Papers of Revd Joseph Halpern

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Working papers for a history of Jewish education in England: press cuttings relating to Jewish schools, educational personnel and institutions and on educational issues, 1845- 1955. Papers relating to Sha'are Torah, Institute for Jewish Studies, including annual reports, accounts, registers of attendance and press cuttings, 1950-65. Hapoel Hamizrachi: minutes of secretariat (Mazkirut), 1948-54, and other papers. Correspondence relating to the Buxton Street Welfare Centre, Brick Lane, London E.1, 1929-34; the Talmud Torah Children's Country Holiday Fund, 1938-9; the Sha'are Torah Institute, 1951-67; and Bachad Fellowship, 1950-9. Papers relating to the United Jewish Educational and Cultural Organisation including a plan of action, 1948 and other papers, 1942-8. Papers for the World Union of Jewish Youth Study Groups, 1945-9; and correspondence for the Central Council of Jewish Religious Education in the UK and Eire and Joint Emergency Committee, 1939-49. Papers of Dr Samuel Daiches including biblical notes, 1926-48; talmudic notes, 1909-26 and sermons, addresses, etc., 1907-47.

Administrative / Biographical History

Revd Joseph Halpern (1907-) was head of the Hebrew Department, Jews Free School Secondary School; lecturer at Jews' College, London; honorary secretary of Jews' College Institute for Training of Teachers and joint honorary secretary for the Friends of the Hebrew Language Academy. He held these posts until he emigrated to Israel in 1970. Halpern was the founder and chairman of the Bible Readers' Union and he published a number of educational works.

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