Modern Hebrew Distance-Learning Courses, University of Manchester


The University of Manchester is offering places on distance-learning undergraduate modules in modern Hebrew. 

There are 2 levels of Hebrew courses available. Level 1 (ULHB10030) assumes no knowledge of Hebrew and will start by teaching the alphabet. Some previous knowledge of the language (knowing the alphabet and being able to read a little) is acceptable. Level 2 (ULHB20010) is a post-beginners’ level language course which builds on the language and skills acquired in Beginners’ Hebrew course. The courses will be taught in a mixed teaching environment for classroom-based students alongside distance-learning students. For further information about the three course units, visit:

The courses run on the following days but please note the timetable is still provisional.
ULHB10030 Beginners’ Modern Hebrew Language. Provisional timetable Wednesday 13:00 – 16:00
ULHB20010 Intermediate Modern Hebrew Language. Provisional timetable Wednesday 09:00 – 12:00

The courses will run for 11 weeks in Semester 1 (teaching between 3 October 2018 and Dec  2019) with a Winter break (no classes), and 11 weeks in Semester 2 (28 Jan – 7 June 2019) with an Easter break. Classes will start on Wednesday 3 October 2018.

Manchester has a limited number of fee waivers available for applicants otherwise the auditing fees are £560. For more information contact


The 2018 Selig Brodetsky Memorial Lecture, University of Leeds

The 2018 Selig Brodetsky Memorial Lecture

Prof. (emer.) Mitchell G. Ash (University of Vienna)

“Not only Freud: Jewish Scientists and Scholars at the University of Vienna, from the Habsburg era until the early Post-War years”

When: Monday, 12 November 2018, 6 pm

Where: Michael Sadler Building LG 19, University of Leeds

This event is Free, but please book via Eventbrite:  

Organisers: Centre for Jewish Studies, Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, School of Computing

Questions? Contact Eva Frojmovic, Director, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Leeds, UK — Leeds LS2 9 JT

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Christian-Jewish Relations, University of Toronto

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Christian-Jewish Relations

 The Centre for Jewish Studies (CJS), in partnership with the Toronto School of Theology (TST), invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the field of Christian-Jewish relations with a special interest in theology, broadly construed.  The postdoctoral fellow will engage in scholarship that contributes to the understanding of Jewish and Christian faiths and cultures and their inter-relationship. Housed in the CJS at the Jackman Building for the Humanities, the fellow will spend the year working on a defined research project, deliver two public lectures, and contribute to the intellectual life of the CJS and the TST by participating in reading groups, colloquia and other academic gatherings.  The public lectures will be called the Igor Kaplan Lecture in Christian-Jewish Relations.

The successful candidate will be an employee of the University of Toronto and as a member of a bargaining unit will be subject to the UofT-CUPE (Unit 5) Collective Agreement. Remuneration is $36,500 per annum. An additional $1,000 will be available for research support, including conference travel or other professional purposes.   The position begins on 1 July 2019 and will terminate on 30 June 2020.

Applicants must hold a PhD in theology or religious studies (or in a humanities disciplines where both faiths have played a role in the doctoral research), completed nor more than three years prior to the application deadline.  Persons who are ABD are eligible to apply, but if appointed the fellow must defend the doctoral thesis before June 30, 2019 in order to retain the position.

To apply, please submit by email ( a cover letter that describes the candidate’s research project, including what the outcomes will be by the end of the fellowship (publication by the end of the fellowship is not a requirement, but applicants are encouraged to describe how the fellowship will facilitate future publication). Applicants must also include a curriculum vitae, a writing sample that does not exceed 8,000 words, and three letters of reference sent directly by the referee.

Applications must be received no later than 31 October, 2018.

In accordance with the Employment Equity Policy, the University of Toronto encourages applications from qualified women and men, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, and person with disabilities. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society, Public Lecture, ‘A Hellenistic Marble Statuette of a Maenad and the Cults of Dioysos and Kore at Samaria/Sebaste’



Thursday 4th October 2018, 6.00pm (followed by refreshments)

Institute of Archaeology, University College London, Lecture Theatre G6

(Ground Floor), 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

A graceful marble statuette now in California was excavated in the British led excavations at Sebaste during the 1930s, but the figure’s identity and significance long escaped archaeologists. An animal-skin wrap, however, identifies her as a maenad, a follower of Dionysos, The statuette was dug up with several other marble sculptures, one a figure of the child Dionysos and another of Kore, Sebaste’s principal cult. The three figures could well come from a courtyard shrine, and they pose the question of the interaction of the cults of the god of wine and the goddess of the Underworld in the religious politics of the city.

John J. Herrmann is Curator of Classical Art, Emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he curated more than a dozen temporary exhibitions on Greek and Roman art. He has excavated in Italy and travelled in Israel, Jordan, and Syria. A special theme of his research is collaboration with scientists in the study of marble. He has also studied the cult of Demeter and Kore in its Egyptian form and explored its emanation into ancient Judaea.

Organised jointly with The Institute of Archaeology, University College London

All welcome. Admission free. No ticket required.

Enquiries 020 8349 5754

Jewish Historical Society of England, Facebook Group Forum

The Facebook group of the Jewish Historical Society of England is a forum for discussion and debate about all aspects of Anglo-Jewish history. Since its establishment, 125 years ago, the Society has operated to facilitate such conversations irrespective of whether the speaker is an academic or not. Consequently, the establishment of the group serves as a way to ensure that those discussions continue, utilising a modern medium. We accept everybody irrespective of background or creed providing that they do not advance hurtful or offensive comments or views. The group itself can be found here,, and any queries or feedback can be directed to Dean Irwin ( which will be dealt with promptly and, if necessary, forwarded to the appropriate member of the Society.