The Shalom Spiegel Institute for Medieval Hebrew Poetry

The Shalom Spiegel Institute for Medieval Hebrew Poetry was established in 1996 in memory of Shalom Spiegel (1899–1984), one of the greatest scholars of Judaica of his generation and a leading expert in medieval Hebrew literature. Dr. Spiegel taught at The Jewish Theological Seminary from 1944 until his death 40 years later.

The institute carries on Dr. Spiegel's work in medieval Hebrew literature by providing fellowships to graduate students in the field, fostering international research projects, conducting seminars on medieval Hebrew literature for graduate students and others, and caring for and providing access to the research materials assembled by Dr. Spiegel during his long and distinguished career.

The institute also holds a one-week intensive seminar in medieval Hebrew poetry at JTS every few years. The seminar is intended to supplement academic programs that offer medieval Jewish studies and Hebrew literature, but do not provide courses in which Hebrew poetry is read in the original. It is also expected to benefit students in programs in which such courses are offered, but whose academic interests make it desirable for them to acquire more intensive training in this area.

For information about future sessions, please write the director at