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Celebrating 130 Years

On 3 June 1893, our Jewish Historical Society of England was founded. It is the longest-lived Jewish History Society in Europe. It was a group of men - community leaders, gentleman scholars - who sought to promote research into Jewish history, publication of historical sources to underpin such study, and raising public awareness of its antiquity and significance.

We are fortunate to be heirs to that tradition, in a Society that is different in some ways - here speaks a female President - but also in great sympathy with those guiding principles. To celebrate not only survival, but flourishing, and future too, the Trustees of the JHSE are planning a series of events throughout the 2023/2024 anniversary year. In order to keep you informed, we have developed this space, as an anniversary page which will hold all relevant information, and we will keep it up-to-date as planning evolves.

Please join us, and bring your friends and family, at walks and talks, online and in person.

Become a member, or gift a membership to a loved one in this anniversary year to ensure we will be here 130 years hence?


Anniversary Events

19th May 2023

4th June 2023

Anniversary Weekend - online celebratory event.

8th June 2023

The Jews and the Portuguese Inquisition - a launch event with Bevis Marks Synagogue.

10th July 2023

JHSE at BIAJS. Professor Miri Rubin will give a Keynote Lecture at this year's BIAJS Annual Conference. She will also be joined by Professor Michael Berkowitz on a panel to discuss the JHSE at 130 years.

9th October 2023

Special Collections and Archives at Parkes Institute, Southampton. Book your place for free, here.

30th November 2023

The Jewish Eighteenth Century and the Transformative Year 1782. Shmuel Feiner (Tel Aviv University) and Professor Andrea Schatz (KCL). Book your place for free, here.

3rd March 2024

What is Jewish History For? Jewish Book Week Event. Details to be announced.

TBC June 2024

Anniversary picnic - all welcome. Details to be announced.

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