Seminar meeting with Dr. Paola Tartakoff

Seminar meeting with Dr. Paola Tartakoff

January 11, 2017

Dr. Tartakoff discussed the similarities and differences between conversions from Judaism to Christianity in the Middle Ages, and conversions in the other direction. She focused on two examples of such conversions and showed that despite the social and cultural differences between the communities, conversion in both directions were sometimes historically linked. Thus, in some cases it may be helpful to consider these two kinds of conversion together.

Workshop with Dr. Rachel Furst

Workshop with Dr. Rachel Furst

December 21, 2016

Dr. Furst discussed the medieval Jewish courts in northern Europe. She focused on the ways in which legal documents can be used as sources illuminating the daily life of medieval Jews, especially those who turned to the court for help. By analyzing one particular case, she showed us how fruitful such an historical method could be. 

Seminar meeting with Dr. Oded Zinger

Seminar meeting with Dr. Oded Zinger

December 14, 2016

Dr. Zinger examined the Hebrew responsa, as they are represented in the Cairo Geniza, as a medieval social and legal institution. We debated the possible uses of the responsa, and wondered about the motives and intentions of the users. Finally, Dr. Zinger presented the ways in which changes in the responsa culture represent social transformations in medieval Jewish society.

M.Sc., Ph.D. and Post-doctoral positions available

May 13, 2014

We are seeking excellent, highly motivated candidates at all levels for joining our research group. Positions are available in all projects, including quantum information science, interacting quantum systems and quantum simulation, and nanoscale sensing.

For the successful applicant we offer exciting, state-of-the-art research opportunities, a friendly atmosphere, competitive compensation and the possibility for close collaboration in Israel and abroad.

Sefer Hassidim Conference: March 19th-22nd

Sefer Hassidim Conference: March 19th-22nd

March 19, 2017




ספר חסידים: הקשרים




Organized by

Elisheva Baumgarten, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Elisabeth Hollender, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt

Ephraim Shoham-Steiner, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

The National Library of Israel

Upcoming Conference- Cultural Solidarities: Colonial Modernity, Anti-Apartheid and World-Making Networks

March 17, 2017


Hosted at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER), 2- 6 April 2017
The upcoming conference is a collaboration between APARTHEID-STOPS, World Literatures--Cosmopolitan and Vernacular Dynamics Research Programme of Stockholm University and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) at the University of the Witwatersrand.

*Program to be published shortly*