The Sussex Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies
Welcome to The Sussex Weidenfeld Institute
The Sussex Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies, launched in 2019, is an interdisciplinary research hub that places the Jewish experience in a broader context. Aimed to act as an agent of change, our work is focused on the present and making past experiences relevant in a world increasingly divided by disinformation and prejudice.
The Institute is home to the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, which for over two decades has been at the forefront of academic enquiry into the history, culture and thought of Jewish refugees from German-speaking lands. The Institute also works with the Digital Holocaust Memory and Education Projects, and sponsors prestigious Fellowship programmes.
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Statement on Israel
The Sussex Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies views with grave concern the recent developments in Israel. As a University research centre with a focus on all aspects of Jewish Studies, we are committed to intellectual integrity and academic freedom—necessary foundations for any healthy and free society, and to the values of freedom, equality and pluralism, which must exclude any discrimination on the basis of religion, ethnicity, gender, or political views. We believe that the current moves by the Israeli Government undermine the democratic culture of Israel and potentially threaten the pursuit of independent academic inquiry within that country – a pursuit that is central to the mission of universities in the UK, in Israel and in all countries that aspire to be recognised as democratic.
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The University of Sussex (of which the Weidenfeld Institute of Jewish Studies and the Centre for German-Jewish Studies are a part) is an exempt charity and, as such, is not required to register with the Charity Commissioners. This is 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 any registered charity.