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Summer School 2016

Summer School in the Study of Ashkenazic Pinkassim

Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), 19 July to 22 July 2016


The »Pinkassim Project: Recovering the Records of European Jewry«, in conjunction with the Dubnow Institute and the Program in Judaic Studies at Brown University invited applications for a summer school of intensive workshops in the study of early modern Ashkenazic pinkassim (communal record books).


The goal of the Pinkassim Project is to digitize and make available the communal records of the Ashkenazic communities of Europe. As part of our work, we want to help train a new generation of scholars with the skills to read these rich and multifaceted sources.


The summer school lasted for four days, during which participants learned about the historical, textual, and linguistic context of the pinkassim. Workshop sessions were conducted by Professor Israel Bartal (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Professor Jay R. Berkovitz (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Professor Elisheva Carlebach (Columbia University, New York), and Professor Adam Teller (Brown University, Providence). The main aim of the school was to provide scholars and students with the knowledge they need in order to read and analyze Ashkenazic pinkassim. We devoted a great deal of the time to reading these sources in their original language.


The summer school took place at Brown University in Providence, R. I. (USA), form 19 July to 22 July 2016.


More information on the Pinkassim Project.