Hebrew & Jewish Studies


News and Events

Join us for our Virtual Fair

Register now for a virtual taster session, which will take place 4 December, 15:00-16:00 GMT. The session will be led by the Head of the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies who will provide an overview of the course and answer your questions.This session is open to students who are planning to start university in September 2018 or 2019. 

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Isaac Salkinson’s Ram and Jael

The UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department presents a student/staff production of Ram and Jael, the first Hebrew version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

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50 Year Anniversary Celebration

Fifty years ago, UCL elevated its traditional Hebrew studies, established in 1826, to an independent Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, as we all know it today. 

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Welcome and welcome back!

 A warm welcome to all our new students and welcome back to all returning students!

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Professor Willem Smelik awarded two fellowships

We are very proud to announce that Professor Willem Smelik (Hebrew and Jewish Studies) has received two fellowships, the Harry Starr fellowship at Harvard (2017-2018) and the Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2018-2019) for his research on the mixed use of Hebrew and Aramaic in early rabbinic literature, the impact of prolonged bilingualism on the conceptualization of both languages in Early Judaism, and the phenomenon of inner-Aramaic code-switching.

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Achievements of our PhD & MA students

The Department is happy to announce that Dr Noëmie Duhaut, an alumna recently awarded a PhD, has been awarded a prestigious Lady Davis Trust postdoctoral fellowship for 2017-18.

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The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken

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...

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HJS Research Seminar 1516

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. 

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HJS Graduate Seminar 1516

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.

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Departmental Research Seminar 1516

 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.

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Jews and Photography Book Launch and Evening Lecture

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.

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

Sir Martin Gilbert Obituary

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.

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

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.

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Professor Michael Berkowitz & team win prize for new app

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.

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Landscapes Within: Experience the Music

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.

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

Biblical Hebrew Summer School

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.

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

‘Searching for Exile: Truth or Myth?’

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.

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