Tuesday
Apr092013

New Publication

The Persecution and Extermination of the European Jews by Nazi Germany 1933–1945. Jean-Marc Dreyfus has co-edited with Katja Happe and Maja Peers volume 5 (Western and Northern Europe 1940 – June 1942) of this German multi-volume study of the Holocaust. Further information.

Friday
Mar222013

Plenary Lecture for CCJ

Jewish and Christian responses to the Holocaust. Daniel Langton and Lord Richard Harries will give plenary lectures for a Study Day organised by the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) Yad Vashem seminar series on the topic of Holocaust Theology on 29 April 2013 in London. Further information.

Friday
Mar222013

New Publication

Edited Collection of Middle Eastern Jewish Writings. Moshe Behar has co-edited with Zvi Ben-Dor Benite Modern Middle Easterm Jewish Thought: Writings on Identity, Politics, and Culture, 1893–1958 (Brandeis University Press, 2013). This volume opens the canon of modern Jewish thought to the all too often overlooked writings of Jews from the Arab East, from the close of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. Whether they identified as Sephardim, Mizrahim, anticolonialists, or Zionists, these thinkers engaged the challenges and transformations of Middle Eastern Jewry in this decisive period. Further information.

Friday
Mar222013

New Publication

The first intellectual history of Hugh Schonfield. Owen Power, who recently completed an MPhil with Daniel Langton, has now published the dissertation as Hugh Schonfield: A Case Study of Complex Jewish Identities (Wipf and Stock, 2013). Power contextualises Schonfield and his work in the spheres of Jewish ideology and Messianic Jewish politics as a means to explain the complicated nature of Messianic Jewish identity. Further information.

Monday
Mar182013

Jewish Chronicle on Sherman Lectures

Derek Penslar responds to the Jewish Chronicle. The Jewish Chronicle has printed a short article entitled 'Israel studies professor: 1948 really was ethnic cleansing, not genocide' concerning the views of Prof. Derek Penslar (University of Oxford) who gave the 2013 Sherman Lectures at the University of Manchester on 'What is Israel Studies?' Penslar has responded to this article, which he regards as failing to 'properly represent my views on complex and sensitive topics in the history of modern Israel'. 

Friday
Mar152013

New Publication

Melilah: Journal of Jewish Studies vol. 8 (2011), edited by Daniel Langton and Renate Smithuis. Contents: 1. Daniel R. Langton, The Gracious Ambiguity of Grace Aguilar (1816–47): Anglo-Jewish Theologian, Novelist, Poet, and Pioneer of Interfaith Relations 2. Simon Mayers, From the Christ-Killer to the Luciferian: The Mythologized Jew and Freemason in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century English Catholic Discourse 3. Luke Devine, Imagining Fin-de-Siècle Anglo-Jewish Minority Sub-Genres: Proto-Feminist Visions of Religious Reform in "West End" London in Amy Levy's Reuben Sachs and Lily Montagu's Naomi's Exodus 4. Katarzyna Person, "A Constructive Form of Help": Vocational Training as a Form of Rehabilitation of Jewish Refugees in Great Britain, 1939–1948 5. Avi Schmidman, A Multifaceted Nuptial Blessing: The Use of Ruth 4:11–12 within Medieval Hebrew Epithalamia. If you wish to be informed when a new volume of Melilah appears, please subscribe for an email announcement. Further information.

Saturday
Feb232013

Exhibition

'Faiths: Selection from the collection and papers of Moses Gaster'. Elizabeth Gow and Maria Haralambakis have designed an exhibition about Moses Gaster (who was the subject of a recent CJS project) which is currently displayed in the Rylands Gallery at the Deansgate library.

Saturday
Feb232013

New Publication

Spirituality and Modernism. CJS Hon. research fellow Harry Lesser has contributed a chapter entitled 'Spirituality and modernism' to Contemplations of the Spiritual, ed R. Arya (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013). Further information.

Monday
Feb182013

Sherman Lectures 2013

Abstracts are now available. The 2013 Sherman lectures are to be given by one of the foremost experts in modern Israel Studies, Prof. Derek Penslar, FRSC, who is the Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies at the University of Oxford. The dates of the University Lectures are 11-14 March 2013. Time: 17:15. Venue: A101, Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.

