Sep

21 2022

Blackness and Race in Medieval Jewish Culture

5:00PM - 8:00PM  

Jewish Community Alliance 8505 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32217
730-2100 info@jcajax.org
http://www.jcajax.org

Contact Faye Hedrick
904-512-3797
fayeh@jewishjacksonville.org

Blackness and Race in Medieval Jewish Culture
September 20 at 7 pm

JCA  

 

 

This seminar will examine several medieval Jewish viewpoints on black skin and race. We find a wide variety of perspectives, from critical rabbinic opinions on Black Africans to Hebrew and Yiddish stories with angelic intermediary characters with dark skin. By examining closely a sample of primary sources (in translation) from rabbinic writing, folktales, and manuscript art, we will uncover a complexity of expression on Black figures in the medieval Jewish world. Caroline Gruenbaum holds a PhD from New York University in Medieval Studies and Hebrew and Judaic Studies and is currently an editorial associate at the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization. 

 

 

Caroline Gruenbaum holds a PhD from New York University in Medieval Studies and Hebrew and Judaic Studies and is currently an editorial associate at the Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization. She has taught, lectured, and published widely in the area of medieval Jewish literature and history, and her current book project is titled King Arthur's Jewish Knights: Translation and Cultural Expression in Medieval Ashkenaz.