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Head of the Department: Prof. Ram Ben Shalom
Ram.Ben-Shalom@mail.huji.ac.il

Advisor to Undergraduate Students: Dr. Oded Zinger
odedzinger@gmail.com

Advisor to Graduate Students: Prof. Dmitry Shumsky
dimitry.shumsky@mail.huji.ac.il

Department Secretary: Mrs. Iris Nahari
irisn@savion.huji.ac.il
Telephone: 02-5881388
Office hours: Sunday: 11:30-14:30, Monday-Thursday: 10:00-13:00
Humanities Building, room 4409

Tenured Faculty

Ram Ben Shalom

Prof. Ram Ben Shalom

Department Chairman
Room: Rabin 1210

Ram Ben-Shalom is professor of the History of the Jewish People and director of the Center Hispania Judaica in the Hebrew University.

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He is the co-editor of Hispania Judaica Bulletin. His research focuses on the medieval Jews of the Spanish kingdoms and Provence (Southern France; the Midi).

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Prof. Elisheva  Baumgarten

Rabin, 4006
Sunday, 1100-1200
02-5880422

Prof. Elisheva  Baumgarten (Tenured Professor) studies the social and religious history of the Jews of medieval northern Europe (1000-1350) and teaches medieval history in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and in the Department of History.

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 Her research focuses on the social history of the Jewish communities living in the urban centers of medieval Europe and especially on daily contacts between Jews and Christians. Her work seeks to include those who did not write the sources that have reached us, with a special interest in women and gender hierarchies.

She is the author of two books:

Mothers and Children: Jewish Family Life in Medieval Europe (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004)

Practicing Piety in Medieval Ashkenaz: Men, Women and Everyday Religious Observance (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)

and has edited a number of books, most recently

Elisheva Baumgarten, Ruth Mazo Karras and Katelyn Mesler (eds.), Entangled Histories: Knowledge, Authority and Jewish Culture in the Thirteenth Century (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)

Her current projects include a social history of medieval Jewish marriage that is part of a larger project that seeks to outlines the contours of daily life in the Jewish communities of northern Europe during the High Middle Ages. 

Elisheva completed her studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (B.A., magna cum laude, 1993; M.A., summa cum laude, 1995;  Ph.D, summa cum laude, 2001) and spent two years at the University of Pennsylvania (1999-2001) and then returned to Israel. She came to the Hebrew University in 2013 after teaching in the Department of Jewish History and the Gender Studies Program at Bar Ilan University for 12 years (Lecturer, 2002; tenured Senior Lecturer, 2008).

Elisheva is a member of Israel's Young Academy. She was awarded an ERC grant for her current research project Beyond the Elite: Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe and is a recent recipient of the Michael Bruno Memorial Award for 2016.

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Prof. Yaron Ben-Naeh

Room: 6140
Wednesday, 1230-1330, Please coordinate in advance
02-5355059

Prof. Yaron Ben-Naeh  holds the Bernard Cherrick Chair in the History of the Jewish People and head of the modern period division in the department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry.

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Chair of Misgav Yerushalayim Research Center for the heritage of Sephardi Jewry since 2008.  His work focuses on the social and cultural history of Jews in Islamic lands, mainly those of the Ottoman Empire, as well as the history of Palestine during the Ottoman period. He conducted a research on the archive of the Sassoon Family (Baghdad-India and the Far East). Ben-Naeh published over a hundred articles, a few books and edited some others. Among them: Jews in the Realm of the Sultans (Heb. Eng. Turkish); the volume on Turkey in the Ben-Zvi Institute, a historic chronicle on Sultan Osman's death, and an autobiography of a Jerusalemite rabbi from early 20th century Jerusalem. His book on Wills of Ottoman Jews will appear in the Shazar Center (2017), and so is his book on Hasköy, Istanbul (with Richard Wittmann, Orient Institut, Istanbul) which is due in Brill. A book on Ottoman Jerusalem is currently in preparation.

Appointment in my office (room 6140): Wed. 12:15-13:00, and upon request (02-5355059).

 

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Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson

Chancellor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Previously Prof. Ben-Sasson had served as Rector of the Hebrew University, as Vice Dean of the Faculty of the Faculty of Humanities and as the President of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the years 2012 to 2015 Prof. Ben-Sasson served as Chairman of the Council of Presidents of the Universities in Israel (VERA).

