunshine and storm, daylight and darkness.
conclusion of the service, the bridegroom stamped upon a tumbler, breaking it
into many pieces. The act has a double significance. It is intended to signify
the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem and the scattering of the Jewish
People, a fact that they are called upon to remember in there hours of highest
second significance is that, as the breaking to pieces of the vessel was an act
that would not be undone, so too was the act just performed by he two persons
who had become united in marriage. The whole of the service occupied about half
Grimsby Observer -
February 26, 1879
Harris, jeweler, of Freeman Street, was charged with having committed an assault
upon John E. Synyanki on the 1st. Complainant said he was a missionary for the
Jews and on Saturday he visited the Synagogue in Strand Street and afterwards,
went to number 44 in the same street where he was conversing quietly with some
Jews and some Ladies, when a man rushed in and, seizing him roughly, threw him
denied the charge, denied that he was there and that he knew nothing about it.
Complainant, observing defendant for the first time, said, "This isn't the
He had been told that the name of his assailant was Harris and that he was a pawnbroker and jeweller but this was certainly not the man because the real offender had something the matter with his nose.
- July 9, 1879
George Fell, a painter, was charged with stealing four sponges, valued at 5/0,
the property of Coleman Kalson, a Licensed hawker, of Kent Street.
On Friday, the prosecutor was hawking sponges in Upper Burgess Street. He there
saw the defendant working in the company of Mr. Gooseman, his employer. The
Latter asked him the price of his sponges and after looking at them, said they
were too dear and handed them back.
The defendant then took them and put them In a stable. Witness asked for them to
be given back to him three or four times and then went to the police officer.
Before he left the place, someone threw a lot of water over him.
P.C. Pougher said he went to Upper Burgess Street and asked the defendant for
the sponges. Three of them were in the stable and witness asked for the other
one. Defendant denied several times knowing anything about It and witness then
searched the building and found it as if it had been secreted among the tiles.
When produced, the defendant again denied knowing anything about it.
Mr. Stephenson, who appeared for the defense, laid stress upon the fact that his
client was a very respectable young man, and had never before been charged with
felony or anything like it. On Friday after Mr. Gooseman had said the sponges
were too dear, the prosecutor offered three of them to Fell, saying, "If these
sponges are not worth 2/0, I'll give them to you."
Fell took the sponges and carried then to a kind of stable at the other
end of the yard, where he placed them on the floor.
As soon as he came back, the Jew asked for his sponges, and was told to go and
fetch them, which he undoubtedly would have done had there not been some
children about who cried out. "Take care of the dog"
Hearing this, the prosecutor would not go inside the place but went and fetched
a policeman. There were also some women about, and perhaps one of them threw
some water on him. The whole affair was really nothing more than a practical
joke, and If it had not been for the unfortunate fact of one of the sponges
being found in the tiles, (which his client instructed him to say he knew
nothing about), they would not have heard anything further of the matter.
The Mayor (Thomas Charlton), remarked that it was rather a strange thing in
Christian England that no Jew could be allowed to pass quietly about his
business. He was quite at a loss to know
what possibly could be the reason of it. A Jew had as much right to be protected
as an English man.
Mr. Stephenson I must say it is so, but if the Jew would take the trouble to
bring the people up there who assaulted them, then something might be done.
The Mayor: To say the least of it, it must be rather an indiscreet thing on the
part of a young man like that to do anything of the kind. If he wanted to buy
sponges, he should have done it properly like any other good citizen.
Mr. Samuel Gooseman was then called for the defense, and said the defendant, who
had been in his employ for some time, bore a very good character as an honest
and straightforward young man. He
gave substantially the same account of the matter as that given by Mr.
Stephenson, but added that the policeman came "'with a lot of Impudence"
Supt. Waldram asked that the witness should give an explanation of this phrase.
The Mayor: Yes, I think you should tell us what you mean by that. It was the
duty of the policeman to go with the prosecutor when asked by him to see him
righted. He is paid his weekly wages for that express purpose, and if he should
refuse to go he would have done wrong.
