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The Rich and the Poor

Jewish Philanthropy and Social Control in Nineteenth-Century London

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Hardback ISBN: 978-1-898723-79-0
Hardback Price: £45.00 / $65.00
Release Date: February 1999
Page Extent / Format: 280 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No


Foreword by Catherine Jones Finer
Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Outline of the Book

1 Jewish Philanthropy: Power and Interests
Historical Perspectives
Defining Tzedakah
The Jewish Elite and the Jewish Poor

2 The Colquhoun–van Oven Scheme
Background to the Scheme
Principal Proposals of the Scheme
Opposition to the Scheme
Effects of the Failed Scheme

3 Wealth and Poverty: A Widening Gap
Educating the Poor
The Rich in Search of Power
The Faudel Scheme

4 The Jewish Board of Guardians
Ideologies And Policy
Controlling the Immigration of the Poor
Disciplining the Poor: Jewish Philanthropy and the Poor Law

5 Social, Economic and Cultural Policy of the Board
Finance: Checks and Balances
Restricted Policy Arrangements
Acculturation: Anglicization
Acculturation: Patronage and Anglicization
Jewish Press
Social Organization Beyond the Jewish Elite
Jewish Philanthropy at the Turn of the Century: Incrementalism and Survival


Appendix I: Excerpts from Laws Concerning Gifts for the Poor – Mishneh Torah by Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon (Maimonides, 1135–1204)
Appendix II: Selective Chronology: Developments of English and Jewish Social Policy and Philanthropy

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Provides a valuable historiographical context for understanding Anglo-Jewish philanthropy… An important contribution to social work and social welfare history.

A significant contribution to our understanding of the mixed economy of welfare in nineteenth-century England.
Social Policy

A valuable contribution to the literature of London’s Jewry… it should stimulate research into the history of the Jewish secular associations of this country.
London Journal

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