UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies 50th Event Celebration

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Fifty years ago, UCL elevated its traditional Hebrew studies, established in 1826, to an independent Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, as we all know it today. Since then we have remained the only university department in the UK dedicated exclusively to the field of Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

Join us for a special celebration of this fifty-year anniversary with the UCL academic community, our students, our alumni and friends.


Sacha Stern (Head of Department, HJS) Welcome address

Anthony Smith (Vice-Provost, UCL) The Department within UCL

Ada Rapoport Albert (HJS)/Tali Loewenthal (HJS) History of the Department

David Ruderman (University of Pennsylvania) The Department within international Jewish Studies

Richard Bolchover (HJS alumnus)/ Alumni perspectives on the Department

Jonathan Boyd (HJS alumnus)

Lia Kahn-Zajtmann and Emma Harris Memories of Professor John Klier

(former HJS staff and alumni)

François Guesnet (HJS) Professor John Klier memorial lecture

Philip Alexander (University of Manchester) The Department within UK Jewish Studies

Stella Bruzzi (Dean, UCL Arts and Humanities) Closing address


The programme will include a selection of cantorial performances with piano accompaniment by HJS alumni Jonathan Turgel and Belinda Samari-Stojanovic.

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