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The Centre’s Mission 

The Centre’s mission is to remain in the vanguard of education and research on an international stage, embracing the full scope of Hebrew and Jewish Studies from antiquity to the contemporary world.  This takes further the founding purpose in 1972 of contributing to the restoration of the legacy of Jewish Studies in Europe destroyed in the Holocaust, by the ‘advancement of education in the field of Hebrew and Jewish Studies’.  The Centre aims:

(1) To provide education at undergraduate and graduate levels within the University of Oxford, both by teaching for degrees in Jewish Studies and by bringing Hebrew and Jewish Studies into a wide range of other degrees.

(2) To undertake research and publication at the highest international level through the work of its own Fellows, as a focus for Visiting Scholars from around the world who come to Oxford to pursue their own research agenda, and by convening groups of Fellows to work together in Oxford for limited periods on specific topics.

(3) To convey the fruits of research and teaching by engagement with a wider public, exploring new avenues for the wider dissemination of research and education in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, whether through the provision of library and archival resources or through public lectures, more popular forms of publication, or other visual and audio-media.

(4) To provide, so far as is possible, the resources necessary to undertake all of the above aims.  In this, the Centre will aim to act in a manner that is complementary to what is already in place in Oxford while itself remaining independent.