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Before appointment as President of the University in 2009, Prof. Ben-Sasson served as a Member of the Knesset and as Chairman of its Constitution, Law and Justice Committee.

Prof. Ben-Sasson is a researcher in the Department of History of the Jewish People in the Faculty of Humanities.  As a historian of Jewish heritage in the Islamic world, he wrote books and articles on a variety of topics, including the Jewish communities in Muslim countries, relations between religion and economy, as well as law and spirituality as authoritative sources in the Eastern society of the Middle-Ages.  He also specializes in research on the Maimonides, social and intellectual history, the literature of the Responsa and the works of the period of the Gaonim, research of the Genizah, as well as the works and leadership of R’ Saadia Gaon.

 

While in the past he served as editor and a member of the editorial board in a broad range of research publications, Prof. Ben-Sasson served as President of the World Union for Jewish Studies, as Vice President of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and as Chairman of the Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish Communities in the East, as also as a member of the Council of Yad-Vashem.  In 2016 he was elected as a member of the European Academy of Science and Arts.

 

A list of Prizes:

 

1978-1979       Research Grant of the Ministry for Education and Culture;

                        Center for Integration of the Heritage of Oriental Jewry

1980                The Hebrew Univ., Research Fellows' Prize

1980-1981       Moritz and Scharlota Warburg Prize

1982-1983       Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (Doctoral Scholarship)

1983-1984       Rothschild Fellowship

1985-1988       Alon Fund of the Israeli Council for Higher Education

1996/7             Feher Prize for Jewish History, and

1996/7             The Ben-Zvi Prize for the Study of Jewish Heritage.

2010                Honorary doctoral degree from The Jewish Theological Seminary

 

Link to YouTube:

The YouTube channel of the University has an abundance of speeches by Prof. Ben-Sasson from a profusion of events:  Board of Governors, scholarship award ceremonies and conferences

https://www.youtube.com/user/HebrewUniversity

 

 “The Jewish Intellectual Revolution of the Tenth Century”, a lecture by Prof. Ben-Sasson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW6j-86ipTw 

Contact details: The Office of the President is located in the Administration Building on the Mount Scopus Campus, second floor, room 07. Reception, by appointment.

 

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Dr. Edward Breuer

Please coordinate in advance
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Dr. Edward Breuer  is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry.

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His research focuses on eighteenth and nineteenth century Jewish intellectual History in Central and Western Europe. This includes work on the German-Jewish Enlightenment, and most especially on the writings of Moses Mendelssohn; on the rise of Wissenschaft des Judentums and the Reform movement; and on the study of the Bible, particularly Biblical Criticism, in the modern era. He has recently completed a an annotated translation of Mendelssohn's Hebrew writings (edited with David Sorkin) that will be published as part of the Yale Judaica Series in 2018.

 

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Prof. Jonathan Dekel-Chen

Rabin building, room 6003
Office hours (during school year): Wednesdays 10:30-12:00 or by appointment
02-5881948

Professor Jonathan Dekel-Chen is the Rabbi Edward Sandrow Chair in Soviet & East European Jewry at the Hebrew University. He holds a dual appointment in the Department of Jewish History and in the Department of General History.

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He served as the Academic Chairman of the Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry from 2009-2015 and Chairman of the Russian Studies Department and Jewish History Department. Prof. Dekel-Chen has held visiting professorships and research fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania (2008-2009), Columbia University (2015-2016) and Rutgers University (2021-2022). His research and publications deal with the modern Jewish world, Applied Humanities, transnational philanthropy and advocacy, non-state diplomacy, agrarian history and migration.

In 2014 he co-founded the Bikurim Youth Village for the Arts in Eshkol, which provides world-class artistic training for gifted, under-served high school students from throughout Israel.

 


Selected Publications:

 

Farming the Red Land: Jewish Agricultural Colonization and Local Soviet Power, 1923-1941. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

 

Mahane meshutaf? Kooperatsiia b'hityashvut ha-yehudit ha-haklait be-Rusya u-beolam, 1890-1941. Jerusalem: Magnes Press & Yad Tebenkin Press, 2008.

