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The League of British Jews

One week after the Balfour declaration was issued on 2 November 1917 from the United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to (Lionel) Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild, Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942), Sir Philip Magnus and Lord Swaythling founded the League of British Jews to oppose the idea that Jews constituted a political nation. Lucien Wolf and Claude Goldsmid-Montefiore were prominent ideologues while Laurie Magnus edited its newspaper, the Jewish Guardian, which appeared from October 1919 to 1931. Magnus made the Jewish Guardian into a widely-respected Jewish journal during the 1920s, mixing articles that criticised Zionist and Jewish nationalists with articles from a variety of communal worthies and, to demonstrate its reach, provided the best coverage of Jewish-friendly societies.

The League of British Jews, reports, 1927

000/1251/1, 1 item

The League of British Jews: Report of Proceedings at Annual Meeting held at 38, Fitzroy Square London W.1, on Wednesday 18 May 1927, Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942), President, in the Chair.

The League of British Jews, correspondence and papers , 1917-1952

1/7 (000/313), 1 file, 5 volumes

File 1/7 in the Secretariat Department, 1 series contains papers concerning the League of British Jews: including minutes, 1917-1929, 1948, 1950; Bulletin Jewish Opinion, 1919, membership list records 1928-1930; reports of annual meetings and constitution, 1917-1929; constitution of Jewish Fellowship, 1945, correspondence and accounts 1918-1952.