The Spiegel Institute was established in 1996 in memory of Shalom Spiegel (1899–1984), one of the greatest scholars of Judaica of his generation, and a leading expert in medieval Hebrew literature. Dr. Spiegel taught at JTS from 1944 until his death 40 years later.
The institute carries on Dr. Spiegel's work in medieval Hebrew literature by providing fellowships to graduate students in the field, fostering research projects, conducting seminars on medieval Hebrew literature for graduate students and others, and caring for and providing access to the research materials assembled by Dr. Spiegel during his long and distinguished career.
Among the highlights of the Institute's programming are weeklong seminars intended to introduce graduate students in Jewish studies to medieval Hebrew literature and to research techniques in the field. It is anticipated that the next such seminar will be held in 2014. Further information will be available in October 2013.