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Catalonia of the 13th century, and particularly the cities of Barcelona and Girona, emerged as prominent center for the study and development of Kabbalah: an esoteric discipline and significant school of thought within Judaism.

The Girona International Research Workshop brings together academic researchers, students, educators and enthusiasts to explore the rich traditions of Kabbalah in Catalonia. Led by renowned scholars, participants delve into the enchant texts and the rich world of research revolving them, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and the sharing of knowledge.

The Girona workshop aims to deepen and broaden understanding of Kabbalah as a critical and academic field, to encourage learning and research, and to contribute to the nourishment of this Jewish-Catalan heritage.

The Girona International Research Workshop

on the Kabbalah of Catalonia

May 6 to May 8, 2024














                                     Thank you!

To all the researchers, scholars, lecturers, and participants in the Girona International Workshop on Kabbalah of Catalonia - 2024.


The Girona Kabbalah Workshop is also a unique platform for presenting the forefront of contemporary Kabbalah research to the international academic community and the public.

2024 Girona Workshop fellows:

Prof. Miquel Beltrán Munar University of the Balearic Islands

Ein Sof in Azriel of Girona's Shaʿar ha-Shoʿel and Cohen de Herrera's

Puerta del Cielo

Roger Ferran PhD candidate, UB

The Kabbalah of Catalonia and contemporary Catalan identity

Irene Gómez Valverde PhD candidate, UB

The transmission of Catalan Kabbalah in Peninsular Humanism

Dr. Leor Jacobi Bar-Ilan University

The Kabbalah of the Ethical Epistle of Nahmanides

Jordan Spencer Jacobs PhD candidate, UCM

Contemporary refractions of a mystical ideal? On Ayin or nothingness today

Dr. Peter Lanchidi Eötvös Loránd University

The Kabbalistic Tree and Freemasonry

Sasha Prevost PhD Candidate, Cornell University

From Early Kabbalah to “The Last Jewish Sufi”: The Spanish Exceptionalism of Ariel Bension

Avinoam J Stillman PhD candidate, Freie Universität Berlin

From Catalonia to Safed: Moshe b. Nachman in Lurianic Kabbalistic Literature

Girona 2024 steering committee:

  • Ze`ev Maor - Institut d'Estudis Jueus Barcelona (EJB)

  • Lukasz Gorniok – Paideia, the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden.

  • Silvia Planas -  Institut d'Estudis Nahmànides, Girona.

  • Joan Vergés Gifra - Universitat de Girona, Càtedra Ferrater Mora de Pensament Contemporani.

Project leaders:

  • Project Director - Dr. Ze`ev Maor (EJB)

  • Project Manager  Noelia Bernardez (EJB)

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With the support of

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