London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews (now Church's Ministry Among Jewish People)

Scope and Content

Papers of the London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews, 1815-1963, consisting of foundation papers, 1840-1842, including 'Original by-laws and proposed alterations 1840' and 'By-laws as revised and adopted by the General Committee 1842'; minutes of the Jews and School Committee, 1815-1819, the School and Chapel Sub-Committee, 1854-1874, 1883-1890, the Jewish Refugees Aid Society Committee, 1883-1900, and various minutes of Business of the Committee, 1912-1921; certificates of baptism at Jews Chapel, Bethnal Green, 1885-1894, and health certificates and parents; signed admission conditions for children admitted to Hebrew Schools, 1891-1899; catalogue of the Society's Library, founded in 1827 by Rev Lewis Way; collection of various printed papers concerning the centenary of the Society, 1908-1909; acquired printed papers, including 'The immortality of the soul' and 'Zillah' by Rev H L Harris, 1874, 'The Jewish Quarterly Review' with inserted papers, 1899; missionary journals, reports and newsletters from Mission Stations in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool in the United Kingdom, Paris in France, Hamburg in Germany, Warsaw in Poland, Lwow (Lemberg) in the Ukraine, Bucharest in Rumania, Casablanca and Mogador in Morocco, Algiers in Algeria, Ethiopia in East Africa, Tehran and Isfahan in Iran, 1925-1939; correspondence and various other papers, 1914-1963, including 'Birmingham Jewish Prayer Union Quarterly, 1936-1939', 'Requests for Praise and Prayer', 1936-1939, and general correspondence of The Church's Ministry Among the Jews, 1962-1963.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews was founded on 15 February 1809, with only one missionary in London. By its centenary in 1909, the Society had 222 workers in various parts of the world - Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States of America - and many were converts from Judaism. The Society also set up mission schools for Jewish children. The Society produced two monthly publications, 'Jewish Missionary Intelligence' and 'Jewish Missionary Advocate', and a quarterly publication, 'Quarterly Notes'.


Arranged in series as indicated in Description field.

Access Information


The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Mocatta Library in 1992.

Other Finding Aids

A basic list is available on the online catalogue. A hard copy handlist is available in the Reading Room. Please contact Special Collections for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Custodial History

Donated by Mrs Kranat, executor of Mrs Lask-Abrahms who had possession of the papers.

Related Material

Oxford University, Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, holds minute books, financial records and other papers of the Society.