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Sir I. Spielmann's Presidential Address and its Sequel

<plain_text><page sequence="1">SIR I. SPIELMANN'S PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS AND ITS SEQUEL. On February 9, 1903, Sir (then Mr.) Isidore Spielmann, C.M.G., F.S.A., delivered the following address as President of the Jewish Historical Society of England :? Ladies and Gentlemen,?I must first express, however im? perfectly, my great appreciation of the honour you have done me in electing me President of this Society. When my friend, Mr. Lucien Wolf, first suggested the possibility of this distinction to me, I replied that I was ill-fitted for it, as my knowledge of the subject was inadequate, and that in Jewish history I was but a student. " We are all students," was the prompt reply, and eventually I yielded, particularly, I must confess, through vanity, for I regard it as no slight honour to be President of this Society; partly on account of the pleasure and advantage I hope to gain by my renewed association with many old friends. But I would ask you to recollect that if in this study we are all students, I wish to claim membership merely of the preparatory school. And I feel my inferiority the more when I consider who our former Presidents have been: Mr. Lucien Wolf, the Chief Babbi, Mr. Joseph Jacobs, Mr. Claude Montefiore, and Mr. Frederic Mocatta?all men of learning who have made valuable contributions to this Society. Their addresses, too, were scholarly proofs of their suitability, as historians, to occupy this chair. I should like to say at once that it is not my intention in this respect to endeavour to follow7 their lead, bub rather to confine my remarks to a few suggestions which I hope may find favour with you, to adopt, or, at least, to consider. 43</page><page sequence="2">44 SIR I. SPIELMANN'S PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS. And if I may say one more word with reference to myself it would be in the nature of an explanation, which is indeed due to you. My being placed in the prominent position I now occupy here, may cause you to wonder why I have hitherto been so silent a member of the Society. It arose from the fears I first entertained with others, when the Society was first founded, that the history of the Jews of this country?the early history at least?might prove to be but a history of money-lending; I had no idea that so much valuable and interesting material was to be found. The work of our many friends shows that such fears were groundless. The Society and its Work. The Society has now entered upon the tenth year of its exist? ence. It is in a highly flourishing and healthy condition, and there is every prospect of its remaining so. The number of its members is now 250, and we are desirous of still further increas? ing our membership and extending the field of the Society's work. It should be made known that it is not essential to be either a Hebraist or a Talmudist in order to become a member of the Jewish Historical Society. The Society has already published three volumes of Trans? actions containing a vast amount of interesting 'and, for the most part, original matter, and a fourth volume will, I believe, appear in April next. It has, in addition, published Mr. Lucien Wolf's " Menasseh ben Israel's Mission to Cromwell"; Mr. Rigg's " Jewish Plea Rolls," in conjunction with the Seiden Society; and with the American Publication Society, Miss Nina Davis' "Songs of Exile," and "The Ethics of Judaism," by Mr. Lazarus. In the press is Mr. Israel Abrahams' and Mr. Yellin's " Maimonides," that perfect sage in the most beautiful and venerable sense of the word. In contemplation we have Dubnow's " Essay on the Philosophy of Jewish History," and Mr. Cardozo de Bethencourt's " Documents of the Inquisition," from which most interesting and important results are hoped for, " A Popular History of the Jews of England," and " The Jewish Reader." These publications, and the interesting papers contributed during the session, form an exceedingly good record for so young a Society, and the Honorary Officers and</page><page sequence="3">SIR I. SPIELMANN's PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS. 45 Committee have earned your warm thanks for the ability and enter? prise they have shown, which have reaped so fruitful a harvest. The Growth of Intebest in Anglo-Jewish History. If it be true that our co-religionists, in this country at least, are but little acquainted with the history of their people, and have hitherto taken but small interest in the subject, it must certainly be admitted that we are making up for lost time. The firm root taken by this Society, and the promotion of other serious societies, such as the Jewish Literary Societies and the Jewish Study Society, are evidence of this. The study of Jewish history is well worth any amount of time that can be expended upon it, and the lessons to be learnt from it are lessons well worth the acquisition. There is no reason why the research work of the Jewish Historical Society should not become as fascinating in its way as exploration in Greece, Rome, or Palestine. The Jewish people and Judaism are so marvellously entangled with the civilisation of the world that any effort to unravel any section of it discloses something of interest. What we were as a nation, what we have passed through, how we have influenced the whole world, and our present position in it, are all subjects for reflection and study. As Graetz so graphically puts it, "The continuance of the Jewish race until the present day is a marvel not to be overlooked, even by those who deny the existence of miracles and who only see in the most astound? ing events the logical results of cause and effect. Here we observe a phenomenon which has developed and asserted itself in spite of all laws of nature, and we hold a culture which, notwithstanding unspeakable hostilities against its exponents, has nevertheless pro? foundly modified the organism of nations." As you are aware, this Society is practically the outcome of the Anglo - Jewish Historical Exhibition, in the promotion of which it was my privilege to participate. The object of that Exhibition was to revive an interest in the history of our race in England, the study of which was in danger of becoming extinct. This would probably have been so, but for the arduous labours of that pioneer of Anglo Jewish history, Mr. My er Davis. The thread of his work was</page><page sequence="4">46 SIR I. SPIELMANN'S PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS. taken up in a popular form by the Exhibition Committee, who also explored many other fields of research, and succeeded in bring? ing to light, and arranging systematically, a vast number of MSS., and a quantity of material which was hitherto unknown, A collec? tion of articles of Jewish ecclesiastical art, forming one of the main attractions of the Exhibition, added an artistic charm to the historical side. As complete a narrative as possible was made of our past history, and history can only be properly understood when it not only records events, but fully describes them and their growth, and more particulary the consequences of that growth. The contents of those rooms at the Albert Hall should never be forgotten by the Anglo-Jewish community, for they illustrated, in a way which no description can equal, the growth and the vicissi? tudes of our race for a period extending over 3000 years. Beginning with Temple times, the thread of our history was there, unbroken, till the present day. In the department devoted to antiquities, the Palestine Exploration Fund brought the land of our fathers vividly before us, and the great model of the Temple exemplified at once Israel's glory and desolation. The collection of ancient Jewish coins, the largest and the most important ever brought together, illustrated perhaps the most interesting period of Jewish art, and the collections of M. Straus of Paris, and of Mr. Sassoon of London, contained the most beautiful objects known in Jewish ecclesiastical art. The collection of M. Straus has since been pur? chased by Baron Gustave de Rothschild of Paris and presented to the Musee Cluny, where it now is. The Shetaroth, doubtless the earliest of their kind in existence, reminded us very forcibly of the occupation to which our co-religionists for the most part resorted for their livelihood prior to their expulsion in 1290. The portrait gallery made us more familiar with the leaders of the community in this country in times gone by, and of those who struggled for our emancipation, A grand display of art there was not, for the Israelites neither sculptured nor painted. The Greeks, on the other hand, did excel in both sculpture and painting, and their literature elevated art. The literature of the Jews, however, elevated religion and morality, which has influenced the whole world. The good account to which that Exhibition was turned</page><page sequence="5">SIR i. SPIELMANN's PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS. 47 was extraordinary. Adults and school children learned many lessons in those rooms; papers were read and books were published. These books, including the catalogue and bibliography of Anglo Jewish history by Mr. Joseph Jacobs and Mr. Lucien Wolf, the collection of Shetaroth by Mr. Myer Davis, and a volume containing the papers that were read, as well as an illustrated catalogue, to which Mr. Haes contributed such valuable service, are the worthy records of it that remain, while we have the testimony of the " Jewish Encyclopedia " that " A distinct revival of interest in the history of the Jews in England can be traced to the Exhibition." It certainly has restored, as the very existence of this Society shows, a continuity in the study of our history at a time when there appeared an unexplained gap. But it did more than this. It showed to the outside world, which appeared to regard Jewish wor? ship and all things Jewish as a kind of close freemasonry or secret society, what Judaism really is and what the people really are. To have opened the cloors and let the outside world see in what our worship consists, what are our usages and ceremonials, and what they are not, did something, in my opinion, towards the education of our non-Jewish friends for the formation of a more correct estimate of us and our religion. They saw clearly that there is nothing we would hide. