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50 Objects: 'Charity and Welfare'

Charity and welfare are very important in Judaism. The museum’s collections illustrate that while an important part of charity is giving money, acts of kindness are equally important. A number of institutions were set up from the late 17th century to relieve poverty and help the sick, particularly those established in response to the thousands of immigrants who arrived from Eastern Europe in the late 19th century.

Friendly Society Collar

A collar from the Stuart M Samuel Lodge, Order of Achei Brith Friendly Society. In return for weekly contributions, members of the society received payments to help them in times of illness and death.

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Offertory Book from the Great Synagogue

This register, dating from the 18th century, records Sabbath donations made to the Great Synagogue in London. The Great Synagogue was founded in 1692 at Duke’s Place in the City of London but was destroyed by bombing during World War II

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