Dr. Elisha Russ-Fishbane will lead us into the wonderful and wild world of the Cairo Genizah, the story of its discovery, the nature of its contents, the window it opens into daily Jewish life of the past, and how it has revolutionized the study of Jewish history.
Elisha Russ-Fishbane, Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, is a historian of Jewish life and culture in the medieval Islamic world, Jewish law and thought, and the legacies of Maimonides. His first book on the movement of Jewish-Sufi pietism in thirteenth-century Egypt, entitled Judaism, Sufism, and the Pietists of Medieval Egypt: A Study of Abraham Maimonides and His Circle (Oxford University Press, 2015), was awarded the Salo Wittmayer Baron Book Prize. He is currently completing a book on old age in medieval Jewish history, entitled The Sabbath of Life: Portraits of Aging in Medieval Jewish Culture. In addition to being a noted scholar, Dr. Russ-Fishbane and his family are our neighbors in Highland Park.
The program will start at 10:30 AM and will be preceded with light refreshments at 10 AM
$10 HPCT-CAE members