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the kind of exhibition to encourage and support; an exhibition that clearly tells its own tale. All whose privilege it was to see it cannot have failed to be influenced by it, and Jews must have felt an increased sympathy with their sublime and tragical history. A Plea for a Permanent Museum. I would ask you to excuse me if I have referred at so great a length to this exhibition, to this landmark which we drove into the road on our onward march; but I wish to remind all our friends, especially Mr. Frederic Mocatta, and those who worked or helped us financially, that this work of theirs has neither been lost nor forgotten, but is now bearing its fruit. I mention it also because it leads me to a subject to which I invite your serious consideration?namely, the establishment of a permanent museum</page><page sequence="6">48 SIR I. SPIELMANN's PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS. in connection with this Society. There is nothing new in the idea; it is part of our original programme. In the objects of this Society in Section D we read: " The formation of a Library and Museum for the preservation of archives of Anglo-Jewish congregations and institutions, and of documents, books, prints, and relics relating to Anglo-Jewish history." During my year of office I want to see this museum established?established, if possible, in close proximity to a library. I have great faith in the educational possibilities of exhibitions and museums, and consider that, to many persons, the knowledge derived from them is more easily, more usefully and more rapidly obtained than by book-learning, for the obvious reason that it is usually possible to offer it in a more attractive, striking, and inviting form. In our permanent museum would be assembled MSS. and objects that would help to illustrate the study of Jewish history generally, and of Anglo-Jewish history in particular. Many objects would certainly be contributed to it by friendly collectors and interested scholars, some would be deposited on loan, and some, exceptionally desirable, might be purchased from time to time by the Society. The museum should, as I said, be in close proximity to a library, for each would be capable of promoting the usefulness of the other. The library informs and the museum illustrates. The library would send students for actual proof to the museum; the museum would stimulate a desire for the knowledge of a subject which it portrays, and send the spectator to the library to satisfy that desire. The influence of the one upon the other would be great and could only be beneficial. To my own knowledge many persons, who possess documents and other objects of communal interest, would be disposed to present or lend them to a suitable and permanent home. But the usefulness of a museum depends, not so much upon the number of its treasures as upon its proper classification and arrangement, and in such a way its usefulness is unquestionably very great. More especially would this be the case if the frequenters of the museum could have free access to books, so that the inspirations afforded could be developed on the moment. I need hardly say that our museum must be near Jews' College. There the Library already exists, and adjacent to it we could, all things being agreeable, establish</page><page sequence="7">sir i. spielmann's presidential address. 49 our museum. The administrative ability necessary to establish it already exists, both there and in this Society. The cost of its maintenance would be but slight. All that would be required?in the beginning, at least?would be a room containing a wall case, a museum case, and a counter case, and these might be multiplied as the museum increased and prospered by gifts, bequests, or purchases of fresh objects of interest. At the last meeting of the British Association, Professor Haddon drew a comparison between the museums of England and those of Berlin and the United States, unfavourable to England. In the course of his remarks Professor Haddon said: " School children in the United States, in hundreds and thousands, took an intelligent interest in museums, visited them with notebook and pencil, and then wrote essays for school purposes on the questions they had studied therein. It was not so in England ; there, there was little attempt to educate the people by museums." In my opinion, there is much truth in this statement, and I would suggest that inasmuch as our community makes some claim to what are called up-to-date methods of educa? tion, the proposal to found a permanent Jewish Historical Museum should, for educational purposes, receive cordial, all-round support. The incentive to the study of Jewish history given by the Anglo Jewish Historical Exhibition in 1887 might with advantage be repeated by this Society in the promotion of the museum. It requires but encouragement of this kind, and a little courage on our part, to render the subject still more popular than it is, and still more fruitful. The "Jewish Encyclopedia." I would next say a word or two upon another stone which is being raised to the glory of Israel, but it is being set by non Jewish hands. I refer to the " Jewish Encyclopedia." This great work is being produced by the non-Jewish firm of Funk &amp; Wagnall's Company, of America, by whose enterprise and ability the most vast and important work upon the subject that has been known since the days of the Talmud is now appearing. It is indeed a monument for which all must feel deeply grateful?a work which vol. v. d</page><page sequence="8">50 sir i. spielmann's presidential address. thrills us with a glow of pride; a work which should be encouraged and promoted in every possible way, not only to make it a com? plete success as a publication, but that its usefulness may be made known and fully appreciated. Anticipating your wishes, I hope correctly, I have, as President of this Society, accepted the position of Chairman of a Special Committee which has been formed, with the object of bringing this great enterprise more effectually before the notice of our co-religionists. What Mr. Israel Abrahams has so well said of the work I would like to repeat on the chance that his words may fall on ears that have not yet heard them. He said: " The Jewish public should rally to this great enterprise. To buy the Encyclopedia is a duty, as to possess it is a privilege. Many able men have worked at it, giving of their best. The pub? lishers have spared nothing. And what is asked in return? That every one who has a spark of interest in the history of his com? munity, who has a tender spot for the pathos of the Jewish story, or an atom of pride in a great and glorious record?every one who would know his past or understand himself?that every one (and what Jew but belongs to one or other of these categories?) should consent to subscribe for a work, every single instalment of which is worth in itself the whole sum that is asked for the complete series of volumes. And over and beyond this, the subscriber is rendering homage to the greatest Jewish literary undertaking since the death of Maimonides." It is to be hoped that every member of this Society will do his utmost to help on this great work. Already three volumes have appeared, the fourth is now in the press, and the work on the remaining eight volumes is, I am informed, well forward in many respects. I feel sure that when the Jewish public realise what this noble treasure really means to them they will not fail to give it still further support. It means practically a recasting of the world's opinion of the Jew and his history. It means that it will help to sweep away intolerance and persecution, because it will remove those prejudices which cannot exist in the presence of knowledge. In reality, it must place the Jewish race before the world in an honest and honourable light.</page><page sequence="9">sir i. spielmann's presidential address. 51 Memorial to fallen Jewish Soldiers. There is another memorial to which I would draw your atten? tion as being worthy of the support and encouragement of this Historical Society. I allude to a memorial which should be raised here in England to the 114 British Jewish soldiers who have fallen in the South African War. It may be said that this Society does not exist for the purpose of raising memorials. I am aware of that fact. Nevertheless the suggestion should go forth from this Society, for others to promote if you please; but we are at least interested from the historical point of view in seeing that the Anglo-Jewish community should do what other communities have done and are doing, and record in an imperishable way the fact that the Jews of the British Empire contributed fully 2000 men to the forces serving in South Africa, of whom 114 laid down their lives for their Sovereign and their country. The community owes it to the honoured memory of every one of those brave men to perpetuate their names here, the centre of the Empire. " It is a decided defect," wrote Graetz, "on the part of the Israelites that they left neither colossal buildings nor architectural memorials." I cannot understand why, in making this assertion, Graetz omitted refer? ence to the Temple, the walls of which are] still a colossal memorial of the past. Otherwise, no one will dispute the statement. It is true that the memory of the heart, and more especially what is termed the public memory, is but short-lived, and no one can tell how soon that memory may require awakening. Is it sufficient to trust to the " memory of the heart" ? You recollect Bolingbroke's lines:? " That these may never from the soul depart, We trust them to the memory of the heart. There is no dimming, no effacement there ; Each new pulsation keeps the record clear; Warm golden letters all the tablet fill, Nor lose their lustre till the heart stands still." Yes, the event is a thing of the past; the memorial of it is still with us. It is almost impossible to conceive that the poisonous wave of anti-Semitism could ever soil the shores of this fair land;</page><page sequence="10">52 sir i. spielmann's presidential address. in all human probability it never will. Nevertheless, it is a duty which we owe to future generations to set up a monument even as Graetz would have us do, telling how the Jews of Great and Greater Britain fought and died in the defence of our Empire. It is a landmark that is well worth the setting, for it would stand as a concrete and an eternal protest against an unworthy charge, and it would " carry gentle peace to silence envious tongues," and speak with a silent eloquence and a noble reproach to those who still re-echo Gold win Smith's ill-considered doubt: " Can Jews be patriots ? " Memorial to Asher I. Myers. In speaking of those who have fallen, I must not forget to mention that it is intended by the Executive Committee of this Society to perpetuate in a fitting manner the memory of our lamented friend and co-worker, Asher Myers. By his premature death this Society has lost one of its most valued members. He was one of its originators, one of its keenest supporters, one of its hardest workers. He rendered invaluable service in every section of the Society's work, on the Executive Committee, on the Pub? lication Committee, and on the Finance Committee. It is pro? posed that the Asher I. Myers Memorial shall take the form of an historical research scholarship open to all members of the Anglo Jewish community. By this scheme it will be possible every year to reward the contributor of a piece of good research work with an honorarium. The fund now stands at ?53, and members are invited to obtain further contributions without loss of time, so as to complete the amount. Some Effects of Emigration. I believe, ladies and gentlemen, that a new President in his inaugural address usually offers you some new theory, or presents some freshly unearthed MSS. It is with regret that I have, in this respect, come to you empty-handed. I have no surprises of this nature in store, but if I am not abusing your patience I would like to submit for your consideration and for discussion on some</page><page sequence="11">sir i. spielmann's presidential address. 