The Jews of Medieval Europe: Discrimination versus Prosperity

Zoom course with Dr. Katherine Aron-Beller, Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. (Israel time), starting Nov 1st, 2023.

Dates: (mm/dd/yyyy)
Wednesday, 01/11/2023 | 16:30 - 17:45
Wednesday, 08/11/2023 | 16:30 - 17:45
Wednesday, 15/11/2023 | 16:30 - 17:45
Wednesday, 22/11/2023 | 16:30 - 17:45
Wednesday, 29/11/2023 | 16:30 - 17:45
Wednesday, 06/12/2023 | 16:30 - 17:45
Wednesday, 20/12/2023 | 16:30 - 17:45
Wednesday, 27/12/2023 | 16:30 - 17:45
Wednesday, 03/01/2024 | 16:30 - 17:45
Wednesday, 10/01/2024 | 16:30 - 17:45
Online via Zoom

The course will investigate the Jewish experience in Europe from the end of the 5th century to the beginning of the 15th century. It will explore the following questions: How did Jews cope in medieval Christian and Muslim society and how did medieval Christian and Muslim society cope with Jews? Was the Jews’ fall and expulsion from many states of Europe a product of medieval society in its entirety, the unique nature of its secular institutions, or the mythical Jewish image, which Christian society fostered?

The course will study the lives of medieval Jews in different localities – in Ashkenaz (Germany and France) Byzantium, Castile, Catalonia, England, Italy, Portugal, Provence and Sicily – utilizing chronicles, papal edicts, trial documents, poetry, rabbinic responsa and iconography. Finally, virtual “visits” will be made to the extant Jewish sites in each of these places that continue to remind their tourists of the former Jewish presence.


NIS 650 (US$180*) per course

10% discount price for 2 series of classes, 

15% discount price for 3 series of classes or more

*dollar price dependent upon exchange rate on date of payment

Cancellation Policy:

Prior to start of course – 100% refund or 100% credit for another course.

Following one class – 90% refund or 100% credit for another course (except for fieldtrip courses where only a 75% refund will be given after one meeting).

No cancellation after 2 classes (in special cases, e.g. illness, a credit will be given for another course).


The weekly zoom link will be sent via email to all registered students one week before the start of classes.

Details of meeting place for in-person courses will be sent one week before the start of classes.

For further information

The Jews of Medieval Europe: Discrimination versus Prosperity

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