Friday
May222015

New Position

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.

Thursday
May212015

Philip Alexander on Radio 4

Panel discussion on Josephus. Philip Alexander was a guest on Melvyn Bragg's 'In Our Time' with Martin Goodman and Tessa Rajak, on BBC Radio 4, 21 May 2015. Listen again.

Wednesday
May202015

Conference, King's College London

Digital Jewish Studies. Renate Smithuis is amongst those taking part in a two day conference at KCL on the theme 'On the Same Page: Digital Approaches to Hebrew Manuscripts'. 18-19 May. Further information.

Wednesday
May202015

Radio, Israel

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.

Friday
May152015

BAJS conference 2015

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.

Friday
May152015

Public lecture, Oxford University

Reading Midrash Rabba. Ben Williams (John Rylands Research Institute) will give a David Patterson Lecture entitled 'More than one way to read a Midrash: Aaron Hasson and Edward Pococke study Midrash Rabba' at 7.15pm on Mon 18 May at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute. Further information.

Thursday
May142015

Podcasts, Sherman Lectures 2015

Jewish Perspectives on Christianity and New Testament Studies. The 2015 Sherman Lectures by Amy-Jill Levine on 'Jesus, Judaism and Christianity: Old Prejudices and New Possibilities' are now available to view online. The lectures are entitled: 1. Jesus in His Jewish Context: The Importance of Recovering History, 2. The Mistakes Jews and Christians Make About Each Other, 3. Is the New Testament Anti-Semitic? and 4. Messianic Judaism, Conversion to Christianity, Intermarriage, Inter-religious Households: Disputes for the Sake of Heaven. Further information.

Wednesday
May132015

Podcast, Rylands Library

Hebraica at the University of Manchester. The John Rylands Research Institute has put online the recent presentation by Prof. Dr. Emile G.L. Schrijver (Amsterdam) on 'Working with The John Rylands Research Institute' (30 April 2015). Further information.

Sunday
May102015

Manchester Teaching Awards 2015

Hebrew and Jewish Studies staff recipients. Following on from the QS World University Rankings for 2015, which placed Manchester's Modern Languages (including Hebrew) as 25th in the world and 3rd in the UK, the Centre would like to congratulate Malka Hodgson (Hebrew), who received the Manchester Teaching Award for Fantastic Feedback, and Alex Samely (Jewish Thought), who received the award for Best Supervision (PGT). Further information

Saturday
May092015

British Academy postdoctoral fellowship

New Gaster Project funding. Katharina Keim, who is currently a Rylands Research Associate, has been awarded a three year British Academy postdoctoral fellowship for a project entitled 'The Samaritan Correspondence of Dr Moses Gaster: Texts, Analysis, and Contexts.' Further information.

Thursday
May072015

Public lecture, Woolf Institute, Cambridge

Identities in Israel/Palestine. Moshe Behar is contributing to the Muslim-Jewish Studies panel at the Woolf Institute with Esther-Miriam Wagner (Woolf Institute) and Menachem Klein (Bar-Ilan). He will speak on 'Thoughts on Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought.' Wed 12 May. Further information.

Thursday
May072015

Research seminar

CJS Israel Studies series. Thu 14 May: Yuval Sinai (Yale Law School), Jewish Law in Israel: Law, Religion and State. 4pm in A113, Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.

Wednesday
May062015

New Publication

Israel in a Digital Age. Adi Kuntsman has co-authored with Rebecca L. Stein a new book entitled Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015). All are invited to the book launch on 20 May. Further information.

Wednesday
May062015

New Publication

Jesus, Paul and Qumran. George Brooke has contributed a chapter entitled 'Weak or Sinful? A Body of Rhetoric – on the Use of Physical Metaphors in Romans 3 and the Hodayot' in Jesus, Paulus und die Texte von Qumran, eds. Jörg Frey and Enno Edzard Popkes (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015), 251-262. Further information.

Wednesday
May062015

New Publication

Metatextuality in Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterrean Cultures. Philip Alexander has co-edited On the Fringe of Commentary: Metatextuality in Ancient Near Eastern and Ancient Mediterranean Cultures in the series Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta (Leuven: Uitgeverij Peeters, 2014). George Brooke has contributed a chapter to this work entitled 'Physicality, Paratextuality and Pesher Habakkuk', 175-194. Further information.

Tuesday
May052015

Public Lecture, Music and Auschwitz

Music Research forum. Lecture by Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, survivor of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen and author of the memoir Inherit the Truth, who will be speaking of her experiences as the only cellist in the Auschwitz women’s orchestra. Thu 7 May, 4:15pm, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Martin Harris Centre. Further information.

Sunday
May032015

Harry Lesser

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Harry Lesser, 72, following a stroke. As a philosopher at the University of Manchester since 1970, Harry was a much beloved teacher (he supervised 18 doctoral theses and 17 MPhil dissertations), and his research was primarily concerned with the history of Philosophy, especially Ancient Philosophy and Jewish Philosophy, and Ethics, especially Bioethics and Medical Ethics. He was a highly valued member of the Centre for Jewish Studies, where his wisdom, humanity and friendship will be sorely missed. He was also very active in the wider community; he gave many talks to groups outside the University, and he was a much respected committee member of the Greater Manchester Jewish Representative Council. Harry is survived by his wife Margaret and son Marcus. The funeral will be at 3pm Friday 8 May at Mill Lane Cemetery, Cheadle; there will be no Shiva.

Thursday
Apr302015

Research seminar

CJS Israel Studies series. Thu 7 May: Joachim Schlör (University of Southampton), The Sea Voyage as a transitory experience in German-Jewish emigration after 1933. 4pm in A113, Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.

Tuesday
Apr282015

Sherman Lectures 2015

Jewish New Testament Studies. The Sherman Lectures in Jewish Studies 2015 are currently underway, given by Amy-Jill Levine (University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University) on the topic 'Jesus, Judaism and Christianity: Old Prejudices and New Possibilities'. Among her numerous publications is the acclaimed The Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford, 2011). Lecture dates: 27-30 April 2015. Further information.

Tuesday
Apr282015

PhD completion

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.