By: Abromovich, R., Bar-Tal, D., & Ben-Amos A.

(Tel Aviv: Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, 2020, in Hebrew)

The book describes a wide scope study of  the messages embodied in two official Israeli national ceremonies – the Remembrance Day commemoration for fallen soldiers and the Independence Day ceremony – in light of the intractable conflict in which Israel has been engaged for many years. Specifically, an attempt has been made to identify changes in societal beliefs of ethos of conflict as they are reflected in national ceremonies though the years, changes which are a result of events linked to the conflict. This is based on an assumption that the messages of the official ceremonies express the formal positions of the state regarding the conflict.



By: Bar-Tal, D., Raviv, A., & Abromovich, R.

(Tel Aviv: Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, 2020, in Hebrew)

The book reports on a study that was conducted using in-depth interviews in order to shed light on the psychological and social world of the Jewish members of the Israeli society, by examining interviewees’ world view about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The study aims to address two gaps. The first is to use in-depth interviews to examine the repertoire of the ethos of the conflict and collective memory of the Israeli Jews. The second is to understand how this repertoire was acquired, what changes it underwent over the years, and what sources of information feed it. The study though has an additional aim too. It was conducted between 2002-2003 in order to examine the shifts and changes in the beliefs of the ethos of the conflict as a result of the pivotal events of 2000. It can be said that this study, probably unique in its breadth and depth, validates the findings from quantitative studies and surveys of the 2000s. Those studies also showed that despite differences between the Hawkish and Dovish blocs, there remains a common ground which reflects the societal beliefs which are the foundation of Israeli-Jewish society. The current study presents a clear picture regarding the ideological watershed moment. The period between 2000-2003 formed a turning point in the political structure of Jewish society in Israel. It is the first time that a comprehensive inquiry brings forth the words that systematically and extensively express the views of the Israeli-Jews. In this manner, one can begin to understand the onset of the rapid process which began in 2000 and is currently ongoing. The Left-wing bloc has dwindled over time until becoming a small minority, whereas the Right-wing bloc has grown considerably and the Centrists have grown closer and closer to it in their views. This structure of views and attitudes has a crucial impact on the course and essence of the State of Israel, governed mainly by coalitions in which the right is dominant.



By: Daniel Mahla

(Cambridge University Press, 2020, ISBN: 1108481515, 318 Pages)

During the first half of the twentieth century, nationalizing processes in Europe and Palestine reshaped observant Jewry into two distinct societies, ultra-Orthodoxy and national-religious Judaism. Tracing the dynamics between the two most influential Orthodox political movements of the period, from their early years through the founding of the State of Israel, Daniel Mahla examines the crucial role that religio-political entrepreneurs played in these developments. He frames the contest between non-Zionist Agudat Yisrael and religious-Zionist Mizrahi as the product of wide-ranging social and cultural struggles within Orthodox Judaism and demonstrates that at the core of their conflict lay deep tensions between rabbinic authority and political activism. While Orthodoxy's encounter with modern Jewish nationalism is often cast as a confrontation between religious and secular forces, this book highlights the significance of intra-religious competition for observant Jewry's transition to the age of the nation state and beyond.



By: Christine Leuenberger and Izhak Schnell

(Oxford University Press, 2020, Hardcover | 9780190076238, 244 Pages)

The  land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan Valley has been one of the most disputed territories in history. Since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, Palestinians and Israelis have each sought claim to the national identity of the land through various martial, social and scientific tactics, but no method has offered as much legitimacy and national controversy as that of the map. The Politics of Maps delves beneath the battlefield to unearth the cartographic strife behind the Israel/Palestine conflict. Blending science and technology studies, sociology, and geography with a host of archival material, in-depth interviews and ethnographies, this book explores how the geographical sciences came to be entangled with the politics, territorial claim-making, and nation-state building of Israel/Palestine.



By: Nadav Shelef

(Cornell University Press, 2020, ISBN 9780801479922, 336 pages)

Why are some territorial partitions accepted as the appropriate borders of a nation's homeland, whereas in other places conflict continues despite or even because of division of territory? In Homelands, Nadav G. Shelef develops a theory of what homelands are that acknowledges both their importance in domestic and international politics and their change over time. These changes, he argues, driven by domestic political competition and help explain the variation in whether partitions resolve conflict. Homelands also provides systematic, comparable data about the homeland status of lost territory over time that allow it to bridge the persistent gap between constructivist theories of nationalism and positivist empirical analyses of international relations. Click here for more details.



Edited by: Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler and Anat Geva Series edited by Mohammad Gharipour and Christiane Gruber

(Intellect, 2020, ISBN 9781789380644, 390 pages)

This collection discusses the innovative and experimental architecture of Israel during its first three decades following the nation’s establishment in 1948. Written by leading researchers, the volume highlights new perspectives on the topic, discussing the inception, modernization and habitation of historic and lesser-researched areas alike in its interrogation. Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler and Anat Geva show how Israeli nation building, in its cultural, political and historical contexts, constituted an exceptional experiment in modern architecture. Examples include modern experiments in mass housing design; public architecture such as exhibition spaces, youth villages and synagogues; a necessary consideration of climate in modern architectural experiments; and the exportation of Israeli modern architecture to other countries.



The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is pleased to announce the release of its second issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel, a bi-annual publication series comprised of research-informed essays that explore contemporary issues and trends in Israel. Each essay approaches an issue from a theoretical, comparative, or historical perspective to offer scholarly insights on current developments.