 

Editor (with David Gaunt, Natan Meir, Israel Bartal), Anti-Jewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in East European History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.

 

Editor (with Eugene Avrutin and Robert Weinberg), Ritual Murder in Russia, Eastern Europe and Beyond: New Histories of an Old Accusation. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017.

 

“Putting Agricultural History to Work: Global Action Today from a Communal Past.” Featured article in: Agricultural History 94, no. 4 (2020): 512-544.

 

“A Response to R. Douglas Hurt, Ben Nobbs-Thiessen and Nahum Karlinsky.” Agricultural History 94, no. 4 (Fall 2020): 562-567.

 

“Israeli Reactions in a Soviet Moment: Reflections on the 1970 Leningrad Affair.” Kennan Cable #58. September 2020. 

           

“A Light unto the Nations? A Stalled Vision for the Future of the Humanities.” AJS Perspectives. Fall 2020, pp. 56-58.

 

“Transnational Intervention and its Limits: The Case of Interwar Poland.” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 17, no. 3 (2018): 265-286.

 

“Between Myths, Memories, History and Politics: Creating Content for Moscow’s Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.” The Public Historian 40, no. 4 (2018): 91-106.

 

“Philanthropy, Diplomacy and Jewish Internationalism.” In: The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume VIII: The Modern Period, c. 1815 – c. 2000. Edited by Mitchell Hart and Tony Michels. Cambridge University Press, 2017.

 

“Jewish Threads in the Fabric of International History.” In: International History in Theory and Practice. Edited by Barbara Haider-Wilson, William Godsey, Wolfgang Mueller, pp. 477-500. Vienna: Verlag der Osterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2017.

 

“Dueling Visions of Rebirth: Interwar Palestine versus Soviet Russia,” Journal of Jewish Identities 9, no. 2 (July 2016): 139-157.

 

“Rethinking Boundaries in the Jewish Diaspora from the FSU.” In: The New Jewish Diaspora: Russian-Speaking Immigrants in the United States, Israel and Germany. Edited by Zvi Gitelman, pp. 77-88. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2016.

 

“Faith Meets Politics and Resources: Reassessing Modern Transnational Jewish Activism.” In: Purchasing Power: The Economics of Modern Jewish History. Edited by Rebecca Kobrin and Adam Teller, pp. 216-237. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.

 

“Liberal Answers to the ‘Jewish Question’: Then and Now.” In: Church and Society in Modern Russia. Edited by Elise Wirtschafter and Manfred Hildermeier, pp. 133-156. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015

 

“East European Jewish Migration: Inside and Outside,” East European Jewish Affairs 44, no. 3 (December 2014): 154-170.

 

"A Durable Harvest: Reevaluating the Russia-Israel Axis in the Jewish World." In: Bounded Mind and Spirit: Russia and Israel, 1880-2010. Edited by Brian Horowitz and Shai Ginsburg, pp. 109-129. Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2013.

 

“Activism as Engine: Jewish Internationalism, 1880s-1980s.” In: Religious Internationals in the Modern World: Globalization and Faith Communities since 1750, pp. 269-291. Edited by Abigail Green and Vincent Viaene. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

 

“Crimea 2008: A Lesson about Uses and Misuses of History,” East European Jewish Affairs 39, no. 1 (April 2009): 101-105.

 

“‘New’ Jews of the Agricultural Kind: A Case of Soviet Interwar Propaganda,” Russian Review 66 (July 2007): 424-50.

 

“An Unlikely Triangle: Philanthropists, Commissars, and American Statesmanship Meet in Soviet Crimea, 1922-37.” Diplomatic History 27, no. 3 (2003): 353-376.

 

“Farmers, Philanthropists, and Soviet Authority: Rural Crimea and Southern Ukraine, 1923-1941.” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 4, no. 4 (Fall 2003): 849-885.

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Prof. Miriam Frenkel

Room: Rabin, 1203
Monday: 1500- 1600

Miriam Frenkel  is associate professor in the Department for Jewish History, where she also serves as B.A advisor, and in the School of History. She is head of the Multi Disciplinary Program and of the Dinur Center for the Study of Jewish History.

