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18:00 - 20:00 7 October 2010

Charismatic Leadership in 18th Century Poland: from Israel Ba’al Shem Tov to Jacob Frank


Pre-lecture reception in the Wilkins Terrace Restaurant (Wilkins Building) / Lecture in the Chadwick lecture theatre (Chadwick Building) | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Ada Rapoport-Albert, UCL Institute of Jewish Studies

This lecture will examine the emergence of a new type of charismatic leadership in the Jewish community of Poland in the aftermath of the heretical messianic movement of Sabbatai Zevi. It focuses on the near-contemporary figures of, on the one hand, Israel Ba'al Shem Tov, who inspired the spiritual revival movement of Hasidism, and on the other hand, Jacob Frank - leader of an apostate sectarian community of post-Sabbatian messianic believers.

The pre-lecture reception starts at 6:00pm in the Terrace Restaurant (Wilkins Building), and will be followed by the lecture at 6.45pm in the Chadwick Lecture Theatre (Chadwick Building).


Sara BenIsaac
+44 (0)20 7679 3520 | s.benisaac@ucl.ac.uk


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