Monday
Feb042013

Levinas Reading Group

Open discussions of the Philosophical Oeuvre. The reading group, which was established by Alex Samely, Professor of Jewish Thought, meets fortnightly during term time to discuss the writings of the French-Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. The close readings, which are engaged with in open discussion, are based on the English translations (although the French original is also recommended) and can be highly technical. For further information, contact alex.samely@manchester.ac.uk.

Saturday
Feb022013

BBC Radio 4

Beyond Belief: 28 January 2013. Ernie Rea and guests, including Dr. Yaakov Wise, discuss the reasons behind rising anti-semitism in Europe.  Listen again.

Friday
Feb012013

BBC News

Census data is 'way out'. Speaking on behalf of the Multilingual Manchester project, Prof. Yaron Matras has criticised the accuracy of the census data on languages in Manchester, noting in particular that 'Manchester is home to the fourth largest Yiddish-speaking community in the world, yet the census only mentions five speakers'. Further information.

Friday
Feb012013

New Publication

A Jew in Britain today. CJS Honorary research fellow Rabbi Dr. Michael Hilton has contributed a chapter to Beyond the Dysfunctional Family: Jews, Christians & Muslims in Dialogue With Each Other and With Britain, edited by Tony Bayfield, Alan Race and Ataullah Siddiqui (CreateSpace, 2012). His semi- autobiographical essay is about his own experience growing up as a Jew in Britain, and being a Jew in Britain today. Further information.

Friday
Feb012013

Public Lecture at King's College London

Scrolls and Bible. George Brooke presents the 2013 Ethel M. Wood Lecture on 'The Study of the Scrolls and the Study of the Bible' on Thursday 14th February 2013 at King's College London. Further information.

Friday
Feb012013

Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society Lecture

Iron Age Judah. Jonathan Ben-Dov (University of Haifa) presents the Anglo-Israel Archeological Society Lecture for this semester on 'Surprisingly Simple: Time Devices from Iron Age Judah' on Thursday 21st February 2013 at 6pm in the Samuel Alexander Building Room A7. Further information.

Friday
Feb012013

New Publication

Ethics and the Dead Sea Scrolls. George Brooke has contributed a chaper on 'Some Issues behind the Ethics in the Qumran Scrolls and Their Implications for New Testament Ethics' in Early Christian Ethics in Interaction with Jewish and Greco-Roman Contexts (ed. J. W. van Henten and J. Verheyden; STAR 17; Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp. 83-106. Further information.

Friday
Feb012013

Public Lecture at Menorah Synagogue

Just war? On 27 January CJS Honary research fellow Harry Lesser spoke on the topic of 'Just War, Gaza and Iran' at the Menorah Synagogue ARK series. Further information.

Friday
Feb012013

Prize awarded

International Prize for Agunah research. Congratulations to Dr. Nechama Hadari who has been awarded the 2013 ICJW (International Council of Jewish Women) Women's Academic Research Prize for her book, The Kosher Get, arising from her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Bernard Jackson. Further information.

Friday
Feb012013

New Publication

Romania and the Holocaust. PhD student Ion Popa (supervised by Jean-Marc Dreyfus) has published 'Miron Cristea, the Romanian Orthodox Patriarch: His Political and Religious Influence in Deciding the Fate of the Romanian Jews (February 1938-March 1939)' in Yad Vashem Studies 40:2 (2012). Published in English and Hebrew. Further information.

Thursday
Jan172013

New Publication

Memory, Traces and the Holocaust in the Writings of W.G. Sebald. Edited by Jean-Marc Dreyfus and Janet Wolff. This supplementary volume of Melilah emerged from a symposium that took place at the University of Manchester, with contributors from various disciplinary backgrounds. The German writer W.G. Sebald had been a scholar at the University early in his career and had been profoundly affected by the character of the city, its flanerie, architecture, urban planning, canals, ruined warehouses, and mills. With these he explored his major literary themes of German-Jewish history, traces, and memory of an evocative past. Likewise, the haunting theme of displacement and its expression through art also seems to originate from his experience of the city. Some of the essays in this volume focus on Sebald’s engagement with Manchester, while others explore broader aspects of his work and writing style, developed after he left Manchester for East Anglia. Further information.