The Shalom Spiegel Institute Summer Seminar in Medieval Hebrew Poetry

Weeklong Seminar on Qalonymos b. Qalonymos

The Shalom Spiegel Institute of Medieval Hebrew Poetry at the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, will be dedicated to the work of Qalonymos b. Qalonymos (c. 14th century, Provence/Catalonia/Italian Peninsula) from June 16-21, 2024 at the Seminary. The week will include daily seminars with leading scholars on various aspects of Qalonymos’ work (Hebrew poetry and philosophical writings) as well as instruction in developing skills in the close reading of medieval Hebrew texts. The seminar will meet for morning and afternoon sessions Monday through Thursday, concluding with one session and lunch on Friday. The program is intended to supplement academic programs that offer medieval Jewish studies, general Hebrew literature and Jewish philosophy, but do not provide courses in which medieval Hebrew texts are read in the original. It is also expected to benefit students and faculty who have had access to such courses, but whose academic work would benefit from more intensive training in this area.

Tuition is covered by the Shalom Spiegel Institute. Full accommodation at the JTS dormitories can be offered to traveling participants from outside NYC. We will also be able to provide a few travel grants to scholars (mostly graduate students) whose home departments do not cover travel.


Dana Fishkin, Touro University; Shai Zamir, Northwestern University; Raymond Scheindlin, Director Emeritus, Shalom Spiegel Institute, Jewish Theological Seminary

Featured Presenters:

James Robinson (University of Chicago); Roni Cohen (The Open University of Israel); Francesca Gorgoni (Bar-Ilan University); Uriah Kfir (Ben-Gurion University); Pinchas Roth (Bar-Ilan University).

How to Apply:

To apply, send a letter of no more than two pages to Dana Fishkin and Shai Zamir at covering the following points:

Describe your academic program and interests, explaining how some study of medieval Hebrew literary texts might relate to your work.

Describe your knowledge of Hebrew, particularly a. your ability to read academic prose; b. your familiarity with such classical texts as the Bible, Talmud, or medieval literature.

Provide the name and e-mail address of an academic mentor who is familiar with your program of study and your language skills and who can evaluate your academic performance. Recommendations will only be requested on an individual basis if deemed necessary.

Letters should be received by: January 15, 2024

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