Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Raphael Loewe Archives Digital Exhibition

Raphael Loewe Archives: Four Generations of Anglo-Jewish Scholarship 

Digital Exhibition 

The new digital exhibition aims to highlight selected items from the Raphael Loewe Archives (Personal Archive and Pamphlets Collection)  in tribute to Professor Raphael Loewe’s work and achievements.

It  is accompanied by a physical exhibition, which is on view at the Leopold Muller Memorial Library, Yarnton from May 23 to September 30 2012. (Opening times: Mon.-Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

The Raphael Loewe Archives contain a selection of personal papers and academic productions of four generations of Anglo-Jewish scholars: Louis Loewe (1809-1888), who because of his competence both in European and Semitic languages, and also in Turkish, was chosen by Sir Moses Montefiore to act as his ‘Oriental Secretary’ and became his close confidant. His son James Loewe (1852-1944), Secretary of the Jewish Colonial Trust and educator. His grandson Herbert Loewe (1882-1940), Reader in Rabbinics at Cambridge. His great-grandson Raphael Loewe (1919-2011), Professor of Hebrew at University College London. They span almost two centuries and their work ranged from Biblical Hebrew through Hebrew poetry and translations, medieval Jewish thought and Anglo-Jewish history. They were in contact with some of the greatest scholars of their time and were involved in many of the momentous events in Jewish history throughout this period.

The Pamphlets Collection, comprising scholarly correspondence and off-prints as well as unpublished material, was acquired by the former Fellow Librarian, Dr Piet van Boxel, thanks to the generous support of Peter and Catherine Oppenheimer and Judith and Peter Wegner. The Personal Archive was generously donated to the Library by the family after Professor Raphael Loewe’s passing in 2011, thanks to the good offices of Dr Jeremy Schonfield.

Link to the digital exhibition:

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Robert Weinberg: “Blood Libel in Late Imperial Russia: Popular Antisemitism, the Occult and the Trial of Mendel Beilis”

Professor Weinberg will explore the nature of popular antisemitism in the Russian Empire during the trial of Mendel Beilis, a Kievan Jew accused of ritual murder in 1913. Concerned citizens sent letters to the prosecution during the trial in order to buttress the government’s case against Beilis. The letters permit us to delve into the popular beliefs and practices of the literate public and provide insight into the social, intellectual, and cultural tensions caused by late Imperial Russia’s encounter with modernity.

Professor Weinberg has been teaching at Swarthmore College for nearly 25 years. His research has focused on various aspects of the Jewish experience in the Russian Empire and Soviet Union. His first book examined Jewish-gentile relations in the context of the 1905 revolution in Odessa (Blood on the Steps: The Revolutoin of 1905 in Odessa) and his second book explored the establishment of the Jewish Autonomous Region, aka Birobidzhan, in the Soviet Far East (Stalin’s Forgotten Zion: Birobidzhan and the Making of a Soviet Jewish Homeland). He is currently putting the finishing touches on a document reader about the Beilis Affair.

June 5, 2012 4:00 - 5:30 pm
210 Humanities I
UC Santa Cruz