Monday
Oct072013

New Website

The Rylands Genizah Collection. Project researcher and cataloger Dr. Renate Smithuis (Lecturer in Medieval Jewish Studies) has launched a new website offering contextual information for, and access to, the 15,000 fragments of the spectacular Genizah Collection that have been digitized and catalogued by the Rylands University Library. Especially recommended are the Stories & Images pages. Further information.

Thursday
Oct032013

New Publication

The next stage in Dead Sea Scrolls research. George Brooke has published a collection of essays entitled Reading the Dead Sea Scrolls: Essays in Method (Society of Biblical Literature, 2013). The Dead Sea Scrolls, which have long captured the public imagination, are now all available in principal editions and accessible translations. This book addresses the next stage in their analysis by raising questions about how they should be read and studied. Further information.

Wednesday
Oct022013

G.K. Chesterton's beatification

G.K. Chesterton a saint? Simon Mayers, a recent PhD student at Manchester who has published a book on Chesterton and Jews, has been cited by The Jewish Chronicle (here and here) in relation to the growing furore concerning some Catholics' agenda to have the controversial figure beatified. If anyone doubts that Manchester offers value-added to doctoral student programmes, see Simon's rapid promotion from early career academic to 'a leading British Jew' in The Washington Post, alongside Geoffrey Alderman. Further information.

Wednesday
Oct022013

Manchester Jewish Museum

Chagall exhibition. The Manchester Jewish Museum is featuring an exhibition entitled 'Chagall, Soutine & the School of Paris' which explores the work of a group of Jewish emigre artists known collectively as 'The School of Paris'. These artists had fled poverty and persecution in Russia to settle and work in Paris, where they had the freedom to pursue their artistic careers. Together they had a profound and enduring influence on 20th Century figurative art. On show until 24 November 2013. Further information.

Wednesday
Oct022013

New Publication

Between text and intertext. George Brooke has contributed a chapter entitled 'Controlling Intertexts and Hierarchies of Echo in Two Thematic Eschatological Commentaries from Qumran' in Michaela Bauks, Wayne Horowitz and Armin Lange (eds), Between Text and Intertext: The Hermeneutics of Intertextuality in Ancient Cultures and Their Afterlife in Medieval and Modern Times (Journal for Ancient Judaism Supplements 6, 2013). Further information.

Wednesday
Oct022013

Public Lecture, New York University

Politics of Arabic, politics of Arabs. Moshe Behar will present on the subject of 'Early Zionist settlement in Palestine and the possibility of pre-1948 mizrachi intellectual history' at the Hagop Kevorkian Center of Near Eastern Studies at New York University on Mon 7 Oct 2013. Further information.

Tuesday
Oct012013

New Publication

Writing the Bible. Prof. George Brooke has contributed a chapter entitled 'Some Scribal Features of the Thematic Commentaries from Qumran' to Philip R. Davies and T. Roemer (eds), Writing the Bible: Scribes, Scribalism and Script (Bible World; Durham: Acumen Publishing, 2013). Further information.

Tuesday
Oct012013

Philip Alexander on Schama's Story of the Jews

Story of the Jews: Schama got it in the neck, but got it right. Prof. Philip Alexander, FBA, comments on The Conversation about Simon Schama's BBC documentary series Story of the Jews. "Only someone who has tried to do this can have the faintest idea how difficult it is... [One of the problems] is that discourse about the Israel-Palestine conflict has reached such a low that each side is watching like a hawk to stop the other getting an “unfair” advantage." Further information.

Tuesday
Sep172013

PhD completion

Andrew Wilshere on Emmanuel Levinas. The Centre would like to congratulate Andrew Wilshere on the successful defence of his doctoral thesis The Rights of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas’s Meta-Phenomenology as a Critique of Hillel Steiner’s An Essay on Rights. The thesis was supervised by Prof. emeritus Hillel Steiner, FBA (Politics and Philosophy) and Prof. Alex Samely (Middle Eastern Studies, Centre for Jewish Studies); he was examined by Prof. Joanna Hodge (Manchester Metropolitan University, Philosophy) and Dr Veronique Pin-Fat (Politics and Philosophy). See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.

