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.

Tuesday
Aug132013

New appointment

The Centre welcomes Dr. Dan Garner, who has been appointed Lecturer in Jewish Studies to cover Daniel Langton's research leave, 2013-15. Dr. Garner completed his PhD at Manchester in 2010 and is the author of Antitheodicy, Atheodicy and Jewish Mysticism in Holocaust Theology (2012).

Monday
Jul152013

Vidal Sassoon Research Grant

Grant award for the study of antisemitism. The Centre for Jewish Studies would like to congratulate Simon Mayers, who recently completed his PhD at the University of Manchester, on winning a research grant from The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The award is in support of his next project entitled 'Myths and Stereotypes of “the Jew” in English Catholic Discourse (1850-1900)'.

Wednesday
Jul102013

BAJS Student Essay Prizes 2013

Manchester students are the joint winners. The annual national undergraduate Student Essay prize of £200 offered by the British Association for Jewish Studies was shared between two students at Manchester this year: Leo Mercer for the dissertation 'Is a Nonfoundationalist Jewish Philosophy Possible? The Thought of Tamar Ross and Peter Ochs as a Case Study', which also won the university's own Philip Alexander Prize 2013 (supervised by Alex Samely), and Rhian Evans for the dissertation 'The Early Transmission and Interpretation of Malachi' (supervised by George Brooke). Further information.

Friday
Jul052013

Holocaust Workshop

Holocaust Workshop at the Imperial War Museum North. The Centre for Jewish Studies and the Imperial War Museum North are presenting a free one-day conference on Monday 7 October 2013 entitled 'The Nature of Anti-Semitism'. The conference has been organised by  Jean-Marc Dreyfus and is aimed at anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of the Holocaust, including educators, teachers, community organisers, students, or interested members of the public. To book a place, please email Victoria Howarth, Formal Learning Manager at the IWM-N. Further details.

Thursday
Jul042013

AHRC Fellowship

Cosmopolitanism and the Jews. This nine-month AHRC fellowship was awarded to Cathy Gelbin, working with Sander L. Gilman (Emory University). The £96,161 project will run from 2013-14 and will focus upon self-identified German-Jewish writers participating in modern Jewish cultural and political discourses during the 19th and 20th centuries, in order to explore how concepts of Jewish mobility and fluidity arose in particular contexts of social changeFurther information.

Tuesday
Jul022013

Corpses Project: 2nd Annual Conference

Corpses: Search and Identification in post-Genocide and Mass Violence Contexts. This second conference of the research project Corpses of mass violence and genocide aims to explore another severe manipulation of bodies after the killings: the search and identification of the remains. The organisers, who include Jean-Marc Dreyfus, are therefore calling for papers dealing with the search and recovery of bodies in the context of mass crimes. The conference will focus in particular on the twentieth century. Studies may deal with any geographical area and should focus on the methods and processes for identification, as well as the motivations and interests behind these pursuits, taking an instrumental perspective which promises to open up new avenues of research. The conference is to be held at the University of Manchester, UK, 9–11 September 2013. Further details.

Tuesday
Jun252013

Moshe Behar on Reshet Bet

Moshe Behar on Israeli Radio Reshet Bet. On Wednesday 26 June at around 7:30pm UK time, Moshe Behar was interviewed in Hebrew by the well known feminist broadcaster Ms Keren Noybach about his new book Modern Middle Eastern Jewish Thought on the daily Israeli radio programme "Seder Yom". Listen again: mp3 or wav.

Sunday
Jun232013

Jeremy Rosen on the Agunah Project

Reflections on the Agunah Project. Orthodox Rabbi and commentator Jeremy Rosen has blogged on the Agunah problem and the contribution of the Centre's Agunah Project, led by former co-director Bernard Jackson. "The Jewish Law Association has just published the proceedings of the Fordham Conference of 2012. There the noble, brave, and persistent Professor Bernard Jackson, one of the unsung moral heroes of our halachic age, presented the summation of years of serious academic [research] by the Agunah Research Unit of the University of Manchester. With little fanfare, he and his team explored every aspect and possible halachic solutions to the problem and offered answers... In my opinion, it is a scandal and a desecration of God’s Name that two years later nothing has changed... I am deeply depressed that Professor Jackson and his team have received neither the kudos nor the reaction they deserve." Further information.

Saturday
Jun222013

Leon Yudkin

The Centre notes with sadness the passing of Dr. Leon Yudkin (1939-2013) in London 8 June 2013. Dr. Yudkin was for many years until 1996 a lecturer in Modern Hebrew Literature in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester. He will be missed by his former colleagues, Prof. Emeritus Philip Alexander FBA, Ms Sophie Garside, Prof. John Healey FBA, Prof. Alex Samely, Alan Williams and others. He was author of a number of standard works on modern Hebrew literature including Isaac Lamdan: A Study in Twentieth Century Hebrew Poetry (1971), Escape into Siege: A Survey of Israeli Literature Today (1974), Jewish Writing and Identity in the Twentieth Century  (1982), 1948 and After: Aspects of Israeli Fiction (1984), On the Poetry of Uri Zvi Greenberg (in Hebrew, 1987), Else Lasker-Schüler: A Study in German Jewish Literature (1991), Beyond Sequence: Current Israeli Fiction and its Context (1992), A Home Within: Varieties of Jewish Expression in Modern Fiction (1996), Public Crisis and Literary Response: The Adjustment of Modern Jewish Literature (2001), and Israel, the Vision of A State and Its Literature (2006).