Ros Livshin on Anglo-Jewish Political Nonconformity. The Centre would like to congratulate Ros Livshin on the successful defence of her doctoral thesis, "Political Nonconformity in Minority Communities: Representations of the Anglo-Jewish Experience in the Oral Testimony Archive of the Manchester Jewish Museum." Her supervisors were Prof Daniel Langton and Bill Williams and the external examiner was Prof Tony Kushner (Southampton). See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.
Roman Vater on 20th Century Cana'nite national opposition to Zionism in Palestine/Israel. The Centre would like to congratulate Roman Vater on the successful defence of his doctoral thesis, "'A Hebrew from Samaria, not a Jew from Yavneh': Adya Gur Horon (1907-1972) and Articulation of Hebrew nationalism." His supervisor was Dr Moshe Behar and the external examiner was Prof Derek Penslar (Oxford). The Centre also congratulates Roman for his appointment in 2015-16 as post-doctoral fellow at Oxford University. See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.
Catholic-Jewish Relations. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Nostra Aetate, Rabbi David Rosen will speak on 'Nostra Aetate: A Religious Revolution In Our Times: Transforming Christian-Jewish and Interfaith Relations' at Manchester Town Hall’s Great Hall at 2.00pm on Tue 12 May. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY: Email the co-chair of the Manchester branch of the Council of Christians and Jews, email@example.com or tel 07757 411 377.
The Rylands Library and Hebrew Books. Prof. Dr. Emile G. L. Schrijver (University of Amsterdam) will give the 2015 John Rylands Research Institute Annual Lecture at 6pm on 30 April. He will present a lecture entitled 'The John Rylands Library as a Primary Source for the Study of Hebrew Books since the Invention of Printing'. (Please note that, unfortunately, this clashes with the final Sherman Lecture given by Amy-Jill Levine.) Further information.
Methodist Archives and Jews. The Centre is delighted to announce an award of £5000 from the John Rylands Research Institute to Daniel Langton and Simon Mayers for a project to examine the theological representations of Jews and Judaism in the Bible commentaries and sermons of Adam Clarke (1762-1832), a prominent Methodist theologian, preacher and biblical scholar. This project, which will be conducted by Dr Mayers, is the first of what is hoped to be a series of Jewish Studies projects using the University's Methodist archives, which are widely recognised as one of the largest and finest Methodist collections in the world.
Holocaust survivor's return to Ukraine and Poland. Distinguished historian Prof. Shimon Redlich will show and discuss his documentary film 'Shimon's Returns', which he recently made in Ukraine and Poland. 2-5pm, Wed 29 April, Manchester Metropolitan University. Further information.
Israel-Palestine conference. On 15 March Moshe Behar participated in an international conference on the theme of 'Equal Rights for All: A New Path for Israel-Palestine' at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. He offered a paper in the panel 'National Self-determination and Belonging: Reconciling Competing Nationalisms.' Further information.
Judaism, race science and evolutionary theory. Daniel Langton has published an article entitled "Jewish Evolutionary Perspectives on Judaism, Anti-Semitism, and Race Science in Late 19th Century England: A Comparative Study of Lucien Wolf and Joseph Jacobs" in Jewish Historical Studies 46 (2014): 37-73. Further information.
Melilah 11 (2014) on the theme of 'Jewish Studies and the New Testament'. Announcing the online publication of the latest volume of the Centre's Open Access journal Melilah, edited by Daniel Langton and Renate Smithuis. Contents: 1. Marc Zvi Brettler and Amy-Jill Levine, The Jewish Annotated New Testament: Retrospect and Prospects. 2. Anders Runesson, Saving the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel: Purity, Forgiveness, and Synagogues in the Gospel of Matthew. 3. Jody A. Barnard, Anti-Jewish Interpretations of Hebrews: Some Neglected Factors. 4. Etka Liebowitz, Hypocrites or Pious Scholars? The Image of the Pharisees in Second Temple Period Texts and Rabbinic Literature. 5. Pere Casanellas and Harvey J. Hames, A Textual and Contextual Analysis of the Hebrew Gospels translated from Catalan. Further information.
Modern Hebrew short stories. Moshe Behar has published an essay (in Hebrew) entitled "'Little Nadra' was also a 'Yemenite'" in Cafe Gibraltar (24 February 2015) on three little-known short stories that world-renowned Yemenite-Israeli choreographer Sara Levy-Tanay (1910-2005) published during her early 20's in 1933 and 1934. Further information.
Times Higher Education. Dr Adam Ozanne (School of Social Sciences) has had a letter published in the THE (26 Feb 2015) in which he queries the University's decision to withdraw Middle Eastern Studies courses. He notes the recent comments by Rory Stewart MP that a lack of people who could speak local languages was a major problem for the British army in Afghanistan and Iraq, and that there is a need to improve our "deep understanding" of the Middle East to oppose Islamic State. Further information.
Holocaust Studies. The 2015 Bogdanow Lectures by Prof. Christopher Browning on 'Agency in the Holocaust: Perpetrators, Survivors, Rescuers' are now available to view online. The lectures are entitled: 1. From Humanitarian Relief to Holocaust Rescue: A Young American in Vichy France; 2. Why Did They Kill? Revisiting the Perpetrators; 3. Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony: The Case of the Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps. Further information.