The Chazanim of the Great Synagogue, London

The Great Synagogue, destroyed by fire owing to enemy action on May nth, 1941 (Iyar 14th, 5701), was essentially known as the Cathe? dral Synagogue of the Ashkenazi Community of England. Its origin goes back to the seventeenth century,1 and its position as the proud mother of many leading synagogues as well as of the primary com? munal institutions, has been undisputed. Thus the Great Synagogue stood for two hundred and fifty years?though modest without, but all glorious within?like a mighty oak-tree, heavy with age and with strong branches, a living link with the distant past, a tremendous force of tradition behind it, with that indefinable air of the synagogue about it, that suggestion of sacred gatherings, which the modern synagogue so conspicuously lacks.

From a well-preserved volume of congregational regulations (Tak kanoth) of 1722 it appears that the organisation and administration of the Great Synagogue have from its inception

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