The Jewish Historical Society of England
Is the oldest historical and learned society of its kind in Europe, founded in 1893 by the foremost Anglo-Jewish scholars and communal leaders of the day. Past presidents have included Lucien Wolf, F.D. Mocatta, Israel Zangwill, Cecil Roth and Sir Isaiah Berlin. The society, based in London, has branches in Essex, Leeds, Liverpool, Herts and Middlesex, Sussex and Jerusalem.
- The JHSE hold monthly meetings with lectures on a wide range of subjects relating to Anglo-Jewish history. Topics cover Jewish life in Britain from the middle ages to date, and the aim of the society is to make the results of historical scholarship interesting to both a general and specialist audience.
- The JHSE publishes lectures, book reviews and occasional papers in its annual transactions known as Jewish Historical Studies.
- The JHSE promotes the study of, and encourages research into, Anglo-Jewish history, and of communities connected with it.
- The JHSE responds to enquiries, from members and non-members, about aspects of Anglo-Jewish history.
More About Our People
I am the President of the JHSE and a Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History at Queen Mary University with wide historical interests. My research has ranged across the period 1100-1600, through the exploration of themes in the religious culture of Europe. I am interested in inter-disciplinary encounters, and these have animated my work. I also enjoy disseminating history to diverse audiences all over the world. For a list of my publications and research output see: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/history/people/academic-staff/profiles/rubinmiri.html
I joined the JHSE Council in 1999 and served as the Chair of the Society from 2010 - 2016. I'm currently a member of the Executive Committee
I am the President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain and was the co-founder of the Museum of the Jewish East End in 1983. Currently I act as a voluntary consultant to two Lottery funded projects. The United Synagogues Willesden Green Cemetery and also to the Jewish Association of South Wales.
I'm an Executive Committee Member of the JHSE and Professor in the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations and History Department at the University of Southampton. I've has written widely on the British Jewish experience, especially social history and comparative migration. My most recent books are The Battle of Britishness: Migrant Journeys since 1685 (Manchester University Press, 2012) and Journeys from the Abyss: The Holocaust and Forced Migration from the 1880s to the Present (Liverpool University Press, 2017). I'm currently working on a study of a Jewish triple murderer and, with Dr Aimee Bunting, Co-Presents to the Holocaust. I'm co-editor of the journal Patterns of Prejudice and deputy editor of Jewish Culture and History.
I have been a trustee of the JHSE since 2018. I bring to the Executive the skills acquired in a long corporate career in economics, finance, strategy, governance and planning. I am a member and warden of Belsize Square Synagogue and was previously a trustee of the Bishopsgate Institute, an educational and cultural charity in the City of London. I have a PhD in medieval Jewish history and have written a book and articles on the subject of the Jews of the medieval crown of Aragon in Spain. I also teach Spanish history at the City Literary Institute.