The historiography of Anglo-Jewry, 1892-1992

Two pleasurable duties incumbent on an incoming president of a society such as ours are to pay tribute to one’s predecessor, and to give some sort of explanation or justification of one’s own particular role. Firstly, therefore, in Dr Stefan Reif the Society has had a president who has served it very well indeed. He is a scholar of the first order, an expositor of his subject second to none, and an administrator of the highest level. In all of these he has graced the Society and has pointed it in the directions he feels we ought to be going if we are to survive for a further hundred years. His work as head of the Geniza Unit of Cambridge University Library is exemplary, showing that it is not sufficient merely to be aware of the academic importance of one’s subject, but essential also to raise public awareness of scholarly

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