EAJS Congress Special Events

Several special lectures, concert and exhibitions have been organised to accompany and enhance the scientific programme of the Congress. Thanks to the support of various institutions, these special events will take place in different historical locations (ENS, Réfectoire des Cordeliers, Sorbonne-Amphithéâtre Richelieu, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Bibliothèque Nationale de France-site Richelieu, Alliance Israélite Universelle, Bibliothèque Mazarine, Marie du Ve arrondissement de Paris).

The number of places for most of these events is limited. They are free of charge, but require compulsory previous registration (Please fill the form "Special Events" before July 10th)

Access to the "Special Events" form

Sunday 20th July


ENS, Salle Dussane

Special Session: Hebrew manuscripts and collections as a meeting point between cultures

Chair: Colette Sirat, EPHE

-       Colette Sirat, EPHE and IRHT-CNRS: Hebrew manuscripts: sources of history

-       Laurent Héricher, Head Curator of Oriental Manuscripts, Bibliothèque Nationale de France: Kings of France as Hebrew manuscripts collectors

-       Ilana Tahan, Curator of Oriental Manuscripts, British Library, London

-       Aviad Stollman, Curator of Judaica Collections, Israel National Library


See also the exhibition of medieval Hebrew manuscripts at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France on Wednesday, 23rd July (see below).

Sunday 20th July



Réfectoire des Cordeliers

15, rue de l'École de Médecine

75006 Paris


Opening ceremony of the Xth Congress of the EAJS


Official welcome addresses by invited personalities.

Presentation of Jewish Studies in France and Europe by Professor Mireille Hadas-Lebel


Concert of medieval Jewish music from Northern France, "Au Roi des Chérubins" by the group Alla Francesca

The concert will be introduced by a conference by Professor Colette Sirat.


Sunday 20th July



Réfectoire des Cordeliers

15, rue de l'École de Médecine

75006 Paris





Monday 21st July



ENS, Théâtre

Rothschild Foundation Europe Alumni Meeting


Monday 21st July


ENS, Amphithéâtre Jules Ferry

General Assembly of the European Association for Jewish Studies


Tuesday 22nd July



Sorbonne, Amphithéâtre Richelieu

Keynote Lecture: Geoffrey Khan and Ben Outhwaite

The Reception of Biblical Hebrew in the Middle Ages


Tuesday 22nd July



Sorbonne, Amphithéâtre Richelieu

Keynote Lecture: Anthony T. Grafton and Joanna Weinberg

Compilation and Observation in Johann Buxtorf's Synagogue of the Jews


Wednesday 23rd July



Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme

71, rue du Temple

75003 Paris


M° Rambuteau, Hôtel de Ville

Bus: 29, 38, 47, 75

RER: Châtelet-Les Halles


Semi Plenary Lectures at the MAHJ


Panel: Teaching Jewish Studies: Issues, Challenges and Solutions          

            Chair: Alberdina Houtman  

            Alberdina Houtman:  Introduction

            Sacha Stern:    Introducing Judaism

            Andres Piquer Otero:            Teaching Jewish Studies: Languages

            Pavel Sladek:  Teaching Jewish Religion and Jewish Thought in Prague

            Bart Wallet:    Teaching Jewish History. Contexts, Methods, Materials



David Fishman: Launching 'Yerusha' Program of the Rothschild Foundation Europe

Our Inheritance, Our "Yerusha": Securing the Jewish Documentary Legacy in Europe 



Francesca Trivellato

Jewish-Christian Credit Relations and the Economic History of Early Modern Europe



Yaakov Shavit

The Hebrew Bible and the Christian Bible: Worlds Apart?


Wednesday 23rd July

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme

71, rue du Temple

75003 Paris


Visits of the Museum by groups of 80 participants:






* In addition to these visits on Wednesday afternoon, the MAHJ invites the EAJS Congress delegates to visit the museum free of charge, by showing the conference badge at the entrance, for the duration of the Congress.


Wednesday 23rd July

Bibliothèque Nationale de France

Site Richelieu

5, rue Vivienne

75002 Paris

M° Bourse, Palais Royal, Pyramides

Bus: 20, 29, 39, 67, 74, 85


Visits-Conferences by Laurent Héricher, Head Curator of Oriental Manuscripts, of the exhibition of medieval Hebrew manuscripts at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France:

"Hebrew manuscripts as a meeting point between cultures"


This exhibition has been specially created for the EAJS Congress with the kind permission of the BNF. Congress delegates will be able to admire some of the treasures of the medieval Hebrew manuscripts collections, selected to illustrate historical, linguistic and scientific contacts between the Jews and their non-Jewish environment. The manuscripts and their history will be presented by Laurent Héricher, the Head Curator of the Oriental collections.


Visits by groups of 40 participants:





Wednesday 23rd July

Alliance Israélite Universelle

45, rue la Bruyère

75009 Paris


M° Saint Georges, Pigalle, Liège

Bus: 67, 68, 74 (the bus 74 link the AIU directly with the BNF and MAHJ)



Exhibition at the Library of the Alliance Israélite Universelle

"150 years in the heart of Jewish Studies"


The history of the Alliance Israélite Universelle, known for its revolutionary role in the destiny of the Jews in North Africa, the Near East and the Balkans in the 19th and 20th centuries, is bound to the history of the Science of Judaism. Indeed, the founders and leaders of the AIU (such as Salomon Munk, Isidore Loeb, Israël Levy, Zadoc Kahn, Joseph Halévy) played a key-role in the development of Jewish Studies in France. Hence the exceptional collections of the Library of the AIU which concern all aspects of Judaism: medieval illuminated manuscripts, Cairo Geniza fragments, inculables and princeps editions, archives and photography collections, private collections of Zadoc Kahn, Bernard Lazare, Elie J. Nahmias, etc, Jewish Journals.


The guided visits of the exhibition "150 years in the heart of Jewish Studies", conceived specially for the Xth EAJS Congress will reveal the architecture of the historical 19th century mansion in the Nouvelle Athènes quarter of Paris, the history and some of the treasures of the AIU Library collections, preserved despite of the Nazi and Soviet spoliations during WWII.


Groups of 30 visitors are welcome at:





Wednesday 23rd July

Bibliothèque Mazarine

23 Quai de Conti

75006 Paris



The Bibliothèque Mazarine welcomes the Congress participants to a specially organised exhibition of its remarkable collection of Hebrew inculabulae and early prints. The visit will include a tour of the Library's historical 17th-century reading rooms.


Groups of 20 visitors are welcome at:




Wednesday 23rd July 18.30-20.30

Cocktail Party (wheather permitting)

Rendez-vous at 6.30 pm for a party in the beautiful courtyard of the 17th-century Hôtel de Saint Aignan – the site of the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme.

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme

71, rue du Temple

75003 Paris


Thursday 24th July



Mairie du Ve arrondissement

21, Place du Panthéon

75005 Paris

Salle des Fêtes de la Mairie


Closing Ceremony

Conference by AB Yehoshua, From Mythology to History: Journey to the End of the Millennium

Chair: Nicholas de Lange