Tuesday
Jan082019

Public lecture, Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society

Jews in the Graeco-Roman world. Prof Sarah Pearce (Southampton) will give a lecture 'Fresh Light on Cleopatra' as part of the AIAS lecture series. The lecture is organised in collaboration with The Centre for Jewish Studies and The Jewish Historical Society of England. Mon 21 January 2019, 7.30pm. Sephardi Synagogue, 24 Wicker Lane, Hale Barns Cheshire WA15 0HQ. Further information.

Thursday
Dec202018

Jewish Historical Society Lecture

Jewish history and theology. The Jewish Historical Society Manchester Branch, partnering with The Centre for Jewish Studies, will have its first lecture of 2019 on Wed 30 January at 7.30pm. Philip Alexander (Manchester) will give a talk on "A Non-Jew Looks at Jewish History: Fifty Years Studying and Teaching Judaism." The meeting will be in A113 Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester. Further information.
Thursday
Dec202018

Scriptural Encounters

Reading challenging sacred texts. Scriptural Encounters bring together different faiths to debate and discuss controversial topics. The fourth session will be led by Philip Alexander on the topic of People of the Book: How the Abrahamic Religions interpret their Scriptures, Comparisons and Contrasts. Come along and listen or take part in the debate. 4:00-5:30pm, Thu 17 January 2019, in B2.4 Ellen Wilkinson building, University of Manchester. Further information.

Wednesday
Dec122018

New position, Jewish Studies

Part-time Lecturer Jewish Studies. Applications are welcome for a part-time position in Jewish Studies in the Dept of Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester. Tenure: 14 January 2019 to 13 July 2019. Salary: £36,261 - £39,609 per annum pro rata according to experience (0.64 FTE on grade 6). Deadline: 3 Jan 2019. Further information.

Thursday
Dec062018

Blog entry, 50 Jewish Objects

Judaica artefacts.  Stefania Silvestri has established a new blog on the 50 Jewish Objects project. Further information.

Thursday
Nov292018

Scriptural Encounters

Reading challenging sacred texts. Scriptural Encounters bring together different faiths to debate and discuss controversial topics. The third session will be led by Mohammed Ullah on the topic of Exclusivism and Supersessionism from a Qur’an Perspective. Come along and listen or take part in the debate. 4:00-5:30pm, Thu 29 November, in A115 Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.
Wednesday
Nov282018

Book prize

Holocaust studies. Congratulations to Ion Popa whose book The Romanian Orthodox Church and the Holocaust (2017) has been awarded the Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research for 2018.

Friday
Nov232018

New publication

Studies in Jewish-Christian dialogue. George J. Brooke, “Inspecting The School of St. Matthew,” in Krister Among the Jews and Gentiles: Essays in Appreciation of the Life and Work of Krister Stendahl (ed. P. Fredriksen and J. Svartvik; Stimulus Books; Studies in Judaism and Christianity: Exploration of Issues in the Contemporary Dialogue between Christians and Jews; Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2018), 101–21. Further information.

Wednesday
Nov212018

Brandon Memorial student prize 2018

Post-graduate prize. This prize is awarded annually to the student with 'the best MA thesis in the area of comparative religious studies' at the University of Manchester. For 2018, this was Lawrence Rabone, 'What does Moses Wall’s English translation of Menasseh Ben Israel’s The Hope of Israel (1650) illustrate about the existence and nature of philo-Semitism?' (supervised by Daniel Langton). Further information.

Wednesday
Nov212018

Bernard Jackson student prize 2018

Post-graduate prize. This prize is awarded annually to the student with 'the highest grade for a master's dissertation in Jewish Studies' at the University of Manchester. It honours the Centre's second co-director Bernard Jackson. For 2018 this was: Sherry Ashworth (MA in Religions & Theology), '"So little like the people in Daniel Deronda": How reading George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda  and Amy Levy’s Reuben Sachs together helps us understand both novels and the times in which they were written' (supervised by Daniel Langton). Further information.

