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.

Tuesday
Mar272012

Rylands Haggadah in New York

Restored 14th C Hebrew manuscript preserved by experts at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands library is ready to go on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The manuscript will be the centrepiece of the exhibition 'The Rylands Haggadah: Medieval Jewish Art in Context', which runs from 27 March to 30 September. It will be flown to the United States accompanied by Conservator Steve Mooney who has spent the last eight months securing the areas of pigment and gold leaf which had started to crack and flake. Further information and Video Interview.

Tuesday
Mar272012

Student Visit

Manchester Jewish Museum and Heritage trail. On 14 March Dr Jean-Marc Dreyfus organized two visits for the students from his second year course, ‘A history apart: Jews in Europe 19th-20th centuries’. They visited the Manchester Jewish Museum, learning about the history of the museum and the community that worshipped there, and took part in the Heritage Trail around the old Jewish quarter of Cheetham Hill, a walking tour led by local historian Merton Paul in which they visited sites of great importance to the people of the community, often refugees from Eastern Europe, and heard anecdotes about their lives.

Tuesday
Mar272012

Manuscripts Excursion

Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit. On 14 March Dr Sophie Garside led a group of fifteen students from Religions and Theology and Middle Eastern Studies on an excursion to visit the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge. They were treated to a presentation of a selection of manuscripts and a talk by Dr Ben Outhwaite, Head of the Unit, and a further talk and display from our own Dr Renate Smithius about interesting manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah which are held in the John Rylands University Library, Manchester.

Friday
Feb242012

Recent Publication

Typology of Jewish Literature Project. A whole volume of the academic journal Aramaic Studies was recently devoted to the results of the Manchester-Durham Project led by Alex Samely on the literary structures of ancient Jewish texts. Aramaic Studies volume 9 (Autumn 2011) contains articles and analyses by Project team members Philip Alexander, Robert Hayward, Rocco Bernasconi and Alex Samely, and also presents to the scholarly world, for the first time in printed format, the key document arising from this four-year project: a systematic list of all key literary features that shape ancient Jewish literature. This list of literary features, called the "Inventory", occupies the final 50 pages of this 250 page volume. Further information.

Saturday
Feb182012

Recent Publication

Am ha-aretz in the Mishnah. CJS honorary research fellow Dr. Rocco Bernasconi has published an article in the Revue des Études Juives which considers how the term am ha-aretz is used in the Mishnah. The purpose of the article is to show that despite the different meanings and interpretations connoted by the term throughout the Mishnah, it is possible to find a unifying element across its usages. Further information.

 

Saturday
Feb182012

Recent Publication

The Genesis Apocryphon. CJS honorary research fellow Dr. Rocco Bernasconi has published an article in Aramaic Studies which considers the literary structure of the Genesis Apocryphon. The manuscript as it has come down to us is incomplete with both the beginning and the end missing. The article thus tries, on the basis of the extant evidence, to single out what was the original shape and literary genre of the text. Further information

 

Friday
Feb172012

Manchester Jewish Museum

Wandering Lonely Jews in the English Countryside’. On Tues 21 February, 7.30pm, acclaimed historian Professor Tony Kushner from the University of Southampton will examine the experiences of and responses to 'The Boys' who came to Britain at the end of the Second World War. Through the exploration of place, identity and Englishness, he will analyse how far the experiences of these children have become part of local narratives of the past. Venue: Manchester Jewish Museum, 190 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M8 8LW. Fee £4.00. Booking essential. Email info@manchesterjewishmuseum.com or call 0161 834 9879.

Wednesday
Feb152012

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.

Friday
Feb102012

Open Evening

Thursday 1 March 2012

After our CJS research seminar, led by former Co-director of the Centre, Prof Bernard Jackson, we will be hosting a kosher reception followed by an Open Evening in which we will showcase the activities of the Centre and its staff, including a number of current projects being conducted in the Centre. We would be delighted if you would join us for this event.

16:0017:30 Bernard Jackson (Liverpool Hope University) 
"Constructing a Theory of Halakhah"
Venue: Room 2.03, Mansfield Cooper Building
 
Please note that Bernard Jackson will give this seminar in place of Karen Adler, who had to cancel for reasons of ill health. Please also note the change of venue for the CJS research seminar series for semester two. All CJS seminars will take place in Room 2.03 in the Mansfield Cooper Building. (Building 65 on the Campus Map). See directions

17:30–17:55 Kosher Reception
Venue: North Foyer, Samuel Alexander Building (Building 67 on the Campus Map). See directions

18:00–19:10 Centre for Jewish Studies Open Evening
Venue: Room A101, Samuel Alexander Building
 
Introduction (Alex Samely
 
Short Presentations on Current Projects conducted in the Centre
Renate Smithuis Rylands Cairo Genizah
Jean-Marc Dreyfus Corpses of Genocide and Mass Violence
Bill Williams Jews and Other Foreigners
Alex Samely Database for the Analysis of Ancient Jewish Literature
Maria Haralambakis Moses Gaster’s Contribution to Jewish Studies 

MA teaching (Daniel Langton)