Friday
Feb102012

Bill Williams Library Opening Hours

Reference-only library for students and staff of the university, as well as the general public. Bill Williams' personal research library but also includes materials from local synagogues and personal donations. The opening hours (without appointment) for this semester are Tuesdays 10am-12pm. If you wish to use the library at any other time please email an administrator. Further information.
Friday
Feb102012

Jewish Chronicle

The Growth of the Charedim. CJS honorary research fellow Dr Yaakov Wise is one of several contributors in a debate concerning Chasidic demographics that is featured in Simon Rocker's article in the JC (9 Feb 2012). The article considers, amongst other things, the estimated population figures of the 'strictly orthodox' communities in the UK, ranging from 33,000 (JPR) to 59,000 (Wise). Further information.
Friday
Feb102012

Seminar, University of Oxford

The Significance of Moses Gaster.  Dr Maria Haralambakis, Hanadiv Fellow at the CJS, spoke at the David Patterson seminar series at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies on 8 February 2012 on 'Moses Gaster (1856-1939): The Gaster collection at the John Rylands University Library.' Further information on her research project and the event.
Monday
Jan232012

CJS Research Seminars, Semester 2

We would like to announce the CJS research seminar series for semester two.

Please note the change in venue this semester. In Semester Two, CJS seminars will take place in Room 2.03 in the Mansfield Cooper Building (Building 65 on the Campus Map). See directions.

16:00 Thu 9 Feb: Sacha Stern (UCL)
"From Qumran to Nicaea: sectarianism and heresy"

16:00 Thu 1 Mar: Bernard Jackson (Liverpool Hope University)
"Constructing a Theory of Halakhah"

16:00 Thu 8 Mar: CANCELLED DUE TO ILL HEALTH. There are currently no plans to find an alternative speaker. 
Piotr Piluk (Journalist)
Jewish Life in Poland in the communist period and after 1989 from the perspective of a monthly magazine ‘Slowo Zydowskie / Dos Yiddishe Vort’”

16:00 Thu 15 Mar: Hadrien Laroche (French Embassy in Ireland)
“When everything is still possible and there is no further reason to hope: the last Genet, Israel, Jews, anti-Semitism and the Dawn of time (1968-1986)”

16:00 Thu 10 May: Miri Rubin (Queen Mary, University of London)
"Norwich 1144, Norwich 1150, and the birth of 'ritual murder'"


We would also draw your attention to a masterclass which might be of interest:

17:30 Wed 8 Feb: Arye Edrei (Tel Aviv University)
“Why No Mishnah in Rome? Problems of the Sources and of Methodology”
Venue: Samuel Alexander Building, S2.9 (South wing, second floor)  

 

Archive: Research Seminars 2009/10

 

Sunday
Jan222012

National Theatre Live Broadcast

Travelling Light by Nicholas Wright.  On 9 February, this NT live production will be broadcast live to cinemas across Manchester (Odeon, Cornerhouse and Cineworld, Didsbury). The play, which stars Tony and Olivier award winning actor Antony Sher, is set in an Eastern European shtetl at the turn of the 20th century. It imagines the birth of silent film in a small Jewish community and later, set in 1936, looks at the golden age of Hollywood's beginnings and the many Eastern European immigrants who were working there. Further information.

Sunday
Jan222012

Internet Project

Grant award for 2 years development. The Nathan Laski Internet Resource Centre offers a careful selection of links to websites useful for teaching and research purposes in the area of Jewish Studies. It is a valued open access tool and is listed on the websites of Ben Gurion University, Queen’s University Toronto, Indiana University, Exeter University, and Stanford University, among others. The Nathan Laski Memorial Charitable Trust has awarded the Centre £2000 for further development of this resource over the next 2 years. 

Wednesday
Nov232011

Genizah Project

11th century Iraqi fragment reconstructed. One of the Genizah fragments, B5446, held at the John Rylands Library in Manchester, has been digitally recombined with others held elsewhere to reconstruct an unusual 'rotulus' or a vertical scroll with the text written parallel to the short side. It includes a passage from the beginning of the She’iltot, a mid-eighth-century Iraqi collection of public sermons on halakhic topics corresponding to the weekly Torah reading. The She’iltot, attributed to Aḥa of Shabḥa, was the first independent halakhic work composed after the redaction of the Babylonian Talmud. Further information.

 

Tuesday
Nov222011

Interfaith Panel Discussion

Muslims, Christians and Jews: What do they think of each other? CJS honorary research fellow Rabbi Dr Reuven Silverman will be contributing to this scriptural reasoning event where Muslims, Christians and Jews come together to discuss some of their religious texts on this subject. It's an opportunity for theology students to meet people of different faiths, look at key religious texts and discuss important theological concepts. Other contributors include Imam Siddiq Diwan and Reverend Dr Terry Biddington. Time and venue: 17:00 Thursday 24 November on 1st floor of St. Peter's Chaplaincy (on Oxford Road, just beyond University Place). Further information: contact Sara 07837369268 or email leoemercer@gmail.com

Wednesday
Nov162011

Philip Alexander on BBC Radio 4

Panel discussion of Judas Maccabee. On Thursday 24 November Prof. Philip Alexander, a former co-director of the CJS, will feature as a guest on Melvyn Bragg's 'In Our Time', on BBC Radio 4 at 9am. He will participate in a discussion with Prof. Tessa Rajak and Dr. Helen Bond, concerning the character and historical importance of Judas Maccabee. Listen again.

