Monthly Archives: August 2023

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards give opportunities to U.S. citizens to teach, research and carry out professional projects around the world.  Through Fulbright awards, participants advance their professional and academic interests, promote mutual understanding, and collaborate with partners around the world. At a time when we face many global challenges, international engagement is more important than ever.

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Assistant Professor, University of Texas

The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies (SCJS) in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a faculty appointment without tenure at the rank of Assistant Professor of Instruction to begin in fall semester 2024. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses for SCJS, one-third of the Assistant Professor of Instruction in Jewish Studies’ effort will be committed to service as SCJS Assistant Director. We invite candidates from all disciplines, although SCJS priority areas of specialization include: The Jews of the Medieval/Early Modern World; North American Jewish Literature; Jews of the Mediterranean and/or Middle East.

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Online-Talk: The Beginning of Literature in Yiddish by Prof. Simon Neuberg

Sun, Aug 27, 2023 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CEST

Prof. Simon Neuberg will talk about the early development of Yiddish literature; the various theories regarding the origin of our language; and the first Yiddish texts that we have. He will also talk about Alt (Old) Yiddish versus Mitl (Middle) Yiddish; the different types of texts, books, writers, readers, and print shops which existed in that era. (The conversation will be in Yiddish.)

The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies and Concordia University Library Award for Best Book in Israel Studies

The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies and Concordia University Library are pleased to announce that submissions for their annual Award for Best Book in Israel Studies is now open!

The winner will receive a prize of $1000 Canadian dollars and be invited to the award ceremony in Montreal.

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Conference Report: Jews, Christians and Crafts in Premodern Towns, June 2023, Cologne

By Simone Hallstein, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln

Historically, research on medieval urban history has been divided into two distinct traditions: Either focusing on Christians or Jews, even if the same medieval sources were used. But in numerous places, Christians and Jews not only coexisted, but they were also in regular close contact and shared their daily life. 

Collector’s Tour of “The Golden Path: Maimonides Across Eight Centuries – Featuring Highlights from the Hartman Family Collection of Manuscripts and Rare Books”

Monday, August 21, 2023, 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Join Collector Robert Hartman for a guided tour of “The Golden Path: Maimonides Across Eight Centuries,” illuminating the life and impact of the multifaceted luminary and great Jewish sage across continents and cultures through rare manuscripts and books. Exhibition highlights include manuscripts in Maimonides’s own handwriting, a carved 11th century door to the Torah ark from Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue, and beautifully illuminated medieval manuscripts.
Free admission but reservations are required. For reservations, please email Limited space.

Oxford Open Doors at the Bodleian Libraries with an inside into the Kennicott Collection

Oxford, Weston Library, Blackwell Hall, Friday 8 September, 10am – 11am, 11.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

In the course of an ambitious project to compare all known texts of the Hebrew Bible in order to collate it, Oxford theologian Benjamin Kennicott (1738–1783) put together a remarkable collection of medieval Hebrew manuscript Bibles, many featuring exquisite illumination. This collection now resides at the Bodleian. View the wonderful objects in these collections at the Bodleian Libraries.