Jews and Words: A Secular, Cultural Perspective

March 6 - March 17, 2017

Fania Oz-Salzberger

Fania Oz-Salzberger is Director of Paideia and Professor of History at the Faculty of Law and Center for German and European Studies, University of Haifa. She previously also taught at Monash University and at Princeton University. Fania was raised in Kibbutz Hulda on modern Hebrew culture and the kibbutz movement’s creative understanding of the Jewish legacy. Her Oxford University thesis became her first book, Translating the Enlightenment: Scottish Civic Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Germany (Oxford, 1995). Her main field is the history of political ideas in Europe, especially their transfer between cultures and languages. She also researches Jewish ideas in historical perspectives – from early modern political Hebraism (Grotius to Hobbes) to her current work on Jewish ... more »  

Jewish Law: From the Talmud to Shulhan Arukh

February 20 - March 3, 2017
Yakov Z. Mayer

Yakov Z. Mayer is a Ph.D. candidate in Talmud and Jewish History at Tel Aviv University, where he is working on a dissertation entitled “The reception of the Palestinian Talmud in Early Modern Era”. He received his BA and MA in Talmud and Jewish thought from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Mayer is teaching in “Alma – House for Hebrew Culture” in Tel Aviv and in Yeshivat Orot Shaul in Ra’anana, and writing regularly in “Ha’aretz” newspaper supplement for Culture and Literature. His recent book entitled “Readings: The Sages Reading Bible” (2016, Hebrew).

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Kabbalah and Its Place in Late Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Culture

February 6 - February 17, 2017

Assaf Tamari

Assaf Tamari is a doctoral student at the department for Jewish thought in Ben-Gurion University in the Negev. His main field of expertise is sixteenth-century Lurianic Kabbalah, and his research is focused on the Lurianic Body Discourse. His academic interests vary, and include Kabbalistic anthropological models, theories of subjectivity, more »  

The Jewish Society in Modern Era – Between Tradition and Modernity

January 23 - February 3, 2017

Motti Zalkin


Professor Motti Zalkin was born in Jerusalem and received his university training at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is an associate professor of modern Jewish history at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. His special fields of interest are the social and economic history of the Jews in Eastern Europe, mainly in Lithuania,

and the history of Jewish education in Eastern Europe. Among his publications are A New Dawn: The Jewish Enlightenment in the Ru ... more »  

Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations: From Sour Grapes to Sacrament

January 12 - 18, 2017

Jesper Svartvik

Professor Jesper Svartvik is Krister Stendahl Professor of Theology of Religions at Lund University

and at the Swedish Theological Institute in Jerusalem.


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Maimonides: Theology, Rationality and Cultural Heritage

December 12 - December 23, 2016

Nicham Ross

Dr. Nicham Ross is a lecturer in the Department of Jewish Thought at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Nicham received his PhD in Jewish Thought at Ben Gurion University and he specializes in researching identi ... more »  

Exploring Jewish Texts with an Educational Lens

December 5 - December 9, 2016

Howard Deitcher

Dr. Howard Deitcher was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. He is a faculty member at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University and its former director. In addition, he is the director of the Florence Melton Institute for Adult Jewish Learning at Hebrew University. Dr Deitcher is the current educational director of the Revivim Program at Hebrew University, which trains outstanding university students to teach Bible in Israeli national (non-religious) schools. He has published numerous articles, co-edited four books, and is leading educational projects in five countries worldwide. He recently received a grant from the Covenant Foundation to produce a Bible Education program integratin ... more »  

Modern Jewish Philosophy

November 21 - December 2, 2016

Yael Lin

Dr. Yael Lin teaches at both Ben-Gurion University and Achva Academic College, and is the pedagogical consultant for the Department of Learning Technologies at Ben-Gurion University. She is the author of more »  

Judaism and Islam: Contact and Conflict as reflected in the Qur\’an and Muslim tradition

November 14 - November 18, 2016

Meir Bar-Asher

Professor Meir Bar-Asher was born in the village of al-Rashidiyya in south-east Morocco brought up and educated in

Jerusalem. He has done his academic studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His Ph.D. dissertation on early

Imami-Shi`i exegesis was submitted in 1991. During his Ph.D. studies he learnt for one year in the university Sorbonne in Paris. He teaches at the department of Arabic Language and Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he has been the director of the Institute of Asian and African Studies. Professor Bar-Asher is an

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The Jews in Medieval Christian Europe

November 1 - 11, 2106

Roni Weinstein

Dr. Roni Weinstein graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the department of Jewish History. He has focused on the history of Jews in Italy during the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Early Modern Period. During 2000-2001 he has been Fellow at Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti (Florence). During 2004-2006 he had a research and teaching scholarship at Pisa University, History department. He published three books: Marriage Rituals Italian Style: A Historical Anthropological Perspective on Early Modern Italian Jews, Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2003; Juvenile Sexuality, Kabbalah, and Catholic Religiosity among Jewish Italian Communities. “Glory of Youth” by Pinhas Baruch b. Pelatya Monselice (Ferrara, XVII Century), Boston and Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2008; Kabbalah and ... more »