Jerusalem-am-Rhein
Jews and Christians
in Medieval Germany
Eshkolot’s Festival of Jewish Texts and Ideas
Mainz, Worms, Speyer
July 1-5, 2018
#eshkofest

CONCEPT

Three ancient cities on the Rhine, three Royal Cathedrals (Kaiserdome), three most important Jewish communities of Medieval Ashkenaz (SHUM – Shpeyra, Vermiza, Magentza), where great Rabbis built the cathedrals of Torah and the palaces of mystical visions; blood of martyrs and avenging angels, mossy tombstones and gilded manuscripts, minnesingers and Nibelungs, Chagall in churches and cathedral-like synagogues – historical sites of turbulent interaction between Jews and Christians will become the venues of Eshkolot’s next Festival of Jewish Texts and Ideas.

The aim of the Festival is to study classical medieval books in their original urban context with live commentary from university scholars, as well as to re-interpret the city text of Mainz, Worms and Speyer through particular codes of medieval Jewish literature.

The festival program includes lectures, reading workshops, thematic field trips and cultural events.

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Faculty

Katrin Kogman-Appel

Katrin Kogman-Appel

Art historian
Manuel Herz

Manuel Herz

architect
Peter Sh. Lehnardt

Peter Sh. Lehnardt

Scholar of literature
Naama Ben-Shachar

Naama Ben-Shachar

Scholar of religion
Vladislav Slepoy

Vladislav Slepoy

Scholar of religion
Boris Haimovitch

Boris Haimovitch

Art historian
Avery Gosfield

Avery Gosfield

Musician
Ensemble Lucidarium

Ensemble Lucidarium

Music group
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Program

Lectures

Rhineland Synagogues

Rhineland Synagogues
From medieval monuments to contemporary avant-garde

Manuel Herz, architect, professor at ETH Studio (Basel)
Song of the One

Song of the One
Synagogue poetry of medieval Ashkenaz

Peter Sh. Lehnardt, scholar of literature (University of Ben-Gurion, Israel)

Mini-Courses

«A Priest and a Rabbi Met on the Road»

«A Priest and a Rabbi Met on the Road»
Jewish-Christian Polemics in Medieval Germany

Vladislav Slepoy, scholar of religion (TU Berlin)
«Rheingold» of Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts

«Rheingold» of Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts
Art and religion in Mahzor Worms and Mahzor Leipzig

Katrin Kogman-Appel, professor of art history at the University of Munster
Heavenly Palaces and Street Piety

Heavenly Palaces and Street Piety
Mystical teachings of Hasidei Ashkenaz

Naama Ben-Shachar, scholar of religion (University of Ben-Gurion, Israel)

Field Seminars

Lilies of Worms

Lilies of Worms
Texts and images of medieval Jewish tombstones

Boris Haimovich, art historian (Hebrew University in Jerusalem)

Cultural events

Music of the Ghetto: Jewish-Italian Songs and Dances of Venetian Renaissance

The Soundscape of Pre-Modern Ashkenaz
Concert and workshop

Avery Gosfield and Ensemble Lucidarium

APPLICATION AND CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

Genesis Philanthropy Group, which supports Eshkolot Project, covers accommodation, meals and study program. The participation fee is 10,000 RUR (for Russian residents) or $200 (for non-Russian residents).

The Festival program starts in Frankfurt in the early afternoon July 1 and concludes in Frankfurt in the late afternoon July 5 (the accommodation is covered from July 1 till July 5, 2018). Travel and visa expenses to and from Frankfurt are not covered by the organizers.

To participate in the Festival you have to fill the application form by March 1, 2018. The organizing committee will consider the applications on a competitive basis and inform those accepted for participation no later than March 10, 2018.

Applications are accepted regardless of nationality, ethnicity or religious identity.

The principal languages of instruction at the festival are English and Russian (without translation).

Mainz, Worms, Speyer, July 1-5, 2018

 

Сontact phone : +7 (925) 097-41-91

This program has been made possible with the generous support of Genesis Philanthropy Group and kind assistance of the Jewish Agency for Israel - Germany