The new issue features a timely and insightful article by Dr. Uri Dorchin, "The History, Politics and Social Construction of 'Blackness' in Israel." An anthropologist specializing in cultural interactions, Dorchin analyzes how Blackness in Israel has shaped ties between Jews and Arabs, Mizrahim and Ashkenazim, Ethiopians and other immigrants from Africa.

For a pdf copy of the new Currents, click here.

Dorchin was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and the Israel Institute Visiting Assistant Professor at the Nazarian Center. His edited book Blackness in Israel: Rethinking Racial Boundaries is forthcoming in Routledge (2020).

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is an academic center that promotes a broader and deeper understanding of Israel?s history, politics, society, and culture as a modern democratic state. Through a commitment to academic rigor, interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, and a dispassionate approach, the center provides opportunities for students, faculty and scholars to conduct research, teach and learn about Israel, whatever their politics or backgrounds.

We hope that you enjoy this second issue of Currents, and welcome your feedback.

If you are interested in contributing to Currents, please reach out to our Managing Editor.


Prof. Dov Waxman                                           


The Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert

Foundation Chair in Israel Studies




By: Adi Schwartz and Einat Wilf

(St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2020, ISBN: 9781250252760, 304 Pages)

Two prominent Israeli liberals argue that for the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians to end with peace, Palestinians must come to terms with the fact that there will be no "right of return."

In 1948, seven hundred thousand Palestinians were forced out of their homes by the first Arab-Israeli War. More than seventy years later, most of their houses are long gone, but millions of their descendants are still registered as refugees, with many living in refugee camps. This group—unlike countless others that were displaced in the aftermath of World War II and other conflicts—has remained unsettled, demanding to settle in the state of Israel. Their belief in a "right of return" is one of the largest obstacles to successful diplomacy and lasting peace in the region.

In The War of Return, Adi Schwartz and Einat Wilf—both liberal Israelis supportive of a two-state solution—reveal the origins of the idea of a right of return, and explain how UNRWA - the very agency charged with finding a solution for the refugees - gave in to Palestinian, Arab and international political pressure to create a permanent “refugee” problem. They argue that this Palestinian demand for a “right of return” has no legal or moral basis and make an impassioned plea for the US, the UN, and the EU to recognize this fact, for the good of Israelis and Palestinians alike.

A runaway bestseller in Israel, the first English translation of The War of Return is certain to spark lively debate throughout America and abroad.



By: Gregory Mahler, ed.

(Routledge, 2019, ISBN-13: 978-1138047686, ISBN-10: 1138047686, 416 pages)

The Arab-Israeli conflict has been one of the most protracted and contentious disputes in modern history. This wide-ranging textbook examines the diplomatic and historical setting within which the conflict developed, from both the Israeli and Palestinian perspectives, and gives a comprehensive overview of the peace process. The new edition includes a revised and updated introduction and a wider selection of documents up through the first year of the Trump presidency. Enabling students to easily access and study original documents through the supportive framework of a textbook, THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT:

* presents over 80 of the most important and widely cited documents in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

* presents these documents in an edited form to highlight key elements

* includes an introductory chapter which sets the context for the study of the history of the conflict

* covers a comprehensive historical period, ranging from the nineteenth century to the present day

* incorporates a wide range of pedagogical aids: original documents, maps, and boxed sections

This important textbook is an essential aid for courses on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Middle East peace process, and will be an invaluable reference tool for all students of political science, Middle East studies, and history.



By: Ori Yehudai

(Cambridge University Press, 2020, ISBN: 1108478344, 282 pages)

The story of Israel's foundation has often been told from the perspective of Jewish immigration to the Land of Israel. Leaving Zion turns this historical narrative on its head, focusing on Jewish out-migration from Palestine and Israel between 1945 and the late 1950s. Based on previously unexamined primary sources collected from twenty-two archives in six countries, Ori Yehudai demonstrates that despite the dominant view that displaced Jews should settle in the Jewish homeland, many Jews instead saw the country as a site of displacement or a way-station to more desirable lands. Weaving together the perspectives of governments, aid organizations, Jewish communities and the personal stories of individual migrants, Yehudai brings to light the ideological, political and social tensions surrounding emigration. Covering events in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, this study provides a fresh transnational perspective on the critical period surrounding the birth of Israel and the post-Holocaust reconstruction of the Jewish world.



By: Brian J Horowitz

(Indiana University Press, 2020, ISBN-10: 0253047684, ISBN-13: 978-0253047687, 290 pages)

In Vladimir Jabotinsky’s Russian Years, the award-winning scholar Brian Horowitz attempts to untangle the riddle of Jabotinsky’s life and philosophy. In vivid, graceful prose, he considers Jabotinsky’s development in the crucible of his Russian years, 1880–TK. He ponders the events and experiences that affected Jabotinsky, and the Russian milieu that shaped him so profoundly. He explains how Jabotinsky became a committed Zionist, uniquely attuned to the yearnings of the Jewish soul for a homeland.

A man of great contradictions, Jabotinsky was tough but refined, a Shakespeare-quoting humanist who relished the brutal realpolitik of state-building. Horowitz captures Jabotinsky in his entirety, never simplifying him. With insight and precision, Horowitz describes Jabotinsky’s vision for a Jewish state; his controversial position on Arab–Jewish coexistence; his obsession with Jewish honor, discipline, and self-sacrifice. Using rare and unused materials, some thought to be lost, Horowitz performs a feat of scholarly synthesis, adding insights gleaned from close readings of Jabotinsky’s essays, public statements, and autobiography, Story of My Life.