P.C. Pougher said Mr. Gooseman was very "cheeky" to him at the time. He said he
would make it a "hot job" for the witness.
Mr. Gooseman was about to speak when the Mayor said if he had any complaint to
make against the officer, he had better make it another day. He was sure he
would have a fair hearing.
Mr. Gooseman: I will, your worships.
The Mayor: Your proper course would be to bring the officer before the Watch
Committee if you have any complaint to make. You may rely upon it you will
always be heard. We have nothing to do with it now, but simply to consider
the charge of felony against this young man.
Addressing the defendant, the Mayor told him that he had placed himself in the
position he then was by his own actions. He might call it practical joking be he
(the Mayor) did not, though the magistrates were inclined to take a lenient view
of the case this time. They gave him the benefit of the doubt but in their
opining the officer had done no more than he ought to have done and no more than
The case was dismissed.
Observer & Humber News - July 29, 1885
Wednesday afternoon, the Foundation Stone of a new Hebrew place of worship, to
be known as the 'Sir Moses Montefiore Synagogue' in Heneage Street, was laid in
the presence of a Large concourse of spectators.
Mayor (Alderman Keetley) and several members of the Corporation were present.
The Jewish congregation, at the head of whom may be named the president Mr H.
Harris, and the secretary Mr M. Abraham, had gathered in full force and the
arrangements for giving eclat to the auspicious event had been well and
D. Moccata Esq. of London, the well known philanthropist and President of the
Jewish Refuge Home in the Metropolis; The Rev. Dr Herman Adler, Delegate Chief
Rabbi of Great Britain; Counc. Cohen of Hull; Mr L.H. Bergann of Hult & c.
attended, and the general company included E. Bannister Esq. J.P.; Anderson
Bates Esq.; E.L. Grange Esq. M.A.; T. Mountain Esq.; the Rev. J.Spawforth
(Church of England); the Rev. JR. Sawdell (Wesleyan); the Rev. W. Orton
(Baptist); the Rev. Mr Goldstein (Hebrew).
King, Morton, Haywood, and Curry, Mr J.C. White, Mr J. Alward, Mr G. Alward, Mr
W.F. Read, Mr Thomas Stephenson, Mr A.Clifton, Dr. Ewart, Superintendent Waldram,
Mr Judson, Mr C.Rushby, Mr M.L.Boss (Louth), Mr Mundahl, Mr G. Chapman &c..
Numerous Letters of apology for non attendance, all expressing sympathy with the
choir of boys from the Hull Synagogue was present and sang the Psalms in Hebrew
very impressively under the conductorship of Mr Pearlson.
ceremony was opened by the singing of Psalm 118, after which Councilor Cohen
presented to Mr Moccata a silver trowel, and in making the presentation, briefly
referred to the circumstances which had led to this event, as well as touched
upon the history of the Jewish congregation in Grimsby. The inscription upon the
trowel was as follows:- "Presented to Mr F.D. Moccata by the members
of the Grimsby Hebrew Congregation on the occasion of his laying the foundation
stone of their new Synagogue, 5645 (1885).
Moccata then laid the stone with due formality. The stone bears the following
inscription in English and Hebrew:" This stone was laid by F.D. Moccata Esq,
of London, July 22 5645, 1885"
the stone were placed a copy of the Jewish Chronicle and a few coins.
Delegate Chief Rabbi then preached a short sermon from I Samuel, vII, 12. 'Then
Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpeh and Sheu, calling the name
Ebenezer, saying, hitherto hath the Lord helped us.'
that the Lord had indeed helped them hitherto, as they would know when they
reflected on the days of the depression of their race, and when they bore in
mind the wondrous privileges and encouragement which the lord had vouchsafed
them in this country, where but recently one brother in the faith had taken his
seat in the House of Peers, and another had been summoned to take part in the
Government of the country.
