Tuesday
Dec052017

Research Guide, Marmorstein Collection

Wissenschaft des Judentums. We are delighted to announce the availability of Brad Sabin Hill's Guide to the Marmorstein Collection. Arthur Marmorstein (1882-1946) was a prominent Hungarian-born rabbi, theologian and proponent of Wissenschaft des Judentums, based at Jews' College, London. His collection, housed in the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, holds over 250 titles printed before 1800, most in Hebrew and a few in Yiddish. There are over 20 volumes from the 16th century, most in Hebrew; some 45 volumes from the 17th century, all but a handful in Hebrew; and nearly 200 vols from the 18th century, some 170 of them in Hebrew and a dozen non-Hebrew. A work of extraordinary scholarship, Sabin Hill's Guide is intended to present the collection’s thematic richness, linguistic variety, geographic range and printing-historical significance, and thereby render it more meaningful to scholars and students in diverse fields. Further information.

Wednesday
Nov292017

Workshop, University of Pennsylvania

Jews and evolutionary theory. Daniel Langton contributed a session on 'Jews and Evolutionary Theory: An Overview' at a two-day workshop on 'Judaism and the Environment' organised by Clal (an inter-denominational group of US rabbis) and the Katz Center, University of Pennsylvania, 28 Nov 2017. Further information.

Tuesday
Nov282017

Klezmer concert

The Michael Kahan Kapelye. The University's klezmer band will perform at an evening concert at the Manchester Jewish Museum, 7 Dec 2017. Further information.

Monday
Nov272017

Blog entry, Katz Center

Jews and evolutionary theory. Daniel Langton discusses a Polish rabbi's nineteenth-century book Toldot Adam [The Origins of Man] (1874), which is the earliest Hebrew translation of (excerpts of) Darwin. The blog entry is entitled 'Naftali Levy: An Interesting Species (or min) of Jewish Evolutionist'. 27 Nov 2017. Further information.

Thursday
Nov232017

New publication

Ancient Jewish Literature. Alex Samely, 'Educational Mechanisms in Ancient Jewish Literature. An Overview of Unknowns', in G. Brooke and R. Smithuis (eds.), Jewish Education from Antiquity to the Middle Ages: Studies in Honour of Philip S. Alexander (Leiden: Brill,  2017), pp. 147–200. Further information.

Wednesday
Nov222017

New publication

Dead Sea Scrolls. George Brooke, "Further Thoughts on Isaac in the Scrolls from the Qumran Caves,” in Reading the Bible in Ancient Traditions and Modern Editions: Studies in Textual and Reception History in Memory of Peter W. Flint (ed. D. Falk, A. Perrin, K.S. Baek; SBLEJL 47; Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017). Further information.

Wednesday
Nov222017

Panel, East Jerusalem

Balfour 100. Lauren Banko participated in the one day conference hosted by the Council for British Research in the Levant on '100 Years after...The British Legacy in Palestine: Balfour and Beyond'. Palestinian National Theatre, East Jerusalem, 2 November 2017. Further information.

Wednesday
Nov222017

New publication

Dead Sea Scrolls. George Brooke has co-edited HĀ-'ÎSH MŌSHE: Studies in Scriptural Interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature in Honor of Moshe J. Bernstein (Brill, 2017). His own essay is entitled "Hot at Qumran, Cold in Jerusalem: A Reconsideration of Some Late Second Temple Period Attitudes to the Scriptures and Their Interpretation." Further information.

Wednesday
Nov222017

Public lecture, Oxford University

Israel Studies. Moshe Behar gave a paper entitled "Birth of the Ashkenazi-Mizrahi Controversy on the 'Arab Question' (1910-12)". Oxford University, 1 Nov 2017. Podcast.

Wednesday
Nov222017

Honorary Doctorate, University of Lausanne

George Brooke honoured. On 1st June 2018 George Brooke will receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lausanne (Docteur h.c.). This is a great honour for Prof Brooke in recognition of 25 years of cooperation between Manchester and Lausanne, especially in the field of Biblical Studies.

