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This volume marks two radical policy changes. Firstly, the Society has decided to attempt to publish a volume of Jewish Historical Society each year instead of every two years in the hope that this will bring in a greater number of contributions of quality and attract more readers. Secondly, after thirty-five volumes in a page-size introduced in 1895, we nave adopted a more conven? tional format, which will enable us to reduce production costs without sacri? ficing quality, and make the volume look more appetizing to general readers. For similar reasons the volume numbers will now appear in Arabic rather than Roman numerals.

The year 2000 saw a major change in the administration of the Society. Mr Cyril Drukker resigned his post as our Honorary Secretary on reaching his eightieth birthday and so did Professor Raphael Loewe as Chairman of the Executive Committee. Our Administrator, Mrs Jeanette Cannon resigned for the very different reason that she has moved to join her family in Hong Kong. This team had served the Society for well over a decade and the Council felt most grateful to all three of them. Mr Drukker has been elected a Vice President of the Society, a presentation was made to Mrs Cannon and this volume is dedicated to Professor Loewe. On a personal note, I am espe? cially grateful to Mr Drukker for his conscientious and meticulous care in checking the proofs of the previous volumes in this series, and for com? menting on their style and content.

Meetings Since the publication of the previous list of lectures to the Society in Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England XXXV, pp. xiii-xv, the following lectures have been delivered: 1998-9 Dr Gerry Black Health and medical care of the poor Jewish East End immigrant, 1880-1939 His Honour Israel Finestein, QC Albert Henry Jessel, KC, 1864-igij: the president who never was XI

Professor John Klier Anglo-Jewry and the myth of the Russian pogroms of 1881-1882 Dr Andrew Godley Enterprise and culture: Jewish immigrants in New York and London Marcella Simoni Welfare in British Palestine between ig2g and igjg Dr Michael Berkowitz The Jewish self-image in the West, 1881-1^48 Dr Amy Gottlieb The Council for German Jewry, ig40-ig4S Dr M. Myer The Jews of Shanghai Dr Lionel Kochan The Chief Rabbinate in its Anglo-Jewish historical context Martin Sugarman The Zion Mule Corps at Gallipoli 1999-2000 Dr Gerry Black Bernhard Baron: tobacco and philanthropy Dr Mervyn Goodman Bertram B. Benas: forgotten Zionist Professor Barry Kosmin The size and structure of Anglo-Jewry, 1840-^14: a re-assessment of the demo? graphic evidence Dr Miri Rubin The host-desecration accusation: birth of an anti-Jewish myth Professor John Klier Russian Jewish doctors in Imperial Russia, servants of two ideals?

Miri Freud Kandel Chief Rabbi J. H. Hertz and the formation of Modern Orthodox theology Professor John Klier Anglo-Jewry and the Russian pogroms Professor William Rubinstein The secret of Leopold Amery, 1873-1955 Dr Isabelle Tombs Szmul Zygielbojm's mission to London, 1942-3: the struggle and sacrifice of a Polish

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