Friday
Sep142012

Public Lecture, University of Haifa

The rhetoric of bourgeois revolution and the 'Jewification of society'. On 16 January 2012, CJS fellow Marcel Stoetzler gave a lecture at the Bucerius Institute for Research of German Contemporary History and Society. Further information.

Friday
Sep142012

Anglican Clergy Training

Public Plenary on Jewish Mission. On Thu 26 July, CJS fellow Reuven Silverman and co-director Daniel Langton contributed to an Anglican clergy training day at Liverpool Hope University for the Southern North West Training Partnership on the subject of Jewish and Christian views on Mission. Further information.

Friday
Sep142012

New Publication

Antitheodicy, Atheodicy and Jewish Mysticism in Holocaust Theology. This is the publication of a PhD thesis produced within the Centre by Dan Garner (supervised by co-director Daniel Langton). The Holocaust has provoked many different Jewish theological responses. One of these has been the rejection and replacement of traditional theodicies which explain and justify suffering, with responses centred on ideas on recovery, consolation and divine mystery. Another is the use of Jewish mystical themes. This study shows how the presence of Jewish mysticism can be explained, at least in part, by this post-Holocaust collapse of theodicy. Further information.

Friday
Aug312012

Manchester Jewish Museum

Public lecture on Moses Gaster. On Sunday 12 August, Maria Haralambakis gave a lecture at the MJM entitled 'Moses Gaster (1856-1939): His Life and Work, Illustrated by the Gaster Collection at the John Rylands University Library Manchester.' Further information 

Friday
Aug312012

Melilah

Supplementary volume of Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies. This volume is entitled Normative Judaism? Jews, Judaism and Jewish Identity and is the Proceedings of the British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS) conference 2008, edited by Daniel R. Langton and Philip S. Alexander. Melilah is the Centre's interdisciplinary journal and is now available not only as an electronic journal but also in book form, published by Gorgias Press. The journal is concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras. Further information.

Monday
Apr302012

New Publication

Torah from HeavenCJS honorary research fellow Rabbi Dr. Norman Solomon has published Torah from Heaven: The Reconstruction of Faith (2012). Traditional Jewish religious belief speaks of a divinely revealed, perfect text, authoritatively expounded. The question this book addresses is one with which the author has struggled all his life: in the light of historical criticism, advances in knowledge, and changing moral attitudes, is the traditional notion of divine revelation and authoritative interpretation still valid? Further information

Monday
Apr302012

Research seminar, St Andrews

Database Project presentation. Prof. Alex Samely, co-director of the CJS, gave a talk on the 'Database for the Analysis of Anonymous and Pseudepigraphic Jewish Literature of Antiquity' to the Biblical Studies Seminar of St Andrews University on 26 April. Further information

Monday
Apr302012

Melilah  

Printed editions of the Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies. Melilah is the Centre's interdisciplinary journal and is now available not only as an electronic journal but also in book form, published by Gorgias Press. The journal is concerned with Jewish law, history, literature, religion, culture and thought in the ancient, medieval and modern eras. Back editions available in book form include vol. 6 (2009) and vol. 7 (2010), with vol. 5 (2008) to appear shortly. Further information

Friday
Apr272012

Liverpool Hope University

Lecture: Jewish Views of Idolatry.  Prof. Melissa Raphael-Levine (University of Gloucester) will speak on 'Jewish Views of Idolatry - and their Relevance to Contemporary Popular Culture'. Date: Thursday 3 May 2012 at 5.30 p.m. Venue: Lecture Theatre B of the World of Difference Lecture Block, Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD (next to the Security Lodge, turning left on Taggart Avenue from the Woolton Road end). Tea will be available in the foyer outside the Lecture Theatre from 5.00 p.m. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Friday
Apr272012

Manchester Mini-Limmud

'Jewish identity in the 21st century'.  CJS honorary research fellow, Dr. Yaakov Wise, will speak on the subject of 'Jewish Identity in the 21st Century' at the Manchester Mini-Limmud, Sunday 13 May, 5-8pm, Manchester Jewish MuseumFurther information.

Friday
Apr272012

Two Day Workshop, Liverpool University

Religious Symbolism and Discrimination: Academic and Faith Perspectives.  On 25-26 May, CJS honorary research fellow Harry Lesser will be contributing to this two day workshop which, as part of the Arts-and-Humanities Research Council’s 'Connected Communities' programme, aims to reassess the relationship between religion and symbolism as this affects religious discrimination cases. In particular, it will examine the specific question of when, if ever, it should be permissible to discriminate against the wearing or exhibition of religious symbols. Venue: Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool. Further information.

Friday
Apr272012

Council of Europe: conference paper

Living Memories of the Holocaust in Contemporary Society.  Dr. Jean-Marc Dreyfus, Reader in Holocaust Studies, will present a paper on 'The Place of Memory of the Holocaust in Historical Studies' at the Council of Europe international conference: Mémoires Vivantes de l’Holocauste dans la Société Contemporaine in Strasbourg, 1 June 2012.

Friday
Apr272012

Public Lecture, Nanjing University

'Modern Jewish Identities'.  Dr. Elliot Cohen, CJS honorary research fellow and Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Society at Leeds Metropolitan University, will give a lecture on 'Modern Jewish Identities' at the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Nanjing on 6 June 2012.

Friday
Apr272012

Recent Publication

Marriage and Divorce in the Hebrew Bible.  Prof. Bernard Jackson published 'The ‘Institutions’ of Marriage and Divorce in the Hebrew Bible' in Journal of Semitic StudiesLVI/2 (2011), 221-251. Further information.

