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 Secretary: Sheila Lassman
Honorary Treasurer: Dr Alan Swarc
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Chairman of the Executive Committee: David Jacobs
The Jewish Historical Society of England
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Volume 44 is available to purchase online and can be consulted on the Journals pages of this website
Published to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the foundation of the JHSE, this is no conventional dictionary. For two centuries an extensive Jewish community played an important role in English medieval history. This book opens up a society for which we have sources ‘many hundreds of times richer than those for France' (Robert Chazan).
Nearly 30 self-governing communities extended across the country, from York to Exeter, Hereford to Canterbury. Vestiges of the medieval Jewry remain in street names; sites of Jewish houses, synagogues and cemeteries; and archaeological sites and artefacts. The 55 illustrations include maps, town plans and tables. 30 biographic entries examine leading members of communities; eight include family trees, in six cases extending over at least five generations. A wide range of entries of general interest provide details on matters as diverse as Bezant, Community, Herb Gardens, Laving Stones, Libraries and Books, Mikva'ot, Ritual Child Murder, Synagogues, Treasure, Usury and Women.
A Council Member since 1995, and President 2006-8, Joe Hillaby is well known for his work on the English medieval Jewry. He has published detailed studies of the medieval Jewries of London, Hereford, Worcester, Gloucester and Bristol, the twelfth-century Jewish colonisation of England, the English medieval synagogue, mikva'ot and ritual-child-murder accusations, and was a contributor to the second edition of the Encylopaedia Judaica (2007).
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.