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Contact Us

Department Secretary: Iris Nahari
Humanities Building, room 4409
Office hours: Sunday: 11:30-14:30, Monday-Thursday: 10:00-13:00
Telephone: 02-5881388

Head of the Department: Prof. Eli Lederhendler

Advisor to Undergraduate Students: Dr. Noah Hacahm

Advisor to Graduate Students: Prof. Eli Lederhendler


MA Degree


Studies in the department are divided into five periods:

  • The biblical period
  • The period of the Second Temple, the Mishnah and the Talmud
  • The Middle Ages
  • The Early Modern Era
  • The Late Modern Era and the State of Israel


The MA programme seeks to train students to conduct historical research, to acquire a deeper understanding of their area of specialisation, and to broaden their knowledge of the discipline of history and of Jewish history.


The MA programme offers two tracks: research and non-research. The culmination of the research track is the MA thesis—an independent research project, relatively limited in scope, in which students strive to create their own historical research, usually for the first time. The non-research track also trains students to work as historians. Both tracks include MA seminars, in which source materials are studied, and in which students learn how to draw conclusions from historical information. The experience of discovery and innovation is central to both tracks.


For a complete list of courses, view the catalogue (Shnaton)

Rules and procedures 2016/17

This file is relevant for those who began their studies in 2016/17. To view catalogues from previous years, click here, select the appropriate year at the top of the page, and click “view chapter” in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry row.