53 future occasion, the question, from the historian's and the anthro? pologist's standpoint, of the influences and changes that result by the transfer of vast bodies of our people every few generations from one country to another, in order that from the experience of the past we may obtain some guidance at the present juncture. The chief events in which our people are concerned, and which are now being slowly evolved as events which the future historian will find it difficult to co-ordinate with this country's civilisation, we cannot but regard with anxiety and alarm. The intermittent recrudescence of anti-Semitism, and the events more or less tragic which result, are still being chronicled in various countries. Active persecution in Roumania and Russia, and passive persecution or intolerance in various shapes in Austria and Germany, cannot fail to shake the scales of liberty all the world over. That France, of all countries, in celebrating the dawn of the twentieth century, should have coupled the greatest industrial exhibition ever held with one of the greatest outbursts of injustice, corruption, and villainy upon record, came as a still greater shock to liberty, and history will add the honoured name of Dreyfus to the long list of Jewish martyrs. But the voice of justice has once more been heard in the protest of the United States Government against the persecution of the Jews in Roumania, and history will record this protest in letters of gold. The active persecution to which I have referred is the direct cause of the emigration or the transfer of large numbers of our people from one country to another, as well as the consequent hardships and misery, the strained efforts made to meet that misery, the upsetting of labour markets, and the social and economic problems which it creates. History teems with instances of the persecution of our people in various countries, and if they are not actually exter? minated they are thrown back for centuries. It is this persecution which keeps two-thirds of our people on the verge of pauperism. Such upheavals cannot take place without exercising a radical and baneful influence on the persecuted, as well as on those already emancipated, and the historian will judge us harshly indeed if we, free-born Jews, are not moved to act with tact as well as with energy and humanity. It must be conceded that the public mind</page><page sequence="12">54 sir i. spielmann's presidential address. in this country and in America is somewhat agitated at the present time by the flow of immigrants of the Jewish race into these countries. It is earnestly to be hoped that no fixed barrier will be erected in either country to the free entry of the desirable immigrant, be he Jew or Gentile. But it behoves us to watch and chronicle the results, not only from the economic, but also from the historical point of view. '4 It is not conceivable," I once heard from a member of this Society, i 1 that the land whose boast it used to be that it afforded an asylum impartially to kings flee? ing from their fickle subjects, and to subjects fleeing from their tyrannical kings, will shut its gates to those who are drawn hither by the same law of nature which bids a plant seek light and air." We are all alike descended from alien immigrants into England, and we feel a natural sympathy with those victims of oppression in other countries who are following in the footsteps of our forefathers. But in offering our outstretched hands to brothers in distress, we must not lose sight of the actual con? ditions, the very changed conditions as they exist to-day. Papers without number might be written on the economic questions result? ing from the immigration of thousands upon thousands of our persecuted co-religionists. The immigration into the United States of Russian and Roumanian Jews compelled that country to raise its voice, not only in the name of humanity, recollect, but also in the interests of the Americans themselves. Moreover, action is being taken there accordingly. The plight in which some of these emigrants are placed is hardly to be equalled in our long history of suffering. Instances are known of Jews of genuine Russian nationality, who, being expelled from their villages, have sought refuge in Salonica. After a short stay in Salonica they are dis? covered and are again expelled. They then go to the United States, only to be refused admission, and eventually come here to be returned once more to Russia. This game of " battledore and shuttlecock" with human beings is to my mind so shocking and revolting, that a special body might well be formed to study its consequences and to endeavour to soften its cruel effects. It should be our business to endeavour to show, as past history has proved, that the correct solution of persecution lies in constitutional agita</page><page sequence="13">sir i. spielmann's presidential address. 55 tion within the countries where persecution exists, and not by the transfer of a whole population to a foreign country. Not that we should turn a deaf ear to the cry of our race; on the contrary, every freeborn Jew should hold it as an article of faith, that he holds a brief for every persecuted brother. It is perfectly true that foreigners, more especially foreigners of the Jewish religion, may become " English" within two generations; but during that process the dangers to the overcrowded cities into which they pour are great?to the public health, to the livelihood of all concerned, and to the public goodwill. The Loss of Anglicised Jews. But is not the influx of 1 i observing Jews" indispensable from time to time to fill the gaps caused by the drifting away of so many so-called Anglicised Jews? We must not forget that in times gone by the Hellenising of Judaism brought the nation upon the verge of destruction. The Russian, Polish, or Roumanian Jew is at least loyal to his Judaism and his people. Will not the historian note the fact that many a successful and emancipated Jew in England who has developed an intense loyalty for his country soon outgrows his Judaism. How many such men?brilliant men?have been lost to us, men in politics and literature who have been our greatest ornaments, who have made use of our platforms to ventilate their ambitions, and then kicked away the ladders by which they rose. Is it nobody's business to endeavour to retain them? Now and again we hear immense efforts made to recover the possession of a kidnapped Jewish child from a non Jewish institution. But the adult, what is done to recover him? What will the historian say of thisl The Value of Jewish History. If these men, some of the most brilliant we produce, had studied the history of their race, of its numberless martyrs who willingly yielded up their lives rather than be faithless to Israel, would they thoughtlessly, disloyally, cruelly leave the fold in which they have been born, nurtured, and brought to fame whilst the</page><page sequence="14">56 sir i. spielmann's presidential address. world looks wonderingly on ? Is it not because they know so little of their glorious past that they leave us so easily? What greater justification of this Society and of the study of our history can be required? Along with this question comes another, To what end is this study to lead? For what purpose are we studying our history? Is it not that we may learn from it lessons from which we may profit? "History is philosophy teaching by examples." It teaches development and progress, and we have developed and progressed marvellously. We have moved onward, often in spite of ourselves, individually and collectively. " Having," as Graetz says, " entered the arena of history more than 3000 years ago, we show no desire to depart therefrom. During all epochs we have been dragged along in the fierce whirl of passing events." Separately or collectively, the Jews appear all through the world's history, until at the last their development shows a better state and a higher civilisation. Will this improved condition con? tinue, or will the present brilliant flame of liberty flicker again? once more grow dim? Only the future can determine. In "The History of Civilisation," Buckle contends that all historical move? ments are regulated by fixed physical laws as certain as those which rule the motion of the waves and the changes of the weather. So the future of our people will depend upon their own body politic and upon their loyalty to themselves; moving with the times, while staunch and true to their noble mission. And the human interest/ that fills the story of our past brings to us our consolation and our pride. The pathos and the beauty of that splendid drama which has unfolded itself down the ages will not suffer us to disappear into the nothingness of a society comedy. That grand and lurid past has won the respect of the world that can still think and feel?has convinced them of the brilliant destiny of the little band that still upholds its banner against all the forces of oppression. That banner is the History of Israel? the pillar of flame in the night that is past?and of the future, the glory and the guide.</page><page sequence="15">SOUTH AFRICAN WAR MEMORIAL. 57 Of the schemes proposed by Sir I. Spielmann, all have been brought to fruition. The Asher I. Myers Memorial was the first to be successfully achieved. The President next turned his attention to the War Memorial. A considerable fund was collected, and a tablet (of which a facsimile is here given) was erected at the Central Synagogue, and unveiled by Lord Roberts on Sunday, March 19, 1905. The following report of the unveiling is reprinted from the Jeiuish Chronicle of March 24th of that year :? SOUTH AFRICAN WAR MEMORIAL. Unveiling at the Central Synagogue. A thoroughly impressive service was held on Sunday afternoon at the Central Synagogue, on the occasion of the unveiling, by Field-Marshal Earl Roberts, of the tablet erected on the outer wall of that synagogue in memory of the Jews who died in the South African campaign. The service was well attended, the congregation including several survivors of the war, and relatives of those who fell. Some regulars in uniform, wearing the South African medal, from the Coldstream and Scots Guards, Royal Field Artillery, Rifle Brigade, Army Service Corps, and other regiments, formed part of the assembly. Among others present were:? Major-General H. Mackinnon, the Chief Rabbi, the Revs. Dayanim Feldman and Hyamson, the Revs. Harris Cohen, A. H. Eisenberg, D. I. Freedman (Perth, W.A.), G. Isaacs, S. Levy, S. M?nz, I. Samuel, and S. Singer, Sir Samuel Montagu, Captain F. D. Samuel, Dr. J. Snowman, Messrs. C. Abrahams, Israel Abrahams, E. N. Adler, Herbert M. Adler, J. M. Ansell, D. Barnard, B. Birnbaum, N. L. Cohen, John Elkan, B. J. Friend, Frank Haes, B. B. Haiford, F. B. Haiford, H. S. Q. Henriques, Albert H. Jessel, J. Jonas, Josephus B. Joseph, B. Kisch, B. Koppel, Algernon Lesser, Paul Levy, H. R. Lewis, Claude G. Lousada, Henry Lucas, Frank I. Lyons, Gerald Montagu, Cecil Sebag Montefiore, Alfred Mosely, C.M.G., S. J. Phillips, R. H. Raphael, A. B. Salmen, L. J. Salomons, Nelson Samuel, S. Sasserath, L. Seligman, Isidore Spielmann, M. H. Spielmann, Meyer A. Spielmann, Arthur Stiebel, J. Trenner, S. Trenner, Adolph Tuck, G. Tuck, H. Tuck, R. Tuck, A. H. Valentine, B. B. Weil, and M. Weil. Lord Roberts and Mr. I. Spielmann were seated in the Wardens' box, which was also occupied by the Honorary Officers, Messrs. Edward P. Davis, Morris J. Jonas, and Asher Isaacs. The curtain in front of the Ark and the cover of the Reading Desk were of white materials, and the pulpit was draped with the Union Jack.