Justine Isserles

Associate researcher at the EPHE (IVth section, Sorbonne, Paris) and UCL London (Dpt Hebrew and Jewish Studies)


  • 2006-2011: Joint PhD degree at the EPHE (IVth section, Sorbonne, Paris) and at the University of Geneva, Switzerland (advisors: Prof. Judith Olszowy-Schlanger and Prof. Jean-Yves Tilliette) Thesis title: “Production, textual transmission, use and literary genre of a corpus of Hebrew manuscripts of liturgical-halakhic type from Ashkenaz during the 12th to 14th centuries: the Mahzor Vitry.”
  • 1996-2002: Masters degree in History of Art at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
    Masters title: “Codicological, palaeographical and iconographical analysis of the Haggadah of Hileq and Bileq (MS Heb.1333, BnF, Paris)”.
  • October 2001: Intensive training course at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (IRHT), Paris, on Medieval Western Manuscripts.


November 2009: Lecture given on the 1st doctoral and post-doctoral seminar on Hebrew Manuscripts Research at the EPHE (IVth  section, Sorbonne, Paris).
Lecture title: “Description and context of a French rite Hebrew manuscript (MS Parm.1902, Bibl. Palatina, Parma) followed by an analysis of a Harosset recipe in Judeo-French”.



2009 : « De la sortie d’Egypte à la rédemption finale : analyse de cinq folios tirés du manuscrit Hébreu 1333 de la Bibliothèque nationale de France à Paris », in Cahiers Archéologiques, Paris, Picard, 2005-2008, n° 52, p.145-160.


  • Hebrew Fragments in European Libraries : Switzerland (in preparation)
  • 2002: Le Livre juif à Genève, ( ed. J. Markish), Geneva, Jewish Community of Geneva, 2002. Exhibition catalogue of books and manuscripts from the Rabbinical Seminary in Worclaw (Breslau), exhibited from February to May 2002 at the Bibliothèque de Genève (BGE).



VIe Journée d’étude en paléographie et diplomatique hébraïques de l'EPHE

Monday October 27, 2014

mardi 2 décembre 2014, 9h - 18h30, Salle Vasari, INHA, 2 Rue Vivienne, Paris

Journée organisée avec le soutien de l’Ecole Doctorale de l'EPHE, de l’équipe SAPRAT et de Labex HaStec.

Opening of the Books within Books database

Friday May 16, 2014

The Books within Books database of the fragments of Medieval Hebrew manuscripts from European libraries, archives and collections is now open. You can have access to some 1500 items containing images and catalog descriptions of the fragments found in collections of France, Italy, Switzerland, Poland and Czech Republic. New entries will be added daily to the database.

To register please follow the link BwB Database.

Ve Journée doctorale en paléographie hébraïque. EPHE-Sorbonne

Thursday September 5, 2013

Éléments visuels non-textuels et paratextuels :

les éléments graphiques dans les manuscrits hébreux et judéo-arabes médiévaux.