As end of summer gives way to autumn, write to you after a month’s break. I hope that many of you have had the chance to relax, meet family and friends, and to refresh your historical interests through reading and travel. A few exciting events are upon us. Many of you will find very interesting the conference next week, 14 September, dedicated to Israel Zangwill on the 130th anniversary of his widely read and much appreciated – then and now - Children of the Ghetto. The conference has been organised by JHSE members Professor Bryan Cheyette and Nadia Valman, and with the Parkes Institute at the University of Southampton. Here is the link to the event, which will be online and free: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/parkes/news/events/2022/09/zangwill-conference.page Our partners at the Museum of London has also scheduled sessions – in person and online – on Black Jewish History in the course of Black History Month in October. I attach the poster which explains their aims and allows for registration. A great strength of the Museum’s work is its commitment to an inclusive and diverse Jewish History.
Just a few days later the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, of whom our long standing Trustee is current President, is organising a family History workshop, on Sunday 18th September. This is part of their outreach work and tickets are free. Find out more here: https://jewishmuseum.org.uk/event/jgsgb-family-history-workshop-for-beginners/. Later this week the JHSE will hold its Annual General Meeting at which it will welcome new members of the Advisory Board and a thankful goodbye to David Jacobs, who is stepping down from his role as Trustee. We will report to you about these stages after they have formally occurred. We also look forward to a lively year with our New Generation Groups of emergent researchers into Jewish History – they are the future! For the next year e hope to make use of the freedom to meet while also keeping the very useful zoom option active. We have in mind walks, an even at Bevis Marks Synagogue, alongside the many offerings by the branches. We will keep you informed. Some of you may have been intrigued by the publication of a new scientific paper about the bodies found in a well in Norwich, almost 20 years ago. The findings are disputed, hence we intend to publish a useful summary of the ideas involved and share them with you soon. We will of course be in touch before the holiday season, to share good wishes. Warmest best wishes, Miri Rubin