Benjamin Gampel

Benjamin Gampel is the Dina and Eli Field Family Chair in Jewish History at The Jewish Theological Seminary. He teaches courses in medieval and early modern Jewish history, with a special focus on the medieval Sephardim, and lectures widely on the entire range of Jewish history.

Dr. Gampel spent close to a year doing research in local archives in Spain for his first book, The Last Jews on Iberian Soil. After much painstaking work, Dr. Gampel was able to re-create some of the long-forgotten history of the Jews of the Iberian peninsula. He also edited the volume Crisis and Creativity in the Sephardic World. Dr. Gampel returned to the Spanish archives for his current project, a book-length treatment of the riots and forced conversions of 1391 on the Iberian peninsula.

An energetic scholar and teacher, Dr. Gampel is dedicated to bringing the history of the Jews to a broad public audience. He has addressed synagogues and lay groups, organizations of all stripes, and scholarly conclaves.

Dr. Gampel received his doctorate from Columbia University.

See Dr. Gampel's new video podcast learning series, 120 Minutes With JTS. It covers the history, society and culture of medieval Sephardic Jewry. (QuickTime, a free program, is needed to view these podcasts.)

Published Works

The Last Jews on Iberian Soil

Crisis and Creativity in the Sephardic World


Fall 2009:

HIS 1011 Medieval Jewish History (Undergraduate)

HIS 5317 Medieval and Early Modern Sephardic Culture (Graduate level)

HIS 6313 Jews and Judaism in the Middle Ages (The Rabbinical School)

Spring 2010:

MDS 5102 Classics of the Jewish Tradition II (Graduate level)

HIS 7320 Rabbinic Authority in Medieval Ashkenaz and Sepharad (The Rabbinical School)


More Information

Title: Associate Professor, Jewish History
Department: Faculty
Building/Room: Brush 618
Phone: 678-8906
Ext: 8906