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The present volume of jemish Historical Studies contains more on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries than previous issues, a shift which reflects changing trends in the research being carried out and made available to the Society rather than a modification of emphasis. We look forward to continuing to publish mat- erial on all periods, and to welcoming papers examining the mid- and later twentieth century as well as those focusing on the Society’s more traditional areas of the Middle Ages through to the eighteenth century.

This volume is dedicated to Sir Isaiah Berlin, one of the most distinguished presidents of this Society, who died in late 1997. It contains an obituary both of him and of Alfred Rubens, the collector and benefactor of the Society and of the Jewish Museum, to whom volume XXVIII was dedicated in 1984.

It is a fitting tribute to Alfred Rubens that the present volume should in addition contain a cumulative index to volumes XXVI-XXXV, since he financed the production of the Index to Transactions 1 to XXV, Miscellanies I to X that appeared in 1986. The trustees of the Alfred and Frances Rubens Charitable Trust have generously carried on the tradition by funding the sequel in this volume. The opportunity has been taken to revise the indexing of certain papers in the volumes covered by the index included here, and in one case to reindex an entire volume, making this a publication of particular value to researchers. We are grateful to Helen Grubin for the index to the present volume and for reindexing the earlier material for the cumulative index. Edgar Samuel has fur- ther augmented the index and checked the proofs once the individual indices had been electronically scanned.

Meetings

Since the publication of the previous list of lectures to the Society in Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the jemish Historical Society of England XXXIV, pp. xi-xii, the following lectures have been delivered:

1997-8

Joe Hillaby
Evidence about the medieval English synagogue: a historical profile

Malcolm Brown
The Jews of early St John’s Wood

Dr Joanna Newman
Jews in a colonial society: the Jewish community of Barbados, 1654-1833

John Franks
Jews in Vanity Fair

Edward Kessler
Claude Montefiore: defender of Rabbinic Judaism

Bryan Diamond
Isaac Diamond and the Jews in the timber trade in the East End, 1880-1910

Henry Morris
The Jewish contribution to the Armed Forces of the Crown

Peter Bassano
Shakespeare and his Jewish friends

Dr Bernard Wasserstein
Moses Samuel, Liverpool Hebraist

John Cooper
Jewish lawyers in England, 1890-1990

Dr Hilary Rubinstein
A pioneering philosemite: Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna (1790-1846) and the Jews

1996-7

Malcolm Brown
The Jews of Cravesend

Charles Meyers 7 ‘ a 7
Debt in Elizabethan England: the adventures of Dr Hector Nunes, physician and
merchant

Professor Bill Rubinstein
The myth of rescue: the National Committee fiir Rescue from Nazi Terror, 1943-5

Marcus Roberts
The landscape and monuments of the medieval Jews of Northampton

Dr Alexander Knapp
The influence of German music on UK synagogue practice

Dr Michael Weitzman
on translating the Hebrew Bible: the achievement of William Tyna’ale

Edgar Samuel
Fray Francisco de Victoria OP (1540-1592) Bishop of Tucuman - a New

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