Grant award for the study of antisemitism. The Centre for Jewish Studies would like to congratulate Simon Mayers, who recently completed a research project on Jews and Methodism at Manchester, on winning a second research grant on historical Catholic attitudes towards Jews from the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This award extends the period of his previous study and is entitled 'Stereotypes of "the Jew" in English Catholic Discourses (1850-1945)'.
Ladino and klezmer. Richard Fay is a Lecturer in Education with research interests in the narratives of elderly Sephardim living in Bulgaria regarding the linguistic aspects of their life stories with special focus on Ladino. He also researches, teaches and performs klezmer and was the co-founder and co-director (with Ros Hawley) of the Michael Kahan Kapelye, the university's own klezmer ensemble. Further information.
Are Jews the Only True Monotheists? The annual conference of the British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS) took place in Manchester, 5-7 July. A podcast of the keynote lecture is now available, which was given by Prof. David Ruderman of the University of Pennsylvania, and which was entitled 'Are Jews the Only True Monotheists? Some Critical Reflections in Jewish Thought from the Renaissance to the Present'. The conference was co-sponsored by the Institut für Jüdische Philosophie und Religion, Universität Hamburg, and the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester, and the conference theme was 'Atheism, Scepticism and Challenges to Monotheism'. Further information.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Israel/Palestine Studies. The Centre welcomes Dr Lauren Banko, who has been appointed to a research associate position in the Dept of Middle Eastern Studies for 2015-2018, funded by the Pears Foundation. Lauren will be researching the construction of Palestinian identity and citizenship during the Mandate Period. Further information.
Modern Jewish History catalogue completed. Lawrence Rabone is the last in a long line of students to have worked on the catalogue of the Centre's modern Jewish history library, and has finally brought the work to an end. Edited by Marton Ribrary, the catalogue lists 2550 items in a library that is built around Bill Williams' personal collection and includes books and small collections added since the library was first opened in 2006. Further information.
Undergraduate student prize in Jewish Studies. The winner for 2015 is Eloise Philp in Screening the Holocaust (taught by Cathy Gelbin). This £100 prize is awarded annually to the student with 'the highest grade in a Jewish Studies-related module or dissertation' at the University of Manchester. It honours the Centre's first co-director Philip Alexander, FBA. Further information.
Undergraduate student prizes in Hebrew Studies. The Bles Hebrew Prizes are awarded annually for 'the encouragement of Hebrew studies' at the University of Manchester. These prizes are usually awarded for performance in the Hebrew Language course units taught by Sophie Garside and Malka Hodgson. For 2015 a prize of £100 was awarded to Rhiannon Heaven (level 1), £200 was awarded to Lawrence Rabone (level 2), £300 was awarded to Miruna-stefana Belea (level 3). Further information.
Holocaust Memory and Memorials. This day conference, co-sponsored by the Imperial War Museum of the North and the Centre for Jewish Studies, will explore the varied and diverging memories of the Holocaust since 1945. Four speakers – three academics and a museum practitioner – will address the ways in which mass murder, resistance and dislocation have been memorialised at different places and in different ways. The day starts with a new film about Haviva Reick, the British-trained resister parachuted into Slovakia and murdered by the Nazis in 1944, and goes onto examine how the destruction of the Jews has been memorialised at different sites in Europe. There is also consideration of the UK-based story of the Kindertransport and who 'owns' that story. 26 Oct 2015. Further information.
'Sensing the Human and the Animal' in Kafka's Monkey. 55 min performance followed by panel discussion with Kathryn Hunter, Walter Meierjohann and Laura McMahon (Modern Languages and Film Studies, Cambridge), Margaret Littler (German, UoM). This CIDRAL event is free and open to all. 7.30pm on Thu 18 June 2015 at HOME. Further information.
Why the Rylands Haggadah needed pictures. Eva Frojmovic (Leeds) will be talking about the elite leadership of the Jewish communities in medieval Barcelona and Aragon/Catalonia, and how they defined their identity both in relation to traditional piety and to fashionable forms of displaying status through art. 7.00pm on Thu 18 June at Manchester Jewish Museum. Further information.
Biblical Studies. This year's annual conference that brings together colleagues from Manchester, Sheffield and Lausanne has the theme of 'Wilderness'. George Brooke will talk about 'The Wilderness of Judea: Qumran, Gomorrah and Holman Hunt', and Katharina Keim on 'The Israelites in the Wilderness in Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer.' Kim Fowler and Todd Klutz from Manchester will also be presenting. 10-11 June in Lausanne. Further information.
Gaster’s scholarship in a European context. Maria Cioată (Haralambakis) has organised a second workshop on Moses Gaster at New Europe College, Bucharest, 3-4 June 2015. Participants included Abraham Tal, Stephan Schorch, Eli Yassif, Costin Moisil, Katharina Keim, Philip Alexander, George Brooke, and Bogdan Popa. Further information.
'The Other Within': The Hebrew and Jewish Collections of the John Rylands Library. This is advance notice for the John Rylands Research Institute Conference 2016, which will take place 27–29 June 2016 at The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester. Further information.
Research Associate: Hebrew Manuscripts (part time). The role will involve cataloguing and promoting the University of Manchester Library’s outstanding collections of codices, scrolls and other manuscripts in Hebrew script. Closing date: 7 June 2015. Fixed term from 1 Sept 2015 until 28 Feb 2018. Salary: £30,434 to £37,394 pro rata p.a. Further information.
Moshe Behar on Israeli Radio Reshet Bet. On Wednesday 29 April at around 7:30pm UK time, Moshe Behar was interviewed in Hebrew by the feminist broadcaster Ms Keren Noybach in her on radio programme "Seder Yom" about his 2015 article 'The centennial of 'Flora Saporto': Thoughts on the possibility of a Mizrahi-Feminist alliance'. Listen again.
Registration deadline is 29 May. The theme of the 2015 conference is 'Atheism, Scepticism, and Challenges to Monotheism' and the exciting academic programme will run Mon 6 - Tue 7 July at the University of Manchester. If you wish to attend, please register now. Postgraduate student bursaries are available. Further information.