</page><page sequence="16">58 SOUTH AFRICAN WAR MEMORIAL. Prior to the commencement of the service Mr. Algernon Lindo played voluntaries on the harmonium. The service proper opened with the chanting of Psalm xvi. by the Rev. E. Spero to music specially written by him, the last few verses being sung by the choir, under Mr. Hollander, to Lewandowski's music. The Rev. Michael Adler then recited in English Psalm xlvi. The unveiling of the memorial followed. Owing to the limited space between the railings and the lower portion of the wall in which the memorial has been fixed, only a few persons were privileged to witness the ceremony. These were, in addition to Earl Roberts, the Chief Rabbi, the Revs. M. Adler, and F. L. Cohen, Major-General Mackinnon, the three Honorary Officers of the Synagogue, Mr. Henry Lucas, and Mr. A. H. Jessel, Vice-Presidents of the United Synagogue, and Mr. Isidore Spielmann, Chairman, Mr. Cecil Sebag Montefiore, Treasurer, and Mr. Algernon Lesser, Hon. Secretary, of the Memorial Committee. Mr. Isidore Spielmann, Chairman of the War Memorial Committee, addressing Lord Roberts, said : My Lord, this memorial, which we are about to invite your lordship to unveil, has been erected to 114 soldiers and volunteers of the Jewish faith, who lost their lives in the South African campaign. The death-roll?which will shortly be recited?includes a promising and popular young officer of the South Lancashire Regiment who fell at Spion Kop, and a number of non? commissioned officers and men representing very many branches of the services ; all Jews of Great and Greater Britain who died in the defence of the Empire. But, my lord, this memorial does more than record the loss of 114 soldiers of our faith; it does more than record the fact that over 2000 British Jews fought for their Sovereign and their country ; it does more than record noble and patriotic service; it does more than record their glorious death. This memorial stands here in eloquent testimony to the fact that British Jews are inspired by a love of King and country no less enthusiastic and no less devoted than that which animates their fellow subjects. It testifies that in vindicating their claim to the same liberties and rights, they share an equal privilege of defending and of dying for the country which confers them. The erection of this memorial originated with the Jewish Historical Society of England, and has been carried into effect by the Maccabgean Society, for the subscribers. Apart from its cost of erection, the Committee have been able to hand the sum of ?500 to the Union Jack Club, with which to complete and furnish a room in memory of our co-religionists. I thank you, my lord, most sincerely in the name of our committee for the honour you have done us and our community in coming here to-day ; but we thank you chiefly for the honour you do our fallen co-religionists by unveiling these tablets to their glorious memory. I now have to invite your lordship to unveil the memorial. Earl Roberts said, in reply : I am deeply sensible of the compliment</page><page sequence="17">TABLETS OUTSIDE THE CENTRAL SYNAGOGUE, LONDON.</page><page sequence="18">SOUTH AFRICAN WAR MEMORIAL. 59 you have paid me by inviting me to unveil the tablet erected to the memory of the 114 officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of your faith, who laid down their lives for their Sovereign and their country during the war in South Africa. I consider it a great privilege to be here to-day, and to take part in this interesting ceremony. To a Commander-in-Chief all soldiers are the same, whatever may be their form of religion, and it is a great pleasure to me to be able to tell all of you present here to-day that no men fought better in South Africa than your co-religionists. I am pleased to learn of the grant you have handed to the Union Jack Club, which I take a great interest in myself, and is, I think, an institution greatly needed in London. The list of names on the tablet is remarkable as showing that the Jewish soldiers who fell during the campaign belonged to all branches of the service, and that they came from all parts of the British Empire. Some of them belonged to the Regular Army, or to the Militia, the Yeomanry, or the Volunteers; while others, the majority, indeed, served with the various irregular corps that were employed?indeed, a very splendid record. These 114 Jews died in the performance of their duty, and I am confident that every one of their brethren living under the protection of the British flag would willingly and cheerfully follow their example, should their country have need of their services. When the tablet had been unveiled, the Chief Rabbi said: I dedicate this memorial to the glory of God and to the memory of the Jewish soldiers who gave their lives to their Sovereign and this country during the late South African war. The memorial, of which a photograph is given on another page, bears the following inscription in Hebrew and English:? To the Glory of God and in loyal and patriotic memory of the Soldiers of the Jewish Race and Faith who lost their lives in the service of their country during the south african war 1899-1902 Here follow the names of 114 officers, non-commissioned officers, and men, with particulars of the various branches of the service?the Regular Army, the Militia, the Yeomanry, the Volunteers?to which they belonged.</page><page sequence="19">60 SOUTH AFRICAN WAR MEMORIAL. Addressing Mr. Henry Lucas, Mr. Spielmann said : I have now formally to request the Honorary Officers of the United Synagogue to accept the memorial on behalf of their Council from our War Memorial Committee. I Mr. Henry Lucas, in reply, said: Mr. Spielmann, on behalf of the President and the Honorary Officers of the United Synagogue, we accept charge of this memorial which has been placed here and entrusted to us. We will do our best to preserve it so that it may be a constant reminder of those Jews who fought with their fellow-subjects of our Great Empire, sacrificing their lives in defence of it. During the unveiling, Mr. Spero read, in the synagogue, sentences from the Memorial Service for the dead, and beautifully sang the passages commencing d*1K hd 'h to music which had been composed by him for the Memorial Service held in the synagogue some years ago for the late Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. The accompaniment was played with great feel? ing by Mr. Lindo. On the return into the synagogue, the Rev. F. L. Cohen recited the Memorial Roll, after which Jewish and other buglers belonging to several Volunteer Corps sounded the " Last Post," with striking effect. The Chief Rabbi then delivered the following address :? ? npp mm* i)2 *?d^ mom "Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow."? 2 Sam. i. 18. Our illustrious Commander-in-Chief in the late campaign has unveiled the memorial which has been dedicated to the glory of God in loyal and patriotic memory of the soldiers of the Jewish race and faith who lost their lives in the service of their country during the South African War from the year 1899 to 1902. The names of those who gave their lives for their Sovereign and their country have been read out to you. Their number is 114; one moiety of them were killed in action, the other died of disease contracted during the campaign. They comprise every branch of the Imperial Forces. There were among them members of the Regular Army and of the Royal Navy. But the majority of them were volunteers?a splendid record, as an authoritative voice has just assured us. Brethren,?We still vividly remember the dark and dreary days of December 1899, when tidings reached us of grave reverses and distressing checks, when it was recognised that the strength of our adversary had been underrated, and that our army was too small in numbers for the giant task it had undertaken. The tidings appalled, but did not dismay us. Never, perhaps, in the history of this realm was the entire nation stirred to so grand a passion, a passion not of revenge, not of lust for conquest, but of whole-hearted patriotism and devoted loyalty, of absorbing determination to</page><page sequence="20">SOUTH AFRICAN WAR MEMORIAL. 61 vindicate the honour of the Empire. Even as it was in Israel in the days of old, at a season of grave national peril, so it was then, " the nation willingly offered itself," the princes and the lowly horn, the indwellers of these isles and our fellow-subjects beyond the seas. They all offered themselves willingly T\)?h Dfc?D3 1Q"in they all " jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field." Hence it is that the roll of honour read out to you comprises members of the City Imperial Volunteers, the Imperial Yeomanry, the Militia, and members of the different Colonial Volunteer Corps, including representatives of the different South African contingents, men from Canada, men from the Australian Commonwealth, and from New Zealand. It is computed that altogether there were not less than 2000 Jews who, as Earl Roberts has now said, fought as valiantly as their comrades of other faiths who served at the front. Is it a matter of surprise that so goodly a number of our brethren offered themselves willingly among the people ? One of the masterpieces of eloquence bequeathed to us by classic antiquity is the funeral oration delivered by Pericles on those who had fallen in the Peloponnesian war. He dilates upon the sources of Athens' greatness. He pourtrays, in glow? ing colours, how justice is there equally meted out to all the citizens, from the highest to the lowest, how all are under the aegis of freedom, and all equally inspired by obedience to law. And he continues : " Such a country well deserves that her children should die for her." The members of the house of Israel have always faithfully served the country of their birth, or their adoption. But surely England deserves that we, her Jewish children, should gladly live and die for her, since here, as in no other country, the teachings of Holy Writ are venerated and obeyed. Here, as in no other empire in the whole world, there breathes a passionate love of freedom, a burning hatred of tyrant wrong. Here we are spared that most distressful sight, the revival of odious religious prejudices and of hateful racial antipathies. A gifted sister in faith has voiced this sentiment in her stirring poem, "The Jewish Soldier," penned during the late war. Let me read a few stanzas:? Thou hast given us home and freedom, Mother England! Thou hast let us live again, Free and fearless midst thy free and fearless children, Sharing with them, as one people, grief and gladness, Joy and pain. Now we Jews, we English Jews, O Mother England, Ask another boon of thee! Let us share with them the danger and the glory; When thy best and bravest lead, there let us follow O'er the sea!