Solomon Schechter’s Life and Legacy: A Jewish Scholar in Victorian England (1882 - 1901)

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Created: 2015-11-30 09:10
Institution: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Editors' group: Management group for "Centre for Research in the Arts - Social Sciences and Humanities".
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Theodor Dunkelgrün, University of Cambridge


2015 marks the centenary of the death of Solomon Schechter (b. 1847), one of the most transformative figures in late 19th- and early 20th- century Jewish scholarship and cultural life in Britain and the United States. To explore Schechter’s life and work, and to reflect upon his intellectual and cultural legacy on both sides of the Atlantic, CRASSH and the Herbert D. Katz Center of the University of Pennsylvania have joined forces to convene a pair of conferences, one in Philadelphia, the other in Cambridge.

The centenary of Schechter’s passing takes place at a moment of maturity of the historiography of the worlds in which Schechter played a pioneering role: the historical study of Judaism, Geniza-studies, 19th-century Anglo-Jewry and early 20th-century American Jewish history. As such, it presents a particularly opportune moment to think critically about Schechter’s work and its afterlife in the numerous domains of Jewish learning to which he devoted himself. With the additional support of organizations and foundations in England and the US, both occasions will bring together leading scholars from Israel, Europe and the US, including several from the institutions in which Schechter worked and thrived. Together the two conferences aim to bring into sharper focus our understanding of a pioneer of Jewish erudition and education.

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