Issue 33 has been published!

Editor: Avi Bareli ׀ Assistant Editor: Orna Miller

Editorial Board: Avi Bareli, Avner Ben-Amos, Kimmy Caplan, Danny Gutwein, Menachem Hofnung, Paula Kabalo, Nissim Leon, Kobi Peled, Shalom Ratzabi, Ilana Rosen, Ofer Shiff

Iyunim is a semi-annual journal, published by the Ben-Gurion

Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Sede-Boker. The journal holds two series:

I) The semi-annual series: Each volume contains research articles in various fields that specializes in modern Jewish society and Israeli society and stat, since the end of the 19th century. The articles address these issues from a variety of disciplines, such as history, sociology, philosophy, political science, economics, culture, geography, art, gender.

II) The thematic series: Each of its issues is dedicated to a significant current topic within the journal's fields of interest. This two-series format – the semi-annul and the thematic one – provides an invigorating and on-going platform for discussing the most prominent questions of state, society and culture in Israel.


Dan Naor Did All Roads Really Lead to Beirut? Menachem Begin’s Lebanese Policy, 1977-1982׀ Aharon Kampinsky Minister Zevulun Hamer’s Ambivalent Attitude to the Peace Process with Egypt ׀Uri Cohen Blocking Social Mobility in the Open University: Govering Institutions and the Council for Higher Education, 1974-1987 ׀ Ram Yehoshua Adut Dad Works, Mom Makes a Living: Life Stories of Mizrahi-Jews and Arab-Israelis of the ‘First Mobility Generation’ ׀ Deborah Bernstein, Talia Pfefferman From Haifa to Berlin: The Jewish Bourgeoisie in Palestine in the Early 20th Century from a Gender Perspective ׀ Roy Weintraub History Education in State-Religious Schools during the Past Decade ׀ Yair Seltenreich Shaping a Mobilized Culture: The 1936 Riots and the 'Hashomer' Collection ׀ Ofer Kenig, Chen Friedberg Does the Knesset Reflect the Composition of Israeli Society? Changes in Representative Gaps, 1977-2019 ׀ Tal Lento Under the Radar: The Adoption of the Constructive Vote of No-Confidence in Israel

The issue is available online on 'Iyunim' and 'Kotar' websites. For now, it is only available in digital format.

Contact info: 972-8-6596940 ; ;



By: Moshe Shokeid

(Berghahn 2020, ISBN 978-1-78920-698, 206 pages)

Moshe Shokeid narrates his experiences as a member of AD KAN (NO MORE), a protest movement of Israeli academics at Tel Aviv University, who fought against the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, founded during the first Palestinian Intifada (1987-1993). However, since the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin and the later obliteration of the Oslo accord, public manifestations of dissent on Israeli campuses have been remarkably mute. This chronicle of AD KAN is explored in view of the ongoing theoretical discourse on the role of the intellectual in society and is compared with other account of academic involvement in different countries during periods of acute political conflict.



By: Mark Tessler

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, Print ISBN: 978-3-030-19842-8, Online ISBN: 978-3-030-19843-5, 469 pages)

This book describes and compares the circumstances and lived experiences of religious minorities in Tunisia, Morocco, and Israel in the 1970s, countries where the identity and mission of the state are strongly and explicitly tied to the religion of the majority. The politics and identity of Jews in Tunisia and Morocco and Arabs in Israel are, therefore, shaped to a substantial degree by their status as religious minorities in non-secular states. This collection, based on in-depth fieldwork carried out during an important moment in the history of each community, and of the region, considers the nature and implications of each group’s response to its circumstances.  It focuses on both the community and individual levels of analysis and draws, in part, on original public opinion surveys. It also compares the three communities in order to offer generalizable insights about ways the identity, political culture, and institutional character of a minority group are shaped by the broader political environment in which it resides. The project will appeal to scholars and students in the fields of Middle Eastern and North African studies, Judaic studies, Islamic Studies, minority group politics, and international relations and the Arab-Israeli conflict.



By: Elad Ben-Dror

(Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, 2019, ISBN 978-965-217-433-8, 364 pages, in Hebrew)

This first-ever systematic study of UNSCOP, the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, traces how a majority of the committee’s members came to adopt, almost in full, the demands of the Zionist movement. It thus played a decisive role in establishing the state of Israel and in the evolution of Israel-Arab conflict. UNSCOP, appointed in 1947 when the British asked the United Nations to help it formulate a policy on Palestine’s future, performed an intensive inquiry into the country that summer. In the end, its eleven members, from eleven different countries, recommended the end of the British Mandate and the partition of Palestine into two independent sovereign states, one Jewish, on a majority of the territory, and one Arab. These two states, along with Jerusalem, which was designated to come under UN rule, would be linked by mechanisms that would ensure their economic unity. These recommendations formed the basis for the debate at the second session of the UN General Assembly. After making minor changes, the General Assembly adopted the plan on November 29, 1947. In large measure, the decision set in motion the establishment of Israel.

The book offers a comprehensive account of UNSCOP and its work. It is based on extensive archival material, some newly declassified and explains how the members of the committee reached their conclusions. Most of the source material comes from the UN Archives in New York. But, as it also seeks to account for the personal viewpoint of each of the committee’s members, it also makes use of documents they produced and archives of their papers. This wide-ranging approach has produced some findings of great historical importance.



