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Pioneering Jewish Studies.  Since 1826.

UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies is the only university department in the UK dedicated to the field of Hebrew and Jewish Studies and its comprehensive, integrated study.

Our world-class research is wide-ranging and innovative, exploring areas of Jewish Studies that are transnational, interdisciplinary, and often neglected or unknown.

Our areas of research include the Ancient Near East, early rabbinic literature, eastern European Jewish history, Yiddish culture, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and Jewish-Muslim relations. Recent research projects include Jewish time and calendars; code switching in the Talmud; Maskilic Hebrew; the Jews and photography; intercession (‘shtadlanut’) in Jewish political tradition; and gender in modern Hebrew literature. We explore new areas of research; our contributions to understanding and knowledge are significant, pioneering, and world-leading.

We have run several international research collaborations with colleagues in Israel, Germany, Poland, and the USA. In the last ten years, the Department has won major research grants from the ERC (European Research Council), AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council), Leverhulme, and the British Academy, and has hosted a number of postdoctoral fellowships. Research students have undertaken doctorates in a very wide range of subjects.

Our location in the heart of Bloomsbury gives us close access to a wide range of libraries and unique research facilities, and to its vibrant, interdisciplinary research community.

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.

 

Research Students
NameSupervisor(s)Thesis TitleContact 
Yoni BirnbaumProf. Sacha SternInclusivism in the Works of Twentieth Century Jewish American Orthodox Posqimemail Yoni 

Joseph Citron

Joseph Citron…
Prof. Sacha Stern, Dr. Tali LoewenthalAssessing the vision of R. Isaiah Horowitz’s Shnei Luhot Haberit as a model of Jewish Pietism in the 17th Century.email Joseph 

Noemie Duhaut

Noemie Duhaut…
Dr. Francois Guesnet; Dr. Bojan AleksovThe Europeanisation of French Jews: French Jewish perceptions of Jews in Southeast Europe, 1840 to 1880email Noemie 
Deborah FisherProf. Willem Smelik email Deborah 
Jonathan GharianiProf. Neill LocheryPaths to Peace: A comparative analysis of different approaches to peace efforts in the Middle Eastemail Jonathan 
Felicity GriffithsProf. Michael BerkowitzEthnicity and Minority Groups in the Colleges of London Universityemail Felicity 
Adam GowerProf. Michael BerkowitzJacob Schiff and the Financing of Japanemail Adam 

Zuzanna Krzemien

Zuzanna Krzemien…
Dr. Francois Guesnet, Prof. Ada Rapoport-AlbertSolomon Dubno and the Impact of Easter European Jewish Learning on the German-Jewish Enlightenmentemail Zuzanna 
Jonathan LewisProf. Michael BerkowitzJewish Chaplaincy in the British Armed Forces , from 1892 until todayemail Jonathan 
Paul MooreProf. Willem Smelik, Dr Lily Kahn email Paul 
Wojtek Rappak  email Wojtek 

Natalia Romik

Natalia Romik…
Prof. Murray Fraser, Prof. Jonathan Hill, Dr. Francois Guesnet   
Anne SittigProf. Sacha Stern email Anne 
Past Research Projects

Isaac Salkinson’s Ram and Jael: Arts and Humanities Research Council funded production of the first Hebrew version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Medieval Christian and Jewish Calendar Texts from England and Franco-GermanyA Leverhulme-Funded research project. (2011-2013)

The Jewish Calendar in Early Islamic Sources: A Leverhulme-Funded research project. (2010–2012)

Medieval Monographs on the Jewish Calendar: A major Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded research project. (2008–2013)

Introductory Poems to the Babylonian TargumsA 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.

ERC Calendars Project Workshops & Conference
Journals

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

ERC Workshops
 
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