Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Elisheva Baumgarten is the Yitzhak Becker Professor of Jewish Studies and teaches in the Department of Jewish History and the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she also serves as the academic head of the Mandel Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies. She currently leads the research project Beyond the Elite: Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe, funded by the European Research Council (2016–2022). Baumgarten is a former Katz Center fellow, and has also held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and in Jerusalem and at EHESS in Paris. 


Selected publications

  • Practicing Piety: Religious Observance and Daily Life in the Medieval Jewish Communities of Northern Europe (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)
  • Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe (Princeton University Press, 2007)




Devoting intense study to a complex century characterized by the entanglement of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim life.


Devoting an entire year of study to the subject of Christian Hebraism, especially in early modern Europe.