The Sussex Weidenfeld Institute-Centre for German Jewish Studies

Welcome to the Centre for German-Jewish Studies

"Tackling contemporary issues through the lens of Jewish experience"

For over two decades, the Centre for German-Jewish Studies has been at the forefront of academic enquiry into the history, culture and thought of Jewish refugees from German-speaking lands. The University of Sussex began to build upon this expertise in 2013 with the establishment of the Yossi Harel Chair in Modern Israel Studies. Seeking to develop this further, the Sussex Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies was launched in 2019. 

Aimed as an agent of change, the Institute aims to make the historical Jewish experience relevant to some of the major issues of our day, such as the growing rise of religious intolerance, racism and nationalism.

A critical mass of expertise across a number of disciplines is being brought together to attempt to bring about positive societal change. From the summer of 2020, the Institute will host a DAAD Chair in Russian and Eastern-European Jewish Studies, to complement existing expertise in German-Jewish and Israel studies, along with funded PhD scholarships and a growing Visiting Fellowship programme for academic leaders to work with the team for a period of up to three months.

With a strong commitment to the three pillars that underpin its work and activities: research, education and outreach – at the heart of the Institute’s mission is delivering research with impact, working with internal and external partners to engage in the translation and dissemination of its research outputs to the wider public. 

The Sussex Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies and the Centre for German-Jewish Studies greatly indebted to the many supporters–individuals, Friends of the Centre, trusts and funding bodies–who make this work possible. If you would like to support our mission, please get in touch. 

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The University of Sussex (of which the Centre for German-Jewish Studies is a part) is an exempt charity and, as such, is not required to register with the Charity Commissioners because the institution is already responsible to another statutory body – The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).  As an exempt charity The University has exactly the same rights as any registered charity. The Inland Revenue claim number is XN1306 and tax claims are treated in exactly the same way as those of a registered charity. 

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Prof. Gideon Reuveni
T +44 (0)1273 877344

Deputy Director
Dr David Juenger
T +44 (0)1273 877242

Centre Manager
Diana Franklin
T +44 (0)1273 678771 (University)
T +44 (0)208 455 4785 (London)

Centre for German-Jewish Studies
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