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.

Thursday
Jan172013

New Publication

Normative Judaism? Jews, Judaism and Jewish Identity. Edited by Daniel Langton and Philip Alexander. This supplementary volume of Melilah is a collection of short case studies considers the issue of normatively in Judaism and Jewish identity. The questions of how and why certain aspects of Jewish life and thought come to be regarded as authoritative or normative, rather than inauthentic or marginal, have been and continue to be contentious ones. The approach adopted here is to allow distinct case studies, mainly but not exclusively from the modern period, to speak for themselves. Topics include the philosopher Moses Maimonides, the composer Felix Mendelssohn, the self-perception of communal leadership in Manchester during the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries, a comparison of unpublished sermons by a British Orthodox and a British Reform Rabbi during the First World War, Orthodox rabbinic debate about war in general, representations of Jews in photographic exhibitions, the idea of Jewish music, and the academic study of Judaism itself. Further information.

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.