Tuesday
Jan152013

Manchester Limmud

Dedicated to Jewish learning in all its variety. Staff of the University and/or fellows of the Centre who are contributing to this year's Manchester Day Limmud, a full day of Jewish learning for the general public on Sunday 3 February, include Alex Samely, Ariel Abel,  Bernard Jackson, Daniel Langton, Bill Williams and Lucille Cohen. Further information.

Tuesday
Jan152013

Manchester Jewish Museum

A Nation Reborn. The Museum's learning officer Jeremy Michelson is offering a series of six Sunday afternoon talks at 2pm on the theme 'A Nation Reborn: A History of Zionism and the Re-birth of Modern Israel' (a topic not unrelated to the theme of the Centre's seminar series and Sherman Lectures this year). The dates of the Museum's talks are 17 Feb, 17 March, 14 April, 12 May, 9 June, 7 July. Further information.

 

Tuesday
Jan152013

New Publication

The Prophecy of Qumran. George Brooke has contributed a chapter entitled 'La Prophétie de Qumrân' to the book Recueils prophétiques du La Bible (Labor et Fides, 2012) edited by Macchi Jean-Daniel et al. Further information.

Monday
Jan142013

Melilah

New website. The Centre's journal, Melilah, has a new website and web-address: www.melilahjournal.org. Melilah is an interdisciplinary Open Access journal available in both electronic and book form concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras. The journal was recently awarded a small grant from the Rothschild Foundation Europe. Further information.

Sunday
Jan132013

New Publication

Unthinkable corpses, corpses unthought. Jean-Marc Dreyfus has co-edited (with Élisabeth Anstett) Cadavres impensables, cadavres impensés (Paris: éditions Pétra, 2012) as part of the Corpses of Mass Violence project. This volume brings together contributions from historians, lawyers and anthropologists who examine why human remains and corpses remain unthought of and taboo even in the context of genocide and extreme violence. Further information.

Tuesday
Dec182012

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship

Darwin's Jews: Evolutionary Theory, Jewish Thought and Interfaith Relations. Prof. Daniel Langton has been awarded a fellowship of £95,122 for a 2-year study of Jewish engagement with biological evolutionary theories, Darwinian or otherwise. It will examine the subject in three contexts, namely, the religion-science controversy, the history of Reform Judaism, and the development of modern interfaith relations. Further information.

Friday
Nov302012

Gaster Catalogue

Box list of Gaster's working papers at the John Rylands University Library, Manchester. Dr. Maria Haralambakis has completed a guide to a substantial section of the wide ranging Gaster collection at The John Rylands University Library, namely the contents of thirteen boxes of 'Gaster Papers'. It is intended to help researchers to search for items of interest in this extensive but largely untapped collection. The box list is a work in progress and descriptions of the first six boxes are at present more detailed than those of boxes seven to thirteen. Further information.

Tuesday
Nov202012

Feature in UniLife

The Moses Gaster project featured in the University magazine. Dr. Maria Haralambakis discusses two manuscripts (dated 1881 and 1801) held at the university's John Rylands Library that relate to the Gaster Project. See page 20 of the November edition of UniLife.

Tuesday
Nov202012

PhD completion

Ann Conway-Jones on early Jewish-Christian relations. The Centre would like to congratulate Ann Conway-Jones on the successful defence of her doctoral thesis Not Made with Hands: Gregory of Nyssa's Doctrine of the Celestial Tabernacle in its Jewish and Christian Contexts. Her supervisor was Prof. Philip Alexander and the external examiner was Dr. Morwenna Ludlow. See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.

Tuesday
Nov202012

New Publication

Testament of Job. Dr. Maria Haralambakis has recently published her PhD as Testament of Job: Text, Narrative, and Reception History (T&T Clark International, 2012). Gleaning insights from the Testament's widespread presence in Byzantine and Slavonic Christian churches the author examines its reception history, asserting that in these contexts the story came to be viewed as something akin to a life of saint. Further information.

