Elisheva Baumgarten, Last updated, Jan. 2015


 Elisheva Baumgarten, Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe, Princeton University Press in the series Jews, Christians and Muslims From the Ancient to the Modern World, eds. R. Stephen Humphreys, William Chester Jordan and Peter Schäfer, (Princeton, 2004). Winner of the Koret Book Award for best book in Jewish history, 2005; Jordan Schnitzer Award for best book in Gender Studies, 2008; Runner Up, National Jewish Book Prize in Gender Studies, 2005. 

Elisheva Baumgarten, Imahot veYeldaim: Hayei Mishpaha beAshkenaz beYemei haBenayim, (Merkaz Shazar: Jerusalem, 2005).  

Elisheva Baumgarten, Practicing Piety in Medieval Ashkenaz: Men, Women and Everyday Observance (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014). Finalist in Women’s Studies category: National Jewish Book Award, 2014. 


 Elisheva Baumgarten, and Rebecca Winer, Double Issue of Jewish History in Memory of Elka Klein, (vols. 21-22, 2008). Vol. 21, Medieval Iberia and Beyond ; Vol. 22, Medieval Jewish Women: Gender, Family and Community.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin and Roni Weinstein of Tov Elem. Memory, Community and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Culture, Festschrift in Honor of Prof. Robert Bonfil, (Mossad Bialik: Jerusalem, 2011).

 Elisheva Baumgarten and Sylvia Barack Fishman, Nashim (vol. 22, 2012), Gender and Jewish Identity.

 Elisheva Baumgarten and Judah Galinsky, Jews and Christians in Medieval France, (New York, 2015)


 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Circumcision and Baptism: The Development of a Jewish Ritual in Christian Europe”, ed. Elizabeth Mark, The Covenant of Circumcision: New Perspectives on an Ancient Jewish Rite,  (Brandeis University Press, 2003), 114-27.

 Elisheva Baumgarten , “Medieval Ashkenazic Women”, in Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, eds. Paula Hyman and Dalia Ofer on CD-ROM (Shalvi Publishing: Jerusalem, 2007), 30 pages

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Conceptions of Childhood: Education of Young Children in Medieval Jewish Communities”, Medieval Children and Childhood, ed. Joel Rosenthal, (Paul Watkins-Shaun Tyas: Sheffield, 2007), 56-74. 

Elisheva Baumgarten, “Women’s Rituals: The Sabbath of the Parturient in its Early Modern Cultural Context”, Festschrift in honor of Prof. Eric Zimmer, ed. Gershon Bacon et al., (Bar Ilan University Press: Ramat Gan, 2008) 11-28 [Hebrew].

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Judaism” in Children and Childhood in World Religions: Primary Sources and Texts, ed. Don S. Browning and Marcia J. Bunge, (Rutgers University Press: 2009), 15-83.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “And they do nicely”: A Reappraisal of Menstruating Women’s Refusal to Enter the Sanctuary in Medieval Ashkenaz”, Ta-Shma in memoriam, ed. Rami Reiner et al., (Jerusalem, 2011) 85-104 [Hebrew].

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Two Tales of Pious Pretenders: Gender and Piety in Medieval Culture”, Tov Elem. Memory, Community and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Culture, Festschrift in Honor of Prof. Robert Bonfil, (Jerusalem, 2011), 68-90 [Hebrew]

 Elisheva Baumgarten (PI), Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (PI) and Roni Weinstein (PI), "Reuven Bonfil – Rabbi, Historian and Baroque Individual", Tov Elem. Memory, Community and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Culture, Festschrift in Honor of Prof. Robert Bonfil, (Jerusalem, 2011), 13-20.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Seeking Signs? Jews, Christians and Proof by Fire in Medieval Germany and Northern France”, in Elisheva Carlebach and J.J. Schachter, New Perspectives on Jewish-Christian Relations, (Leiden, 2011), 205-225.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Genders in Jewish Households”, Oxford Handbook on Women and Gender in the Middle Ages, ed. Judith Bennett and Ruth Karras, (Oxford University Press, 2012), 213-228.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Gender in der aschkenasischen Synagoge im Hochmittelalter” in Die SchUM-Gemeinden Speyer - Worms Mainz. Auf dem Weg zum Welterbe, eds. Pia Haberer und Ursula Reuters (Regensburg, 2013), 63-75.

Elisheva Baumgarten, "Medieval Jews and Judaism in Christian Contexts", in Bloomsbury Companion to Jewish History, ed. Dean Bell (London, 2013), 121-46.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Christian Time in a Jewish Miscellany: A Hebrew Christian Calendar from Thirteenth Century Northern France” Religious Cohabitation in European Towns, eds. John Tolan and Stephan Boissilier (Turnhout, 2014), 169-84.

 Elisheva Baumgarten and Judah D. Galinsky, “Introduction: Jews and Christians in Thirteenth Century France”, in Jews and Christians in Thirteenth Century France, (New York, 2015), 1-14.