Edited by: Dina Roginsky, Henia Rottenberg

(Routledge, 2019, ISBN Hardback: 9780367406875, ISBN eBook: 9780367808518, 176 pages)

Moving through Conflict: Dance and Politics in Israel is a pioneering project in examining the Israeli–Palestinian conflict through dance. It proposes a research framework for study of the social, cultural, aesthetic and political dynamics between Jews and Arabs as reflected in dance from late 19th-century Palestine to present-day Israel.

Drawing on multiple disciplines, this book examines a variety of social and theatrical venues (communities, dance groups, evening classes and staged performances), dance genres (folk dancing, social dancing and theatrical dancing) and different cultural identities (Israeli, Palestinian and American). Underlying this work is a fundamental question: can the body and dance operate as nonverbal autonomous agents to mediate change in conflicting settings, transforming the "foreign" into the "familiar"? Or are they bound to their culturally dependent significance – and thus nothing more than additional sites of an embodied politics?

This anthology expounds on various studies on dance, historical periods, points of view and points of contact that help promote thinking about this fundamental issue. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of dance studies, sociology, anthropology, art history, education and cultural studies, as well as conflict and resolution studies.


Two Volumes

Book One: The Conquest of Leadership; Book Two: The Leader - His Rise and Fall

By: Yossi Goldstein

(Bar-Ilan University Press, 2019, ISBN: 978-965-226-510-4, 1440 pages, in Hebrew)

The book covers the life of David Ben-Gurion from his early years in Plonsk, Poland, until his death in 1973. This picture of his life, presented in two volumes, differs from previous biographies and studies of Ben-Gurion with regard to the facts recounted, the insights drawn, the nature of the historical analyses, and its conclusions.

The biography is based on primary sources, some of which have never been drawn on previously—Ben-Gurion’s diary, an irreplaceable historical source for his life, actions, and thought (even though it is tendentious and of limited reliability); his letters; the minutes of meetings he attended; selections from the press—as well as secondary sources. Its composition required me to grapple with many questions associated with the historical importance of its subject—the greatest Jewish statesman of all time—and his complex personality. Who was he? The wisest of men? Gifted with superb intuition? A fierce and cantankerous fighter? A master propagandist? A political manipulator? Stubborn as a mule? An odd sort of fellow?

I found links between historical developments and his personality traits. Ben-Gurion was not afraid to make difficult decisions, even when he knew that their outcome could be disastrous, even when he recognized that his political, military, economic, and diplomatic analyses might be mistaken. He knew how to decide and impose his authority. After he did so he insisted on his way, even if the opposition to him was dramatic. There is no doubt that sometimes his analyses of the situation were erroneous, and one could see those mistakes as the essence. Nevertheless, there has been no leader of his stature who exerted such a strong influence on Jewish society in the modern age and whose dramatic decisions determined the long-term character and development of Israel.

Volume 1 of the biography begins in his birthplace, Plonsk, and continues with his immigration to Palestine and integration into the Second Aliya. It continues with his period in the United States, return to Palestine, and emergence as the leader of the Histadrut. The book describes, explains, and analyzes his success in turning the Histadrut into the most important political, economic, and social player in the Yishuv during the Mandate and the first years of statehood. It also traces how Ben-Gurion, after his elevation to the chairmanship of the Jewish Agency in 1935, became the man who led the Yishuv to political independence. Volume 2 begins with the proclamation of the state and the War of Independence, continues with a description and analysis of his years as prime minister, and concludes with his death.



By: Ayelet Harel-Shalev and Shir Daphna-Tekoah

(Oxford University Press, 2020; ISBN: 9780190072582; 168 Pages)

The book focuses on the study of Israeli women combat soldiers and veterans. It addresses this issue by bringing the soldiers' voices and silences to the forefront of research and by presenting the women soldiers as narrators. Our book introduces a theoretical framework in Critical Security Studies for understanding – by binary deconstructions of the terms used in these fields – the integration of women soldiers into combat and combat-support roles and the challenges they face. The book explores the voices and silences of women who served in combat roles in the Israeli Defense Forces. The analysis, however, extends beyond the Israeli case insofar as the book offers important general insights into the larger issues of the links between war and gender, trauma and gender, and politics and gender. The book draws on Feminist theories in International Relations and security studies and introduces an interdisciplinary theoretical perspective that aims to lead scholars to consider why and how women’s experiences should be incorporated into the analysis of violence, state violence, combat trauma, security and in-security. If further sheds light on under-studied aspects of the Israeli society.



Issue 32 has just been published!!!

Editor: Avi Bareli/Assistant Editor:Orna Miller/Editorial Board:Avi Bareli, Avner Ben-Amos, Kimmy Caplan, Danny Gutwein, Menachem Hofnung, Paula Kabalo, Nissim Leon, Kobi Peled, Shalom Ratzabi, Ilana Rosen, Ofer Shiff

Iyunim is a semi-annual journal, published by the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Sede-Boker.

The journal holds two series:

I) The semi-annual series: Each volume contains research articles in various fields that specializes in modern Jewish society and Israeli society and state.

The articles address these issues from a variety of disciplines, such as history, sociology, philosophy, political science, economics, culture, geography, art, gender.

II) The thematic series: Each of its issues is dedicated to a significant current topic within the journal's fields of interest. This two-series format – the semi-annul and the thematic one – provides an invigorating and on-going platform for discussing the most prominent questions of state, society and culture in Israel.

