Konferenzen und Veranstaltungen

22-24. Mai 2016: Internationale Konferenz


Monsters, Demons and Wonders in European-Jewish History

Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main

Campus Westend, Casino Building, Room 1.801

12. Mai 2016: Vortrag von Prof. Karl E. Grözinger

Die Wende im jüdischen Denken. Zionismus und Schoah als neue theologische und philosophische Wegmarken

Campus Westend, Casino 1.801

18 Uhr c.t.

10.-12. April 2016: Internationale Konferenz

Jewish Diplomacy and Welfare: Intersections and Transformations in the Early Modern and Modern Period (Mainz)

(in Kooperation mit dem Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz und dem Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden in Hamburg)

Shtadlanut (intercession) is generally perceived as a Jewish political practice or as Jewish diplomacy. It was often closely connected with »righteous« and charitable activities (tzedakah) within the Jewish community. Both practices changed fundamentally during the 19th and early 20th centuries when the Jewish minority was offered emancipation, and as a result, faced issues of inclusion, acculturation, and assimilation. However, the shtadlanim (advocates) of the Jewish minority were confronted with the incomplete integration as well as increasing anti-Semitism, which appear to have reinforced the validity and necessity of Jewish intercession and solidarity.

The international workshop takes a new look at the concepts of Jewish intercession/diplomacy (shtadlanut) and righteousness/charity (tzedakah), in order to identify ways in which they are interrelated and how did these interrelations change over time. Key questions of the workshop are: How did Jews represent and negotiate their interests and »otherness« in different societies? Why and how could they receive exclusive rights in cultural, economic, and legal systems from the early modern period up to the 20th century? How influential were the concept of tzedakah and other charitable practices on Jewish political traditions? Finally, how were intercession and welfare adapted in the course of the modern era?