Institut d'Études du Judaïsme

  • Institute for Jewish Studies
  • Institut Martin Buber
  • IEJ


17 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt
Bruxelles / Brussel
Bruxelles / Brussel


+32 2 6 50 33 48


+32 26 50 33 47


The idea of establishing an institute designed to promote the study of Judaism at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) dates back to the work of the National Center for Advanced Jewish Studies, a research institution founded in 1959 within ULB’s Institute of Sociology. On 17 December 1970, professors and researchers connected to the universities of Brussels, Ghent and Liege, inspired by this idea, went on to establish the Institute for the Study of Judaism Martin Buber. On 7 March 1988, it was recognized by Royal Decree as an institution of public utility under the name of the Institute of Jewish Studies. The institution offers specialized training in the humanities and social sciences. Important parts of its curriculum have been integrated into the Master's degree in Religious and Secular Sciences at ULB.

Archival and Other Holdings

The Institute's Library has a large number of books and periodicals on Jews, Judaism and Israel (in French, English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Judeo-Spanish, Dutch, German and other languages).

Finding Aids, Guides, and Publication

The works held by the institute's library are catalogued on the website

Readers are requested to indicate the complete reference of the work being researched, which can be found at the end of the web page. A complete reference includes at least three digits, a period, and then another one to three digits (e.g. 760.354).

Opening Times

Monday: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Conditions of Access

The Institute's library is open to the public, but users must make an appointment by telephone to consult and borrow works in its collection: +32 2 650 33 48

Some books and all periodicals must be consulted on site. However, most the books can be borrowed for a maximum of two weeks (with an extension of two additional weeks). A deposit of 10€ is required to borrow a book. Maximum two books at a time.

Reproduction Services

A photocopier is available to readers to make a limited number of copies.


  • Institut d'Etudes du Judaïsme website consulted on 16/07/2019

  • Pierre-Alain Tallier (dir.), Gertjan Desmet & Pascale Falek-Alhadeff, Sources pour l'histoire des populations juives et du judaïsme en Belgique/Bronnen voor de geschiedenis van de Joden en het Jodendom in België, 19de-21ste eeuw, Brussel, ARA-AGR/Avant-Propos, 2016, 1,328 p.