were the words of the text applicable to the brethren in this town. First of all
in the sympathy and kindness of their fellow townsmen: then in the generosity of
the representative of the borough in presenting to them a plot of ground on
which to erect a House of Prayer; again in inducing their brothers in the faith
to come from London to Lay the Foundation Stone, and still further in enabling
them to call the building by the name of Sir Moses Montefiore, the venerable
centenarian, whose Life God had prolonged, whom he saw a few days ago enjoying
wonderful mental vigor. The preacher then referred to the various functions
which a Synagogue had to serve, reminding his hearers of the building of the
Great Temple, and concluded with an eloquent prayer.
the choir had sung the 150th Psalm:
Moccata, who was received with much cheering, expressed the pleasure it had
afforded him to visit Grimsby, and said it was a matter of the greatest
satisfaction to him to find that, although the Jewish community in the town was
not a wealthy one, they were nevertheless making some provision for the
instruction of their children in God's Word. These synagogues were not only used
as houses of prayer by the Large masses of Jews, but they were also recognized
as places of instruction.
considered it the highest duty they could have to be able to teach their
children the love and fear of God in their synagogues. It gave him great
pleasure to reflect upon the fact that the community of Jews established in
Grimsby were eminently respectable, and while they were not a wealthy body, he
had no doubts they possessed a spirit of independence. (Hear, hear).
in a very big place and knew how difficult it was to find money to provide for
all communities. He had been told that the new building would cost about £1,000
and he was quite certain that his good friends in Grimsby would do everything in
their power to raise this large sum, but at the same time, he trusted they would
get a little extraneous help.
have been a great thing if they had been able to do the work within themselves
because he knew nothing gave them greater pleasure than to be able, as a people,
to be perfectly independent. (Cheers). Still, they had commenced a building
which must be finished. in laying the foundation stone, he knew they
contemplated laying the last one very soon and it must be done. (Hear, hear).
Lived under exceptional advantages at Grimsby for Mr Heneage, their Member of
Parliament, had been induced through Mr John Wintringham to give them the very
valuable piece of Land upon which their synagogue was to be erected. (Cheers).
It would be paying a poor compliment to Mr Heneage if they did not complete it
and place upon the site a building worthy of it.
plans he had seen, he was quite certain if they could only raise the necessary
funds, the building would be an ornament to the town and an honor to the Jewish
community. (Cheers). It was a pleasing thing to him to see the Board School on
their left, a Roman Catholic place of worship nearly opposite, and a Primitive
Methodist chapel close by, for it showed him that although they did not all
agree upon the particular form of education they were giving their children,
still it showed that they were united in one thing; they all recognized the
importance of teaching the Love and fear of God.
they would shake hands and, in the cause of God, he trusted they would work side
by side and do all they could for each other. (Cheers). He had beard that many
of their Christian friends had given liberal contributions towards the building
fund. He hoped that more would do so, and that when an opportunity presented
itself, the members of the Jewish community, so far as their means would allow,
would sympathize with the, many friends who had different religious views to
must recollect that they belonged to a very ancient race, that they had an
heritage the Law of Moses and the Bible, which had conferred the greatest
benefit upon the human race. They would recollect that the lord said to the
Jews, 'Ye are My witnesses' , and they must remember that it was for them to set
an example to other people. He did not mean to assume that they were superior,
or more intelligent than other people in the slightest degree, but he would ask
each Jew to recollect that he was a witness to Divine goodness and revelation,
and to think he belonged to an ancient people, the teachers of mankind. (Cheers)
would go on in this manner, however humble in life might be their position, they
would not only lead up to a better life themselves, but they would be a blessing
to the people by whom they were surrounded. (Cheers).
trusted that the worship in the temple they were about to erect, would be of the
holiest kind which should carry a lesson to the hearts of all, and be the means
of communication between the Creator and the creature. In this happy England of
theirs, they possessed many advantages in the matter of education, but he was in
favor of the retention of their ancient Hebrew language. If they wished to keep
this, they must take care that their children not only pursued with diligence
their secular studies, but that they also kept up the study of Hebrew. (Cheers).
trusted the worship in the building they were about to erect would be so
glorious and noble that their Christian friends might like to see them at their
devotions, and that on the Sabbath, the place would not be left deserted to the
minister, a few officials, and one or two worshippers. He did not suppose for a
moment that this would be the case with them at Grimsby, but he had known such a
state of things to exist in some places.
conclusion, he wished prosperity, joy, and happiness to the congregation of
their new House and he hoped that when it was completed, it would be a source of
great delectation and happiness to the many worshippers who would be found
within its walls in years to come. (Loud applause).
