Thursday
Nov152018

Paper, Romania

Catholic Church and the Holocaust in Romania. Ion Popa presented a paper on the Catholic Church and the Holocaust in Romania at a Holocaust Conference at West University in Timisoara, Romania, 15 November 2018. Further information.

Thursday
Nov082018

Scriptural Encounters

Reading challenging sacred texts. Scriptural Encounters bring together different faiths to debate and discuss controversial topics. The second session will be led by Dr Dwight Swanson Co-Director and Senior Lecturer Manchester Centre for the Study of Christianity and Islam, Nazarene College on the topic of Exclusivism and Supersessionism. Come along and listen or take part in the debate. 4:00-5:30pm, Thu 15 November, in A115 Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.

Sunday
Nov042018

Catalogue, Tobias Theodores

Manchester Jewish history. Tobias Theodores was, among other things, a lecturer in Hebrew at the University of Manchester from 1866 and was one of the founding members of the Reform Synagogue in the city. The Rylands Library has recently published a blog post about the rediscovery of his papers. See also the overview of Jewish Studies at Manchester in the BAJS Bulletin, which features Theodores. Further information.

Thursday
Nov012018

Fortunoff Research Fellowship

Catholic Church and the Holocaust in Romania. The Centre wishes to congratulate Ion Popa on his Fortunoff Research Fellowship at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute. He will be working on a study of Experiences of Jews who Converted to Christianity Before and During the Holocaust. Further information.

Thursday
Nov012018

Paper, Bucharest

Romanian Orthodox Church and the Holocaust. On 19 July Ion Popa presented a paper entitled "Chief Rabbis and Patriarchs: The Relations of the Jewish Community with the Romanian Orthodox Church in the Context of the Holocaust" at the annual summer school of the Centre for the Study of the History of Romanian Jews. Further information.

 

Friday
Oct122018

Scriptural Encounters

Reading challenging sacred texts. Scriptural Encounters bring together different faiths to debate and discuss controversial topics. For the first session Rabbi Ariel Abel of Princes Road Synagogue in Liverpool will be our presenter on the topic of Exclusivism and Supersessionism. Come along and listen or take part in the debate. 4:00-5:30pm, Thu 18 October, in A213A Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.

Thursday
Oct112018

Public lectures

Genizah manuscripts and Jewish liturgy. Professor Stefan Reif, former Director of the Genizah Unit at Cambridge, will be visiting Manchester on 1st November 2018. Under the sponsorship of the Centre for Biblical Studies and the Centre for Jewish Studies he will address the Ehrhardt Seminar at 2.00pm on "Attitudes to Non-Jews Reflected in Old Jewish Prayer Books", at University Place 2.219. Under the sponsorship of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society, the Jewish Historical Society of England, and the Centre for Jewish Studies he will give a lecture at 7.30pm on "Why the Genizah Documents are Important for Jewish History", at the Sephardi Synagogue in Hale Barns, Cheshire WA15 0QH, opposite the Bull pub. Further information.
Wednesday
Oct102018

Film Programme, Berlin

Holocaust Studies. In September 2018 Berlin’s cultural centre Babylon hosted a series of film screenings and public discussion events on the Shoah and its impact on today’s cultural and political life, curated by Cathy Gelbin. Further information.

Friday
Oct052018

Workshop, AHRC

Jewish Languages. Alex Samely presented models for the University teaching of 'Jewish' Languages, from Hebrew and Aramaic to Judeo-Arabic, Yiddish and Judeo-Spanish, at a recent panel discussion at Manchester University, part of a workshop on 'Languages, Community and Area Studies' of the AHRC-funded Cross-Language Dynamics (OWRI) project at Manchester University. 4 Oct 2018. Further information.

Friday
Sep212018

New publication

Dead Sea Scrolls. George Brooke  & Charlotte Hempel, eds, T&T Clark Companion to The Dead Sea Scrolls (Bloomsbury, 2018). Further information.

Thursday
Sep202018

Screen & talk

Mossad documentary at Jewish film festival. Sponsored by the Centre for Jewish Studies, the screening of 'Inside the Mossad' will be followed by a Q&A panel with director Duki Dror, Ram Ben-Barak and  Moshe Behar. Saturday 17 November 2018 8pm, Cineworld Didsbury. Part of UK Jewish Film Festival 2018. Booking opens on 26 September.

Wednesday
Sep192018

Bogdanow student report

Holocaust studies. A recipient of a Bogdanow student travel grant, Harriet Fleming, BA Religion and Theology, has written about her visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau. Further information.

Tuesday
Sep112018

New publication

Near Eastern Studies. CJS fellows have contributed to George J Brooke, Adrian Curtis, Muntasir al-Hamad, Rex Smith, eds., Near Eastern and Arabian Essays: Studies in Honour of John F. Healey (JSS Supplement 41; Oxford: OUP, 2018). Philip Alexander, 'The Place of Elias Levita's Meturgeman in the History of Targum Studies', 1-24. George J. Brooke, '"Crowning the Hills": A Contribution to the Debate about the Legacy of Canaan', 25-38. Adrian H. W. Curtis, 'Baal-Berith and El-Berith: Some Issues Arising from Judges 8 and 9', 89-102.

Tuesday
Sep112018

Public lecture, British Academy

Dead Sea Scrolls. George Brooke will deliver the Schweich Lectures at the British Academy on 'The Dead Sea Scrolls as Archaeological Artefacts'. Nov 2019. Further information.

Tuesday
Sep112018

New funding

Hebrew Collection. Building on the success of previous funding awards, Renate Smithuis has been awarded a grant of £90k over the period Jan 2019 - Dec 2020 for the second phase of the work to catalogue the Hebraica and Judaica at the Rylands Library, University of Manchester, in association with the JRRI. With Renate moving to Heidelberg, the new principal investigator will be Philip Alexander and Alex Samely will be the new advisor. Further information.

Tuesday
Sep112018

New publication

Medieval Jewish Studies. Renate Smithuis, "Un savant andalou du moyen âge en visite à Rouen: Abraham ibn Ezra et les échanges scientifiques entre juis et chrétiens au xiie siècle" in Savants et croyants: Les juifs d'Europe du Nord au Moyen Âge, edited by Nicolas Hatot and Judith Olszowy-Schlanger (Gent: Snoeck, 2018), 102-107. Further information.

Tuesday
Sep112018

Conference paper, Paris

Medieval Jewish Studies. Renate Smithuis contributed a paper entitled "Abraham Ibn Ezra entre Rouen et Londres" at the Musée des Antiquités colloquium 'Le judaïsme médiéval entre Normandie et Angleterre' in Paris and Rouen, 4-5 September 2018. Further information.

Monday
Aug202018

Modern Hebrew course

University level Hebrew tuition from Sept 2018. There are 3 levels of Hebrew courses currently available at the University of Manchester. The cost is £560 to audit these courses (i.e. to participate without formal assessment). The courses will be taught in a mixed teaching environment for classroom-based students alongside distance-learning students (via a swivl robot and video-conferencing link). Further information.

Tuesday
Aug072018

New publication

Dead Sea Scrolls. George Brooke, The Dea Sea Scrolls and German Scholarship: The Thoughts of an Englishman Abroad (De Gruyter, 2018). Further information.

Thursday
Jul262018

BAJS student essay prize 2018

Manchester award winner. The annual national undergraduate Student Essay prize offered by the British Association for Jewish Studies was awarded to a Manchester student this year: Fergus Selsdon Games, for a dissertation entitled 'Soviet Nationality Policy and the Movement for Soviet-Jewish Emigration During the Brezhnev Era' (supervised by Ewa Ochman). Further information.