Sunday
Sep152013

UK Jewish Film Festival, Manchester

The 17th UK Jewish film festival, 30 Sept - 17 Oct 2013. Films showing at Manchester venues include: Wed 30 Oct: The Jewish Cardinal (Le Métis de Dieu). 8pm at Cineworld Parrs Wood.  UK Premiere with Gala Reception at 7.15pm. Dir. Ilan Duran-Cohen.  France 2012.  English subtitles. 90 mins. This star-studded biopic tells the story of Polish/Jewish Jean-Marie Lustiger who converted to Catholicism at 14, eventually becoming an archbishop and a cardinal. His mother was murdered at Auschwitz. An advocate for Christian-Jewish dialogue, his struggle against the construction of a Carmelite convent on the Auschwitz site plays like a crime story. Sun 3 Nov: It Happened in St Tropez (Des Gens Qui S'Embrassent). 7pm, Cineworld Parrs Wood. Dir. Danielle Thompson. France 2013. English subtitles. 100 mins. Sibling rivalry kicks off this comedy of showdowns and misunderstandings from London to Paris; New Yorkto St Tropez. Out of the rubble of arguments and haphazard reconciliations blossoms a beautiful love story, or two! Tue 5 Nov: Orchestra of Exiles: the Story of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.  8.30pm at the Cornerhouse,Manchester. Dir. Josh Aronson.  USA 2012. 85 mins. The story of Polish violinist Bronislaw Hubermann who rescued some of the world's greatest musicians from Nazi Germany culminating in what would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Thu 7 Nov: Fill the Void. 7.30pm at Cineworld, Parrs Wood. Dir. Rama Burshtein.  Israel 2012. English subtitles. 90 mins. This poignant and moving film tells the story of 18-year-old Shira, youngest daughter of a Hasidic Tel Aviv family. Shira is forced to choose between two prospective husbands - one her heart's wish and the other her sense of duty. Sun 10 Nov: Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy. 4pm at the Cornerhouse, Manchester. Dir. Michael Kantor.  USA 2012. 90 mins. Dazzling insight into the Jewish composers and lyricists who created 'The American Songbook'. This riveting, toe-tapping film features Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Kurt Weill, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Jules Styne and many others. Thu 14 Nov: Regina. 6.30pm at the Cornerhouse, Manchester. Dir. Diana Groó. Hungary 2013. English and Hungarian with English subtitles. 63 mins. Regina Jonas, the world's first female rabbi, was ordained by a liberal rabbi in Berlin in 1935. At 37 she met the love of her life, Rabbi Josef Norden. Both were deported to Theresienstadt. Only their love letters survived the Holocaust. Sun 17 Nov: In the Shadow. 4pm (Reception 3.30pm) at the Cornerhouse, Manchester. Dir. David Ondricek. Czech Republic/Slovakia/Poland 2012. English subtitles. 106 mins. Stylish film noir and historical drama set in the dark Stalinist days of early 1950s Prague. A gripping crime thriller and biting political commentary. Winner of 5 Czech film critics’ awards. Further information.

Saturday
Aug312013

The Jewish Chronicle, Diary

The mystery of fish'n'chips solved? Aron Sterk, who is completing a PhD at Manchester, has recently made a vital contribution to Anglo-Jewish history. The Jewish Chronicle reports his solution to the vexed question of the origins of fish'n'chips, which are said to lie with the Montefiores. Possibly. Further information.

Friday
Aug302013

New Publication

Chesterton's Jews. Simon Mayers, who recently completed his PhD at Manchester, has published a book entitled Chesterton's Jews: Stereotypes and Caricatures in the Literature and Journalism of G. K. Chesterton (CreateSpace, 2013). It comes at a timely moment, when the idea of the canonisation of the allegedly anti-Jewish author is being considered. Further information.

Friday
Aug302013

New Publication 2013

Cairo Genizah collection. Renate Smithuis and Philip Alexander have edited a volume entitled From Cairo to Manchester: Studies in the Rylands Genizah Fragments (Journal of Semitic Studies Supplement 31, OUP 2013). This important publication highlights the worldclass Rylands Genizah collection.  Further information.

Thursday
Aug292013

New Publication

Interfaith Relations and the Secular Academy. Philip Alexander has published an essay entitled 'Personal Reflections on the Role of the Secular Academy in Inter-Faith Dialogue' in the online resource Jewish-Christian Relations. Among other things, it explores the differences between what he calls the confessional and secular academies. Further information.

Wednesday
Aug282013

Public Lecture, Goethe Universität

Jews and Cosmopolitan Thought. Cathy Gelbin gave a lecture at Goethe Universität  on 17 June 2013. It was entitled 'Juden auf Wanderschaft: Traditionen des kosmopolitischen Gedankens'. For more on her related research project, see further information.

Wednesday
Aug282013

Public Lecture, University of Liverpool

Jews and Cosmopolitan Thought. Cathy Gelbin gave the annual Collinson Lecture at the University of Liverpool on 2 May 2013. It was entitled 'Jews on the Move: Legacies of Modern German Cosmopolitanist Thought'. Further information.

Wednesday
Aug212013

Workshops, BPS Transpersonal Section Conference

Transpersonal Psychology and Judaism. Two CJS honorary fellows are presenters at the British Psychological Society's Transpersonal Section 16th annual conference: Les Lancaster on 'Practice in kabbalistic psychology: integrating tradition and the transpersonal', and Elliot Cohen on 'Niggunim: Meditative Melodies from the Hasidic Tradition'. Scarborough, 20-22 Sept 2013. Further information.

Wednesday
Aug212013

New Publication

Near death experience in Judaism. CJS honorary fellow Les Lancaster has contributed to the entry on 'Near-death experience and transcendence in Judaism' in J.H. Ellens, ed, Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife: Eternity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, volume 1 (Santa Barbara, Ca: Praeger, 2013), pp. 169-180. Further information.

Saturday
Aug172013

Plenary Lecture, Science and Religion Forum

Divine Action for Jewish Evolutionists. Daniel Langton will give a plenary lecture about Jewish engagement with darwinism at the annual conference of the Science and Religon Forum, which this year has as its theme 'Chance or Providence? Religious Perspectives on Divine Action'. 5-7 Sept 2013 at the University of Chester. Further information.

Wednesday
Aug142013

BBC Radio 4

Sunday Programme: Religious News. 11 Aug 2013. CJS honorary fellow Dr. Yaakov Wise is among those discussing how the new Manchester Eruv will affect Jewish life. Listen again: mp3 or wav.