Welcome to the JHSE

The oldest historical and learned society of its kind in Europe, founded in 1893. The Society, based in London, has active branches in a number of centres and meets regularly with lectures on a wide range of subjects relating to Anglo-Jewish history, and publishes its biennial transactions known as Jewish Historical Studies.


President: Dr Piet van Boxel
Honorary Treasurer: Michael Frankl

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Chairman of the Executive Committee: David Jacobs

Head Office

The Jewish Historical Society of England
Raymond Burton House
129–131 Albert Street
London, NW1 7NB

Email:  info@jhse.org

Jewish Historical Studies

Volume 44 is available to purchase online and can be consulted on the Journals pages of this website. 
NEW: Volume 45 can be purchased here.

The Awards Committee

The Awards Committee of the JHSE invites applications for grants amounting to a maximum of £5,000 each, to facilitate research and publication on topics related to the history of Anglo-Jewry and its wider context. 
A total of £25,000 may be awarded each calendar year. 
All are eligible to apply, including  professional and lay scholars, PhD students, communal organizations, museums, libraries and archives.
Applications should not exceed four A4 pages and contain the following elements: 
  • a short CV, including a list of publications, if relevant, and highlighting previous experience and skills that are relevant to the project
  • the title and brief description of the project 
  • a statement of the underlying research questions, the proposed methodology and the anticipated outcome
  • the total amount sought,  broken down into individual items
  • if relevant - a statement of  matching funds sought or obtained
For the remainder of 2014, applications may be submitted until the end of July, and from then on, by the end of each April, with the outcome being published at the end of July.
Successful applicants will acknowledge the financial support of the Society in any published outcome of their project, and may be invited to lecture to the Society or to publish a report on it in Jewish Historical Studies.
Please contact uclhara@ucl.ac.uk in the first instance.

Wartime Sermons

We are delighted to have supported an initiative that will give the public access to sermons given during World War I.  The link is www.religionandwar.org.

The Jews of Cornwall by Keith Pearce

Keith Pearce analyises the place of Jews in Cornish folklore, and also distinguishes the indigenous Cornish gentiles who adopted Hebrew names, but who are not known to have been of Jewish descent.

The identities, occupations and commercial contribution of the Jews in Cornwall in the 18th and 19th centuries are presented in detail. There are comprehensive family trees, biographies, information from public records, membership of civic organisations such as Freemasonry, and complete translations of Hebrew headstones, which should be of great value to those tracing their own family history.

All of the rabbis known to have served in Falmouth and Penzance have also been identified, some, like Rabbi B. A. Simmons, living in the county for fifty years, and the religious life of the congregations and their struggle to survive is also given extensive coverage.

The book can be purchased HERE.


Royal Jews: a thousand years of Jewish life in and
around the Royal County of Berkshire by Jonathan Romain

This book covers the surprisingly rich history of Jews in Berkshire, varying from medieval traders to war-time evacuees to the thriving community today. A surprising number of famous names litter the pages, as well as hundreds of others who quietly made their mark. They range from the bomber pilot to the Michelin-starred chef, from the ground-breaking single mother to the controversial radio broadcaster, from the society confidante to the child rescuer, not to mention the stay of Theodor Herzl. It also has a detailed analysis of changing religious trends, such as circumcision, conversion, outmarriage and cremation.

Royal Jews (396 pages and 109 illustrations) costs £15.99, but is available to JHSE members at £9.99 plus £2.77 p&p. Please send a request for the book with your address and a cheque for £12.76 (per copy) payable to ‘Maidenhead Synagogue’ to Maidenhead Synagogue, Grenfell Lodge, Ray Park Road, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 8QX.