Mayor was then called upon by the Chief Rabbi to say a few words. He observed
that he had listened with pleasure to the eloquent addresses which had been
delivered by the Rev. Dr Adler and Mr Moccata. As an instance of the greatness
of the Jewish people, he mentioned the careers of the late Lord Beaconsfield and
pleased to bear testimony to the good example set by the Jewish community in
Grimsby and, as Chief Magistrate, he could speak of their behavior in the
highest terms. (Cheers)
glad to be honored with the presence of the Chief Rabbi and Mr Moccata, and he
welcomed them to the town of Grimsby. (Applause).
Cohen moved a vote of thanks to the Mayor and the members of the Corporation for
honoring the ceremonial with their presence. He felt sure this honor would not
be forgotten by the Jewish community of Grimsby, but that they would show their
appreciation of it by doing all that lay in their power to preserve and uphold
the honor and dignity of the borough. (Applause).
Bergmann of Hull seconded the motion which was cordially carried and briefly
acknowledged by his Worship.
The new synagogue, when completed, will be a handsome and commodious place of worship and is partially In the Byzantine style of architecture. Mr B. S. Jacobs of Hull is the architect, and the contract a little over £1000 has been entrusted to Mr Jolland Chapman
Grimsby News - April 9, 1887
Bloom, a Hebrew music vendor, 18 years old, living at 113 Nelson Street, was
charged with hawking without a license.
saw defendant enter a shop and offer music for sale.
made a rambling statement as to his mode of earning a living, and admitted
attending markets and selling music. The Lady had ordered the music and he was
only completing the order. Dismissed on payment of 2/6 costs.
Grimsby Observer -
November 11, 1887
understand that the members of the Jewish persuasion resident in Grimsby are
taking steps to secure a more suitable place of worship than the one they
are about fifty families of this sect in the town, and hitherto their
religious services have been, and In fact are now, held in an inconvenient
cottage in Strand Street.
not aim at the erection of a structure of pretentious design, but rather seek
utility at an economical outlay.
themselves, they have already subscribed a respectable sum in aid of their
object, but we believe they will shortly make a more wide spread appeal, and as
they are Law abiding community, we feel assured that religious sentiment will
not be an obstacle to the accomplishment of the end they have in view.
Observer & Humber News - December 12, 1888
ceremony of consecrating the Sir Moses Montefiore Memorial Synagogue on the
Holme hill took place yesterday in the presence of the leading inhabitants of
the town and district; the building being crowded.
ceremony was commenced by the Reverend Delegate Chief Rabbi, Dr Hermann Adler,
Mr Abrahams, Mr Councilor Cohen (Hull), Mr H. Harris and Mr M. Abrahams bringing
the Scrolls of the law into the Synagogue, the Reader and choir singing
meanwhile. The procession then passed round the synagogue seven times, whilst
Psalms were chanted by the Reader and the choir, the fine intonation of Mr
Pearlson, and the fresh young voices of the choristers singing in the Hebrew
tongue having a pleasing effect. the Scrolls were then placed in the Ark.
following were the presentations:
eloquent sermon was then preached by the Rev. Delegate Chief Rabbi, from the
text: "And the children of Israel, the Priests and the Levites, and the
rest of the children of the Captivity, kept the dedication of the House of God
with joy." (Ezra vi, 16).
