Sarah E. Hammerschlag F'09

Sarah E. Hammerschlag
Assistant Professor
Religion
Williams College

ACLS Fellowship Program 2009
Assistant Professor
Religion
Williams College
Sowers and Sages: L'école Juive de Paris,1946-1967

The École Juive de Paris refers to an intellectual movement aimed at resuscitating European Judaism after World War II. During this period, a number of prominent French Jewish intellectuals reinvested in Judaism and trained a generation of students to become spokespersons for the tradition. This project considers three main strands of the École Juive de Paris: the École Normale Israélite Orientale, the École Gilbert Bloch, and the Colloque des Intellectuels Juifs de Langue Francaise. It treats the respective political and intellectual impact of each and examines the movement’s competing impulses to reach back for the truth of Judaism while at the same time creating something new.