Event to explore the history of Judaism in Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Sep 30, 2016 02:04 PM |
Free public University of Leicester lecture takes place on Thursday 6 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 30 September 2016

The history of Judaism in Leicester will be explored at a free public event on Thursday 6 October.

The event, organised by the Leicester Hebrew Congregation and the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Leicester, aims to provide an update and consultation on the proposed changes to the Leicester Synagogue, which will enable it to continue to provide an important centre for the study of the interesting and rich history of Judaism in Leicester. For the first time, these plans will be presented to a larger public.

The evening will be introduced by Professor Paul Boyle, the University of Leicester’s President and Vice-Chancellor.

The Stanley Burton Centre’s director Dr Alex Korb, Senior Lecturer in Modern European History, said: “The future of the Synagogue is of critical importance for Leicester. The Leicester Hebrew Congregation plans to develop its existing programme whereby the Synagogue is not only a place of worship but also a vibrant educational centre. This will facilitate engagement with and learning about Leicester's Jewish past and present within the wider community.

“The University and the Stanley Burton Centre support the Congregation in their plans, and want to provide an opportunity to the University community and to the wider public to make themselves familiar with the plans for the Synagogue at this event. Moreover, world specialist in Jewish History, Professor Aubrey Newman, will take us to Jewish Leicester in his talk.”

The cooperation between SBC and the Hebrew Congregation is also meant to inspire students to research the rich history of Judaism in Leicester, to write dissertations on related topics, and to participate in the future educational centre in the Synagogue.

The Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is a non-profit teaching and research centre within the University of Leicester’s School of History, Politics and International Relations, and it is the oldest Holocaust research centre in the UK.

The Centre was founded in 1990 by Professor Aubrey Newman, and refounded under its present name in 1993 under the auspices of the Burton Trusts. The name was extended to 'Genocide Studies' in 2011.

The free public event, ‘Jewish Leicester!’, takes place on Thursday 6 October at the Leicester Hebrew Congregation, The Synagogue, Highfield Street, Leicester, LE2 1AD from 7:15PM – 8:30PM.

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For more information contact Dr Alex Korb on ak368@le.ac.uk

 

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