Hebrew & Jewish Studies

The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken

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Turn of the century Paris, the Studio Angèle. The Tsar has just confirmed an appointment that Angele, the owner, knows nothing about. Suddenly, five anarchist assassins appear, planning to impersonate her and kill the Tsar...

HJS Research Seminar 1516

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The Department runs a Research Seminar every academic year, open to all students, academics and members of the public. Below is the programme for Term 2 of 2015/16. 

HJS Graduate Seminar 1516

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The Department runs a seminar each academic year for and run by its Graduate (MA/Research) students. It is also open to the public, so should you would like to attend just come on the day, no booking required.

Departmental Research Seminar 1516

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 Please click on the link below for the exciting programme of the Departmental Research Seminar programme (Oct-Dec), featuring guests from the University of Cambridge.

Jews and Photography Book Launch and Evening Lecture

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Start: Nov 24, 2015 6:30:00 PM
End: Nov 24, 2015 7:45:00 PM

Join us for a lecture by UCL academic Professor Michael Berkowitz. Berkowitz's new book Jews and Photography in Britain is the first-ever historical investigation of its type, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century and closing with the Queen's controversial photo-shoot with Annie Leibovitz in 2007. While little noticed by scholars and critics, the factor of ethnic difference in photography has been critical in the development of a distinctive visual culture in the UK.

Sir Martin Gilbert Obituary

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Sir Martin Gilbert (z''l), Visiting Jewish Chronicle Professor in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies (1995-96) : A historian of authority and meticulous scholarship…and a life-long friend to past and present students.

Dr Lily Kahn's Grammar of the Eastern European Hasidic Hebrew Tale

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A Grammar of the Eastern European Hasidic Hebrew Tale provides the first detailed linguistic analysis of the Hebrew narrative literature composed in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Eastern Europe by followers of the Hasidic spiritual movement. It presents a thorough description of Hasidic Hebrew orthography, morphology, syntax, and lexis illustrated with extensive examples. Attention is devoted to the relationship between Hasidic Hebrew and its biblical, rabbinic, and medieval antecedents; to its links with Aramaic, contemporaneous Maskilic Hebrew, and its authors’ native Yiddish; and to its contributions to Modern (Israeli) Hebrew. The grammar fills a major scholarly gap on the diachronic development of Hebrew and as such will be a key resource for anyone interested in the language’s history.

AHRC Grants PhD Fellowship for Dubno Project

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New AHRC Funded Project

Solomon Dubno and the Impact of Eastern European Jewish Learning on the German-Jewish Enlightenment

Professor Michael Berkowitz & team win prize for new app

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Professor Michael Berkowitz and his team (Yining Shen, Linda Wang, Xianjun Xiang) have created an app - 'Jewish East End, Not Quite Kosher' that has won a prize certificate from the British Computing Society and will be shortly available on the app store through UCL Advances.

Europe, the Jews of Romania, and Moses Gaster Workshop

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Start: May 19, 2014 10:30:00 AM
End: May 19, 2014 5:30:00 PM

Moses Gaster


10.30 – 11:00 Welcome, tea & coffee

11:00 – 12:00 Panel A: The European public sphere and the Jews in the 19th century

Landscapes Within: Experience the Music

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Start: May 29, 2014 6:30:00 PM
End: May 29, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Figures playing violin and flute

Member of the department of Hebrew & Jewish Belinda É. S. leads this session, taking place as part of the second annual UCL Festival of the Arts.

Biblical Hebrew Summer School

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Start: Jul 8, 2014 12:00:00 AM
End: Jul 17, 2014 12:00:00 AM

We are delighted to announce that an intensive course in beginners' Biblical Hebrew will be running at King’s College London from 8 to 17 July 2014 as part of the London Summer School in Classics. The course is organised by the King’s and UCL Classics Departments and will be taught by UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department staff.

‘Searching for Exile: Truth or Myth?’

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Searching for Exile

Professor Sacha Stern (UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies) appeared on BBC Four in a debate chaired by Ed Stourton on the controversial documentary film ‘Search for Exile: Truth or Myth?’ (Ilan Ziv, 2013), on Sunday 3 November 2013.

Visions of Judaism and Jewish Community in the 19th Century: The Impact of Sir Moses Montefiore

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Start: Oct 28, 2013 9:30:00 AM
End: Oct 28, 2013 5:30:00 PM

UCL Festival of the Arts May 7-17

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Start: May 7, 2013 1:00:00 PM
End: May 17, 2013 7:30:00 PM
Location: various venues, UCL Bloomsbury Campus

Europe and the Holocaust - Shifts in Public Debates in Poland, Germany and the UK

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Europe and the Holocaust - Shifts in Public Debates in Poland, Germany and the UK

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.

Graduate Student Conference: Jewish Spirituality in Eastern Europe

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Press Coverage: UCL Graduate Student Conference

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

New publication: The Russian-Jewish Diaspora and European Culture, 1917-1937

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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.

International Graduate Student Conference 2012

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Jewish Spirituality in Eastern Europe — A Textual Perspective

The Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at UCL is pleased to announce plans for an International Graduate Student Conference, devoted to explorations of multiple aspects of Jewish spirituality in Eastern Europe, to be held on 5th and 6th of June 2012 in London. The conference organizers invite graduate students and recent PhD holders to submit their proposals. We welcome presentations addressing any aspect of the religious history and religious culture of Eastern European Jewry, with an emphasis on their textual products. We are particularly interested in proposals which open up new perspectives and pose new questions regarding conceptual frameworks and traditional definitions used to describe Eastern Europe in the field of Jewish Studies. Topics may include:

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