Institute of Archaeology


Insights into the Jewish Homeland a Thousand Years Ago

29 October 2019, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Manuscript T-S K21.69 — A late medieval guide to Jewish tombs in the land of Israel. Image courtesy of AIAS, By permission of Cambridge University Library.

The UCL Institute of Archaeology and Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society will jointly host a lecture by Stefan Reif (University of Cambridge) on 29 October.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Dr Rachael Sparks


Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6
Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

An exploration of the political and historical background of Jewish communities in the homeland before, during and after the Crusader period. Learn more about the Cairo Genizah and see some remarkable manuscripts; discover what these communities achieved, and how they interacted with those in Babylonia.

The lecture will finish approximately 7:00 pm, followed by questions, then a wine reception; all welcome. Admission free without ticket.

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About the Speaker

Stefan Reif

Emeritus Professor of Medieval Hebrew Studies and Fellow of St John’s College at University of Cambridge

Stefan Reif is Emeritus Professor of Medieval Hebrew Studies, and Fellow of St John’s College in the University of Cambridge. He also holds senior research posts at the Universities of Haifa and Tel Aviv. Founding Director of the Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge University Library, Professor Reif is author of numerous books and over 400 articles, and has lectured widely across Europe, Israel, Canada and the USA.

More about Stefan Reif