Contents of 32

Ronen Traube, Moshe Dayan and the Palestinian Issue:The Local Elections in the West Bank, 1972 / Lilach Rosenberg-Friedman, The Religious Women Party in the First Knesset Election: Failure or Achievement? / Meir Chazan, Ben-Gurion and Britain, 1930-1939 / Yair Berlin, ‘Talmud Industry’: Daf Yomi and Modern Consumer Culture / Adia Mendelson Maoz, Palestine, My Love: Place and Home in the Literary Works of Sayed Kashua / Elazar Ben Lulu, Ethnography of Ethiopian Sigd in an Israeli Reform Congregation / Udi Carmi, The Americanization of Muscular Judaism / Itamar Radai, Jews from Islamic Countries – Images and Perceptions in the Yishuv Society: The Case of Hannah Helena Thon / Orly C. Meron, Haifa and Beirut in a Comparative Perspective:Jewish Entrepreneurship between the British and the French Mandates/

Kobi Cohen-Hattab, Establishing the Israel State Archives 1948-1950

The issue is available in the academic libraries, the bookstores, and at the distributor "Sifrut Ahshav", 972-3-9229175

Office: 08-6596940 ; ;



"Israel at 70: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Society, Culture and Politics" in Contemporary Review of the Middle East volume 6, issue 3-4The guest editors are Csaba Nikolenyi, Director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies and Paula Kabalo, Director of The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism.

Table of contents:

Csaba Nikolenyi and Paula Kabalo
Introduction: Israel Studies “Here” and “There”

Judith Weisz Woodsworth
A Language for Israel: The Role of Translation in Building the Resources of Hebrew

Sigal Barkai
Neurotic Fantasy: The Third Temple as Metaphor in the Contemporary Israeli Art of Nira Pereg and Yael Bartana

Tal-Or Ben-Choreen
The Emergence of Fine Art Photography in Israel in the 1970s to the 1990s through Pedagogical and Social Links with the United States 

Ofer Shiff and David Barak-Gorodetsky
Pan-Jewish Solidarity and the Jewish Significance of Modern Israel: The 1958 ‘Who is a Jew?’ Affair Revisited

Ira Robinson
A Life to Remember: Yehuda Even Shmuel’s Memorialization of His Son, Shmuel Asher Kaufman and the Crisis of his Zionist Vision

Andrea Gondos
Isaiah Tishby, Új Kelet (New East), and the Cultural Mediation of Zionism in Transylvania (1920-1930)

Adi Sherzer-Druckman
Mamlakhtiyut from Across the Ocean: Ben-Gurion and the American-Jewish Community

Paula Kabalo
Israeli Jews from Muslim Countries: Immigrant Associations and Civic Leverage

Yolande Cohen
Zionism, Colonialism and Post-colonial migrations: Moroccan Jews’ Memories of Displacement

Havatzelet Yahel
The Conflict over Land Ownership and Unauthorized Construction in the Negev 

Emir Galilee
A Nomadic State of Mind: Mental Maps of Bedouins in the Negev and Sinai During the Time of the Ottomans, the British Mandate and the State of Israel

Ben Herzog
Presenting Ethnicity: Israeli Citizenship Discourse

Natan Aridan
Setting up Shop for Israel Advocacy – Diaspora ‘Retailers’ and the Israeli ‘Wholesalers’ in the Early Years of Israeli Diplomacy

Csaba Nikolenyi
Party Switching in Israel: Understanding the Split of the Labor Party in 2011



By: Avi Shilon

(I.B.Tauris, 2019, ISBN-9781838601126, 352 pages)

Yossi Beilin was a seminal figure during the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. As deputy foreign minister in the second Rabin government, he was responsible for leading the Oslo process, which was the most important attempt to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. This book is the first to tell the story of the left wing and the peace process based on the private archive of Beilin himself. The thousands of documents – shared exclusively with the author - reveal a far more complete picture of Israel's political-diplomatic history in the late 20th century, and provide new information on key events. Avi Shilon offers a critiques of the 'liberal peace-building' project and analyses the connections between the Labour party's economic policy and foreign policy since the 1970s. This book is both a political biography of Beilin and a new history which recounts the diplomatic processes and social-political changes that occurred in Israel in the past four decades.


Contributing Editor: Robert O. Freedman

(London and New York: Routledge 2020, Paperback ISBN 978-0-367-35876-1, 310 pages)

The scholars participating in this book are leading experts from both the United States and Israel and represent a broad spectrum of viewpoints  on Israeli domestic politics and foreign policy. The case studies in the book cover  Israel’s main political parties;  highlight the special position in Israel of Israel’s  Arab, Russian and religious communities,  evaluate  Netanyahu’s stewardship of the Israeli economy and analyze his response to terrorism.. The foreign policy   case studies cover Israel’s relations with the United States, the American Jewish Community, Russia, the Palestinians, the Arab World, China, India, Europe , Iran and Turkey.   Another  highlight of the book is an assessment of Netanyahu’s leadership of the Likud Party, which answers the question as to whether Netanyahu is a pragmatist interested in a peace deal with the Palestinians or an ideologue  who wants to hold on to the West Bank as well as all of Jerusalem.



By: Menachem Klein

(Oxford University Press, 2019, ISBN-10, 0190087587, ISBN-13: 978-0190087586; 256 pages)

This landmark volume presents vivid and intimate portraits of Palestinian Presidents Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, revealing the impact these different personalities have had on the struggle for national self-determination. Arafat and Abbas lived in Palestine as young children. Uprooted by the 1948 war, they returned in 1994 to serve as the first and second presidents of the Palestinian Authority, the establishment of which has been the Palestine Liberation Organization's greatest step towards self-determination for the Palestinian nation. Both Arafat and Abbas were shaped by earlier careers in the PLO, and each adopted their own controversial leadership methods and decision-making styles.

