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THIS is the XXth volume of Transactions to appear since the foundation of the Society in 1893. The first volume contained seven papers delivered during the A inaugural Session. About half the papers delivered to the Society over the years have been published, but the manuscripts of unpublished papers, apart from one or two, are not in the Society's possession. It is highly desirable that a complete record should be maintained of the Society's activities and the Editor would, therefore, be grateful if members would send him copies of any papers of this kind that may be in their possession. They will be catalogued and deposited in the Mocatta Library for permanent preservation. This volume covers the period 1959-61 and, despite the hopes expressed in the previous volume, appears four years after its predecessor. It is intended to publish another volume of Transactions as soon as possible in order to diminish the gap between the delivery and actual publication of papers. This is all the more important since so many of the Society's increasing membership are not able to attend meetings regularly and must, therefore, rely on publications to be kept abreast of progress in the field of Anglo-Jewish scholarship.

Progress of the Society

The membership of the Society continues to grow, and it is particularly gratifying to note the number of institutions (universities, libraries, etc.) that subscribe in order to be assured of a regular supply of its publications. But there is no room for com? placency; costs are rising and the Society cannot sustain its heavy publication programme unless the membership goes on increasing.

The Laws of the Society have been revised and adopted at an Annual General Meeting; they are reproduced in this volume.

The financial position of the Society has continued to be satisfactory. Substantial donations have been received to cover the cost of pubUshing the Plea Rolls of the Exchequer of the Jews, and the cost of other volumes has also been met by the generosity of various individuals. An anonymous donation of 300 has been received and a legacy of ?100 from the estate of the late Mrs. Lena Stein.

The 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Society was celebrated at a Con? versazione held at University College in the presence of the Provost, Sir I for Evans. The address delivered on this occasion by Dr. Cecil Roth is included in this volume.

Publications

Since the issue of Transactions XIX in 1960, the following volumes have been dis? tributed to members:

English Jewry under Angevin Kings by H. G. Richardson. The Western Synagogue Through Two Centuries by Arthur Barnett. Three Centuries of Anglo-Jewish History edited by V. D. Lipman. (This volume won the annual Book Award given by the World Jewish Congress.)

Nova Bihliotheca Anglo-Judaica by Miss R. P. Lehmann. Miscellanies, Vol. VI Leeds Jewry by Ernest Krausz.

Through the generosity of the Chief Rabbi, Dr. Israel Brodie, it has also

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