 Elisheva Baumgarten, “The Medieval European Jewish Family in Context”, Cambridge Medieval Jewish History, ed. Robert Chazan and Marina Rustow, (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press) 8000 word typescript.  

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Medieval Jewish Life Cycle and Annual Cycle Rituals in Christian Europe”, Cambridge Medieval Jewish History, ed. Robert Chazan and Marina Rustow, (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press), 8000 word typescript.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Motherhood and Ma’asim: Maternal Agency in Medieval Hebrew Stories”, Images of Mothers in Jewish Culture, eds. Jane Kanarek and Marjorie Lehmann (forthcoming Littman Library, 6000 word typescript.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Minority Dress Codes and the Law: A Jewish-Christian Comparison”, "Le statut légal des minorités religieuses dans l'espace euro-méditerranéen (Vème-XVème siècles)", ed. John Tolan, 6000 word typescript.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Medieval Jewish History and Gender Studies: Between East and West,” in Avnei Derekh LeZvi Yekutiel, ed. David Assaf, Imanuel Etkes and Yosef Kaplan, (forthcoming 2015), 4500 word typescript [Hebrew]


 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Thus Sayeth the Wise Midwives”: Midwives and Midwifery in thirteenth-century Ashkenaz” Zion (the quarterly of the Israel Historical Society), 65 (2000), 45-74. [Hebrew].

 Elisheva Baumgarten, "As Families Remember: Holocaust Memoirs and their Transmission", Jews and Gender. The Challenge to Hierarchy, ed. Jonathan Frankel, Studies in Contemporary Jewry 26, (2001), 265-86.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Marking the Flesh: Circumcision, Blood and Inscribing Identity on the Body in Medieval Jewish Culture”, Micrologus 13 (2005), 313-30.

 Elisheva Baumgarten (PI) and Rella Kushelevsky (PI): “From “The Mother and her Sons” to “The Mother of the Sons” in Medieval Ashkenaz”, Zion 71 (2006), 273-300 [Hebrew].

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Remember that Glorious Girl: Jephthah’s Daughter in Medieval Jewish Culture”, Jewish Quarterly Review, 97, (2007), 180-209.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “A Separate People?” Some Directions for Comparative Research on Medieval Women”, Journal of Medieval History, 34, (2008), 212-228.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, Jewish Conceptions of Motherhood in Medieval Christian Europe: Dialogue and Difference”, Micrologus, 17, (2009), 149-165. Named “Article of the Month” July 2009 by Feminae – Medieval Women and Gender Index.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Shared Stories and Religious Rhetoric: R. Judah the Pious, Peter the Chanter and a Drought” Medieval Encounters 18 (2012), 36-54.

 Elisheva Baumgarten (PI) and Sylvia Barack Fishman (C), "Gender and Jewish Identity", Nashim 22 (2012), 7-14.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “A Tale of a Christian Matron and Sabbath Candles: Religious Difference, Material Culture and Gender in Thirteenth Century Germany”, Jewish Studies Quarterly 20 (2013) 83-99.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Daily Commodities and Religious Identity”, Studies in Church History 50 (2014) 97-121.


 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Charitable Like Abigail: The History of an Epitaph", JQR (2015) 9000 words, in press.

 Elisheva Baumgarten, “Shared and Contested Time: Jews and the Christian Ritual Calendar in the Late Thirteenth Century”, Viator 46 (2015) 11,200 words typescript, in press


 Book Reviews

Ruth Lamdan, A Separate People. Jewish Women in Palestine, Syria and Egypt in the Sixteenth Century, translated by Yaffa Murciano, (Brill: Leiden-Boston-Köln, 2000), Zemanim (2003), 105-9 [Hebrew].

 Susan L. Einbinder, Beautiful Death. Jewish Poetry and Martyrdom in Medieval France, (Princeton and Oxford, 2002), Zion 68, (2003), 375-81 [Hebrew].

 Renée Levine Melammed, Lift Up Your Voice, (Tel Aviv, 2001), Nashim 6, (2003), 222-29.

Christoph Cluse, The Jews of Europe in the Middle Ages, (Brepols, 2004), Zion 71, (2007), 506-12 [Hebrew].

 Carmen Caballeros Navas, The Book of Women’s Love and Jewish Medieval Medical Literature on Women; Sefer Ahavat Nashim, (London, New York and Bahrain, 2004), Speculum, 82, (2007), 688-90.

 Review essay: “Marked and Unmarked Flesh: Jewish Identity, Gender and Circumcision in Historical Perspective”, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, 26, (2008), 143-48.

 Elka Klein, Hebrew Deeds of Catalan Jews/ Documents hebraics de la Catalunya medieval: 1117-1316, Publicacions de la societat catalana d’estudis hebraics, Girona Judaica I, (Barcelona: Societat Catalana d’Estudis Hebraics; Girona: Patronat Municipal Call de Girona, 2004), Jewish History, 22, (2008), 255-62.

