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Who We Are

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 Team

Miri Rubin 

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

David Jacobs 

I joined the JHSE Council in 1999 and served as the Chair of the Society from 2010 - 2016. I am currently a member of the Executive Committee.
I am the President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain and in 1983, was the co-founder of the Museum of the Jewish East End. Currently, I act as a voluntary consultant to two Lottery funded projects. The United Synagogue's Willesden Green Cemetery and also to the Jewish Association of South Wales.

Tony Kushner 

I am 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 am currently working on a study of a Jewish triple murderer and, with Dr Aimee Bunting, Co-Presents to the Holocaust. I am co-editor of the journal Patterns of Prejudice and deputy editor of Jewish Culture and History.

Mike Schraer

I have been a trustee of the JHSE since 2018 and 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.

Ian Cobden

I studied history and have always found it to be the most interesting of subjects as I believe that what Carl Sagan wrote " You have to know the past to understand the present" is being proved correct on a daily basis. A vacancy for the office of Hon. Secretary arose in 2017 which I was asked to fill and this was confirmed by Council in 2018. In July 2019 the Hon. Treasurer resigned and I felt that as a Chartered Accountant, I could be of greater help to the Society as Treasurer so offered to step down as Hon. Secretary to take that office. This was confirmed by Council in November 2019 (so for a horrible 5 months I held both offices!)

Rachel Kolsky

I am a prize-winning London Blue Badge Tourist Guide and lecturer who previously worked as a business researcher in financial services where my work was recognised at industry level as Information Professional of the Year in 2006. My range is wide, but I specialise in London’s Jewish and women’s history, focusing on ’the human stories behind the buildings’. I have published five books including Jewish London (2012), Whitechapel in 50 Buildings (2016) and Women’s London (2018). I was a Trustee of the north London independent cinema, the Phoenix for 20 years and have been a guest lecturer on cruises since 2009.  

Dawn Waterman

I’m the Archives and Heritage Manager at the Board of Deputies of British Jews where I lead on a project called Hidden Treasures; celebrating Jewish archives in Britain which showcases archives which tell the Jewish story in this country.  I also look after a number of disused Jewish cemeteries in parts of the country where there was once a flourishing Jewish community.

Jemima Jarman

I am an alumni of the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department at UCL, a former Curator at the Jewish Museum London and now a PhD student at Birkbeck College, University of London. I currently work with the JHSE on maintaining their website and developing their online presence.  

Rachel Frankel

I have been responsible for communications, corporate partnerships, marketings and sales activity for a variety of not-for-profits since 1997. Over the past few years, I have managed communications and related strategy for a variety of healthcare associations, medical societies and Royal Colleges. I also help to run campaigns and related fundraising drives for two charities on a voluntary basis.
The Team
  • Officers

  • Executive Committee

  • Council

  • Vice Presidents

Officers

Officers
  • President: Prof. MIRI RUBIN
  • Chair of Council: Prof. MIRI RUBIN
  • Honorary Treasurer: IAN COBDEN

Executive Committee

Executive Committee
  • Prof. MIRI RUBIN (Chair of Council)
  • Prof. MICHAEL BERKOWITZ
  • IAN COBDEN
  • DAVID JACOBS
  • RACHEL KOLSKY
  • Prof. TONY KUSHNER
  • MICHAEL SCHRAER
  • DAWN WATERMAN

Council

Council
  • Prof. MIRI RUBIN (President and Chair of Council)
  • Prof. MICHAEL BERKOWITZ
  • Dr. PIET VAN BOXEL
  • Prof. GEOFFREY CANTOR
  • IAN COBDEN
  • KEN COLLINS
  • MICHAEL CROOK
  • BRYAN DIAMOND
  • GODFREY GOULD
  • DAVID JACOBS
  • Dr. MICHAEL JOLLES
  • RACHEL KOLSKY
  • Prof. TONY KUSHNER
  • SHEILA LASSMAN
  • DAVID MAZOWER
  • MARCUS ROBERTS
  • Rabbi Dr. JONATHAN ROMAIN, MBE
  • MALCOLM SENDER
  • MICHAEL SCHRAER
  • Rabbi Dr. NORMAN SOLOMON
  • Dr. BERNARD SPENCER
  • VERITY STEELE
  • CHARLES TUCKER
  • DAWN WATERMAN

Vice Presidents

Vice Presidents
  • Prof. MICHAEL ALPERT
  • Dr. PAUL BRAND
  • MALCOLM BROWN
  • JOE HILLABY
  • Dr. ANTHONY JOSEPH
  • RAPHAEL LANGHAM
  • Rabbi Dr. ABRAHAM LEVY, OBE
  • ARNOLD LEWIS
  • STEPHEN MASSIL
  • Prof. AUBREY NEWMAN
  • Prof. STEFAN C. REIF
  • Prof. WILLIAM RUBINSTEIN
  • EDGAR SAMUEL
  • Prof. BERNARD WASSERSTEIN
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