Sunday, 30 Nov, 1pm-6pm at Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ


12pm Lunch

1pm Dr. Naftali Loewenthal, University College London

‘Maimonides and Devekut: Did Maimonides influence the Hasidim?’

Naftali Loewenthal lectures in Jewish Spirituality at University College London’s Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department. He is the author of Communicating the Infinite: the Emergence of the Habad School (University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 1990) and many articles, both academic and popular.

1.45pm Charles Philip Tajtelbaum, MA in philosophy and religion from Heythrop College London.

‘Maimonides & Theodicy’

2.30pm Professor Joanna Weinberg, University of Oxford

‘Maimonides on Martyrdom’

Joanna Weinberg is Catherine Lewis Fellow in Rabbinic Literature; James Mew Lecturer in Rabbinic Hebrew, University of Oxford; Reader in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford. She is co-author of ‘Midrash Unbound: Transformations and Innovations; (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization) and ‘I have always loved the Holy Tongue: Isaac Casaubon, the Jews, and a forgotten chapter in renaissance scholarship’ (Carl Newell Jackson Lectures).

3.15pm Coffee break

3.30pm Dr. Israel Sandman, University College London

‘Embracing the tensions in Maimonides’ theology’

Israel Sandman is a Fellow at the Hebrew & Jewish Studies Department at University College London and an expert on medieval Jewish philosophy and manuscripts.

4.15pm Daniel Herskowitz, Dphil candidate, Wolfson College, University of Oxford

‘Maimonides, Soloveitchik and Heidegger’

Daniel is from Kfar Adumim, outside Jerusalem. He earned a pre-induction BA in Philosophy and History cum laude in Open University, spent a year and a half in Ein-Prat Leadership Academy and then served  as a combat soldier, commander and Company Sergeant Major in Special Unit 401 for the IDF Armored Corp. Daniel participated in Operation ‘Cast Lead’ (2009). He concluded his master’s degree in Philosophy at Hebrew University, and is writing his thesis at Oxford about the notions of Community and Peoplehood in the thought of Rav Soloveitchik and Martin Heidegger under the guidance of Prof. Paul Mendes-Flohr. 

5pm Dr. Peter Hunter, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford

‘Thomas Aquinas and Maimonides’ 

Dr. Peter Hunter teaches philosophy at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. He studied mathematics in Cambridge, and philosophy and theology at Oxford, before obtaining a doctrorate in philosophy from King’s College, London. His current interests include the relationship between science and religion.


Maimonides Exhibition

A popular exhibition on Maimonides’ life and teachings will be on display with colour prints of some of the illuminated manuscripts of his works in the British Library.


RSVP: / 07772 079 940


All are welcome!