Bouncing Back – and Forward: From Immigrant Household to Cambridge Fellowship (Paperback)

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The tale of how a boy of working-class, immigrant Jewish parents in Edinburgh became a Cambridge scholar of international repute. Stefan Reif traces the numerous obstacles encountered as he struggled to make a life that released him from poverty and anonymity but maintained the best of Ashkenazi Judaism. We follow his adventures as a pupil subjected to the rigours of a Scottish Presbyterian education, as well as the demands of traditional Jewish learning. The account describes London, Glasgow, and Philadelphia before concentrating on Cambridge and describing how difficult it was for a scholar who had degrees from London to win academic recognition. This is not only the personal tale of how a poor boy made good that will touch the hearts of many who have struggled to achieve success or seen others who have failed to do so. It is also a readable, informative, and moving account of Jewish life in immigrant Edinburgh; of the teachers and politics of Jews’ College, London, in the 1960s; and of the intricacies of Cambridge academia in the final third of the twentieth century. It contains fresh information, controversial revelations, and frank assessments of individuals and institutions.

About the Author

Stefan C. Reif is Emeritus Professor of Medieval Hebrew and Fellow of St John's College, University of Cambridge, and holds senior research posts at Haifa and Tel Aviv Universities. He founded and directed the Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge University Library (1973–2006). He is known internationally as author and lecturer.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781912676521
ISBN-10: 1912676524
Publisher: Vallentine Mitchell
Publication Date: January 12th, 2021
Pages: 392
Language: English