Thursday
Feb152018

Bogdanow student report 

Holocaust studies. A recipient of a Bogdanow student travel grant, James Huyton, MA History, has written about his visit to Auschwitz. Further information.

Thursday
Feb082018

CJS annual report

For the year 2016-17. The CJS annual report for the previous academic year is now available online. Further information.

Friday
Feb022018

BBC Radio Manchester

Holocaust Studies. BBC Radio Manchester's Sunday Breakfast report by Barnaby Weston on the legacy of Fanni Bogdanow for the annual lectures and the opportunity for students to visit concentration camps. 28 Jan 2018. Listen again (3 min).

Sunday
Jan282018

Bill Williams

Manchester Jewish History. It is with great sadness that we report the death of Bill Williams, 86. Bill was Life President and founding member of the Manchester Jewish Museum and a valued colleague within the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester, where for many years he taught and researched local Jewish history. His publications include the classic study, The Making of Manchester Jewry (1976), and more recently Jews and Other Foreigners (2011). In this context, see Tony Kushner's article 'Bill Williams and Jewish Historiography' (2006). At the time of his death, Bill was still heavily involved in the work of the Centre, co-supervising PhD studies on a topic close to his heart, namely, social non-conformity in the Manchester Jewish community. His funeral will take place at 2pm on 23 February at Southern cemetery crematorium, Manchester.

Monday
Jan222018

New funding

European regional hub for Jewish Studies. Manchester’s Centre for Jewish Studies has been awarded £410,000 for Jewish Studies activities by an anonymous European Jewish foundation for the period 2018-22. In addition to enhancing the CJS’s activities, the funds are intended for the further development of a Jewish Studies network in the north of the UK, working with both academics in the region and with the local Jewish community. Further information.

Wednesday
Jan102018

MA fees bursaries in Jewish Studies 

Masters degree studies at the University of Manchester, 2018-19. This is a home/EU fees bursary for MA students who make Jewish Studies topics their main study focus in their MA in Religions and TheologyTwo bursaries will be awarded each year on a competitive basis. There are no eligibility criteria based on nationality, but please note that the bursary is restricted to the maximum cost of home/EU fees. Further information.

Wednesday
Jan032018

Research seminar

Jewish communities in Egypt. Najat Abdulhaq (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg), Jewish and Greek Communities in Egypt. A CJS and AMES seminar. 4pm on Thu 1 February in A18 Samuel Alexander Building. Further information. 

Monday
Dec182017

TV, BBC Breakfast

Israel Studies. Following the story of the decision by Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Lauren Banko was on BBC Breakfast (from 41 minutes), explaining what might happen next, 7 December 2017. Further information.

Sunday
Dec172017

Radio, BBC Manchester

Israel Studies. Lauren Banko spoke on BBC Radio Manchester about Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, 7 December 2017. Further information.

Thursday
Dec142017

Paper, University of Pennsylvania

Jews and evolutionary theory. Daniel Langton gave a paper entitled 'Darwin's Jews and Man's Place in Creation' at a one-day symposium on 'Jews and the Natural World' at the Katz Center, University of Pennsylvania, 13 Dec 2017. Further information.

Tuesday
Dec052017

Research Guide, Marmorstein Collection

Wissenschaft des Judentums. We are delighted to announce the availability of Brad Sabin Hill's Guide to the Marmorstein Collection. Arthur Marmorstein (1882-1946) was a prominent Hungarian-born rabbi, theologian and proponent of Wissenschaft des Judentums, based at Jews' College, London. His collection, housed in the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, holds over 250 titles printed before 1800, most in Hebrew and a few in Yiddish. There are over 20 volumes from the 16th century, most in Hebrew; some 45 volumes from the 17th century, all but a handful in Hebrew; and nearly 200 vols from the 18th century, some 170 of them in Hebrew and a dozen non-Hebrew. A work of extraordinary scholarship, Hill's Guide is intended to present the collection’s thematic richness, linguistic variety, geographic range and printing-historical significance, and thereby render it more meaningful to scholars and students in diverse fields. Further information.

Wednesday
Nov292017

Workshop, University of Pennsylvania

Jews and evolutionary theory. Daniel Langton contributed a session on 'Jews and Evolutionary Theory: An Overview' at a two-day workshop on 'Judaism and the Environment' organised by Clal (an inter-denominational group of US rabbis) and the Katz Center, University of Pennsylvania, 28 Nov 2017. Further information.

Tuesday
Nov282017

Klezmer concert

The Michael Kahan Kapelye. The University's klezmer band will perform at an evening concert at the Manchester Jewish Museum, 7 Dec 2017. Further information.

Monday
Nov272017

Blog entry, Katz Center

Jews and evolutionary theory. Daniel Langton discusses a Polish rabbi's nineteenth-century book Toldot Adam [The Origins of Man] (1874), which is the earliest Hebrew translation of (excerpts of) Darwin. The blog entry is entitled 'Naftali Levy: An Interesting Species (or min) of Jewish Evolutionist'. 27 Nov 2017. Further information.

Thursday
Nov232017

New publication

Ancient Jewish Literature. Alex Samely, 'Educational Mechanisms in Ancient Jewish Literature. An Overview of Unknowns', in G. Brooke and R. Smithuis (eds.), Jewish Education from Antiquity to the Middle Ages: Studies in Honour of Philip S. Alexander (Leiden: Brill,  2017), pp. 147–200. Further information.

Wednesday
Nov222017

New publication

Dead Sea Scrolls. George Brooke, "Further Thoughts on Isaac in the Scrolls from the Qumran Caves,” in Reading the Bible in Ancient Traditions and Modern Editions: Studies in Textual and Reception History in Memory of Peter W. Flint (ed. D. Falk, A. Perrin, K.S. Baek; SBLEJL 47; Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017). Further information.

Wednesday
Nov222017

Panel, East Jerusalem

Balfour 100. Lauren Banko participated in the one day conference hosted by the Council for British Research in the Levant on '100 Years after...The British Legacy in Palestine: Balfour and Beyond'. Palestinian National Theatre, East Jerusalem, 2 November 2017. Further information.

Wednesday
Nov222017

New publication

Dead Sea Scrolls. George Brooke has co-edited HĀ-'ÎSH MŌSHE: Studies in Scriptural Interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature in Honor of Moshe J. Bernstein (Brill, 2017). His own essay is entitled "Hot at Qumran, Cold in Jerusalem: A Reconsideration of Some Late Second Temple Period Attitudes to the Scriptures and Their Interpretation." Further information.

Wednesday
Nov222017

Public lecture, Oxford University

Israel Studies. Moshe Behar gave a paper entitled "Birth of the Ashkenazi-Mizrahi Controversy on the 'Arab Question' (1910-12)". Oxford University, 1 Nov 2017. Podcast.

Wednesday
Nov222017

Honorary Doctorate, University of Lausanne

George Brooke honoured. On 1st June 2018 George Brooke will receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lausanne (Docteur h.c.). This is a great honour for Prof Brooke in recognition of 25 years of cooperation between Manchester and Lausanne, especially in the field of Biblical Studies.