</page><page sequence="21">62 SOUTH AFRICAN WAR MEMORIAL. For the Jew has heart and hand, our Mother England, And they both are thine to-day, Thine for life and thine for death, yea, thine for ever ! Wilt thou take them as we give them, freely, gladly, England, say!" A number of those that went forth to South Africa were slain upon the high places?verily, an honourable and glorious death. Their names are enshrined in the hearts of their sorrowing kinsfolk. They have been inscribed in the memorial roll that will henceforth abide in the court of the house of our God. Not to minister to an odious spirit of boasting, not to stir a love of war, not to pander to despicable Jingoism, not to rouse a martial spirit, but to impress upon our youths the imperative obligation of qualifying themselves for military service. Our text tells us that when David had honoured the memory of his faithful friend, ntPp iTtt?V ^3 l?hb "iDNu "he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow." Jonathan had been distinguished among the warriors of Israel as a mighty archer. By his bow and sling he had achieved his first great victory. He was famed for the valiant use of this weapon to the close of his life. David, therefore, did not content him? self with inditing his immortal elegy in memory of his heroic comrades. He poured forth his pathetic plaint, " How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished !" But he rightly judged, that he would most worthily perpetuate the memory of the princely archer, and serve his country right royally, if he were to teach his own tribe the skilful use of this weapon, so that they might all become brave and expert defenders of their country, even as they had been who had fallen in the battle, and who were slain in the high places. And this is the primary purpose which this memorial is to serve. A terrible struggle is raging in the Far East. Even at this moment there may be thundering the roar of artillery and the shock of strife. Happily our realm dwells in peace. For us, thank Heaven, there is now neither the dangerous flush of victory, nor the burning anguish of defeat. But one stern lesson has been taught us by the late war, that we must not rely exclusively upon our regular army. Conscription has, happily, not yet come within the pale of practical politics. But we need a host of thoroughly drilled volunteers, who have been duly trained in habits of discipline, of obedience, and manly exercise. We need a host of expert marksmen, who are skilled in the use of the rifle?the modern representative of the bow? not for offence, but defence, not for purposes of aggression and aggrandise? ment, not for war, but for peace, so that in the hour of stress and peril we may be enabled to stand before the world with the calm and fearless attitude of a strong man armed, trusting in the salvation of the Lord.</page><page sequence="22">SOUTH AFRICAN WAR MEMORIAL. 63 For it is not merely against outward enemies that we are called upon to fight. There are foes more deadly than any external aggressors or in? vaders?foes that lurk in the heart, luxury and greed, falsehood, impurity, and lawlessness. In this perpetual, silent struggle against besetting tempta? tions we are all enlisted as soldiers, and enrolled as volunteers. And if you will be strong and show yourselves men, then will your "bow abide in strength, and the arms of your hands will be made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob, the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel." Prayer. Almighty God, in whose hands are the souls of the living and the dead, we remember this day our brethren who gave their lives for their Sovereign and their country. Do Thou shelter their souls in the shadow of Thy wings, and grant them Thy recompense. Soothe the hearts of their kinsfolk with the blissful knowledge that, even as the souls of their loved and lost live in heaven, so the memory of their heroism will not perish from earth. May the remembrance of this devotion and patriotism stimulate us all to do our duty in every sphere of life, always mindful of the responsibilities cast upon us as citizens of this great empire, and as members of the house of Israel. Thou, O Lord, in whose hands are the destinies of nations ! We lament before Thee the sad evil which befalls the world when people rises against people, and Thy children suffer the horrors of war. May it please Thee to make wars cease unto the ends of the earth, and to cause the light of peace to shine again. And may we all unitedly strive for the advent of the time when nation shall no more lift up the sword against nation, when they will not hurt nor destroy, when they will work together for righteousness and justice, for mercy and truth. Amen. After the prayer, the Chief Rabbi offered up from the pulpit the Prayer for the King and Royal Family, Mr. I. Spielmann standing behind him with a Scroll of the Law. " Adon Olam " to the " Day of Atonement" melody was then sung by the choir, who, together with the congregation, next sang the first verse of the National Anthem as the concluding portion of the service, which lasted exactly one hour. A word of praise is due to the rendering of the service ; the music and the subdued tone in which it was rendered both by Mr. Spero and the choir being entirely in harmony with the solemnity of the occasion. The following gentlemen acted as stewards :? Messrs. Frank Emanuel, Ernest P. Mosely, J. Solomon, Archibald Harris, Leopold Harris, Victor Abel, H. Lewis, J. A. Franklin, Edgar Spielmann, M. White, C. A. Eckersdorf, M. E. Spero, P. S. Solomon, 0. R. Frankenstein.</page><page sequence="23">64 SOUTH AFRICAN WAR MEMORIAL. The members of the Memorial Committee were : Mr. Isidore Spielmann (Chairman), Mr. J. Waley Cohen and Mr. Cecil Sebag-Montefiore (Treasurers), Mr. Algernon Lesser (Hon. Secretary), the Rev. F. L. Cohen, the Rev. S. Singer, and Mr. S. J. Solomon, A.R.A. The original Chairman of the Com? mittee was Colonel A. E. Goldsmid, M.V.O., who died last April. The design of the memorial was selected by the Chairman and Mr. Solomon, J. Solomon, A.R.A. Sir Purdon Clarke, of the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the greatest authorities upon Moorish and Eastern Art, was kind enough to approve it finally. The bronze tablets are of great size and thickness, and the lettering is cast in high relief. The memorial was carried out by Messrs. Farmer &amp; Brindley, of 63 Westminster Bridge Road, S.E. The printing of the Order of Service, which included a reproduction of the photograph of the memorial, was done by Messrs. Raphael Tuck &amp; Sons, at cost price. This tablet did not, however, constitute the whole of the Jewish War Memorial. The balance of the fund raised was employed in the furnishing and the decoration of a library for the Union Jack Club. It is a noble and spacious apartment, and is in many respects the most beautiful feature in the building. A marble tablet fixed into one of the panels records the gift in the following form :? This Library has been furnished and decorated in memory of The British Soldiers of the Jewish Faith who lost their Lives in the service of their Sovereign and Country during the South African War 1899-1902 This Memorial has been dedicated by the Jewish War-Memorial Committee.</page><page sequence="24"></page><page sequence="25"></page><page sequence="26">THE MOCATTA LIBRARY AND MUSEUM. 65 THE MOCATTA LIBRARY AND MUSEUM. The plan for establishing a Jewish museum was associated with the name of Frederic David Mocatta. Shortly before his death, Mr. Mocatta acceded to the desire of the Society to call the pro? posed institution the Mocatta Library and Museum. It was at first intended to locate the new institution in the premises of the Beth Hamedrash, but Mr. Mocatta himself very strongly favoured the choice of the West Central district of London. Mr. Mocatta's death occurred while plans were maturing. By his will he bequeathed the whole of his library to the Society. On a suggestion emanating from the Rev. Prof. Dr. H. Gollancz, an arrangement was made by which the Mocatta Library and Museum became associated with the University of London. An endowment fund was started, and thanks to the energy of the Treasurers, Sir I. Spielmann and Mr. Gustave Tuck, the sum of .?2800 was collected. On Wednesday, July 11, 1906, the formal inauguration took place at University College. Lord Reay presided, and the following account is reprinted from the Jewish Chronicle of July 13, 1906 :? The Rev. Prof. Dr. H. Gollancz said : A few years ago, in the course of his presidential address at the Jewish Historical Society of England, Sir Isidore Spielmann uttered the pious wish that one day the formation of a Library and Museum might be one of the results of the labours of our Historical Society. Not long after it became an open secret that a former President, one who had all along shown a most liberal interest in the development of our Historical Society, expressed his willingness to bequeath to it the Library which, during an active and useful career, he had collected with so much devotion to the concerns of his race and so much interest in the general history of the world. I need scarcely say that the gentleman referred to was the late Frederic Mocatta, prince among philanthropists, the idol of the Jewish community, the ornament of any community. Having died just a year and a half ago, on January 16, 1905, a codicil to his will proved that he had fulfilled his promise, and accordingly the Jewish Historical Sociey became the possessors of Mr. Mocatta's library. There was one condition attached to the bequest?namely, that within two years the Jewish Historical Society should find a local habitation for the same, other? wise the bequest would revert to the trustees of the estate. Efforts had been made, even during the lifetime of the testator, to find a suitable locale for the VOL. V. E</page><page sequence="27">66 THE MOCATTA LIBRARY AND MUSEUM. purpose of founding a Jewish Library and Museum, and there was a strong feeling that it should be located in the East of London, where so many of our co-religionists reside; but upon being sounded on the subject the late Mr. Mocatta was decidedly in favour of the West Central district. Though no express condition to this effect appeared in his will, we knew his opinion? an opinion shared, too, by other members of the community ; and the opinion or wish of our dear lamented friend, whose sincerity and dis? interestedness were the charm of his life, had such binding force upon us that the idea of establishing the institution in any other district but Central London was abandoned even in his lifetime. After his death the real difficulty arose of obtaining the necessary accommodation in the West Central district, suitable in every respect to the purpose, worthy of the objects we had in view, and not out of proportion to the funds