Past Activities

2019.06.28_Madrid_BNE Cultural activity “Una visita guiada a los manuscritos hebreos de la Biblioteca Nacional de España”, directed by Dr. Dagmara Budzioch and Javier Castaño.

In this visit, the attendees had the chance to see original Hebrew manuscripts from the collection of the National Library of Spain. June 28, 2019.

2019.06.04_Madrid_BritishCemetery Cultural visit “Una mirada al ayer de los judios de hoy en Madrid”, a tour on the main spots of Madrid’s recent Jewish past. May 4t, 2019.
Cartel definitivo Lecture “The Esther Scroll and Purim Celebration in Jewish Tradition”, delivered by Dr. Dagmara Budzioch at Universidad Complutense, 19th of March 2019.

Hebrew Calligraphy Workshop, taught by Dr. Dagmara Budzioch, at Complutense University, Madrid, April 2 – 3, 2019.

Watch an overview of this Workshop in this video. Our students learnt not only about handwriting, also about the work of the Jewish scribe or “sofer”, essential for the transmission of the Jewish tradition.

La Literatura Sefardí Course La literatura sefardí entre tradición y modernidad. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, March 14 – June 27, 2018.

Read the full program here.

cartel Seminar Gendered Spiritualities in Early Modern Jewish Culture, by Prof. Ada Rapoport-Albert, University College,  London. 1 – 15 March 2018.


– The Problematics of Asceticism and its Gender Implications

– What We Know about the Spiritual Lives of Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Women

-The Exceptional Prominence of Women in the 17th-Century Messianic Movement of Sabbatai Tsevi and its 18th-Century Offshoots

-From Messianic Prophetess to ‘Madwoman’: The Displacement of Female Spirituality in the Post-Sabbatian Era

-The Position of Women in Hasidism: Myth and Reality

Watch the full sessions here.

E Pluribus Unum E Pluribus Unum? Multidisciplinarity in Jewish Studies Programmes and Teaching

Museum of the History of the Jews in Girona (Museu d’Història dels Jueus), 28 – 29 May 2017

Organisers: Dr Javier Castaño and Dr François Guesnet

Workshop dedicated to an exchange between colleagues from nearly a dozen European countries (Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine, and United Kingdom), as well as from the United States and Israel, to discuss the potentials and challenges of the pluridisciplinary character of Jewish Studies. (Read more)  (Program)

cartel Course Visual Culture and Modern Jewish Society, by prof. Richard I. Cohen, April 25 – May 16, 2017.

Read the full program here.