Lodzers in London

by
Aubrey Jacobus

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The London Metropolitan Archives holds source material on the Federation Synagogues, among which are the collection books of the Lodz Synagogue, ca. 1898, with members' names and addresses. It also holds the Federation Burial Society file on the Lodz Synagogue, consisting of correspondence in Yiddish script between the Lodzers and the Society and carbon copies of a huge number of warning notices about arrears to Lodzer members threatening expulsion (indicating that poverty as a paupers funeral was a great disgrace and constant fear). The notices were sent by registered mail and the tickets are still attached. It is clear the Lodz Synagogue was well established for about 30 years, until the 1930s at least¹. The members' ledger list gave only surnames (and initials if there were more than one family of that name), but the addresses will be useful when the 1911 census comes available in 2011.

I might explain that there were/are two major Synagogue organisations in London: the Federation and the United Synagogue. Each has a burial society and the Synagogue levied the contributions and passed them on. There were also independent synagogues. I found this interesting letter:

To Federation Secretary from L. Berg, Hon Sec Lodz Synagogue
28 Sept 1913

Dear Sir ,
I am surprised at you for asking for a long time one of the Reverends to come to the Lodz Synagogue to give us a preaching . The last time you asked for the Very Reverend Maccoby to preach in our synagogue you altered your mind and he did not come. Today I saw an advertisement for Sandys Row Synagogue² that the Very Reverend Haikin will preach there of the first day Rosh Hashonna at 4.30 pm . That Synagogue has nothing at all to do with the Federation therefore I ask that you desire one of the Very Reverend to attend and preach on the first day Rosh Hashonna. I hope you will consider the matter immediately and do as I ask you .

Yours faithfully
L Berg Hon Sec Lodz Syn  - 14 New Goulston St.

¹ In 1931, S. EISNER was listed as President of Lodz Synagogue, Delegate to the Federation and Delegate to the Burial Society
² Sandys Row was the Dutch Synagogue, which broke away from the Federation: the indignation in the letter reflects the mutual dislike that existed between the Dutch and Polish. See my web page for more on the subject.

21 September 1999
Aubrey Jacobus
E-mail: Aubrey@Jacobyte.com
Web page: http://www.mjacobus.freeserve.co.uk

Notice in the London Jewish Chronicle, 1919

The Lodzer Benefit Society
6 Houndsditch E.

Donations from:

  • Mr. M. SPIRO, at wedding of Miss M. PULMUTTER and H. KATZ, 27 Tredegar Rd. E1
  • Mr. A. TARLO (Pres.), at wedding of  Miss M. COHEN and  J.  LEVY, 6 Cutler St.

Secrty A. E. DIAMOND

Registers of the Lodz Synagogue London, 1897-1909

Note: The following information was found in a ledger in the Federation Synagogues archive giving the Lodz Synagogue membership dues, 1909.  Inaccuracies may be present due to longhand transcription.
 
ABRAHAMS 
ABRAHAMS 
ABRAHAMS 
APPELBERG
APPELBERG
ARKIN, M.
ASHER
ASHER
BARALEVSKI
BARNETT
BERNSTEIN
BIRKLAND
BOLSTEIN, W.
BONSTEIN
BORENSTEIN
BORENSTEIN, W.
BOXER, E.
BOYER, E.
COHEN
COHEN, A.
EIDLEMAN
FEDERMAN
FINKEL
FLATAW, J.
FRISH
GILLAN
GOLAWITZ
GOLDBERG, J.
GOLDBIN
GOLDENSTEIN
GOLDING
GOLDING
GOLISZKI
GOLLUB
GREENBERG
GREENBLATT
GUM
HAAR, L.
HARRIS, R.
HASER, L.
HATAW
HENBERG
HIMAN
HYMAN
JABLOSKI
KAPPELOV
KINGSTONE
KONSKIER
KONSKIER
KOOPERSTADT
KORNFIDRAG
KOSKI
KRIES, A.
LARMENS
LEVY, M.
LITTMAN, F.
LUCKER
LUCKER
MARDIZ
MILLER
MOSES
MOSKAVITZ
MOSKAVITZ
NIRNBERG
NUREK
OSTWINT
PASSES, G.
POLLOCK
PRICE, S.
PUSK
RICHMAN
RISMAN
ROSENSTEIN
ROSENTHAL
ROSENTHAL
RUDOLF
SAUNDERS
SCHILDER
SCHIRENS, A.
SENKI
SHIFENBLATT
SHIFENBLATT
SHIFFENBLATT
SHUSTER 
SHUSTER
SILVERBLATT
SILVERBLATT
SILVERMAN
SILVERMAN
SILVERMAN, B. 
SILVERPRIVER
SOLOMANS
SORENSKI
SPECTERMAN
SPERBLOW
SPIRO, S.
SPIVAKOFF
STEIN
STEINHOLZ
STONE
STONE, M.
STOOEN
STRAUSS
TENERMAN
VANGARTEN
WINTERTON
WEBER
WOLSKI
ZAN
ZERKOFF

21 September 1999
Aubrey Jacobus
E-mail: Aubrey@Jacobyte.com
Web page: http://www.mjacobus.freeserve.co.uk

 

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