Great Hall in the Jews’ Free School, Bell Lane. F. G. Kitton. Source: Wolf, p. 602. Click on image to enlarge it.

“The great glory of the London Jewish community centres in its schools. Of these there are a round dozen all remarkable for their efficiency. The Jews' Free School is, the largest and most successful elementary school in the country. It is the principal Anglicising element among the foreign Jews in the East End, whose children are mostly educated there. The number of its pupils is over 3,000, and its pass average at the Government examinations during the last few years has been over 98 per cent. Remarkable as this average may appear, it is not exceptional in the Jewish community, and has been more than once excelled by other Jewish Free Schools. Many of the synagogues have attached to them Sabbath classes for instruction in Hebrew and religion. There is also a seminary in which Jewish ministers are trained. It should be added that the London Jews support three weekly English newspapers and a quarterly review, which are conducted with considerable ability, and play a useful part in the intellectual and spiritual as well as in the administrative progress of the community” (604).

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Wolf, Lucien. “The Jews in London.” 40 (16 November 1889): 599-604. Hathi Trust online version of a copy in the New York Public Library. Web. 17 July 2021.

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