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Prof. Frenkel studies Jewish medieval history under Islam, her works being mainly based on the reach documentation found in the Cairo Geniza. Her articles and books concern social and cultural aspects of Jewish life in the medieval world of Islam, such as: charity and giving, pilgrimage, travels, material culture, literacy and book culture. She is also the editor of a text book on cultural encounters between Judaism and Islam in the Middle- Ages.

 

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Dr. Noah Hacham

Room: Mandle: 234
Sunday- Wednesday: 0900-1500
02-5880158

Dr. Noah Hacham is a researcher and teacher. Senior lecturer in the Dept. of Jewish History and Contemporary Judaism, and member of the research group "question of identity" Mandel-Scholion interdisciplinary center.

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MA and PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Wrote his doctoral dissertation on the historical significance of the Third Book of Maccabees, under the supervision of Professor Daniel Schwartz, and specializes in the history of Diaspora Jewry during the Second Temple, Mishna and the Talmud, especially Hellenistic Jewish Diaspora. In addition, also explores rabbinic literature in its historical contexts.

His current research project together with Professor Tal Ilan (Free University of Berlin) is preparing the fourth volume of a collection of Jewish papyri (Corpus Papyrorum Judaicarum). This collection reveals and shows everyday life of the Jews in Egypt, during the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods, and enable us to understand different aspects of the history of the Jews in this important diaspora community.

 

Among his publications:

'The Letter of Aristeas: A New Exodus Story? ', Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman Period 36 (2005), pp. 1-20

‘Exile and Self-Identity in the Qumran Sect and in Hellenistic Judaism’, E. Chazon & B. Halpern-Amaru (eds.), New Perspectives on Old Texts: Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium of the Orion Center for the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, 9-11 January, 2005, Brill: Leiden 2010, pp. 3-21

‘Where Does the Shekhinah Dwell? Between Dead Sea Sect, Diaspora Judaism and Rabbinic Literature’, A. Lange, E. Tov, M. Weigold (eds.), The Dead Sea Scrolls in Context: Integrating the Dead Sea Scrolls in the Study of Ancient Texts, Languages, and Cultures, vol. 1, (SVT 140/1), Brill: Leiden & Boston , 2011, pp. 399-412

‘Sanctity and the Attitude towards the Temple in Hellenistic Judaism’, D.R. Schwartz & Zeev Weiss (eds.), Was 70 C.E. a Watershed in Jewish History? On Jews and Judaism before and after the Destruction of the Second Temple, (AJEC 78), Brill: Leiden 2012, pp. 155-179

‘Between mĕšûand môšābâ: On the Status of Diaspora Jews in the Period of Redemption According to the Septuagint and Hellenistic Judaism’, Melvin K.H. Peters (ed.), XIV Congress of the IOSCS, Helsinki, 2010 (SBL Septuagint and Cognate Studies, 59), Atlanta 2013, pp. 127-142

'Bigthan and Teresh and the Reason Gentiles Hate Jews', Vetus Testamentum 62 (2012), pp. 318-356

‘The High Priesthood and Onias’ Temple: The Historical Meaning of a Rabbinic Story’,Zion 78 (2013), pp. 439-469 [Hebrew]

 

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Dr. Anat Helman

Rabin building

PhD from the Hebrew University, teaches modern social history and specializes in the Jewish community of Mandate era Palestine and the first years of Israeli statehood.

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Prof. Oded Irshai

Rabin building, room 2203

Prof. Oded Irshai's scholarly interests and teaching curriculum revolve around the history and culture of the Jews in Late Antiquity under the umbrella of a Christian-Roman Empire.

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At the center of his research lies the dialogue and polemics with the Christian world and by extension also the manner in which it influenced the Christian self-identity. Some of his studies are posted on the worldwide web via the website of academia

 

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Dr. Avigail Manekin-Bamberger

Room 3312, Rabin Building

Senior lecturer, Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry. Avigail Manekin-Bamberger completed her PhD at Tel Aviv University (2019) and was later a postdoctoral fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University.