Tuesday
Nov202012

Recent conference papers

Two papers on Autism in a Jewish context.  CJS fellow Rabbi Dr. Reuven Silverman gave a paper entitled 'Autism in a Jewish Context' to the ASPARRG (Autism Spectrum Psychology and Religion Research Group) at Cardiff University on 15 July 2011. He also gave a paper  entitled 'Self Transcendence in a Jewish Context: a Study of people with Autism' to the Interdisciplinary Conference for people working in Pastoral, Theological and Psychological fields called 'Physicians of the Soul' for the Kierkegaard Society at Trinity College, Oxford on 4 September 2011.

Tuesday
Nov202012

Recent Publications

'Ignaz Maybaum' and 'Jewish physicians of the Soul'. CJS fellow Rabbi Dr. Reuven Silverman has contributed a chapter on Ignaz Maybaum to J. Romain, ed., Great Reform Jewish Lives (2011) and a chapter on 'Jewish physicians of the soul' to J. Romain, ed., A Passion for Judaism (2011).

Tuesday
Nov202012

Hindu Jewish Association Manchester

'From Eternity to Here.' CJS Co-director, Prof. Alex Samely will speak on the subject of 'From Eternity to Here' on Thursday 29th November at 7pm, Manchester Reform Synagogue. Further information.

Tuesday
Nov202012

Modern Hebrew Language

A new bursary for students studying Hebrew at Hebrew University. Sophie Garside has been awarded a grant from the BFHU (British Friends of the Hebrew University) of £5000 per year for two years. These awards will be used to offer bursaries for students at the University of Manchester who need extra classes in modern Hebrew to cmpliment their ulpan sessions at the Rothberg International School at HU. For further information contact sophie.garside@manchester.ac.uk

Tuesday
Nov202012

Gaster Fellowship

Congratulations to Maria Haralambakis on new Romanian appointment. Dr. Maria Haralambakis, who has recently completed the Moses Gaster Project at Manchester, has recently been appointed a fellow at New Europe College, in Bucharest. Her new project will develop on the work she began in the UK, and is entitled, 'Moses Gaster (1856-1939) Eclectic Collector.' Further information.

Tuesday
Nov202012

PhD completion

Simon Mayers on Catholic-Jewish Relations. The Centre would like to congratulate Simon Mayers on the successful defence of his doctoral thesis From 'the Pharisee' to the 'Zionist Menace': Myths, Stereotypes and Constructions of the Jew in English Catholic Discourse (1896-1929). His supervisor was Prof. Daniel Langton and the external examiner was Prof. Tony Kushner. See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.

Tuesday
Nov202012

Research Seminar, Edinburgh University

A Database for the Literary Analysis of Ancient Jewish Texts. Prof. Alex Samely spoke on the topic of his database project to Edinburgh University's Biblical Studies Research Seminar on 2 November 2012. Further information.

Sunday
Oct142012

Holocaust Day Conference

This Holocaust day conference at the Imperial War Museum of the North is co-sponsored by the Centre for Jewish Studies. The theme of the conference is 'Hiding, Flight and Rescue under Nazi occupation'. Date: Monday 22 October 2012, 9.30am-4.30pm. Venue: Libeskind Rooms, IWM North

Speakers/topics include: Bob Moore (Sheffield University) 'Hiding and Rescue in France, Belgium and the Netherlands, 1940-1945'; Pamela Shatzkes 'Holocaust and Rescue: Impotent or Indifferent? Anglo-Jewry 1938-1945'; Ludivine Broch (Pears Centre for the Study of antisemitism) 'Rescue, Railways and the Righteous of the Nations: French railway workers and the Jewish Deportations1942-44'; Remona Aly (Campaigns Director of Exploring Islam Foundation) 'The Besa code and the rescue of Jews in Albania'.

The programme organised by Dr Jean-Marc Dreyfus, Reader in Holocaust Studies, the University of Manchester. To book a place, please email learningnorth@iwm.org.uk

Monday
Oct082012

Public Lecture at the University of Antwerp

'Why the name New TESTAMENT?' Bernard Jackson, former Centre co-director and now Professor of Law and Jewish Studies at Liverpool Hope University, will speculate on why it is the 'New Testament' rather than the 'New Covenant'. Further information.

Monday
Oct082012

New Publication

Wisdom and Understanding. A Festschrift in honour of Prof. Bernard Jackson, former Centre co-director and now Professor of Law and Jewish Studies at Liverpool Hope University, was presented at a special session at the recent Yale conference of the Jewish Law Association.