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Shidduchim – Deals Made in Heaven: Romance, Politics and Economics in Modern Jewish Life

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1 April, 2019 @ 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm

A man and two women looking at gold objects in a glass case

Professor Mirjam Zadoff shares the cultural history of ‘shidduchim’ (Jewish matchmaking), the ‘dating project’ focuses on strategies of building economic and political networks through carefully chosen marriage partners around the globe.

Over centuries Jews had no share in the European political realm. Instead they formed alternative networks between families and communities through marriage. After collective catastrophes – most prominently the expulsion from Spain – these strategic networks helped rebuild Jewish economic and social life, and created transnational ties. In this lecture Professor Zadoff asks ‘in what ways have these historical experiences influenced Jewish life throughout modernity and up until today?’

Mirjam Zadoff  is Director of the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism. Among her publications are: Werner Scholem. A German Life (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) and Next Year in Marienbad (University of Pennsylvania, 2012) awarded the Salo Wittmayer Baron Prize by the American Academy for Jewish Research.

The cafe will be closed during this event due to unforeseen maintenance issues.
Doors 5.30pm
Shop 5.30-6.30pm
Museum galleries and Jews, Money, Myth exhibition will be open from 5.30-6.30pm. Standard admission fee applies.

This event is in partnership with the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London.  For additional events held at Birkbeck, please visit

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1 April, 2019
6.30 pm - 8.00 pm
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