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Jewish Historical Society of England – Sussex Branch

Brighton & Hove’s Jewish history is so diverse, colourful and fascinating that for a long time I wondered why, amongst all the other groups and societies that existed in the city, there was not one specifically dedicated to its study and understanding. This omission was rectified when, in 2004, with the assistance of the Jewish… Read more »

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Brighton & Hove’s Jewish history is so diverse, colourful and fascinating that for a long time I wondered why, amongst all the other groups and societies that existed in the city, there was not one specifically dedicated to its study and understanding.

This omission was rectified when, in 2004, with the assistance of the Jewish Historical Society of England, the oldest historical and learned society of its kind in Europe, having been founded in 1893, and the support and encouragement of a small group of enthusiastic fellow-historians, the Sussex branch of the society came into being. We decided that we should not be too parochial: hence the branch took on the name of the county.

From the outset the branch has carried on the traditions of the society by ensuring the highest calibre of speaker. They have covered a wide range of subjects, some topical, some esoteric, some disturbing, some possibly controversial – but always thought-provoking.

The branch arranges visits to important and relevant locations, including the British Museum’s Judaica collection, and the new record office at the Keep at Falmer. It is a focal point for enquiries about the city’s Jewish past and because of its standing has been consulted about matters within its knowledge and expertise.  It has established for itself a recognised role in the city.

This is due in no small part to those of my colleagues who were present in the early days, some of whom are still directly involved.  They were Godfrey Gould, Myrna Carlebach, Dr Bernard Fox, Gordon Franks and Laurence Temerlies. The branch is fortunate in having a motivated and dedicated committee and a loyal membership.

It is therefore appropriate that the branch should be responsible for ensuring that the milestone the community has reached in 2016 is properly marked and that it should have so willingly taken on this important task.

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