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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


Dr. Dmitry Shumsky


Dr. Dmitry Shumsky is a senior lecturer at the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University. His research interests include intellectual and political history of Zionism and modern Jewish nationalism, with an emphasis on its Central and East European contexts; history of Austro-Hungarian Jewries, including the effects of emancipation discourse, modernization projects, ethnic and national struggles, and social and cultural conflicts on Jewish life and the Jewish perceptions of Jewish-Gentile relations; Soviet Jewish history and the study of post-Soviet migration. His book Between Prague and Jerusalem: Prague Zionists and the Origins of the Idea of Binational State in Palestine (published in Hebrew by Shazar Center & Leo Baeck, 2010), won the Hecht Prize for the Best Book in Israel Studies for 2011. A German version of this book has been published in 2014 by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen. His scholarly publications appeared in a number of leading journals in the Jewish Studies, including Zion, AJS Review, Jewish Social Studies, Jewish History, The Jewish Quarterly Review.

Dr. Shumsky teaches broadly in European Jewish history from early modern to contemporary times, including courses in history of the origins and phenomenology of modern Jewish nationalisms; the Zionist ideology; the formation of modern Jewish culture in the Bohemian lands; emancipation, acculturation and identity in the Central and Eastern Europe; ethnicity, identity and conflict in Israeli society.

Dr. Shumsky was a Mandel Fellow at Scholion, the Interdisciplinary Research Center in Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University (now Interdisciplinary Research Center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies). He stayed as a guest scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Leipzig, and University of Munich. In 2012-2015 served as director of the Hebrew University's Bernard Cherrick Center for the study of the Zionism, the Yishuv, and the State of Israel. Since 2008 Dr. Shumsky won two ISF grants (2008-2011; 2013-2017).