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 Her research focuses on the social and cultural history of Jews in antiquity, with a special emphasis on Jewish society in the Sasanian Empire and ancient magic. Her first book (forthcoming, Yad Ben Zvi) questions the scholarly dichotomy between ancient Jewish law and magic by arguing that legal formulations constituted an essential part of Jewish magical texts and Jewish legal terms were often invested with a metaphysical meaning. She is currently working on a synthetic social history of the Jews in the Sasanian empire focusing on the daily life of Jewish individuals, the scope of rabbinic authority over popular Jewish groups, and the boundaries between Jewish and Christian communities. Dr. Manekin-Bamberger has published articles on various aspects of rabbinic literature, ancient Jewish magic and demonology and ancient Jewish culture within its broader context, her latest publications include:

-“A Jewish Magical Handbook in the Babylonian Talmud”, Jewish Studies Quarterly, forthcoming.

-“Medical and Magical Protection in Jewish Babylonian Liturgy,” [Hebrew] Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought, forthcoming.

-"Babylonian Jewish Society: The Evidence of the Incantation Bowls", with Simcha Gross Jewish Quarterly Review, forthcoming.

-"Who Were the Jewish ‘Magicians’ behind the Aramaic Incantation Bowls?,” Journal of Jewish Studies  71.2 (2020), 235-254.

-“The Vow-Curse in Ancient Jewish Texts,” Harvard Theological Review 112.3 (2019), 340-357.

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Prof. Uzi Rebhun

Room: 6724

Uzi Rebhun is a demographer. His research focuses on American Jewry and the population of Israel. Utilizing quantitative data through methods from the social sciences he explores topics such as internal and international migration, family and marriage, religious and ethnic identification, social and economic stratification, anti-Semitism, and Israel-Diaspora relations.

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  His recent books include American Israelis: Migration, Transnationalism, and Diasporic identity (with L. Lev Ari, Brill 2010); and Jews and the American Religious Landscape (Columbia University Press, 2016). His current research is on Israelis in Germany. 

Prof. Rebhun is the Vice-Dean for Teaching of the Faculty of Humanities; and also serves as chair of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry.

In the past his was the head of the Honors program "Revivim"; and director of the Cherrick Center for the study of Zionism, the Yishuv, and the State of Israel.

 

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Prof. Daniel R. Schwartz

02-5882773

Daniel Schwartz is a historian of the Second Temple Period. Born in the USA in 1952, he moved to Israel in 1971 and then began his studies of Jewish and general history at the Hebrew University, eventually completing three degrees; his 1979 doctoral dissertation was devoted to ancient attitudes toward the Temple of Jerusalem.

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His research focuses on Jewish history in the Second Temple period, especially upon ancient historiography. Among his books: annotated commentaries to the Second Book of Maccabees (2004 in Hebrew, 2008 in English) and Josephus’s Vita (2007); Agrippa I: The Last King of Judaea (1987 in Hebrew, 1990 in English); Reading the First Century: On Reading Josephus and Studying Jewish History of the First Century (2013); Judeans and Jews: Four Faces of Dichotomy in Ancient Jewish History (2014); and Between Jewish Posen and Scholarly Berlin: The Life and Letters of Philipp Jaffé (2017). Alongside teaching and research, he has held numerous administrative positions in the University;  He is currently the Academic Head of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Prof. Dmitry Shumsky

Einstein building, room 403
02-5882387

Prof. Dmitry Shumsky is Israel Goldstein Chair in the History of Zionism and the New Yishuv at the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, and Director of the Bernard Cherrick Center for the study of Zionism, the Yishuv, and the State of Israel at the Hebrew University.

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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 2013 by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen. His scholarly publications appeared in a number of leading journals in the Jewish Studies, including ZionAJS ReviewJewish Social StudiesJewish History, The Jewish Quarterly Review, as well as in The Russian Review, a leading journal in the Eastern European Studies.

Prof. Shumsky’s last book, Beyond the Nation-State: The Zionist Political Imagination from Pinsker to Ben-Gurion (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2018), has been awarded an “Honorable Mention” (2nd place winner) of the Annual Shapiro Prize for the best book in Israel Studies awarded by the Association for Israel Studies (2019); and an “Honorable Mention” of the Ab Imperio Award for the best study in new imperial history and history of diversity in Northern Eurasia sponsored by Ab Imperio quarterly (2019).

Prof. 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.

Prof. 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. Since 2008 Prof. Shumsky won three ISF grants.

