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
The Jewish Historical Society of England
Raymond Burton House
129–131 Albert Street
London, NW1 7NB
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
- 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
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.
BOOK DISCOUNT FOR SOCIETY MEMBERS
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.