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.
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.
in an Era of Transition. The case of Post-Communist Eastern Central Europe (2009–)
in cooperation with SSEES at UCL (funded by the Rothschild Foundation, Europe).
- Jewish Self-Government in Poland from its inception to
the present — a critical and annotated source reader (2009–)
A project to identify, translate and comment on the most relevant and most significant sources pertaining to the history of Jewish self-government in Poland from its beginnings in the Middle Ages to the contemporary world.
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.
- Al Biruni and his world (15 February 2016)
- Science versus popular culture in medieval Jewish society (9 November 2015)
- The origins of the seven-day week (25 June 2015)
- Calendars and Religion in Antiquity and the Middle Ages (18 February 2015)
- Images, diagrams, and tables in antiquity and the middle ages (12-13 November 2014)
- The language of ancient and medieval calendars, astronomy, and mathematics (8 May 2014)
- Diversity and Unity in Ancient and Medieval Calendars (18 February 2014)
Three leading academic journals are edited by members of the department:
- The Journal of Jewish Studies (Professor Sacha Stern)
- Aramaic Studies (Dr Willem Smelik)
- Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society England (Professor Michael Berkowitz)