- Europe and the Holocaust - Shifts in Public Debates in Poland, Germany and the UK
- Graduate Student Conference: Jewish Spirituality in Eastern Europe
- New publication: The Russian-Jewish Diaspora and European Culture, 1917-1937
- International Graduate Student Conference 2012
- UCL Festival of the Arts May 7-17
- Visions of Judaism and Jewish Community in the 19th Century: The Impact of Sir Moses Montefiore
Starts: Oct 28, 2013 9:30:00 AM
May 7, 2013 1:00:00 PM
End: May 17, 2013 7:30:00 PM
Location: various venues, UCL Bloomsbury Campus More...
The panel investigates shifts in the role of the Holocaust in European public debates in the recent past. Contrasting developments in Poland, Germany, and Great Britain, we will identify common threads as well as differences in perceiving, presenting, memorizing the mass murder of European Jewries.
The Yiddish Forverts has recently published a report from the Graduate Student Conference on ‘Jewish Spirituality in Eastern Europe – a Textual Perspective,’ held at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL on 6-7 June, 2012. The article, authored by conference participant Adi Mahalel (Columbia University), is available online on the website of the Forverts: http://yiddish.forward.com/node/4589 More...
Over a period of three years, the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department at UCL has been cooperating in a research project devoted to 'Cultural Continuitiy in the Diaspora: Paris and Berlin in 1917-1937', based at the Department of European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Bath, and in cooperation with the Centre for European and International Studies at the University of Portsmouth. The project had been funded by the Leverhulme Trust Academic Collaboration-International Network scheme. Among the initiators of the project had been the late John D. Klier. More...
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Visions of Judaism and Jewish Community in the 19th Century: The Impact of Sir Moses Montefiore
Publication date: Oct 9, 2013 11:28:44 AM
Oct 28, 2013 9:30:00 AM
End: Oct 28, 2013 5:30:00 PM
Location: Old Refectory, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
For decades, Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885) has been a towering presence in the life of Anglo-Jewry, and for Jews (and non-Jews) in Europe and around the world. As president of the British Board of Deputies (1835-1874), he exerted a significant degree of control over the life of Jewish congregations in the United Kingdom.
His appointment as Sheriff of London and the bestowing of a knighthood by Queen Victoria (1837), and later a baronetcy, seemed to hold a promise for Jewish integration into the fabric of the British elite. Combining this success in the society at large with strict observance and a lifelong commitment to the Holy Land impressed Jews and non-Jews alike. His interventions on behalf of Jewish communities under duress and his longevity further added to his larger-than-life presence.
This seminar aims to investigate the ways in which Montefiore’s example encouraged Jews of the most diverse identifications to rethink – but also to re-assert – their visions of community: strictly observant communities and associations in Poland-Lithuania, ardent reformers in the United States, freemasons, secular nationalists, rabbis and intellectuals, but also followers of the secular, early Jewish nationalist movement, many of whom expressed their admiration in letters and tributes to Sir Moses.
Over the past years, a collection of hundreds of such tributes has been digitized at UCL and subsequently transcribed by volunteering students of the UCL Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies. This collection, owned by the Montefiore Endowment and on loan to UCL Special Collections, has been prepared for online presentation by UCL Library Services and will be easily accessible and fully searchable in the very near future.
The organisers wish to thank the Montefiore Endowment and the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies for making this event possible.