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SIMS / Herbert D. Katz Center Distinguished Fellow in Jewish Manuscript Studies

The fellowship, funded in part by the David Ruderman Distinguished Scholar fund, pairs a prominent scholar in any field of Jewish studies with a manuscript in one of our collections. Our goal is to bring distinguished scholars to the Penn Libraries to research the university’s rich holdings in Judaic manuscript material. Fellows will share their discoveries and expertise at a public lecture sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Penn and by offering a mini-course through edX.org (PennX-Datz1.1.x).

Fellows:

2018-2019: Elisabeth Hollender, Goethe University Frankfurt
Elisabeth Hollender is professor of Jewish Studies at the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. Her primary area of study is Mediaeval Hebrew literature with a special emphasis on liturgical poetry, liturgy, and commentarial literature. For the fellowship, she will turn her attention to CAJS Rar MS 382, a thirteenth-century Mahzor, to reveal how this seemingly ordinary manuscript can shed new insight into the understanding of medieval Jewish liturgy.

Public Lecture: A Mahzor is a Mahzor is a Mahzor? Studying UPenn Rare MS 382. To be held Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in the Class of 1978 Pavilion in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

2017-2018: Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne)
Judith Olszowy-Schlanger is professor of medieval Hebrew palaeography at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne), Paris. Her main research interests include Hebrew manuscripts, the Cairo Geniza, Karaite studies, Hebrew grammatical traditions and legal traditions in the Middle Ages. She will examine the paleographic features of a selection of manuscripts in Penn Libraries.

Public Lecture: Genizah Scribes at Work, held Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in the Class of 1978 Pavilion in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. Recording available here.

MOOC: Coming soon!

2016-2017: Alessandro Guetta Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO)
Alessandro Guetta is a professor of Jewish intellectual history at INALCO in Paris.  His publications include monographs on Niccol Machiavelli (Invito alla lettura di Machiavelli, 1991) and philosopher and Kabbalist Elijah Benamozegh (Philosophy and Kabbalah: Elijah Benamozegh and the Reconciliation of Western Thought and Jewish Esotericism, 2009). Professor Guetta will devote his study to Malkiel Aschkenazi’s Tavnith ha-mishkan and Hanukath ha-bayith (now CAJS Rar Ms 460), produced in Mantua in the early seventeenth century.

Public lecture: “No Longer Alien Residents”: Italian Jewish Texts in the Late Renaissance, Tuesday, February 27, 2018, in the Class of 1978 Pavilion in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. Recording available here.

MOOC: The Tabernacle in Word & Image: An Italian Jewish Manuscript Revealed. Available here.

2015-2016:  Y. Tzvi Langermann, Professor of Arabic, Bar-Ilan University
Professor Langerman is an internationally recognized authority on Hebrew and Arabic medicine and the study of scientific manuscripts, will be in residence in the summer of 2015 to research and catalog a 15th-century Sicilian medical miscellany containing texts and notes written in Judeo-Arabic, Hebrew, and Arabic. The manuscript is a recent addition to the Penn Libraries’ extensive collection of medieval and early modern scientific manuscripts.

Public lecture: Tales of Three Texts: The Judaeo-Arabic and Hebrew Medical Texts in UPenn MS Codex 1649. Held Thursday, September 3, 2015, in the Class of 1978 Pavilion in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. Recording available here.

MOOC: The History of Medieval Medicine Through Jewish Manuscripts. Available here.