Drawing on primary sources in Arabic, Hebrew and English, Klein gives special attention to the lesser known Abbas: his beliefs and his disagreements with Israeli and American counterparts. The book uncovers new details about Abbas' peace talks and US foreign policy towards Palestine, and analyses the political evolution of Hamas and Abbas' succession struggle. Klein also highlights the tension between the ageing leader and his society.

Arafat and Abbas offers a comprehensive and balanced account of the Palestinian Authority's achievements and failures over its twenty- five years of existence. What emerges is a Palestinian nationalism that refuses to disappear.



Two volumes

Volume I:  Rebellion Launched

Volume II: Into the International Arena 

By: Monty Noam Penkower

(Touro University Press, 2019; Vol 1. IBSN: 9781618118745, Vol. 2 ISBN: 9781618118776, Vol. 1 357 pages, Vol. 2 469 pages)

Seventy years after the creation of the State of Israel, Palestine to Israel: Mandate to State, 1945-1948 offers the definitive narrative of the achievement of Jewish sovereignty in the beleaguered Promised Land. Professor Monty Noam Penkower explores developments in Palestine and in the Arab states, including how the Palestine quagmire became a pawn in inter-Arab feuds; British and American responses both official and public; the role of Holocaust survivors; the context of the Cold War; and the saga as it unfolded in the corridors of the United Nations. Joining extensive archival research to a lucid prose, the two volumes offer a riveting conclusion to his Palestine in Turmoil and Decision on Palestine Deferred.



By: Rachel Rojanski

(Indiana University Press, 2020, Hardback ISBN: 978-0-253-04514-0, Paperback ISBN: 978-0-253-04515-7, eBook ISBN: 978-0-253-04518-8, 338 pages)

Yiddish in Israel: A History challenges the commonly held view that Yiddish was suppressed or even banned by Israeli authorities for ideological reasons, offering instead a radical new interpretation of the interaction between Yiddish and Israeli Hebrew cultures. Author Rachel Rojanski tells the compelling and yet unknown story of how Yiddish, the most widely used Jewish language in the pre-Holocaust world, fared in Zionist Israel, the land of Hebrew.

Following Yiddish in Israel from the proclamation of the State until today, Rojanski reveals that although Israeli leadership made promoting Hebrew a high priority, it did not have a definite policy on Yiddish. The language's varying fortune through the years was shaped by social and political developments, and the cultural atmosphere in Israel. Public perception of the language and its culture, the rise of identity politics, and political and financial interests all played a part. Using a wide range of archival sources, newspapers, and Yiddish literature, Rojanski follows the Israeli Yiddish scene through the history of the Yiddish press, Yiddish theater, early Israeli Yiddish literature, and high Yiddish culture. With compassion, she explores the tensions during Israel's early years between Yiddish writers and activists and Israel's leaders, most of whom were themselves Eastern European Jews balancing their love of Yiddish with their desire to promote Hebrew. Finally Rojanski follows Yiddish into the 21st century, telling the story of the revived interest in Yiddish among Israeli-born children of Holocaust survivors as they return to the language of their parents.



By: Omri Asscher

(Stanford University Press, 2019, Cloth ISBN: 9781503610057, Paper ISBN: 9781503610934, Digital ISBN: 9781503610941, 256 pages)

American and Israeli Jews have historically clashed over the contours of Jewish identity, and their experience of modern Jewish life has been radically different. But what happens when the encounter between American and Israeli Jewishness takes place in literary form—when Jewish American novels make aliyah, or when Israeli novels are imported for consumption by the diaspora? Reading Israel, Reading America explores the politics of translation as it shapes the understandings and misunderstandings of Israeli literature in the United States and American Jewish literature in Israel. Engaging in close readings of translations of iconic novels by the likes of Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Amos Oz, A. B. Yehoshua, and Yoram Kaniuk, Asscher decodes the ideological encounter between Israeli and American Jews.   



By: Alec Mishory

(Brill, 2019, E-Book ISBN: 978-90-04-40527-1, Hardback ISBN: 978-90-04-40526-4, 407 pages)

As historical analyses of Diaspora Jewish visual culture blossom in quantity and sophistication, this book analyzes 19th-20th-century developments in Jewish Palestine and later the State of Israel. In the course of these approximately one hundred years, Zionist Israelis developed a visual corpus and artistic lexicon of Jewish-Israeli icons as an anchor for the emerging “civil religion.” Bridging internal tensions and even paradoxes, artists dynamically adopted, responded to, and adapted significant Diaspora influences for Jewish-Israeli purposes, as well as Jewish religious themes for secular goals, all in the name of creating a new state with its own paradoxes, simultaneously styled on the Enlightenment nation-state and Jewish peoplehood.




The AIS’s interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal

Published (in English) by the Association for Israel Studies, the Israel Studies Review is seeking a new editor/editorial team as the current editors, Yoram Peri and Paul Scham, will be stepping down in the summer of 2021.  The selection committee—Ilan Peleg (Chair), Ayelet Harel-Shalev and Paul Scham—invites applications from qualified  persons, effective immediately.   It hopes to complete the process by the end of 2020. Following examination of applications, the search committee will make a recommendation to the AIS Board of Directors for its decision.  Instructions for applying are below. 


