I looked them up and found the name Hasdai ibn Shaprut in 926 - which is a bit like another Shem Tob had - Shem Tob ben Isaac ibn Shaprut . Shem Tob was the one who came up with the wrong word that I discussed with Brother 50%.
Regarding the brother who helped me, when he became a Jehovah's Witness, his father held a funeral for him.926 Hasdai ibn Shaprut (this maybe his birth date) at some stage before 975 became court physician to Abd al-Rahman III who found him a great diplomat. Hasdai had unusual knowledge of Latin and this enabled him to negotiate successfully with the Christian emperors of East and West and the Christian kings and princes of Spain. He brought the Talmudic learning of Babylon to Spain and the first knowledge of the converted kingdom of the Khazars.
1385 Shem Tob ben Isaac ibn Shaprut - Did the Hebrew copy of possibly the original book of Matthew written in Hebrew
The connection with Russian Jews in England appears to be via Manchester where early synagogues were built such as this one (Spanish and Portuguese).
There is a further Jewish/Manchester connection with my ex-congregation. A relative of one who took the lead in throwing me out is from a Russian Jewish family that has close ties with Theosophy. Theosophy came from Russia via Madam Blavatsky, the daughter of Russian Colonel, Peter Alexeyeivich von Hahn, and cousin of Sergei Witte, latter prime minister and friend of Rasputin.Cheetham Hill Spanish Portuguese Synagogue
The former Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue on Cheetham Hill Road is now Manchester Jewish Museum. It is the only Jewish Museum outside London and is housed in the oldest surviving synagogue building in Manchester, completed in 1874.
It is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture, executed in Moorish style. Particularly noteworthy are the splendid stained glass windows and the distinctive cast-iron fitments.