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.



Job vacancy, Assistant Professor in Ancient Rabbinics (University of Pennsylvania)

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor appointment in Ancient Rabbinics (1st through 7th centuries). We are interested in exceptional teacher-scholars who possess expertise in the textual traditions of Talmud and midrash, mastery of the Hebrew language and the ability to bring their subject matter into conversation with contemporaneous cultures of the Mediterranean and Near Eastern world. PhD expected at time of appointment. Subspecialty open.

Applications should be submitted online at: and include an application letter, curriculum vitae,  research statement, writing sample and the names and contact information of three references. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions for submitting their letters to the website.  Review of applications will begin November 9 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected veterans are encouraged to apply.



Teaching Fellow in Jewish Studies, King’s College London

Teaching Fellow in Jewish Studies, King’s College London

King’s College London is seeking an excellent Teaching Fellow in Jewish Studies (0.4 FTE) for the academic year 2018-19. This is a fixed-term post for 12 months, with a start date of 1st September 2018. The successful candidate will teach in the field of Jewish Studies with a particular focus on rabbinic literature and gender. Expertise in related areas, such as Jewish history and culture in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, Jewish-Christian or Jewish-Muslim relations, and Jewish Thought, is welcome.

Jewish Studies at King’s offers students the opportunity to combine the academic study of Jewish sources in their historical contexts with intense explorations of their significance for current issues and debates. In cooperation with other programmes in the Department and beyond (Biblical Studies; History; Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies; Middle Eastern Studies) and through cooperation across London and internationally, it has created a vibrant environment for excellent research and teaching.

This post offers a chance to make a substantial contribution to Jewish Studies at King’s, and to gain experience of teaching in a world-class university.

The salary will be paid at Grade 6, £33,518 to £39,992 per annum FTE, plus £2,923 per annum London Allowance FTE. This is a part time – 40% full time equivalent post.

To apply, please follow this link:

Closing date: 12 July 2018

If you have questions about the post, please contact Dr Andrea Schatz:

Job Vacancy, Librarian (Leo Baeck College)

Job Vacancy:Librarian (Leo Baeck College)

A great opportunity has arisen for the post of Librarian at Leo Baeck College to start at the beginning of September 2018. This position is the perfect chance for the right person to work in our wonderful library and to be part of the College family.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A qualification in library sciences or experience of working in an academic library.
  • Basic knowledge of Jewish Studies as an academic discipline
  • English and Hebrew language skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good IT skills overall and also particularly in relation to library management
  • Experience of working in a team but also ability to work on own initiative

Salary: £30,000 to £35,000 dependent on experience and qualifications

Post: Full-time.

Possible teaching opportunities for suitably qualified candidates.

Job shares will also be considered.

Statutory and Jewish holidays with early closing on Friday.

For a full job description and application form see the work for us section of the LBC website ( or contact Rhona Lesner on+ 44(0)20 8349 5621, email

Completed applications, including a full CV and names of referees, should be sent to: Rhona Lesner, Leo Baeck College, Sternberg Centre for Judaism, 80 East End Road, London N3 2SY

The Search Committee will begin to review applications after the closing date of Thursday 5thJuly. Interviews will take place on 18thJuly 2018.

 Leo Baeck College offers training for rabbis and educators for the Progressive Jewish world in the UK and Europe. Its degree courses are validated by Middlesex University. The College Library has holdings in excess of 60,000 titles, including a collection of rare books and archival materials.


Research Associate, University of Manchester

Research associate, University of Manchester

The post-doctoral researcher appointed will play a crucial role in the “50 Jewish Objects” project running from 1 Sept 2018 to 30 June 2021, based at the University of Manchester but involving liaison with the partners of the Northern UK Jewish Studies Network. The aim of the project is to research, select as illustrations, and weave an episodic narrative around “50 Jewish Objects”, leading to knowledge transfer activities, public engagement, study groups, professional training workshops and creative engagement/art events.

Salary range: £31,604 to £38,833.

Closing date for applications: 3 July 2018.

Further details:

Job Announcement: Jewish Liturgy and Aramaic, School of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam

Job Announcement

Young, modern, and research oriented… the University of Potsdam has firmly established itself within the sci- entific landscape since its founding in 1991. Nationally and internationally renowned scientists teach and per- form research here at Brandenburg’s largest university. The University of Potsdam is successful in acquiring third-party funds, delivers outstanding performance in technology and knowledge transfer, and has a very ser- vice-oriented administration. With about 20,000 students studying at three campuses – Am Neuen Palais, Griebnitzsee and Golm – the University of Potsdam is a prominent economic factor and engine of develop- ment for the region. The University of Potsdam has a total of about 2,750 faculty and staff members and is lo- cated in one of Germany’s most scenic areas.

