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Spring Shapiro Lecture 2022

March 21, 2022 @ 7:00 PM CT - March 21, 2022 @ 8:00 PM CT


Elisheva Baumgarten is the Yitzhak Becker Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and the History Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She studies the social and religious history of the Jews of medieval northern Europe (1000-1400). Her research focuses on the social history of the Jewish communities living in the urban centers of medieval Europe and especially on daily contacts between Jews and Christians. It seeks to include those who did not write the sources that have reached us, with a special interest in women and gender hierarchies.

Insiders, Outsiders and In Between:
The Jews of Medieval Europe

The Jews of medieval Europe were simultaneously insiders and outsiders in medieval culture. During a period in which medieval urban centers thrived and Jews were present in many localities, they were both a theological “other” and familiar neighbors. This talk will focus on Jewish Christian relations and provide examples of the affinities and gaps between declared ideology and theology and everyday practice. The talk will examine instances of business partnerships, neighborly interactions and religious ritual and attempt to provide a complex understanding of the dynamics of daily life.



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