Tuesday
Nov202018

Public lecture

Judaic Studies. Philip Alexander will be giving a public lecture to mark his appointment as Visiting Professor in Biblical Studies at the University of Chester on the subject of 'Can a non-Jew be a Jewish Theologian? Reflections on 50 Years Studying Judaism'. Wed 12 Dec 2018, 7.30–10pm. Binks (CBK011), The University of Chester. Includes discussion and wine reception. Further information.
Monday
Nov192018

New Europe College Fellowship

Interfaith Relations. The Centre wishes to congratulate Ion Popa on his 10 month fellowship at the New Europe College in Bucharest with a project entitled: "The British Connection. Jews and Judaism in the Anglican-Romanian Orthodox Interfaith Relations" which started on 1 October 2018. Further information
Thursday
Nov152018

Paper, Romania

Catholic Church and the Holocaust in Romania. Ion Popa presented a paper on the Catholic Church and the Holocaust in Romania at a Holocaust Conference at West University in Timisoara, Romania, 15 November 2018. Further information.

Thursday
Nov082018

Scriptural Encounters

Reading challenging sacred texts. Scriptural Encounters bring together different faiths to debate and discuss controversial topics. The second session will be led by Dr Dwight Swanson Co-Director and Senior Lecturer Manchester Centre for the Study of Christianity and Islam, Nazarene College on the topic of Exclusivism and Supersessionism. Come along and listen or take part in the debate. 4:00-5:30pm, Thu 15 November, in A115 Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.

Sunday
Nov042018

Catalogue, Tobias Theodores

Manchester Jewish history. Tobias Theodores was, among other things, a lecturer in Hebrew at the University of Manchester from 1866 and was one of the founding members of the Reform Synagogue in the city. The Rylands Library has recently published a blog post about the rediscovery of his papers. See also the overview of Jewish Studies at Manchester in the BAJS Bulletin, which features Theodores. Further information.

Thursday
Nov012018

Fortunoff Research Fellowship

Catholic Church and the Holocaust in Romania. The Centre wishes to congratulate Ion Popa on his Fortunoff Research Fellowship at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute. He will be working on a study of Experiences of Jews who Converted to Christianity Before and During the Holocaust. Further information.

Thursday
Nov012018

Paper, Bucharest

Romanian Orthodox Church and the Holocaust. On 19 July Ion Popa presented a paper entitled "Chief Rabbis and Patriarchs: The Relations of the Jewish Community with the Romanian Orthodox Church in the Context of the Holocaust" at the annual summer school of the Centre for the Study of the History of Romanian Jews. Further information.

 

Friday
Oct122018

Scriptural Encounters

Reading challenging sacred texts. Scriptural Encounters bring together different faiths to debate and discuss controversial topics. For the first session Rabbi Ariel Abel of Princes Road Synagogue in Liverpool will be our presenter on the topic of Exclusivism and Supersessionism. Come along and listen or take part in the debate. 4:00-5:30pm, Thu 18 October, in A213A Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.

Thursday
Oct112018

Public lectures

Genizah manuscripts and Jewish liturgy. Professor Stefan Reif, former Director of the Genizah Unit at Cambridge, will be visiting Manchester on 1st November 2018. Under the sponsorship of the Centre for Biblical Studies and the Centre for Jewish Studies he will address the Ehrhardt Seminar at 2.00pm on "Attitudes to Non-Jews Reflected in Old Jewish Prayer Books", at University Place 2.219. Under the sponsorship of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society, the Jewish Historical Society of England, and the Centre for Jewish Studies he will give a lecture at 7.30pm on "Why the Genizah Documents are Important for Jewish History", at the Sephardi Synagogue in Hale Barns, Cheshire WA15 0QH, opposite the Bull pub. Further information.
Wednesday
Oct102018

Film Programme, Berlin

Holocaust Studies. In September 2018 Berlin’s cultural centre Babylon hosted a series of film screenings and public discussion events on the Shoah and its impact on today’s cultural and political life, curated by Cathy Gelbin. Further information.