Dr. Eva Frojmovic Gives Lectures at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute
Dr. Eva Frojmovic, Director of the Center of Judaic Studies Department at the
University of Leeds, England will present The Gustave A. and Mamie W. Efroymson
Memorial lectures Wednesday February 25 through Sunday February 29, 2004 at
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) located at 3101
Clifton Avenue. These lectures include a manuscript workshop, a Food for Thought
lunch and lecture, a Taft Museum lecture on “Artistic Expressions of Faith,”
and a concluding lecture at HUC-JIR. All lectures are free and open to the public
and take place in Mayerson Hall Auditorium.
Dr. Frojomovic received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Freiburg
in archeology and art history and her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the
University of Munich. She has been a fellow at the National Gallery of Art in
Washington, D.C., the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, and the Warburg Institute
in London. Since 1996 she has been the director of the Centre for Jewish Studies
at the University of Leeds in Great Britain. Her publications cover a variety
of themes in the history of Hebrew books and iconography: Hebraica and Judaica
from the Cecil Roth Collection (1997), essays and talks on illustrated mohel
books and circumcision liturgies, woodcuts in the earliest printed Haggadah,
and images of the Sanctuary in Hebrew Bible manuscripts. Most recently, she
was a contributor to and editor of Imaging the Self, Imaging the Other: Representations
of Jews in Medieval Visual Culture (2002).
“Pride and Polemics: Exploring the Self-Image of Medieval Jews Through
Their Illuminated Manuscripts,” the featured Food For Thought lecture,
will be given at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25. Just as Jewish art, film,
and literature today offer a rich selection of images that tell much about how
people see themselves and others in the world so too the illuminated images
of medieval Jewish books communicate the very specific identity concerns of
those who made and used them. A hot lunch will begin at noon, and is available
for $8. For this Food For Thought, there is no charge for the lecture or special
“Illuminated Manuscripts in the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute
of Religion Klau Library Rare Book Collection: A Session with Original Works,”
will be an interactive session based on the rich holdings of the manuscript
collection at HUC-JIR. The session, taking place Thursday February 26 at 11:45
to 1:00 p.m., will look at the Hebrew book, before the age of printing, as a
physical object of Jewish cultures in Europe and the Mediterranean.
“Women of Valor? Images of Jewish Heroines” given at 7:30 p.m.
at the Mayerson Auditorium will focus on medieval images of biblical heroines
and will ask challenging questions about the representations of women in medieval
Jewish culture. This Artistic Expressions of Faith Lecture Series is sponsored
in cooperation with the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Skirball
Museum Cincinnati at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the
Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, and the Edward B. Brueggeman Center for
Dialogue at Xavier University. A pre-lecture, presented by Rabbi Kenneth E.
Ehrlich, on “Women in the Torah,” will begin at 7:00.
“Illuminating Jewish Books in the Middle Ages: Jewish-Christian Conflict
or Collaboration?” given on Sunday, February 29 at 4:00 p.m., traces the
beginnings of Jewish-German visual culture in the 13th century in the light
of Jewish Christian dynamics. Scholars today generally agree that the production
of a medieval illuminated Jewish book was a collaborative effort involving Jewish
scribes and Christian illuminators.
Founded in Cincinnati in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
is the oldest institution of higher Jewish education in the Western Hemisphere
and the academic and professional leadership development center of the Reform
Movement. The College-Institute trains rabbis, cantors, religious school educators,
and Jewish communal workers at its four campuses in Cincinnati, New York, Los
Angeles and Jerusalem. In addition to training professional leadership to serve
the Jewish community, HUC-JIR’s School of Graduate Studies awards Masters
and Doctoral degrees to men and women of all faiths.
The Gustave A. and Mamie W. Efroymson Memorial Lectures have been made possible
through a generous endowment by the Efroymson family of Indianapolis, Indiana.
The community is cordially invited to attend. Free parking is available for
all the lectures. Mayerson Hall is handicapped accessible. More information
on the Efroymson Lectures can be found by downloading
the brochure (67KB), available in PDF format. For reservations call Marcia
Cruse (513) 221-1875 ext. 353 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.