 

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Dr. Nili Wazana

Room: Rabin,1104
Sunday, 1000-1100
02-5883512

Dr. Nili Wazana is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of the History of the Jewry People and Contemporary Judaism, in the Biblical Period.

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Roles:

 * Academic head of the MA program "The Bible and the Ancient Near East" at Rothberg School for Overseas Students

* Head of the academic committee in charge of the teaching of Bible in the Israeli general education system

 

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Prof. Yfaat Weiss

Prof. Yfaat Weiss teaches at the Department for the History of the Jewish People and Contemporary Jewry since 2008. She is acting as the director of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Center since 2010, and as the Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish history and Culture at Leipzig University since 2017.

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Between 2008 and 2011 she served as head of the School of History and in 2015 as Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Humanities. She is also a board member of the I-Core Center "Daat Hamakom" for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World.

Prof. Weiss began her studies at Hamburg University in Germany, where she specialized in German-Jewish history. In her doctoral dissertation, written at Tel Aviv University, she investigated the reciprocal relations between German Jewry and Polish Jewry following the Nazis' rise to power in Germany. In the late 1990s she taught at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, and between 2000 and 2007 served as head of the Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society at Haifa University.

Alongside her work in Israel she has spent time over the past decade as a visiting scholar at the Historisches Kolleg in Munich, the Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies at the Free University of Berlin, the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna, the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University, the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, the Remarque Institute at NYU, the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, the Social Science Research Center Berlin, and the Europe Institute at Stanford University.

Her research operates in three arenas: German and Central European history, Jewish history, and Israeli history. It engages questions of citizenship, migration and sovereignty, as well as cultural heritage and transfer of knowledge, in comparative and spatial perspectives. Prof. Weiss works have won her the Hanna Arendt Prize for Political Thought in 2012 and the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines in 2015.

   

Selected publications:

Ulrich Bielefeld & Yfaat Weiss, "…als Gelegenheitsgast, ohne jedes Engagement…". Jean Améry, München: Fink, 2014.

Amir Eshel & Yfaat Weiss (eds.), Kurz hinter der Wahrheit und dicht neben der Lüge: Zum Werk Barbara Honigmanns, München: Fink, 2013.

Yfaat Weiss, Lea Goldberg, Lehrjahre in Deutschland 1930-1933, Toldot – Essays zur jüdischen Geschichte und Kultur, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2010.

 Mahmoud Yazbak & Yfaat Weiss, Haifa Before & After 1948. Narratives of a Mixed City, Hague: Republic of Letters, 2012.

Yfaat Weiss, A Confiscated Memory: Wadi Salib and Haifas lost Heritage, New York: Colombia University Press, 2011.

Daniel Levy & Yfaat Weiss, (eds.), Challenging Ethnic Citizenship: German and Israeli Perspectives on Immigration, New York: Berghahn, 2002.

Yfaat Weiss, Staatsbürgerschaft und Ethnizität. Deutsche und polnische Juden am Vorabend des Holocaust, Schriftenreihe der Vierteljahreshefte für Zeitgeschichte. München: Oldenbourg, 2000.

 

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Prof. Israel J. Yuval

Emeritus

Israel Yuval is an historian of the jews in the middle ages

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He is holding the Teddy Kollek Chair for Cultural Studies of Vienna and Jerusalem at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is teaching at the Department of Jewish History. In 2002 he founded Scholion - Research Center for Jewish Studies and was its head from 2002 till 2010. From 1998-2008 he was the head of Germania Judaica IV (together with Prof. Michael Toch, Jerusalem and Prof. Stefan Rohrbacher, Duisburg). In 2011-12 he was a co-editor of Tarbiz – A Quarterly in Jewish Studies. His book Scholars in Their Time: The Religious Leadership of German Jewry in the Late Middle Ages, 1988 won the Zalman Shazar Prize in Jewish history. His book “Two Nations in Your Womb”. Perceptions of Jews and Christians, Hebrew: Magnes Press 2000, won the Bialik Prize in Jewish studies and literature, 2002. An English translation was published in 2006 by the University of California Press, a German translation by Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht 2007 and a French translation by Albin Michel 2012. The book was the winner of "Le prix des amis de P.A. Bernheim" awarded by the French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, 2013.

In 2016 he was the recipient of Verdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

 

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