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Elisheva Baumgarten

Elisheva Baumgarten is the Yitzhak Becker Professor of Jewish Studies and teaches in the Departments of Jewish History and History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her academic interests include medieval history, social history and anthropology, and applications of gender methodology to medieval studies. Her research centers on Germany and Northern France in the High Middle Ages. She is the author of Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe (2004) and Practicing Piety in Medieval Ashkenaz (Philadelphia, 2014). She is also editor of more than ten volumes that deal with the Jews of medieval Ashkenaz and author of dozens of articles that focus on the social history of medieval Jews and Jewish-Christian relations. Baumgarten is the recipient of a number of prizes, including the Michael Bruno Award (2016) for promising Israeli scholars and a European Research Council grant for her project "Beyond the Elite: Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe."

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Medieval Ashkenaz (1096-1348)

The Jews of medieval Ashkenaz are known for their prolific rabbis and for the Ashkenazic customs that became characteristic of many European Jewish communities. During the High Middle Ages, the women in these communities had many important roles women within the family and in the communal, economic, and religious life.

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