Originally published in 1951, this book explores the development in England of the Sephardi branch of the Jewish community, the co-heirs, with their kinsmen in Holland, in Italy, in North America and in the Middle East, of the Golden Age of Jewish history in Spain. Based on archival history from within the community, it was the first full-length history of the Sephardi community in England and describes how this little Jewish community, the first in England since the Middle Ages, grew, prospered and contributed the wealth and influence of London, and eventually producing in Disraeli one of England’s greatest Prime Ministers.
Table of Contents
1. The Earliest Sephardim in England 2. The Origins of the Present Community 3. The Organization of the Community 4. Set-Backs and Advances 5. The Enlargement of the Synagogue 6. A New Haham and a New Synagogue 7. Some Eighteenth-Century Personalities 8. External Affairs 9. The Sephardim Beyond the Seas 10. The Great Period in Sephardi Hisotry 11. The Internal Life of the Sephardim 12. More Personalities 13. The Turn of the Century 14. The First Decades of the Nineteenth Century 15. The Great Secession 16. The Sephardim and the Ashkenazim 17. Sir Moses Montefiore 18. A Threat to Bevis Marks 19. The Penultimate Half-Century 20. The Last Fifty Years Appendices: Changes in the Synagogue Service (1664-1950) 2. The Founders of the Congregation 3. Seatholders in 1682 4. The Earliest List of Elders 5. The Members of the Mahamad – 1663-1951 4. Glossary
Albert M. Hyamson