The ISR is published 3 times yearly by Berghahn Books and is committed to publishing rigorous, peer reviewed, academic research. The editorial staff is responsible for soliciting articles, reviewing them, identifying qualified peer reviewers, overview of the review process, and either rejecting or approving the articles. Approximately once a year there may be a guest-edited special issue of interest to ISR readers; the guest editor should generally handle all elements of the editor’s job, but the ISR editor is responsible for overview of the process and conducting a final edit.

Each issue consists of 6-7 articles (optimally 7-8000 words each), a Table of Contents, an Editors’ Note (generally 800-1300 words) and 6-7 book reviews.  We recommend a separate Book Review Editor. The book review editor will identify notable new books in Israel Studies, choose qualified reviewers, and edit the reviews for publication.

In recent years the ISR has been recognized as within the top category of academic journals in the Humanities. 

Editors are ex officio members of the AIS Board and will present a yearly report to it.


• A scholar engaged in studying and teaching Israel Studies, broadly defined; preferably ranked as associate professor or full professor or equivalent, with a substantial record of peer-reviewed academic publications.

• Editing/editorial experience.

• Proficiency in English, defined as the ability to write and edit fluently and correctly.  The editorial team may be composed of one person with high proficiency in English and others with proficiency in other criteria; up to 3 people total. 

• Wide knowledge of the field of Israel Studies, including both the subject matter and scholars in the field.  This knowledge may be divided among the editor and an associate editor.

• Openness to a diversity of opinions and topics, including choice of articles and authors, peer reviewers, books for review and their reviewers, and so forth.

• A vision for where the ISR should go in the coming years should be included with the application.

• Organizational flexibility:  Since editing the ISR requires an appreciable investment of time and energy, as well as several skill sets, we encourage various configurations of potential editors with different expertise to apply.  This could include an Editor and an Associate Editor, two Co-Editors, and so forth.

• 3-5 years commitment from the editors and the host institution, which should be an established academic institution.

• It is desirable to include assurances that the editor(s) will have sufficient release time from other professional duties to edit the journal, as well as secretarial/administrative support.  The AIS will provide some financial assistance to cover expenses involved in the editorial process.


Please send a C.V. (including professional experience and affiliations and a full list of publications), as well as a cover letter to the 3 addresses below.  The cover letter should address how the applicant qualifies for the job based on the criteria above.  We will begin reviewing applications as of September 1, 2020, but later applications will be accepted as well until the position(s) are filled.  Applicants being seriously considered will have one or more Zoom sessions with the Search Committee to enable wide-ranging discussions of the work and skills required.  Interested applicants are invited to contact any member of the search committee if more information is needed. 

The search committee for the ISR editorial team encourages diversity and will ensure equal opportunity, treatment, and access for all candidates regardless of their sex, race, color, ethnic, or social origin.


Prof. Ilan Peleg, Chair,

Prof. Ayelet Harel-Shalev,

Prof. Paul Scham,


Call for Applications: 2021 JDC Archives Fellowship Program

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for its 2021 fellowship program. In 2021, seven fellowships will be awarded to senior scholars, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and independent researchers to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or in Jerusalem. Topics in the fields of twentieth century Jewish history, modern history, social welfare, migration, and humanitarian assistance will be considered, as well as other areas of academic research covered in the JDC archival collections.  Our finding aids can be consulted to identify relevant areas. The fellowship awards are $2,000-$5,000 and the deadline for submission is January 26, 2021.

Fellows are expected to make a public presentation on their research upon conclusion of their fellowships.

Past fellows have worked on diverse topics ranging from the eradication of malaria in Mandatory Palestine to Soviet Jewish emigration to the West in the 1970s and 1980s. The areas of research and lectures of previously awarded recipients can be viewed here.


Call for Applications - Research Forum - Progressive Judaism and Jewish Renewal, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

The Azrieli Center for Israel Studies (MALI) at the Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in partnership with the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, offer young scholars (postdocs and advanced research students) research grants upon participation in a forum devoted to the study of Jewish Renewal in Israel.

Jewish Renewal and Liberal/Progressive Judaism have presented Israeli society with an ongoing challenge and evoked an increasingly profound public discourse. However, only little scholarly attention has been given to the roots, theological perceptions, reception, influence, changes, and structure of progressive Jewish movements in Israel. Therefore, a proper scientific exploration of these issues, starting with the pre-state Yishuv period to present-day Israel, is much needed.

The forum will hold monthly meetings starting November 2020. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss key issues in the research of progressive movements and various trends related to Jewish Renewal in Israel, map the field, construct new databases, promote individual research, and foster new connections among scholars in the field. The forum will apply a holistic, interdisciplinary approach based on the concept of “Outlooks” (Mabatim), which analyzes Israeli viewpoints on the Jewish world in order to better understand Israeli society.

Please find full details in the attached file


The Azrieli Foundation is launching its revamped International Postdoctoral Fellowship for research at Israeli universities
in STEM, Humanities and Social Sciences

Online Application for the 2021 Cohort Begins September 1st 2020 and may be accessed on our website

What kind of candidate are we looking for?

Ideal candidates will have an excellent academic track record and the potential to perform groundbreaking research, alongside an intellectual curiosity that transcends their field of study. They will possess a character that facilitates scientific and societal leadership, promoting change.

Who can apply?

Candidates who have received or will receive their PhD degrees at a recognized university in the EU or EFTA states, UK and Canada, may apply.

Eligible countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK.

What do I need in order to apply?

Requirements are detailed in the Guidelines on our website:

Please note that candidates are required to have an academic sponsor who is a faculty member at an Israeli university. It is strongly recommended that you seek an academic sponsor as soon as possible.