The University of Potsdam, Faculty of Arts, School of Jewish Theology is seeking to fill the following position by 01st October 2018:

Academic Staff Member for Jewish Liturgy and Aramaic (m/f)Requisition No.: 240/2018

The position is a part-time research and teaching position for 20 hours of work per week (50 %). The salary is determined by the collective bargaining agreement for public em- ployees in Germany (TV-L 13 Ost). This is a temporary position limited to a term of 3 years in accordance with Section 2 subsection 1 of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Law (WissZeitVG). The language of instruction will be German or English.

We expect:

  • The successful candidate holds an MA or PhD in Jewish Studies, Rabbinic Studies or a comparable degree
  • The successful candidate will be responsible for the teaching of Jewish liturgy within the study programs of Jewish Theology (BA and MA), as well as for the teaching of Aramaic in the BA program
  • The successful candidate is able to provide an overview of the development of liturgi- cal texts and practices. This encompasses the theory of liturgy in religious traditions, particularly in Judaism, and in depth knowledge of the most important liturgy experts including their methods and positions. The candidate is able to teach the structure and development of the classical prayer books (siddur and mahzor) as well as the perspectives and creative approaches of Reform Judaism and Conservative (Masorti) Judaism. In addition to the structure of worship services, the candidate is expected to teach the life-cycle rituals, the historical development of these rituals and contempo- rary forms of these suitable for particular circumstances
  • The successful candidate is able to teach Biblical and Talmudic Aramaic at a basic level
  • Engage in research and further study in the area of Jewish Liturgy for teaching in higher education
  • Collaborate in research projects and research funding applications

    The University of Potsdam houses the first and only Jewish Divinity School in Europe. The School of Jewish Theology was founded in the tradition of the Wissenschaft des Juden- tums in 2013 ( Potsdam is an attractive historical city and its palaces are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is close to Berlin, a culturally vibrant city.

    Under the laws of the federal state of Brandenburg, employees under this contract are permitted to dedicate at least 33% of their contract time for their scientific qualification. The University of Potsdam strives to maintain gender balance among its staff. Severely disabled applicants shall receive preference in case of equal qualifications. We specifical- ly invite applications from people with migration backgrounds.

    Please send your application as a single PDF including: (1) a statement of interests and motivation, (2) a full CV, (3) academic transcripts, (4) the master’s or PhD the- sis, by May 1st, 2018, to Prof. Walter Homolka: Late applications may be considered. Job interviews will take place in June 2018.

    For further information please contact Martin Kujawa: kujawa@uni-potsdam.dePotsdam, April 13th 2018.

Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew with further specialisation in Rabbinic Literature, Aramaic or other Cognate Area, Leo Baeck College.

LECTURER IN BIBLICAL HEBREW with further specialisation in Rabbinic Literature, Aramaic or other Cognate Areas

Leo Baeck College, based in North London, UK, is seeking to recruit a permanent Lecturer (Part-time 60%- 70%, teaching only, Open Rank) in Biblical Hebrew.  The candidate should have teaching ability in a related area, such as Aramaic (Biblical, Targumic and/or Babylonian), Rabbinic Literature (Midrash, Talmud, Traditional Bible Commentaries) or other related areas such as Jewish History or Theology. The post entails teaching Introductory Biblical Hebrew Grammar in addition to modules in the candidate’s other area of specialty.  For the right applicant this position has the potential to grow in the future depending on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.  The candidate will be an active participant in the life of the College, including membership in academic committees and administrative contributions as relevant.

Leo Baeck College is a dynamic progressive rabbinical seminary in the vibrant Jewish community of North London with good library holdings. Most students at Leo Baeck College will be pursuing academic studies leading to degrees and rabbinic ordination.


Candidates must have PhD in hand by September 2018. Previous teaching experience is highly desirable.

Salary dependent on skills and experience.

The appointment will commence in September 2018.

Application deadline: 15 February, 2018. Interviews will take place the week of 12 March 2018.

Application:  Completed application form, full CV, letter of application, three references and a teaching statement focussed on the teaching of Biblical Hebrew language, should be sent to Rhona Lesner, Leo Baeck College, Sternberg Centre for Judaism, 80 East End Road, London N3 2SY.


Enquires please telephone: 020 8349 5621