The Centre acts as a focus for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester and also as the hub for the Northern UK Jewish Studies Partnership. It is home to a number of outstanding academics in the fields of Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, rabbinic Judaism, Jewish Thought, Holocaust Studies, ancient, medieval and modern Jewish History, Film Studies, Jewish/Non-Jewish Relations, and Israel Studies.
Holocaust Studies.Jean-Marc Dreyfus has been awarded a fellowship ($30,000) at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research for a semester in 2018-19. He will work at the University of Southern California on a project entitled 'Corpses of the Holocaust: The Treatment of Corpses as Described in the Video Testimonies of the USC Shoah Foundation'. Further information.
Holocaust Studies. The 2018 Bogdanow Lectures by Prof. Jan Grabowski (Ottowa University) on 'Bystanders and the Holocaust in Poland' are now available to view online. The lectures are entitled: (1) Bystanders in Poland, and (2) The Polish Blue Police. Originally presented 29 and 30 January 2018. Further information.
Sherman community lecture. Prof. Asaf Siniver (University of Birmingham) will give the next Sherman Community Lecture, entitled '25 years of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Reasons for Failure and Prospects for Success'. 7.30pm Thu 26 April 2018. Further information.
Jews and evolutionary theory.Daniel Langton was interviewed by Geoffrey Mitelman on the subject of Reform Jewish engagement with darwinism for the US-based religion-and-science forum 'Sinai and Synapses'. 21 Feb 2018. Further information.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Bill Williams, 84. 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 in local Jewish history. His publications include the classic study, The Making of Manchester Jewry (1976), and more recently Jews and Other Foreigners (2011). At the time of his death, he was still heavily involved in the work of the Centre, co-supervising the PhD studies of Tereza Ward on a topic close to his heart, namely, social non-conformity in the Manchester Jewish community.
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