English Jewry on the Eve of the Expulsion

Professor Lawrence Schiffman is Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, at New york University.

This talk will present the findings that archaeologists have discovered from the medieval Jewish community of Oxford that they said were the earliest evidence of a religious Kosher diet was observed iin medieval England. The findings, locked inside pottery fragments excavated in Oxford, go back to the 12th and 13th centuries following William the Conqueror’s invitation to Jews in Northern France to settle in England.The fragments came from two former homes in Oxford’s centre that belonged to Jews: Jacob f. mag. Moses and Elekin f. Bassina, according to a report in Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences on the findings by the team led by Dr. Dunne, the University of Bristol.

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