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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2944
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives - click here to see details of the physical location of collection
Date(s): 1797-1954
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.43 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Jewish Bread Meat and Coal Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Jewish Bread Meat and Coal Society was established in 1779 as the "Society for Distributing Bread Meat and Coal Amongst the Jewish Poor During the Winter Season" (Hebrew: Meshebat Naphesh). It is the oldest charity in the UK to be founded by the Ashkenazi Jews. Prominent among the founders of the charity were Mr Levy Barent Cohen, who became its first President.

The charity was managed by Committee, and subscribers had the chance to nominate deserving causes for aid. Also, large annual dinners were held, at which donations were made to chaitable funds.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Jewish Bread Meat and Coal Society, 1797-1954. The collection consists of minutes, financial records, correspondence, reports, copies of the Laws of the Society and other general material.

PLEASE NOTE: Written permission from the depositor is required to access this collection. Contact: The London Museum of Jewish Life, Sternberg Centre, 80 East End Road, London N3 2SY.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The archive has been arranged into two sub-fonds: ACC/2944/01 Administration and ACC/2944/02 Finance.

Conditions governing access:

Access by written permission of the London Museum of Jewish Life.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in July 1991.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

For further information please consult the LMA Information Leaflet: "Records of the Anglo-Jewish Community at London Metropolitan Archives"; available to download here: (URL correct Feb 2010).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Description prepared in March 2010.

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