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The inaugural Annual Genizah Lecture was given in 2014 by Professor Stefan Reif, founding director of the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge University Library. Below is a list of the lectures held to date (2020's lecture has been postponed due to Covid-19).


Annual Genizah Lectures:

2019  Marina Rustow, Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilisation in the Near East, Princeton University

 'Paradoxes of the Digital Age - the Cairo Genizah and the material text'


2018  Renee Levine Melammed, Professor of Jewish History at the Schechter Institue, Jerusalem

'The World of Women in the Cairo Genizah 1978-2018'


2017  No lecture this year because of the Discarded History exhibition


2016  Ray Scheindlin, Professor of Medieval Hebrew Literature, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York

'Judah Halevi's Pilgrimage: The View from the Diwan' 



2015  Sacha Stern, Professor of Rabbinic Judaism, University College London, London

'Revisiting the calendar dispute of 921/2: in search of the manuscripts' 


2014  Stefan Reif, Emeritus Professor in Medieval Hebrew Studies, Cambridge

'Why medieval Jewish liturgy is not dull'