Category Archives: Events

A talk by Lucy Pick: “Literacy, Orality, and Translation: Samuel ibn Tibbon, Michael Scot, and Moses Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed” (hybrid event)

September 29, 5:00 PM (ET)

The “Religion and Writing” seminar at Columbia University investigates the roles of literacy and writing in religious traditions.

On November 14, Isabelle Levy will present on “Jewish Literary Eros: Between Poetry and Prose in the Medieval Mediterranean” (book discussion).

Film: From Cairo to the Cloud – The World of the Cairo Geniza

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – 12pm ET (Cincinnati Area)

Film Screening at the Cincinnati Klau Library at 12 pm or watch online between September 6th and 20th.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 – 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET / 2:00 am Israel

Virtual Panel Discussion with HUC Library Director Yoram Bitton, Geniza scholar Dr. Jennifer Grayson, and filmmaker Michelle Paymar by Zoom.

Talk “Gäste, Fremde, Andere in einer mittelalterlichen Synagoge” (German), by Vladislav Zeev Slepoy

15.09.2022 19:30, Alte Synagoge Erfurt

Guests, Strangers, Others in a Medieval Synagogue
The synagogue was (and remains) the center of Jewish community life. In the Middle Ages, the synagogue also served as the point of contact for “strangers” of all kinds: foreign merchants and visitors, the poor, beggars, and many other groups of “guests.” Thus, strangers were an integral part of a medieval community. Their position within the community structure was the subject of much debate: What rights did strangers have in a community? Who was obliged to pay taxes? What position did the strangers have in the synagogue and in worship? These and similar questions are discussed in detail in the medieval Jewish sources. In the lecture the position of the strangers will be described and analyzed on the basis of some source texts.

Exhibition Open: The Jews Of Corfu: Between The Adriatic & The Ionian, Sept 7, 2022 5:00 – 8:00 PM (ET)

Join for the opening of a unique exhibition, situated at both Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, featuring the colorful and storied histories of the Jews of Corfu, known to have lived in Corfu by the 12th century.

5:00-6:00: Welcome and reception at Columbia University (Rare Book and Manuscript Library)
6:45-7:45: Welcome and introductory remarks at the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary (3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027)

Talk “Mittendrin – Chancen und Potenziale der neuen Welterbestätten des mittelalterlichen Judentums in Deutschland” (German), by Simon Paulus

25.08.2022, 19:00, Gemeindehaus der Bergkirche, Osnabrück

In the Middle – Opportunities and Potentials of the New World Heritage Sites of Medieval Jewry in Germany
With the applications of the so-called ” ShUM cities” Speyer, Worms and Mainz as well as the Thuringian state capital Erfurt for the recognition of their architectural Jewish heritage as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, public interest in the history and evidence of medieval Jewish life in Germany has also increased significantly. The discussion, mostly conducted in expert circles, about the rank, evaluation and significance of individual sites and architectural evidence has made one thing clear above all: Not only the sites that have now been distinguished are worthy of attention, but also the smaller and often largely unnoticed findings of Jewish life of this era in many other places. The article will discuss the opportunities and potentials that this new attention holds for a new consideration of joint Jewish-Christian history from the perspective of pre-modernity for the present and also for the perception of the historicity of urban space, using some examples – including Osnabrück.

Talk “Die Topographie Triers in der Chronik des Salomo bar Simson über die Judenverfolgung von 1096” (in German), by Lukas Clemens

25.08.2022, 19:30, Old Synagogue Erfurt

The lecture questions the report of Salomos bar Simson on the persecution of the Jews in Trier in 1096 with regard to its topographical statements and, against this background, presents the urban structure of a cathedral city that continues to be shaped by its ancient legacies.