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The Parkes Institute


The Parkes Institute has a vibrant programme of outreach activities, which engages with the general public, local communities and sixth forms and colleges.

At Parkes, we value the opportunity to share our work and expertise in Jewish Studies, and particularly Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, beyond the University environment. Our outreach programme is open to everyone and we run activities and events both on and off campus throughout the year.

Jewish Studies looks at all subjects relating to Jewishness and Judaism whether historical, political, literary, philosophical, cultural or religious. Our outreach activities in Jewish Studies will be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about Judaism and Jewishness, or how different cultures and religions interact.

The programme is delivered by members of the Parkes Institute, whose enthusiasm for their subjects is clear in their teaching. The involvement of the Parkes Institute also encourages a interdisciplinary approach to Jewish Studies, which illustrates the connection between different aspects of Jewish history and culture.

The outreach activities present the opportunity to look at the variety of issues that have impacted on the Jewish people throughout history and have influenced the relationship between Jews and non-Jews to the present. Examining Jewish Studies and Jewish/non-Jewish Relations not only deals with the past to understand where we are today, but is of fundamental importance to knowledge of inter-cultural issues that impact on today’s world.


Adult Education

For more details on our Adult Education programme please visit the website for life long learning.


Schools and Colleges

Every year, the Parkes Institute delivers workshops, talks and lectures in local schools and colleges.


Get in touch

For more details on our activities with schools and colleges please contact Parkes.

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Our outreach work extends beyond adult education and led by Helen Spurling, we have a team of academics, postgraduates and postdoctoral fellows who teach in local schools and colleges.

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