We are very grateful to Henry Roche for his donation of the following data and his full description of them, these records can now be searched for on SynagogueScribes:
GSEAB (Great Synagogue’s Early Account Books) – INTODUCTION by Henry Roche.
These Hebrew names from the Great Synagogue’s Early Account Books form the “Appendix” to Cecil Roth’s list of Great Synagogue Members on pp.184-5 of Vol.VI of the Miscellanies of the Jewish Historical Society of England. Roth adds the heading “Names taken from the earliest Account Books, 1708 to c.1750”; while the last 36 names come under an extra heading “Additional Names after 1746?” – probably referring similarly to the years up to c.1750. It is unclear why he has made these two lists separate, and whether the first 142 names cover the period up to c.1750 or only up to 1746.
Unfortunately Roth attached no dates to the individual entries. Little if any order is evident for the earlier names (unless approximately chronological?). Nos. 48–142 are mostly in alphabetical order by first letter. The final entries from #143 on (“Additional names after 1746?”) show a similar alphabetical order but contain only names beginning with Aleph (including several Isaacs) and then with Yod, giving this “additional list” a very incomplete look. Roth left the whole list unnumbered, and it is here transcribed in the published order, with numbering added.
Roth added only very occasional notes to individual entries, but these have been expanded here as far as comparative research has allowed, with some English names added in square brackets. A few separate entries fairly clearly refer to the same person. It should be borne in mind that some of those named will not have been GS Members, although a minority of entries do reappear in the GS Membership list;
Abbreviations used, and other relevant notes:
In general, R = Roth; and H = Hyamson.
The English abbreviation “NS” added by Hyamson to some entries from #367 onwards is at present of unknown meaning. It is certainly not “New Synagogue” but it might perhaps stand for Not Subscribed?
TJHSE = Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England (or its “Miscellanies” volumes).
FAJF = First American Jewish Families by Rabbi Malcolm Stern.
GS = Great Synagogue; Roth Gt Syn = Roth’s History of the Great Synagogue.
Admon = Administration in Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) probate records.
dr = daughter; f-i-l + father-in-law; s-i-l = son-in-law.
b = born; bur.= burial or buried; m = married.
In Hebrew names, R = Reb (an honorific roughly equivalent to “Mr”), with RR a more religiously learned version; b = ben (son of); m- means “from”; z-l = “may his memory be blessed” (i.e. “the late”).