Wednesday
Nov222017

PhD completion

Kyung S. Baek on Dead Sea Scrolls. The Centre would like to congratulate Kyung S. Baek on the successful defence in 2016 of his doctoral thesis Re-reading the Gospel of Matthew: Scripture in the Hands of the King’s Scribe. His supervisor was Prof. George Brooke and the external examiner was Prof. Helen Bond (University of Edinburgh). See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.

Tuesday
Nov212017

Public lecture, Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society

Dead Sea Scrolls. Prof. George Brooke on 'The Dead Sea Copper Scroll: From Ancient Temple Treasure to Modern Media Star' at Hale Synagogue, Wicker Lane Hale, sponsored on behalf of the Anglo-Israel Archaelogical Society. Prior booking through Eventbrite. 23 January 2018 at 7.30pm. Further information.

Tuesday
Nov212017

Paper, MMU

Anglo-Jewish History. Co-sponsored by the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester, Manchester Met's History Research Centre presents a seminar from Tony Kushner (University of Southampton) on 'The Holocaust, British Jews and Antisemitism: The 'Jew Murderer' and the Murder of the Jews.' 4.15-7.15pm, Wed 6 Dec. Further information.

Wednesday
Nov152017

Hassé Memorial student prize 2017

Post-graduate prize. This prize is awarded annually to the student with 'the highest grade for a master's dissertation in Religions and Theology' at the University of Manchester. For 2017 the prize of £250 was awarded to Rob Kanter (MA in Religions & Theology), 'How did Anglo Jewry respond to Enoch Powell’s "Rivers of Blood" speech (1968-1979)?’ (supervised by Daniel Langton). Further information.

Wednesday
Nov152017

Post doctoral Fellowship opportunities

Open to Jewish Studies. The University of Manchester offers up to two Simon Postdoctoral Fellowships, 3 years fixed term, £31,604 to £49,149 per annum. These fellowships are for Social Sciences broadly defined, and are open to those working in Jewish social history, cultural history, and political history, especially if the project engages with the history of the social sciences or the history of political thought. To be considered, the project must speak to the concerns of the social sciences even if it uses humanities methods. Deadline: Thu 4 January 2018. For advice from a Jewish Studies perspective, contact: alex.samely@manchester.ac.uk.  For details on eligibility and on how to apply, see further information.

Tuesday
Nov142017

Bernard Jackson student prize 2017

Post-graduate prize. This prize is awarded annually to the student with 'the highest grade for a master's dissertation in Jewish Studies' at the University of Manchester. It honours the Centre's second co-director Bernard Jackson. For 2017 the prize of £100 was awarded to Emma Berg Saavedra (MA in English Studies) for 'The Price of Yiddishkait in Postwar America: Bernard Malamud's The Magic Barrel and Philip Roth's Goodbye, Columbus' (supervised by Fred Schurink). Further information.

Wednesday
Nov082017

Public lecture, Holocaust Day

Christian-Jewish Holocaust Study Day. Jean-Marc Dreyfus will contribute to the day's programme. Menorah Synagogue, 9.30-1.00pm, Thu 9 Nov. Further information.

Thursday
Nov022017

Public lecture, JHSE

Balfour 100. Philip Alexander will give a paper to the Jewish Historical Society of England and IJS entitled 'Why did Lord Balfour Support the Balfour Declaration?' at 7pm on Thu 9 November 2017, UCL, London. Further information.

Friday
Oct272017

Seminar, John Rylands Library

Samaritan StudiesKatharina Keim will be giving a seminar presentation on 'Cataloguing Moses Gaster’s Samaritan Correspondence’ at 5pm on Thu 9 November 2017, John Rylands Library, as part of the 'Lives of Letters' seminar series. Further information.

Friday
Oct272017

Online interview

Jewish musicology. PhD student Izabella Goldstein was interviewed by the online journal Rizom following her concert on 'Songs of the Jewish Underworld' in Novi Sad, Serbia, 17 September 2017. Further information.