which our community (favoured as it is with never-ending appeals) might reasonably be expected to supply for the establishment of a Jewish Library and Museum. While great were the searchings of the heart in this quest after suitable quarters, and while it was very doubtful whether we could have raised the large sum required for a special building, I am grateful to say that by a sort of inspiration at one of our Senate meetings at University College, the solution of the difficulty seemed to flash across my mind. The subject under discussion was the increased accommodation, owing to the school's contemplated removal to Hampstead, likely to be given to some of the departments of our College consequent on the release of that portion of the building hitherto occupied by the school. It occurred to me that here was our chance; that, if other departments were to extend their tent and stretch the cords of their dwelling, the Hebrew and Semitic department might also come in for a share, and that in this way the proposed Jewish Library and Museum might fitly be an annexe or appanage to the Chair of Hebrew, and be housed in the precincts of the College, in the same way as the Edwards and Yates Libraries, with their exhibits bearing upon Egyptology and Greek, already form a necessary equipment of their respec? tive Chairs and part of the College property. I communicated my idea, in the first instance, to the then President, Mr. Israel Abrahams, Reader in Rabbinic at Cambridge University, who approved it most enthusiastically; I then consulted with Dr. Gregory Foster, Principal of University College, and the immediate result was a preliminary meeting held by Dr. Foster, Sir Isidore Spiel mann, Mr. Abrahams, and myself. This was the basis of all the negotiations deliberated upon and settled at many meetings held since, and culminating in the important gathering which we have the satisfaction of witnessing present here to-day. We are here to place the coping-stone upon the joint efforts of the Jewish Historical Society of England and University College, University of London, the authorities of which latter bodies have met the original suggestion and the subsequent negotiations for</page><page sequence="28">THE MOCATTA LIBRARY AND MUSEUM. 67 a union of literary interests with warm consideration and with a liberality of treatment, for which I take this public opportunity of offering them one word of deep obligation and grateful thanks. They have made it possible for us members of the Jewish Historical Society to avail ourselves of the generous bequest of the late Mr. Mocatta by providing us with housing-room wherein to place his books?temporarily, it is true, in this General Library, until the other apartments be released, and they have kindly granted us, among other advantages, the permission to use these premises as the official headquarters of our society. There is something peculiarly appropriate, even pathetic, both in the fact that the Library is the gift of Mr. Mocatta, and that the recipients are represented by University College. For ever since the establishment of University College and University College Hospital, the near relatives of Mr. Mocatta, the Goldsmids, have closely identified themselves with the varying fortunes of this seat of learning and centre of public usefulness, and have been its munificent benefactors in many ways. We are pleased to note several members of these two distinguished families present among us to do honour to the memory of Mr. Mocatta and to University College. On behalf of the Jewish Historical Society of Eng? land, I would now ask you, my lord, as President of the College, to accept the library of the late Frederic David Mocatta as the property of University College, University of London, intended to form the nucleus of the " Mocatta Library and Museum," which we hope to see increased by gifts and purchases in the future. Sir Isidore Spielmann, who has worked indefatigably to place the scheme on a firm financial basis, will add to my remarks and doubtless give you some interesting details as to the final stages of the movement and the Endowment Fund. You will observe that what was originally contemplated in connection with our Society, namely, a "Jewish Library and Museum," has become the " Mocatta Library and Museum," not alone on account of his bequest of the books but as a tribute to the fascina? tion of the name of the late Mr. Mocatta, whose life-work and memory we wish to honour and perpetuate. An American writer has said : " In books I have the history and the energy of the past. Angels they are to us of entertainment, of sympathy." Those who knew our late friend, with his keen interest in " history" and reverence for "the past," will know how well the terms " energy " and " sympathy " express the splendid characteristics of this lover of books and men ; they will know, too, that he was often spoken of in our midst as an "angel," whose most delightful "entertainment" was certainly the exercise of sympathy and goodness. And to conclude in the words of Hebrew literature : " There are," says one of our Doctors, " three crowns which may adorn the head of a man : the crown of scholarship, the crown of lineage, and the crown earned by the faithful discharge of official duties. But there is yet one crown more which is far greater than any of these, it is the crown of a good name " set upon the head of a tireless worker</page><page sequence="29">68 THE MOCATTA LIBRARY AND MUSEUM. in every good cause of humanity. Of such was the late Frederic David Mocatta. I feel it indeed a great privilege to be the intermediary on this occasion between that saintly spirit and the representatives of University College. Standing here as I do, as President of the Jewish Historical Society and as Goldsmid Professor of Hebrew at this College, I trust that my original suggestion may tend to a yet closer bond of union between the members of the Jewish community generally and the University of London, which, by being true to the liberal charter on which it was founded?a charter in the obtaining of which the members of our community took so active a part?has gained for itself an honoured name among the Uni? versities of the world, being itself a University neither denominational nor undenominational, but welcoming and doing equal justice to the members of all denominations. Sir Isidore Spielmann said : In inviting the acceptance by Uni? versity College of the Library bequeathed by the late Mr. Frederic Mocatta to the Jewish Historical Society, and of the endowment fund collected to provide for its maintenance and its extension, I would lay stress upon the fact that its establishment here has a twofold object. Primarily, it is intended to serve as a memorial to Frederic David Mocatta?one of the best of men, and next, it is to be the meeting-place and place of study of the Jewish Historical Society, a society which he helped to promote, and in which he took the most profound interest. It may occur to some that this, as a memorial, is not wholly adequate in respect to a man whose whole life was devoted to good and noble causes, to widespread and unsectarian philanthropy, to high ideals of charity and benevolence, and in promoting movements designed for the good of all without distinction of creed or race. But it must not be overlooked that in the encouragement also of scholarship and study, of research and learning, Mr. Mocatta earned as much apprecia? tion and gratitude from students and others in all parts of the world, as he did by his philanthropy. It was a hope which he himself frequently ex? pressed, that his collection would one day form the nucleus of a library which would, in a large measure, contain works dealing with the Jewish people and their history. The collection consists of over 4600 printed books and manuscripts, and, when it is transferred from this temporary resting place to the permanent room which is to bear the name of "Frederic Mocatta" in the new building, it will be placed in handsome bookcases which were included in the bequest. And when it is transferred, a Museum of Jewish Antiquities will also be incorporated with the Library as part of the general scheme. The subscribers to the endowment fund (which has not yet been closed), include a great variety of names both in and out of the Jewish community, showing how widely Frederic Mocatta was known and loved. Among these may specially be mentioned teachers at schools, and inmates of almshouses. Subscriptions have reached us from various parts of</page><page sequence="30">THE MOCATTA LIBRARY AND MUSEUM. 69 Africa, Australia, America, and India, and letters of cordial sympathy with the scheme have been received alike from British Peers and Jewish paupers. My lord, it seems to us that it is particularly suitable that this memorial should be set up within the walls of an institution which has always led the way in tolerance and freedom, where so many members of the Anglo-Jewish community have received the advantages of its education, and with which the family of Mr. Mocatta, on the Goldsmid side, have for so long been identified. The Committee hope that this memorial will be a living centre for the literary and intellectual activities of the Jewish community?a centre for those who are associated with the higher life of that community in a wholly unsectarian manner. Here, men and women of all schools of thought and views will be brought together by a common love of the ideals which Frederic Mocatta cherished, and to which he so nobly strove to attain. His name and his example will be their inspiration ; their devotion and their endeavours will be his truest memorial. In the name of the Committee we now have the honour to ask your lordship to accept this library for University College, together with our first cheque, towards the endowment fund, for ?2500. Lord Re ay said : I can assure you that it gives me the greatest pleasure to be allowed, in the name of the Council of University College, to accept this splendid addition to our library. I need hardly say that the study of the history of your race must always be of the most extraordinary interest. It is a history of various tribulations, often of persecution, often also of great triumph in the domains of art, science, and literature of your most gifted race, to which we are indebted for so many literary treasures, for so many original ideas, and which has always and in all circumstances encouraged a spirit of liberalism and tolerance. There are many names that can be mentioned, many names illustrious in history, representatives of your great race. There are others, perhaps less illustrious, but certainly not less worthy of our eulogy and worthy of having a monument erected to them. Of such I consider was the late Mr. Mocatta. His life was a life devoted to well? doing, and in his case it may be said that his left hand did not know the generosity of his right hand. To give effect to the wishes of such a man is a privilege, and to keep his memory alive is a duty. Now, it is natural that you should have selected this College as the home of that library. This College, as Professor Gollancz has reminded you, has always been closely con? nected