Friday
Apr272012

Sherman Lectures 2013

The 2013 Sherman lectures are to be given by one of the foremost experts in modern Israel Studies, Prof. Derek Penslar. He will shortly take up the University of Oxford's first Chair in Israel Studies. The dates are 11-14 March 2013 and further information will be published widely nearer the time.

 

Sunday
Apr152012

Philip Alexander discusses Sherman Lectures on BBC Radio Manchester

On Monday 9 April, Prof. Philip Alexander, a former co-director of the CJS, was interviewed by Francesca Frazer on BBC Radio Manchester's 'Jewish Citizen Manchester' about his forthcoming Sherman Lecture series on 'The Messianic Idea in Judaism Revisited'. Listen again: mp3 or wav

 

Thursday
Mar292012

Bill Williams and Yaakov Wise on BBC Radio 2

Great British Faith. On Tuesday 3 April [note change of date from Monday 2 April], 10pm CJS honorary research fellows Dr. Yaakov Wise and Bill Williams will feature in the new series of the popular Great British Faith on BBC Radio 2, in which Hardeep Singh Kohli journeys to three of the most exciting cities in the UK, London, Belfast and Manchester and, in doing so, tells the story of faith in Britain today. This edition focuses on the Jewish communities of Greater Manchester, their history, culture and observance. 

 

Tuesday
Mar272012

Sherman Lectures 2012: The Messianic Idea in Judaism Revisited

You are cordially invited to attend the 2012 Sherman Lectures which are to be given by Prof. Philip Alexander, FBA, Emeritus Professor of Post-Biblical Jewish Literature at the University of Manchester, on The Messianic Idea in Judaism Revisited.

 

The lectures will be held Mon 16 – Thu 19 April at 5:15pm each day, except for the final session on Thu 19 April when we will start at 4:15pm. The venue is A113 in the Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL (Building 67 on the Campus Map). If you would like to help publicise this event, please download the poster

Series Abstract:

Messianism is integral to the theology of Judaism, and is one of the big ideas that Judaism has bequeathed to the world, influencing, as it has, profoundly, Christianity and, to a lesser degree, Islam. Much has been written on the subject, but much, I would argue, remains to be said. In this series of lectures I will attempt to draw together more than twenty years of thinking and writing on Jewish Messianism to present a systematic account of my ideas. I will offer a critical overview of previous scholarly work, discuss the problems of defining Messianism (a surprisingly tricky task), trace the history of Messianism within Judaism from earliest times to the present, and then offer a series of probes into three particular versions of the Messianic Idea – Messianism as a historical-political process, Messianism as a drama in the spiritual realm, and “neutralized” Messianism – all based on close reading of primary sources. I will then propose a descriptive, analytical grid which will attempt to capture comprehensively the structure and key motifs of Jewish Messianism, onto which any specific form of the phenomenon can be mapped, and its distinctive character, as opposed to other forms of Messianism, ascertained. I will conclude by offering, as a historian of Judaism, some reflections on the implications of my analysis for the future of Jewish theology and for Jewish-Christian dialogue.

Community Sherman Lecture (in association with the Zionist Central Council and the Jewish Representative Council): Messianism and Zionism

8pm Sun 15 April at a North Manchester Venue to be advised on booking. Tel: 0161 720 8721 by 12 April.

This talk will be a “taster” for my Sherman Lectures, “The Messianic Idea in Judaism Revisited”, to be delivered at the Centre for Jewish Studies of the University of Manchester, 16th-19th April. In it I will explore one aspect of the larger topic, namely the relationship between Messianism and Zionism. Both Messianism and Zionism have a long history within Judaism. I will trace the development of both ideas and explore how, over the centuries, they have converged and diverged. We will spend most of our time on the modern period, from the rise of modern political Zionism in the late 19th century onwards, and examine a variety of  views which see Messianism and Zionism as irreconcilable, as compatible, and as more or less identical. We will conclude by considering the implications of using messianic language in political discourse in Israel.

Tuesday
Mar272012

ICCJ Conference

New Neighbours, New Opportunities: The Challenges of Multiculturalism and Social Responsibility. Registration is now open for the annual International Council of Christians and Jews’ (ICCJ) conference, 1-4 July 2012. This year’s event will take place in Manchester and has been organized in cooperation with the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester, the UK Council of Christians and Jews and its local Manchester CCJ  branch. Conference ProgrammeTheme and Workshops. You can register now at www.iccj.org.

Tuesday
Mar272012

New Publication

How Jewish is Jewish Folklore?: The Nineteenth-Century Rise of Folklore Studies and the Claims of Jewish Cultural Authenticity. Dr Cathy Gelbin has contributed a chapter to Irene A. Diekmann et al (eds.) '...und handle mit Vernunft': Beiträge zur europäisch-jüdischen Beziehungsgeschichte (Hildesheim: Olms; 2012), 209-224. This article looks at Germany from the 1870s until World War I, when as part of a broader discourse on folk traditions and the nation Jewish folktales played an important role in defining the racial and cultural status of the Jews. As rising racial antisemitism scientifically redressed the old concept of the Jews’ essential difference, the proponents of “Wissenschaft des Judentums” (the Scientific Study of Judaism) studied Jewish folk traditions to promote the culturally productive nature of the Jewish diaspora for both Jews and non-Jews. Further information.