By: Gabriel Herman

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Royal Jews: a thousand years of Jewish life in and around the Royal County of Berkshire by Jonathan Romain

This book covers the surprisingly rich history of Jews in Berkshire, varying from medieval traders to war-time evacuees to the thriving community today. A surprising number of famous names litter the pages, as well as hundreds of others who quietly made their mark. They range from the bomber pilot to the Michelin-starred chef, from the ground-breaking single mother to the controversial radio broadcaster, from the society confidante to the child rescuer, not to mention the stay of Theodor Herzl. It also has a detailed analysis of changing religious trends, such as circumcision, conversion, out-marriage and cremation.

Royal Jews (396 pages and 109 illustrations) costs £15.99, but is available to JHSE members at £9.99 plus £2.77 p&p. Please send a request for the book with your address and a cheque for £12.76 (per copy) payable to ‘Maidenhead Synagogue’ to Maidenhead Synagogue, Grenfell Lodge, Ray Park Road, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 8QX.


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