(July 20 - 25 2008)

A "JudaicaFest", comprising end-on conferences of the British Association for Jewish Studies (on the theme "Normative Judaism"), The Jewish Law Association, and a colloquium on "Jewish Culture in the Age of Globalisation", including featured speakers, will be held in Manchester in the week commencing Sunday 20th July 2008.

The object of the combination of conferences is to explore the relationship between “classical” and “modern” Jewish Studies

Now Available:

Programme and Abstracts as at 7 July 2008

Registration Form

The Manchester JudaicaFest will commence with lunch on Sunday 20th July 2008, followed by the first session of the BAJS conference, which will conclude with lunch on Tuesday 22nd July.  The JLA conference will commence on the Tuesday afternoon and conclude with lunch on Thursday 24th July. The Globalisation conference overlaps, July 21st-23rd. The overall registration admits to sessions at any of the conferences. A social/cultural programme will be organised in the evenings.

A single registration form and fee covers the entire event.

Catering throughout will be kosher, under supervision.

Registration is possible on the day, but any meals must be booked and prepaid (on the registration form linked above) by July 7th 2008.

Venue and Timetable:

The venue for sessions and meals is Staff House, Sackville Street, which is Building 6 on the Sackville Street campus, which also shows the  relationship of this part of the campus to Piccadilly.  Conference accommodation is in the nearby Weston Hall and Days Hotel (part of the Manchester Conference Centre (both part of Building 3 on this map) nearby.  This part of the campus is within easy walking distance of the city centre. See this map for the relationship of this part of the campus to Oxford Road station.

Arriving at Manchester Airport: There is a railway station inside Manchester airport, with a service three or four times an hour to Manchester Oxford Road.  Precise times can be checked on It takes about 20 minutes and costs $5-6 (a taxi by contrast might cost over $30). Best avoid the one train per hour where you have to change at Manchester Piccadilly. Manchester Oxford Road station is within walking distance of the conference. It is at the bottom left of the campus map (above): you walk one block down Oxford Road, turn left into Charles Street, cross the next intersection and you reach Sackville Street at the end. 


The registration fee for Manchester JudaicaFest is £30 for university staff; £15 for students (£10 students of University of Manchester); otherwise £50.00.  A daily fee of £20.00 is also available. Payment details are on the registration form.


The campus accommodation, Weston Hall, is a modern Hall of Residence, with single rooms only. These rooms all have en suite facilities, ethernet links and telephones. For further details, see

Weston Hall Contact Details:

Weston Hall

Sackville Street
M1 3BB
(Administration Office at Chandos Hall)
Tel: 0161 306 8080
Fax: 0161 306 8180

A limited number of double rooms at Days Hotel, immediately adjacent to the campus accommodation, are being held on a first-come-first-served basis, at rates lower than those advertised on their web sites: double rooms for double occupancy at £69.35 per night + 17.5% VAT. Breakfast is included (though you can come for a kosher breakfast to the conference building - for which a charge will be made). Days is rated equivalent to a 3 star standard; click here for further details. Requests for rooms at Days must be sent to the Centre for Jewish Studies, along with your registration form. If you want to take advantage of this, you are urged to register as soon as possible, since this block of rooms is now (May 28th) almost fully reserved.

Days Hotel Contact Details:

Days Hotel Manchester City,
Weston Building,
Sackville Street,
M1 3BB,
Phone: +44-(0)161 955 8400


Our block accommodation with the university has to be finalised four weeks before the event: we are liable in principle for all rooms retained thereafter, although the university will attempt to resell any rooms cancelled within that time. We will do our best to facilitate any late cancellations, and will reimburse registrants provided that the conference does not make a loss. However, we encourage registrants to ensure that they are covered for such cancellations by their own travel insurance, in case we are not able to make such refunds.

Bookings at other Manchester hotels must be made by you directly. The following are moderately priced and within walking distance:

* Hotel Ibis Manchester Charles Street (closest to conference), Tel: (+44)161/2725000,

* Premier Travel Inn, 112-114 Portland Street, Manchester M1 4WB, Tel: +44-0870 238 3315, (£66 per night per room)

* Manchester Business School, Booth Street West, Manchester M15 6PB, Tel: 44 (0)161 275 6303, Email: (limited availability)

Also recommended but somewhat more luxurious and expensive is the Thistle Manchester, 3-5 Portland Street, Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, M1 6DP; Phone: 0871 376 9026; e-mail:, located 10-15 minutes walk from the conference site: click here for details.


The conference food (including breakfasts and breaks) is entirely kosher, provided by I&M Caterers under the supervision of the Manchester Beth Din.  We have arranged for exclusive use of the kitchen and dining room in Staff House for the week.  Participants who do not wish to avail themselves of the conference food have a range of other facilities available within easy walking distance.


A number of bursaries for attendance at the JudaicaFest will be made to postgraduate students, particularly from Europe (including the UK). Please send applications to, indicating the nature of your study and interest in the conference, together with any offers of papers. Applications should be sent as soon as possible; the bursaries will be awarded to deserving applicants in order of receipt. Applicants should investigate cheap flights or other modes of transport, and indicate the likely cost in their applications. Bursaries may include the costs of accommodation and meals in Manchester.


Click here for the registration form, which includes costs of accommodation and meals