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Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme

Alumni Festival

Exploring Jewish lives and inter-religious relations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East

Part of the University of Cambridge Alumni Festival, 2022. Online.

Study of a given religious group often entails thinking about community boundaries. This panel event brings together academics who study aspects of Jewish life and identity—in different settings and using diverse methods—to reflect on their work and its inter-religious implications.

Dr Vanessa Paloma Elbaz, herself of Moroccan Jewish descent, has spent 15 years gathering, recording and archiving the musical heritage of Morocco’s dwindling Jewish community. The results show how the community, and Moroccan Jewish women in particular, have used song for identity formation, conserving centuries-old folk music learned in Spain pre-exile.

Dr Anastasia Badder joined the University of Cambridge this summer, relocating from Luxembourg where she has spent time observing and analysing interaction between two religiously distinct Jewish communities and non-Jewish residents. She has also spent time studying Jewish communities in New Zealand.

During three terms of sabbatical, Dr Daniel Weiss is reinvestigating evidence about early rabbinic attitudes to the Jesus movement and Christianity. The work draws on his skills as a scholar of philosophy and texts and is supported by a Humboldt Research Fellowship. He is currently collaborating with researchers at the University of Tübingen, Germany, and joins the online panel from there.

This session will be chaired by Dr Giles Waller, Research Associate with Cambridge Interfaith Programme and the convenor of the University of Cambridge’s Inter-religious relations seminar.

About the participants

  • Dr Giles Waller (Chair) is a research and teaching associate in the Faculty of Divinity. He convenes a regular seminar on Inter-religious relations and is part of the core team for Cambridge Interfaith Programme.
  • Dr Vanessa Paloma Elbaz is a research associate in the Faculty of Music. She founded KHOYA: Jewish Morocco Sound Archive, to collect, digitise, and analyse contemporary and historical recordings.
  • Dr Anastasia Badder is a research associate in the Faculty of Divinity. Her work ethnographically explores contemporary Jewish lives and languages in Europe.
  • Dr Daniel Weiss is Polonsky-Coexist Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Divinity.

Join the audience

View booking information (virtual festival pass) on the Alumni Festival website, or contact Dr Waller to request guest access. 

Friday, 23 September, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:00
Event location: 
Online (webinar)

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