comparing the circumstances under which these words were uttered with the
present occasion, the Rabbi said:
years have elapsed since the necessity pressed itself upon you of possessing a
place of worship where you might assemble with your wives and children. But the
smallness of your numbers, and the lack of wealthy members long kept the scheme
in abeyance. Six years ago, your respected representative in Parliament, with a
munificence and liberality of spirit that demands our grateful recognition,
presented you with a suitable plot of ground in this street which bears his
name. That project ripened; with the help of generous friends, contributions
were raised. The foundation stone of this House was laid by an honored member of
difficulties arose. Owing to the lack of means, the progress of the work
languished and you exclaimed
lamentingly, as Israel had done in the weary years that preceded the completion
of the Second Temple: "The time is not come, the time that the Lord' s
House should be built."
was a source of profound grief to witness, as I did a few months ago, the sacred
edifice uncompleted, a reproach to the Jewish in dwellers of this town, a
reproach indeed to our whole community. I therefore determined to collect the
funds that were still required, and thanks to the generosity of my brethren in
the Metropolis, I found this no difficult task."
now you who took so deep an interest in the growth of this building, the
architect who, with loving care, planned the work, the builder who, with
intelligent skill, executed it, you who watched it rise, week by week, month by
month, all of you are fitted with grateful thanks to God who has permitted you
to bring your labors to a successful issue.
of the members of your neighboring congregations have come to share this festive
joy. I am glad to see present many of your townsmen who, though of another
faith, have come here to testify their reverence to the lord God of the spirits,
of all flesh, the Father of all mankind, before Whom every knee must bow, to
Whom every tongue must swear fealty."
esteemed brother who laid the headstone of this house, has charged me to tell
you how deeply he regrets his inability to be present at this sacred ceremonial.
He fully shares my feeling of satisfaction that our task has at task been
completed, and thus we all keep the dedication of this House of God with
dear brethren, I would earnestly beg you not to delude yourselves with the
belief that your duties are now ended, that all care and concern for the welfare
of your congregation may be dismissed. Not so, it is now that your serious
responsibilities commence. You must show yourselves worthy of possessing this
place of worship in your midst."
besought them to consecrate this House by their own earnest and genuine
devotion, to avoid all ill-will or petty jealousy, and to let their hearts ever
remain united in peace and forbearance, goodwill and brotherly accord; going on
this Synagogue, I have also consecrated the adjoining classroom, which will be
devoted to religious instruction. This is in full accord with the example
suggested to us by Ezra who, we are told, prepared his heart to seek the Law of
the Lord and to do it, and to teach in Israel, statutes and judgments. I
earnestly trust that all the children of this congregation will eagerly avail
themselves of the instruction in the Bible and Religion that will here be
can be no greater anomaly than to
pray, May the words of Thy law, 0, God, be ever dear to us, Thy people Israel,
may we and our offspring know Thy name and learn Thy law: and then do nothing
for the attainment of this object. To my mind, there can be nothing more
humiliating than that we should be Ignorant of the sublime spiritual truths
contained in the bible which was first revealed to us."
English statesman, contrasting the relative achievements of Greece and Judea.
has said, 'Greece had valour, policy, renown, genius, wit - she had, all, in a
word, that the world could give her but the f lowers of Paradise, which blossom
thinly, blossomed in Palestine alone. All the wonders of Greek civilization
heaped together are less wonderful than your Book of Psalms.'
permit your children to remain ignorant of beauties and sublimities ? Will you
allow your sons and daughters to know nothing of the history of their fathers
with its many-coloured splendour and its sombre, darkening gloom ? Instead of
merely praying that the words of the Lord may penetrate to your hearts, labour,
learn, study, teach, so that this consummation devoutly to be wished for may
speedily be realised.
remember that this is but the means to an end. It is in your daily life, in your
words and actions outside this building, that the influence of the Synagogue and
School must be evidenced and proved."
