Myer Solomon Levy was born in London on 16 January 1852. Before immigrating to the United States, he served as the rabbi of a congregation in Australia. He served as the rabbi of the community in San Jose, Calif., for eight years, as the rabbi of the First Hebrew Congregation (a.k.a. Temple Sinai), in Oakland, for ten years (1881-1891), and as the rabbi of San Francisco's Congregation Beth Israel (a.k.a. Geary Street Temple) for more than twenty-five years.
The collection consists of an illuminated book presented to Rabbi Levy when he left the First Hebrew Congregation (Temple Sinai) of Oakland; the book was signed by D. Magnes.