Friday
Nov112011

International Conference

From the Nuremberg code to contemporary medical ethics. Jean-Marc Dreyfus, together with Lise Haddad and Dominique Folscheid, will lead an international conference in Paris on 25-26 November, of which the CJS is a co-sponsor. Topics for discussion include: the spread of and the resistance to theories of eugenics; medicine and indoctrination; the two faces of Nazi medicine (the medicine of killing and medical progress in the Reich); medical experiments and post-war trials; the elaboration of the Nuremberg code and the conditions of its adoption and application; and the memory of Nazi crimes in medical circles and its influence on ethical thought in the 1950s and 1960s. Further information.

Friday
Nov112011

Evening Seminar

Hinduism and Judaism: Views on Evolution, Natural Disasters and Faith. The annual Hindu-Jewish Association evening seminar will be delivered by Reuven Silverman, CJS Honorary Fellow and Minister of Manchester Reform Synagogue, and Professor Nawal Prinja, Religious Education Spokesman for the World Hindu Council. It will take place on Thursday 24 November at 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. at Alexander Levy Hall, Manchester Reform Synagogue, Jackson’s Row, Manchester M2 5NH. Further information

 

Tuesday
Nov082011

'Jews and Other Foreigners': A Talk by Bill Williams

7pm, Tuesday 15 November 2011, Manchester Jewish Museum. In the mid-1800s, the people of Salford were not accustomed to “foreigners”. That was before the opening of Victoria train station and later the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal in 1894. It wasn’t long before “foreigners” were settling in Salford, and the residents had to get used to it. Two important immigrant groups who made their homes in Salford were the Jews and the Africans. 

In this talk Bill Williams, outstanding historian of the social history of Manchester, will draw parallels between the two ethnic groups. How different were their experiences?  What strategies did they each employ for their survival and for their defence? This event will be held in conjunction with the Jewish Historical Society. 

Tickets £3.50 Contact Manchester Jewish Museum on 0161 834 9879

 

Wednesday
Oct262011

New Publication

'The Jewish Reception of Paul'. Although major New Testament figures - Jesus and Paul, Peter and James, Jesus' mother Mary and Mary Magdalene - were Jews, living in a culture steeped in Jewish history, beliefs, and practices, there has never been an edition of the New Testament that addresses its Jewish background and the culture from which it grew, until now. Daniel Langton is one of an international team of 50 experts to have contributed to The Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford University Press), edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler, with his section on 'The Jewish Reception of Paul'. Further information.

Sunday
Oct232011

Research Project

Postdoctoral Fellowship on Moses Gaster. Dr. Maria Haralambakis has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship, funded by the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe for 2011-12, on 'Moses Gaster's contribution to Jewish Studies: A case-study of his work in the Apocrypha, the Pseudoapocrypha, folklore, magic and mysticism'. Further information.

Saturday
Oct152011

New Publication

Jews and Christians: Perspectives on Mission. Reuven Silverman, CJS Honorary Fellow, and Daniel Langton, Professor of the History of Jewish-Christian Relations, are co-authors (with Patrick Morrow) of this booklet published by the Woolf Institute under the auspices of the Lambeth-Jewish Forum, an informal meeting of Jews and Christians in the Church of England. It considers 'Jewish Mission' (Silverman), 'Christian Mission and Jewish-Christian Particularities' (Morrow), and 'Institutional Statements Concerning Mission' (Langton). Available for free.

Thursday
Oct132011

New Publication

'The Toledot Yeshu in the Context of Jewish-Muslim Debate'. One of the most controversial books in history, the medieval Toledot Yeshu recounts the life story of Jesus from a negative and anti-Christian perspective. It ascribes to Jesus an illegitimate birth, a theft of the Ineffable Name of God, heretical activities, and, finally, a disgraceful death. Prof. Philip Alexander, a former co-director of the CJS, has contributed to this important collection of essays with a chapter on the Jewish-Muslim dimension. Further information.

Wednesday
Oct122011

Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations

New appointment for the Co-ordinator of the International Abrahamic Forum. Francesca Frazer, co-administrator of the CJS, has been appointed to assist the Steering Committee of ICCJ’s trilateral Abrahamic Forum, which is based in Heppenheim and which represents the ICCJ’s renewed commitment to Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue. Further information.

Wednesday
Oct122011

New Publications  

The Agunah Research Unit, which dispersed in 2009, has recently published three books. These include the final report, Agunah: The Manchester Analysis by Prof. Bernard Jackson, former co-director of the CJS, Confronting 'Iggun by Rabbi Dr. Yehudah Abel, and Agunah and Ideology by Dr. Shoshana Knol. Books by two further members of the Unit, together with a Hebrew version of the Summary Report, are scheduled to appear over the next few months. Further information.

Wednesday
Oct122011

Archive of Endangered Languages

An estimated 60% to 80% of the languages in the world at present are in danger of becoming extinct. Yaron Matras' recently launched Archive of Endangered and Smaller Languages site presents samples from an archive of recordings compiled since 1984, including Jewish Neo-Aramaic, Yiddish, Ladino and Judeo-German. Further information.

Wednesday
Oct122011

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.