with your community. It owes a great deal to the generosity of leading members of your community. Among these prominently we remember the Goldsmid family. My connection with this College is due to my friendship with Sir Julian Goldsmid. It was Sir Julian Goldsmid who introduced me to the Council of this College, and little did he know, or did I foresee, what would be the result of that step and what would be the result of the labour which since that time has accrued to that Council and now culminates in this</page><page sequence="31">70 THE MOCATT? LIBRARY AND MUSEUM. College being incorporated in the University of London. I receive this library for the College, but also for the University of which this College will be in the future an integral part. The same principles which preside over the constitution of University College obtain in the University of London, and you may be sure that the University in its future career will certainly be desirous of giving to this library further developments such as have been suggested by Professor Gollancz and Sir Isidore Spielmann, and of which I consider this cheque is one of the guarantees. A library ought never to remain stagnant, but ought always to be kept up to date. I am quite sure that the University will endeavour to keep this library up to date, and I hope that all those who contribute works to the Jewish Historical Society, or who write on the history of the Jewish race, will not fail always to present their volumes to this library. Now, it is also fitting that this pre? sentation should have been made by Professor Gollancz. He was, I believe, the first Jewish Doctor of Literature in the University of London. And he also is, as you are well aware, the Goldsmid Hebrew Professor, and will be so under the University of London, where he will have further scope for the display of his great and remarkable teaching attainments. Let me again thank you, the members of this Historical Society, for having endowed this College with such a valuable collection of books. And let me assure you that we shall in the future, as in the past, look upon it as a privilege to be entrusted with the education of members of your community ; and that we hope that many of our teachers, as well as many of our students, may be drawn from your gifted race. Whatever happens elsewhere, depend upon it that in England we desire to live with you in the utmost friendship and cordial feelings. We know you consider England as your home, and it will always be our endeavour to make you feel at home in our educational institutions as well as anywhere where you wish to settle amongst us. Dr. T. Gregory Foster, Principal of University College, said : Let me, on behalf of the Senate of the College, join my thanks to those of the President of the College for this magnificent gift. The professors of the College wel? come it as an addition to the means of study that this College provides. We welcome it also for many other reasons. One reason not yet touched upon is the very close connection of Mr. Mocatta himself with this College. He was educated at University College School. I believe he did not pass into the College. As you know, the School is part of the College, and so we feel we can claim Mr. Mocatta as our own. We welcome this gift also on behalf of the students, and on behalf of future students, as a certain promise that the historical school here will be extended and strengthened. We have already here the departments of Egyptology, Archaeology, and Modern History pre? sided over by Professors Petrie and Gardner. This Mocatta Library completes and supplements these departments in the most striking fashion. We feel sure that with that addition, the historical research that is to be a feature of</page><page sequence="32">THE MOCATTA LIBRARY AND MUSEUM. 71 the reorganised University of London will be strengthened, and will be enabled to go on its way more completely than it could have done without it. It has already been said that there are in this College many instances of the close connection with the great Jewish community. I will only refer to one other. One of the most valued of our scholarships was the Jews' Com? memoration Scholarship, which commemorates the Act of 1858, which enabled Jews to sit in Parliament. And the fund out of which the scholarship is provided was handed over to this College as a testimony of your community to the great principles of impartiality on all questions of religion with which this College was founded. This afternoon we have been considering the rules and regulations under which the Mocatta Library will be used, and I think I may say, wdthout betraying any secrets, that it has been our desire to make these rules and regulations as few as possible, and as free from restrictions as possible. We desire, in receiving this great gift, that your Society, the Jewish Historical Society, and the Union of Jewish Literary Societies shall have every access to this library. At the present moment our goodwill is only limited to the limits of our space, and it is our hope that when the boys' school goes, and when the buildings of this College are as complete as we should like them to be, the Mocatta Library and Museum will have adequate space to enable the members who desire seriously and earnestly to make use of its opportunities to come and make use of them. Once more I beg to tender my thanks on behalf of the Senate of the College. The Chief Rabbi said : It is my extreme gratification, within the walls of this library, where I have spent some of the happiest hours of my life?of my ante-nuptial life?to ask you to accord your hearty thanks to Lord Reay for presiding on this most interesting occasion, and for delivering so thoughtful and so very wise an address to us. We all appreciate very much the presence of Lord Reay, as we know his many engagements and how great his work is in helping all movements that affect the intellectual life of the nation. Lord Reay and our friend Sir Isidore Spielmann have dwelt on the fact that whilst the late F. D. Mocatta was engaged in well-doing and possessed the keenest sensibility for the sufferings of the poor so that well-doing was the master passion of his life, yet philanthropic efforts did not absorb his energies. He had a profound love for learning and historical research, and it was the great joy of his life to devote his few spare moments to the collecting of rare books and of curios illustrative of Jewish history. We all know how the last hours of his life were cheered by the knowledge that the catalogue of his library had been completed, and the last conversation I had with him was with reference to this catalogue, and to his intention of founding a museum for the advancement of Jewish history and literature. It is not often that the pages of a dry catalogue are pathetic, but they are so in this instance. They present some of the finest characteristics of our lamented friend?how he helped so many needy scholars, and was inspired by a loving desire to rescue from</page><page sequence="33">72 THE MOCATTA LIBRARY AND MUSEUM. oblivion the memorials of ancient times. It was indeed a happy thought that made University College the destination of this fine collection. No place more appropriate could have been found, for we all know that to the efforts of Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid, the grandfather of Sir Julian Goldsmid and of Mrs. Mocatta, the establishment of University College is due. I am speaking on behalf of the Anglo-Jewish community if I refer to the deep debt of gratitude under which we are for the training received within the walls of this institution. And it is also to this College that there can be traced those larger views and wider sympathies that have now found a home both in the ancient seats of learning and in all the modern universities throughout the British Empire. It is also right that we should have this library here, as uoav Semitics form an integral portion of those branches of learning for which degrees are granted. It is thus entirely in accord with the fitness of things that there should be a library containing a full collection of all that is best in Hebrew philosophy and poetry, and that here there should be deposited some contributions to the new science of archaeology. Just now we had a very valuable contribution intrusted to this museum in that remarkable column of the Temple of Onias, which Professor Petrie, with an enormous amount of energy and effort, has been good enough to bring to this College. This remarkable column has not yet been able to find a home within this building, but has to remain for some time outside. We are deeply grateful to Professor Petrie for this most valuable contribution to the museum. It is indeed with wonderful genius that he has identified the long-lost Temple of Onias. I ask you to accord your thanks to Lord Reay. W7e all know that our thanks are hopes for favours to come. And so perhaps Lord Reay will pardon me if I express the hope that now he has become the trustee and guardian of the Mocatta Museum, he will permit some of his treasures to be lent for a little while to an exhibition which we all hope will be held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery under the auspices of Canon Barnett. It will be a collection of Jewish antiquities and also an Anglo-Jewish exhibition. AVe hope he will permit some of the valuable MSS. and some of the curiosities and the contributions of archaeological value for a little time to go to this show in the Whitechapel Art Gallery, so as to contribute to the giving of some light and colour to the lives of our toilers in the East End, an object in which you will take a deep and abiding interest. Mr. B. Elkin Mocatta said : In seconding this vote I may say that I am sure that it is a very happy home for the books of the late Frederic Mocatta. It would have been a great happiness to him to have known that they were to be deposited here. The Mocatta family as well as the Goldsmid family were closely connected with this College. I myself was educated at the School, and my brother passed through the School and College. I shall be very glad when these books and museum have a home of their own. I have much pleasure in seconding the vote.</page><page sequence="34"></page><page sequence="35">THE MOCATTA LIBRARY AND MUSEUM. 