Jewish Craftspeople in the Middle Ages: Objects, Sources and Materials

Online Research Workshop​

01 March 2021, 10:00 
Medieval bakery (Spain, 1st quarter 14th century, London, British Library, Ms.Or.2737, fol. 88r, courtesy of  the British Library

Medieval bakery (Spain, 1st quarter 14th century, London, British Library, Ms.Or.2737, fol. 88r, courtesy of  the British Library

The Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center is pleased to invite you to the online research workshop:


Jewish Craftspeople in the Middle Ages: Objects, Sources and Materials


The event will take place on Monday-Wednesday, 1-3 March, 2021 (Israel Time), and will be broadcast Live on Zoom.


Kindly view the attached invitation.


For your attention – the event will be held in English.


Please register in advance >



Monday, March 1, 2021


10:00 - 10:30 (Israel time)

Opening Remarks

Simha Goldin

Director of the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research Center, Tel Aviv University

Andreas Lehnertz

The Martin Buber Society of Fellows, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


10:30 - 12:00

First Session: Hebrew Manuscripts as Sources

Chair: Elisheva Baumgarten

Esperança Valls-Pujol

Jewish Craftspeople in the Hebrew Manuscripts of the Girona Genizah

Jeremie Allouche

Writing the History of Wage Labour in the Cairo Genizah


12:00 – 12:30 Break


12:30 - 14:00

Second Session: Jewish Crafts – Case Studies I – Book Production

Chair: Ilana Tahan

Leor Jacobi

Christian Books, Jewish Covers: Mdejar Bookbinding in Medieval Christian Iberia

Dagmara Budzioch

Paula dei Mansi as a Medieval Jewish Scribe


14:00 - 15:00 Break


15:00 – 16:30

Third Session: Materials in Manuscript Production

Chair: Joseph Isaac Lifshitz

Mark Farnadi-Jerusálmi

The Work of a Scribe as a Craft and the Materials Used

Zvi Orgad

Follow the Colors: Materials as Reading Aids in Late Medieval Haggadot


Tuesday, March 2, 2021


10:00 - 11:30

Forth Session: Jewish Crafts – Case Studies II – Jewelers, Silversmiths, and Silk Dyers

Chair: Maria Stürzebecher

Merav Schnitzer

Jewish Jeweler, Jewish Jewel? Tracing a

Jewish Craft in the Middle Ages

Saskia Dönitz

Silversmith and Silk Dyer – Byzantine

Jewish Craftsmanship


11:30 – 12:00 Break


12:00 – 13:30

Fifth Session: Christian Guilds and Jewish Craftspeople

Chair: Andreas Lehnertz

Joseph Isaac Lifshitz

A Story of a Leather Worker as a Possible Way of Breaking the Guilds Ban

Birgit Wiedl

Prohibitions, Converts, and a "Jewish Guild" – a Search for Jewish Craftspeople in Late Medieval Austria


11:30 – 12:00 Break


14:30 – 16:00

Sixth Session: Archaeological Perspective – The City of Cologne

Chair: Simha Goldin

Tanja Potthoff

Jewish Craftspeople in Medieval Cologne, Part I: Traces in the Written Sources

Michael Wiehen

Jewish Craftspeople in Medieval Cologne, Part II: Archaeological Evidence


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

10:00 – 12:00

Seventh Session: Products for the Jewish Community

Chair: Ephraim Shoham-Steiner

Karin Sczech

A Jewish Bakery in Erfurt?

Nahum Ben-Yehuda

Jewish Tailors and Related Textile Professionals in 13th-14th Century Spain, from the Perspective of Contemporaneous Rabbinical Literature

Naomi Feuchtwanger-Sarig

“Judaizing” Objects: The Unprofessional Jewish Craftsman


12:00 - 13:00 Conclusion



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