Modern Jewish History: A Deeper Look (New Evening Group)

Join our newly-formed evening study group, an addition to our popular daytime programme. Each week, we learn and debate together about a subject from the broad span of Modern Jewish History. Continues across the year with changing themes. No previous knowledge is necessary.


Professor Shirli Gilbert
University College London (UCL)


November 2, 2020 - 6.00 pm


December 7, 2020 - 7.30 pm

Modern Jewish History: Beginnings (2 Nov – 7 Dec)

In the first term of our newly-formed group we will explore the origins of the modern Jewish world. What was the Jewish enlightenment? What did the acquisition of civil and political rights (‘emancipation’) mean for Jews across Europe, in abstract and in practice? How did they adapt their lives to the modern world? And what strategies did they devise to address the radical changes – social, national, religious, and political – with which they were confronted?

Weekly Topics

  1. What is Modern Jewish History?
  2. Becoming Modern: The Jewish Enlightenment
  3. Emancipating the Jews of Europe
  4. Redefining Jewish Religion
  5. The Shtetl and Yiddish Culture
  6. The Birth of Modern Jewish Politics

Time: Mondays 6.00pm-7.30pm
Dates: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November & 7 December 2020
Venue: On Zoom (link will be provided before each session)
Cost: Term lengths vary – November term is x6 weeks at £187.50

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“Shirli’s history seminars are just the best.  Incredibly conscientious in her preparation, Shirli has the ability to bring history to life so that it becomes amazingly relevant to our world today.  Fight to secure a place!” – Susie & Simon


“For anyone who is interested in the period of Jewish History starting with the Enlightenment and running up to the present day, I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Prof Shirli Gilbert is an inspirational teacher , and unlike many lecture courses, actively encourages pro active participation. Reading material is provided for study before each session, and much enjoyment and knowledge is gained not only from Shirli’s teaching but also from debate between the participants under Shirli’s expert guidance.” – Melvyn

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