 Lucia Raspe, Jüdische Hagiographie im mittelalterlichen Aschkenas, Text and Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Judaism, 19,  Mohr Siebeck Tübingen, 2006, Zion, 73 (2008), 500-506.

 Alexandra Cuffel, Gendering Disgust in Medieval Religious Polemic, (Notre Dame University Press, Notre Dame, 2007), Nashim, 17, (2009), 205-209.

 Debra Kaplan, Beyond Expulsion. Jews, Christians and Reformation Strasbourg, (Stanford University Press, 2011), American Historical Review 117 (2012), 1310-1311. 

 Elisheva Carlebach, Palaces of Time. Jewish Calendar and Culture in Early Modern Europe, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2011, Shofar (2013), forthcoming in print. Appeared on line, summer 2012

 Michael Toch, The Economic History of European Jews. Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013, Zion 79 (2014), 540-47.

 Ephraim Kanarfogel, The Intellectual History and Rabbinic Culture of Medieval Ashkenaz. (Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 2012), Journal of Jewish Studies 65 (2014), 442-45.  


Elisheva Baumgarten, Esther Cohen and Ruth Rodded, “Teaching Comparative History”, in B. Z, Kedar, Explorations in Comparative History, (Jerusalem, 2009), 219-238

Elisheva Baumgarten, "Mentoring: The Next Feminist Challenge", JOFA Magazine, Summer 2011, 18-19. 


 (last seven years)

2008, Men, Women and Piety: Jewish Life in Christian Europe, Villanova University

2008, Gender and Piety: Project Presentation Historical Colloquium, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

2008, Gender and Piety: Religious Life in Medieval Europe, University of Pennsylvania, Jewish Studies Program same talk delivered at University of Michigan, Jewish Studies Program

2008, “For Women are not like Angels”: Blood, Bodily Purity and Religious Identity in the Jewish Communities of Medieval Northern France and Germany, International Medieval Society, Paris

2008, “And Manoah Went After His Wife": Models of Marital Relations in Medieval  Germany, WCJS Conference, Tel Aviv University          

2009, Men, Women and Time Bound Commandments in Thirteenth Century Ashkenaz: A Reassessment, World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem

2009, The Thirteenth Century in Medieval Ashkenaz: A Reassessment, Brandeis University conference on Gender and Jewish Thought

2009, Jews Tell Christian Tales: Two Cases from Medieval Germany, Princeton University, Jewish Studies Program

2010, Looking Pious: Appearance as a Reflection of Devotion in Medieval Ashkenaz, Jewish Studies Program, Brown University

2010, “And She Fasted All Her Days” Jewish Fasting Practices in Christian Europe, A Comparative Perspective, Medieval Studies Program, Colgate University

2010, Jewish Family History: Problems and Perspectives, 1st Annual Workshop on Family History in memory of Michael Goodich, Haifa University

2011, Gendering the Medieval Synagogue, Die SchUM‐Gemeinden Speyer – Worms – Mainz, Auf dem Weg zum Welterbe, Mainz.

2011, "And She Fasted All Her Days": Gender, Fasting and Repentance in the 13th  Century", 13th Century France: Continuity and Change, IAS Jerusalem.

2012, The Nürnberg Memorbuch as a Reflection of Medieval Jewish Society, Center for Jewish History, New York.

2012, Bread, Candles and Cloth: Jewish Identity and Daily Life, Key note speaker, Religion in the Household, Ecclesiastical History Society, University of Bangor.

2012, “These are Their Holy Days”: Jewish Conceptions of the Christian Ritual Cycle in medieval Germany and Northern France", ERC Conference, RELMIN, Treilles.

2012, participant in roundtable, opening session, Thirteenth Century: Instutionalization, Innovation and Conflict, Katz CAJS, University of Pennsylvania.

2012, Three Voices of Medieval Jewish Marriage in Thirteenth Century Germany and Northern France, Katz CAJS, University of Pennsylvania.

2012, Gender, Memory and Community in the Nürnberg Memorbuch, Program for Judaic Studies, Princeton University

2013, Christian Time in Jewish Paris, Columbia University

2013, Rites of Dissolution: Divorce in Thirteenth Century Ashkenaz, Katz CAJS, University of Pennsylvania

2013, RELMIN, University of Nantes invited speaker at a workshop on medieval Jewish-Christian interactions and everyday life.

2014, Appropriating Belief: Jewish Customs in Christian Europe, guest speaker in seminar on Belief and Unbelief, Davis Center, Princeton University

2014, Roundtable in honor of Caroline Bynum, Berkshire Conference for Women's History, University of Toronto

2014, Gender and Jewish History: A Medieval Perspective, Aaron Freimann Lectures at Goethe University, Frankfurt

2014, Without Women? Towards a More Inclusive Jewish History, Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Antwerpen

2015 The Medieval Transformation of Biblical Women, Hershdorfer Kantrowitz Brettler Lecture series at Pardes Institute (4 Lectures)