House bears the honoured name of the revered and beloved philanthropist, Sir
Moses Monteflore, who was called to his rest within a few weeks after the
foundation of this edifice had been laid. And it will interest you to know that
the Scrolls of the law which I bore in my arm while consecrating this House,
(and which I shall again clasp, when offering up the prayer for our gracious
Queen), is the same Sepher Torah which accompanied the unwearied champion of
Israel on his many memorable missions undertaken on behalf of his downtrodden
and persecuted co-religionists.
it that the name of Sir Moses Montefiore became a household word, a name
wherewith to charm away prejudices old and new ? Because, with his ardent
devotion to his faith, he combined a large hearted benevolence which knew no
difference of race or creed; because his every word and action breathed the
truth, that pure honesty, which Judaism demands of its votaries.
dear congregants, must prove outside this sacred Shrine, the depth of the
impressions which the Holy lessons here annunciated have made upon your hearts.
There can be no more erroneous belief than,
that when you put away your prayer book and your prayer scarf, all your duties
to God are ended. It is when you have left the Synagogue that the true
sanctification of God commences.
show forth in all your actions how lofty are the principles of Judaism, that it
enjoins the most scrupulous honesty and integrity, sympathy with the suffering,
loyalty to your country, and obedience to its Laws. I can conceive no greater
indignity offer to religion than to believe in God' s presence in the House of
Prayer, and to ignore it in the place of business. 'The eyes of the Lord are in
every place, beholding the good and the evil.'
sees, and takes notice of, every business transaction, of all our dealings with
our fellow men. He is a carefully observing Witness of every sale and purchase,
of every payment. and non-payment, of the fulfillment and non-fulfillment of
every promise, contract, and covenant between man and man. He regards the
accuracy of a balance weight and measures the selling of a good article at
a fair price, the truthfulness of a business advertisement, the punctual
payment of a debt, with the same approval as that with which he accepts the
praises sung by men on earth, and by angels in Heaven.
Rabbi again impressed upon his hearers the necessity of carrying out the
teachings of the Bible in their daily life, and concluded by offering up a
solemn prayer of consecration, in which /special supplication was made for Her
Majesty the Queen, her family and counsellors.
marriage of Miss Sarah Rosenberg and Mr Abraham Jacobs was afterwards
celebrated; the elegant costumes of the bride and her attendant maids being
Synagogue was commenced about four years ago, the foundation stone being laid by
F.D. Moccata Esq., assisted by the Reverend Dr Adler, but delays were afterwards
caused by a change in the contractors and want of funds.
building has been carried out by, and under the superintendence of Mr B.S.
Jacobs, architect, of Hull, and completed by Mr C. Snowden, joiner, and Mr
Pickering, bricklayer. The total cost of the Synagogue, exclusive of the Land
(which was presented to the congregation by the Right Honorable Edward Edward
Heneage, M.P.) is about £1000.
elevation of the building is Byzantine in character, finished with red stock
bricks and Ancaster stone dressings. The ladies' gallery, stalls, reading desk,
Ark (or receptacle) for the Scrolls of the law, and other interior fittings, are
all in pitch pine.
The Synagogue proper accommodates three hundred persons and besides this, there is, on the ground floor, a large entrance hall. On the first floor, there is a schoolroom, retiring room
Grimsby News April 23, 1897
cases were on the charge list relating to the disturbances at the Hebrew
Synagogue. Mr. Mason, however, appearing for the parties, applied for the
withdrawal of the charges, the differences having been arranged.
application was granted on payment of expenses.
to the charge sheet, Israel Wood, a Hebrew tailor, of Cleethorpe Road. and
Colman Wood, hawker, of Cleethorpe Road, were summoned by Myers Levi, the beadle
of the Synagogue, for a common assault on the 18th, and Israel Wood was also
summoned by Henry Harris, the President of the Synagogue for threats of violence
on the 20th.
Grimsby News - May 13 1898
the Hebrew House of Worship, Heneage Street, Holme Hill, last Saturday, Master
Solomon Guttenberg, son of the ex-treasurer of the congregation, a lad of 13
years, was duly confirmed and declared a fully constituted Israelite.
Mr Benjamin Cohen, ex-President of the congregation, presided over the reception which followed.
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