73 Lord Reay in reply said : I thank you very much for the kind way in which you have received this motion so eloquently proposed by the Chief Rabbi and seconded by Mr. Mocatta. It has been to me a great pleasure to preside to-day. I knew Mr. Mocatta myself, and, therefore, I am well aware how deserved this tribute is. His generosity was not restricted to the people of his own community. It was not even restricted to his fellow citizens in this country. He gave all over the world, and his name is known wherever there was poverty and wherever there was necessity for help to be given. Such men, such cosmopolitan and generous tendencies, are rare at all times, and as I have already said, it is a great pleasure to be associated with the memory of such a worthy English citizen. The exact terms of the agreement between the Society and University College are given in the following Memorandum. It is dated November 6, 1905, and is signed on behalf of University College by Lord Monkswell and Dr. G. Carey Foster (members of the Council) and Dr. T. Gregory Foster (Principal). The signatories on behalf of the Jewish Historical Society of England are the Rev. Professor Dr. H. Gollancz (the then President), Mr. Israel Abrahams, M.A. (Yice-President), Sir Isidore Spielmann, F.S.A. (Vice-President), and the Rev. S. Levy, M.A. (Honorary Secretary). Memorandum of Agreement, dated the sixth day of November 1905, between University College of London (hereinafter called the College) of the one part and The Jewish Historical Society of England, inaugurated at a public meeting, held in London on third June 1893, acting by its Council (hereinafter called the Society), of the other part. Whereby it is agreed as follows:? 1. The Society being the owner of a library of books, known as the Mocatta Library, agrees to transfer such library to the College. 2. The Library when transferred and a Museum of Jewish Antiquities which the Society intend to form and place at the College shall be held by the College, in accordance with and subject to the regulations set forth in the Schedule hereto. 3. The Society will forthwith take steps and use their best endeavour to collect a fund, which shall be transferred to and invested by the College, and the income derived from such investment shall be applied in discharging the expenses of maintaining, cleaning, and lighting the Library, including</page><page sequence="36">74 THE MOCATTA LIBRARY AND MUSEUxM. the remuneration of the librarian, who shall also act as curator of the Museum, any surplus income being devoted to the development and extension of the Library and Museum. 4. No responsibility shall be incurred by the College, nor shall the Library or Museum be handed over to the College untiL the Society has collected and is prepared simultaneously to hand to the College for investment as aforesaid a sum amounting at least to ?1000. 5. In case the Society shall cease to exist the regulations shall be read as if the Society has not been named therein, and the College shall continue to hold the Library and Museum in accordance with the regulations as nearly as may be. In the event of doubt as to whether the Society has ceased to exist or not, the question shall be determined by some impartial person not a member of the University of London, to be nominated by the Chancellor for the time being of the University. 6. The regulations in the Schedule hereto may from time to time be altered by agreement between the College and the Society. 7. The room or rooms used for this Library and Museum shall be called " The Mocatta Library and Museum." 8. Any dispute, difference, or question which shall at any time arise between the parties hereto touching the construction, meaning, or effect of this agreement, or any clause or thing herein contained, or the rights or liabilities of the said parties hereunder, shall be referred to the arbitration of two persons or their umpire in the usual manner, and the provisions of the Arbitration Act, 1889, or any statutory modification thereof, shall, so far as applicable, apply. The Schedule above referred to. 1. Special rooms or other suitable accommodation shall be provided for the Library and for the Museum of Jewish Antiquities when formed in connection therewith. 2. In view of the connection of the late Mr. Frederic David Mocatta with the College, and of the desirability of placing the Library and Museum in a central position, the Society desires that rooms shall be provided at the College, but they are prepared to leave the ultimate locale to the University of London to decide in connection with the general development of its work, subject only to the condition that the Library and Museum should be placed in a convenient and central position. 3. The Library and Museum shall be under the control of a Managing Committee, the number of the members to be settled and the members to be appointed by the College ; but as to one-half of the members always on the nomination of the Society. In the event of the Society failing for six months after notice to its secretary to nominate a member to fill any</page><page sequence="37">THE MOCATTA LIBRARY AND MUSEUM. 75 vacancy among the members nominated by the Society, the College shall appoint a member to fill such vacancy. The General Librarian of the College, and the Professor or Professors of the College whose department or departments make use of the Museum, shall be members of the Managing Committee, and shall be considered as being of the half not nominated by the Society. 4. The members of the Society and of the Societies connected with the Union of Jewish Literary Societies shall be granted tickets free of cost, enabling them to use the Library and the Museum both in term time and in vacation during the ordinary College hours. 5. The Library and Museum shall be open for the meetings of the Society on one Sunday in each month, or in all on not more than twelve Sundays in the year. 6. Arrangements may be made on other days for the use of the Library and Museum by the Society for evening meetings. 7. Arrangements may also be made for additional accommodation in the College when required, and for the provision of tea, coffee, and light refreshments on Sunday and at the evening meetings. 8. The Society shall be able to use the College address for the purpose of official correspondence. 9. The Librarian and Curator shall be appointed by the College on the nomination of the Society, and may be removed by the College. 10. The Library shall form an integral part of the College Library system, and the Librarian shall be responsible to the General Librarian of the College, and as Curator of the Museum shall be responsible to the Pro? fessor or Professors of the departments by which the Museum is utilised. 11. The Managing Committee shall make rules for the use of the Library and Museum, such rules not being inconsistent with the above regulations, or the rules for the time being in force, with reference to the other Libraries and Museums of the College. The rules shall be approved by the Council of the College before coming into force. In accordance with the final clause of the Schedule, the Manag? ing Committee (consisting of six representatives of the Jewish Historical Society and six representatives of the University College) has framed the following Regulations :?</page><page sequence="38">76 THE MOO ATT A LIBRARY AND MUSEUM. THE M 0 C ATT A LIBRARY. REGULATIONS. I.?Staff and St udents of the College. The Mocatta Library shall be open to those entitled to use the College Libraries, upon the same terms as the General Library. II.?Loan of Boohs. Members of the Jewish Historical Society, and of the Societies con? nected with the Union of Jewish Literary Societies, shall have the privilege of borrowing books from the Mocatta Library under the following con? ditions :? 1. A deposit of ?2, 2s. shall be made in the Office, for which a receipt shall be given, and of which ?2 is returned. In the case of certain special books a larger deposit may be required. 2. Any fine due under these regulations, and not otherwise paid, shall be payable out of the deposit, and when any deposit is thus diminished, the depositor snail lose the privilege of taking out books until the deposit is made good. 3. Before removing any book from the Library, a receipt on the form provided for this purpose shall be filled up by the borrower and delivered to the Librarian. 4. No dictionary or other work of reference, arranged in alphabetical order, shall be taken out of the Libraries.* 5. A borrower shall be entitled to have in his possession at any one time three volumes, and to keep each volume for not more than a month. This rule does not apply to the Secretary of the Jewish Historical Society, who may borrow a larger number of books by arrangement with the Librarian. 6. No periodical work shall be borrowed for more than a week if unbound, or more than a fortnight if bound, but the same number or volume on being returned may be taken out afresh if not wanted by any other reader. III.?Loan of Books to Others. The Managing Sub-Committee, on the recommendation of the Mocatta Library Committee, may permit persons other than those mentioned in Rule II. to borrow books from the Mocatta Library upon such conditions and for such time as may seem good in each case. 1 In special cases, where sufficient cause is shown, the Librarian may relax this rule.</page><page sequence="39">THE MOCATTA LIBEAHY AND MUSEUM. 77 IV,?Issue of Books may be Prohibited or Refused. 1. Any Professor may prohibit the issue of a book from the Libraries during a limited time, and the Library Committee may make a permanent list of books not to be issued without special leave from the Moeatta Library Committee. 2. The Librarian shall have a discretionary power of refusing to issue any book; but on doing so he shall be bound to report the fact, with a statement of his reason, to the Chairman of the Library Committee. A list shall be kept by the Librarian? (a) of books requiring a higher dej)osit, (b) of books which cannot be issued without the express permission of the Mocatta Library Committee. V.? Use of Library for Reading. 1. A card, which shall entitle the bearer to the use of the Library for reading, shall be issued by the Secretary of the Jewish Historical Society to any member of the Jewish Historical Society or of the Societies connected with the Union of Jewish Literary Societies, who shall make application. 2. A reader wishing to consult a book shall apply for it by formal entry in a Register kept for that purpose. 3. Books shall be taken down and replaced by the Officers of the Library only. 4. No person, when writing, shall place the writing-paper on a book, or lean on a volume, or make any mark in it, or do anything else which, in the opinion of the Officers, may damage a book. VI.?-Fines. 1. A fine of one shilling per volume shall be imposed for every week or fraction of a week that a book is detained beyond the time fixed for its return, and the use of the Libraries shall be withdrawn till the fine is paid in full at the Office. Money received as fines shall be used for the benefit of the Library. 2. If a borrowed book be lost or damaged the borrower shall replace it or pay the full value of the set to which it belongs, such value to be estimated by the Library Committee, or any sum less than the full value at the discretion of the Library Committee.</page><page sequence="40">78 THE MOCATTA LIBRARY AND MUSEUM. VII.?Yearly Inspection. A yearly inspection of the Library shall take place in the week before the last Monday of the second term. All books in the hands of readers shall be returned by five o'clock in the evening of Monday in this week, and no books shall he given out again before the following Thursday. VIII.?A Schedule shall be drawn up of the books in the other College Libraries which shall be accessible to those entitled to use the Mocatta Library. BOOK-PLATE USED IN THE VOLUMES OF THE MOCATTA LIBRARY.</page></plain_text>

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