Lunch & Learn: Discovering the Cairo Genizah

Jun/06 12:15 pm -
Jun/06 01:45 pm

Gratz College Reading Room

A One Book, One Jewish Community Program

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:45pm

Gratz College Reading Room

Discovering the Cairo Genizah

Discovering the Cairo Genizah was a major event in efforts to reconstruct the history of the Jews — and the world! Many scholars played a part, including the traveler Jacob Sapir, Philadelphia savant Cyrus Adler, Solomon Wertheimer, who was a rabbi in Jerusalem, Solomon Schechter of the University of Cambridge, and two Scottish Presbyterians, twin sisters Agnes and Margeret Smith. Join us for this fascinating investigation of the events that formed the basis for our One Book, One Jewish Community selection: The Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas.

$20 by May 22, $23 starting May 23

Dr. Joseph M. Davis is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Gratz College.  His Ph.D. is from Harvard University in the field of medieval Jewish history and literature. His area of academic specialization is the cultural and intellectual history of Ashkenazic Jews in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Professor Davis has been teaching at Gratz College since 1994. He teaches a variety of courses on aspects of medieval Jewish culture and thought and on modern Jewish thought. His publications include Yom-Tov Lipmann Heller: Portrait of a Seventeenth Century Rabbi (Oxford: Littman Library, 2004) and various journal articles.  His most recent article, not yet published, traces the changing definitions of heresy among Ashkenazic Jews from the time of Rashi, about 1100, and until Moses Mendelssohn about 1780.

Kosher lunch is included.

Registration is closed.