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18:00 - 20:00 17 June 2013

Conference – Gershom Scholem, Life and Work


J.Z. Young Lecture Theatre | Anatomy Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

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Distinguished International scholars

Part of a 3-day conference on 17-19 June.

The conference will explore the life and work of the pre-eminent modern scholar of Jewish mysticism Gershom Scholem (1897-1982). Scholem was part of a select group of German-Jewish intellectuals from the Weimar period who rejected their parents’ assimilationist liberal lives. He immigrated to Palestine in 1923 and quickly became a central figure in the German-Jewish community there which dominated the intellectual landscape in Mandate Palestine from the 1920's until the Second World War. He is widely regarded as the founder of the modern, academic study of Kabbalah, becoming the first Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and influencing scholars worldwide from that time on as well as helping spread knowledge of the subject in both the Jewish and non-Jewish world. Distinguished academics will examine his research and analysis of mystical literature spanning from late antiquity to the twentieth century.


Sara BenIsaac
+44 (0)20 7679 3520 | s.benisaac@ucl.ac.uk


Institute of Jewish Studies

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