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UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies is the only academic department in the UK dedicated to the study of every aspect and phase of the Jewish historical experience. This contrasts with the usual setting of Jewish Studies components within broad subject-areas and disciplinary frameworks. The integrity of Jewish Studies as a field of enquiry is implicit in our constitution as a department, and underpins the disciplinary diversity that marks our research-activity.

Our research-interests stretch over wide chronological and geographical spans, entail a range of both ancient and modern languages, and are pursued from a variety of methodological approaches.

Current Research Projects

Professor Sacha Stern (Hebrew and Jewish Studies) has been awarded an ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant for a research project entitled Calendars in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages: standardization and fixation. This grant, to the value of €2,499,000, is the largest ever achieved in the Faculty. The five-year project was launched on 1 February 2013, and employs a total of five research associates.

Past Research Projects

External Grant-Funded Projects

Medieval Christian and Jewish Calendar Texts from England and Franco-Germany A Leverhulme-Funded Research Project.

The Jewish Calendar in Early Islamic Sources (2010–2012)                             A Leverhulme-Funded Research Project.

Medieval Calendars (2008–2013)
"Medieval Monographs on the Jewish Calendar" (funded by the AHRC).

Introductory Poems to the Babylonian Targums
A grant from the Rothschild Foundation Europe in the Post-doctoral Research Fellowships Programme.

The Montefiore Testimonials Digitization Project
UCL Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies in Cooperation                             with the Montefiore Endowment.



Three leading academic journals are edited by members of the department: