About JHSE

Founded in 1893, the Jewish Historical Society of England is the oldest historical and learned society of its kind in Europe. We support a vibrant, global community of people interested in the rich story of Jewish life in England and beyond.

 

  • Our members are at the core of what we do and take advantage of a wide range of benefits throughout the year
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  • Local branches foster active research, lectures and discussion in London, Essex, Leeds, Liverpool, Sussex and Jerusalem.
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  • We offer over 45 lectures a year on a variety of topics - from the earliest manuscripts to medieval England to local and social histories of the current century. Topics appeal to a wide audience and encompass academic research, genealogy, politics, commerce, local history, social activity, arts and archaeology, as well as an evolving range of colourful personalities.
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  • Transactions of the JHSE, a peer-reviewed journal, has been the recognised resource for historical research in our field for over 100 years.
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  • Research awards encourage exciting and original research and support the latest generation of emerging scholars.
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  • Access to archives is a key resource available to members and non-members
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Past presidents have included Lucien Wolf, F.D. Mocatta, Israel Zangwill, Cecil Roth, Sir Isaiah Berlin and Prof Ada Rapoport-Albert