Hebrew Documents from Medieval England

  A lecture at the official opening of the relocated Hebrew and Jewish

              Studies Centre of the University of Oxford  8th Dec 2014


by Prof Judith Olszowy-Schlanger, 

Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne / IRHT Paris

With thanks to Prof Olszowy-Schlanger for her permission to publish her text

This lecture will look at documents written in Hebrew by the Jews in medieval England.  It builds on the work of Neubauer,
Roth and Loewe, all Oxford scholars who all worked on medieval manuscripts, and it is a very important topic of particular
relevance to Oxford, since the Jewish community in Oxford was one of the oldest Jewish settlements in England.

We have just finished a new facsimile edition of all extant and identified medieval charters and documents containing Hebrew script.
 [J O-S said afterwards that she will be sending a copy to the OCHJS so it will be available in the library.]
Symbiosis through time-Merton and its Jewish neighbours


Symbiosis through time-Merton and its Jewish neighbours

Sunday 6th July 2014: 2.30-5.30 pm

TS Eliot Lecture Theatre Merton College


As part of Merton’s 750th anniversary year,

Merton College and the Heritage Committee of the Oxford Jewish Congregation hosted

a joint event to celebrate Merton’s special relationship with Jewish Oxford over the centuries


Soapbox City 2014


Pam Manix from the Oxford Preservation Trust and the Oxford Jewish Heritage Committee talks about the forgotten stories that shaped Oxford. Really fascinating and moving stuff. One of many superbly exciting talks at Soapbox City on May Day, 2014

Click to watch her talk

Simon Schama Articles in the JC
These articles, which were published in the New Year Supplement September 2013,  are available to read by clicking on the names below and downloading them as a .pdf file.

The articles refer significantly to the medieval Oxford Jewish Family of David and his wives, Miriam and Licoricia who lived in Great Jewry, now St Aldates.

We thank the Jewish Chronicle for making these available to us.

Simon Schama Interview


The Story of the Jews: The Women of Ashkenaz



Exhibition Persecution and Survival

Exhibition:   Oxford Town Hall   January - March 2012

           Life between the Nations: A war-time refugee story’              IMG_2459

Persecution and survival: the experience of the German Jewish refugee Paul Jacobsthal

Hosted at the Oxford Town Hall, Jointly by the University of Oxford School of Archeology, Oxford City of Sanctuary Group and the Association of Jewish Refugees, the exhibition contained information from Professor Jacobsthal’s own archive of his wartime and refugee experiences. It also collected oral histories from volunteers who came forward with their own memories of the period. As well as the exhibition, the project will make Professor Jacobsthal’s letters available to the public digitally. They will catalogued, digitized, and made available on the web from 2011.

For more information go to   http://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/jacobsthal.html 

A report in the Oxford Times on Tuesday 17th January tells the story of Ruth Shire (nee Cohen) was sent to Oxford by her parents at the age of 15.  Her Oral History was available at the exhibition along with others.  To see this article click here.

To see images from the exhibition see article below:


Images from the Jacobsthal Exhibition

Roll the mouse over an image to read the legends

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Oxford Jewish Heritage Interview BBC Oxford

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In case you didn't know; Phil Mercer's Sunday Breakfast show on BBC Oxford 95.2 FM takes a look at what's been happening in the lives of those in faith communities in Oxfordshire.  It also keeps an eye on the morning's news, travel and the latest weekend sport.


On Sunday the 28th of March 2010, from 0800 - 0830, Evie Kemp, Convenor and Pam Manix the principle researcher of the Oxford Jewish Heritage Committee, appeared on the Sunday Breakfast Show talking about the project and the website.    BBC Oxford 95.2FM.


In case you missed the show here is a link to the BBC Oxford website's report of the interview with an audio track of part of it, where Pam Manix took a stroll through medieval Oxford with Rich Ward of Oxford BBC.