How much is the Fellowship?

The value of the Fellowship is approximately € 47,000 (ILS 188,000) per year, including funds reserved for research and travel.

When does the Fellowship begin?

The official starting date of the Fellowship is October 2021, which is the beginning of the Israeli academic year 2021-22. However, candidates are permitted to start their Fellowship as early as June 2021 and no later than March 2022.

How long does the Fellowship last?

The Fellowship is offered for two years. Renewal for a third year will be considered favourably based on a competitive evaluation process.

How many fellowships are offered?

Up to 24 fellowships per year: 18 fellowships in STEM fields, 3 in Humanities, and 3 in Social Sciences.

When to apply?

The online application process opens September 1, 2020, and ends November 1, 2020.

When will decisions be announced?

Award notifications will be sent by February 15, 2021.

Guidelines and online application are available at For any questions, please contact:



The Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has established a postdoctoral fellowship in Israel Studies. The fellowship will begin on September 1, 2020, and will ask for a 1 year contract, but is renewable for a second year. The successful applicant will also be required to teach a half course in each year of his/her appointment. The stipend for this fellowship is $55,000 CAD plus benefits. The stipend for the half course is $8,000. The preferred fields of study are: history, political science, sociology, anthropology, and geography. The post doctoral fellow will be expected to participate in four activities in the course of 12 months; 2 at the University of Calgary campus, and 2 other at the Jewish Community Centre (JCC).

Expenses, such as conference attendance, and other research-related expenses, up to a maximum of $ 5,000 will be reimbursed with submission of receipts. The extended health benefit plan, which is mandatory for all postdoctoral scholars, is covered by the award as well as the employer's contribution to Canada Pension Plan/Employment Insurance.

Applicants must have earned their phD less than 3 years before the start date of the position in any given competition year. If degree is still pending, it must be completed before the start date of the position in any given competition year. All other conditions follow the University of Calgary postdoctoral policy and procedures, as approved by the Vice-President Research.

Interested applicants should apply to Dr. David J. Bercuson, Director of the Dr. Jenny and Hy Belzberg Israeli Scholar program, SS 642, University of Calgary,

For terms of reference, click here:



Full and partial fellowships supporting doctoral students whose research focuses on Israel. Candidates must be accepted into Brandeis University graduate school programs of Anthropology, History, Literature, Middle East Studies, Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Politics or Sociology. Competitive living stipend with generous health care benefits. Renewable for up to five years. Deadlines vary by department. Learn more at



The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies at Concordia University is a multi-disciplinary research centre that brings together students, faculty and researchers who are dedicated to the study of Israel in all its facets.

In an effort to promote faculty-based projects, stimulate research and teaching, and contribute to the study of the state of Israel, locally, nationally and internationally, the Institute is offering financial support in the form of grants and scholarships in the following categories:

Visiting Researcher:

The Institute welcomes applications for short-term or sabbatical Visiting Researcher positions. Research stipends are available.

Post-doctoral fellowships:

Applicants with a completed PhD can apply for a post-doctoral fellowship.

The deadline to apply for these grants vary.  For details please visit:


Call for Papers for an edited volume focusing on  the Canaanite Movement (the 'Young Hebrews')

Editors: Dr. Shai Feraro (Tel Hai College) and Ofri Krischer (George Washington University)

The 'Young Hebrews', also known as the Canaanites, were a group of young artists, poets and Palmach members who – during the 1940s and 1950s – wished to create a new Hebrew nation in what was then British Mandate Palestine, that will cut itself off from 2,000 years of Jewish Diaspora and be based instead on the shared cultural heritage of the Semitic peoples. This Hebrew vision began to sprout during the 1930s in the writings of historian and ideologue Adya Gur Horon (aka Adolphe Gourevitch, 1907-1972), but it was the poet Yonatan Ratosh (aka Uriel Shelach, 1908-1981) – who met Horon in Paris in 1938 – who developed it into a more concrete political concept, which he then tried to advance via groups such as the 'Council for the Coalition of Hebrew Youth' and the 'Young Hebrews Center'. While the Canaanite Movement suffered political failure and disintegrated following the early 1950s, its long-term effects on Israeli society – especially in art and literature – far outgrew its minute size, and its propagators and members included noted individuals such as Ahraon Amir (1923-2008),  Benjamin Tammuz (1919-1989), Amos Kenan (1927-2009), Boaz Evron (1927-2018), and Uzzi Ornan (b. 1923).

This edited volume seeks to examine Canaanism and its effect on Israeli society, as well as on thinkers in adjacent countries, in historical, ideological-political, and artistic contexts. Among the issues already set to be examined: contact between the 'Young Hebrews' and proponents of Phoenician nationality from among Lebanese Maronites; individuals such as Lehi leader and Israeli politician Nahtan Yellin-Mor (1913-1980) and their dialogue with Canaanite ideas; echoes of Canaanite thought in later organizations such as Uzzi Ornan's 'I am Israeli' Movement; References to the ancient Canaanites in the history of pre-Zionist Western thought; Canaanite influences on Israeli art;  and even the surveillance placed upon the group by various State and pre-State bodies.

We would be happy to receive additional proposals for chapters that focus on the study of the Canaanite Movement and/or a variety of closely corresponding subjects, such as (but not limited to): the effects of Canaanite ideology on Israeli society; contact between the 'Young Hebrews' and proponents of similar nationalistic ideas in the region, such as the Pharaonist movement in Egypt, and Assyrian nationalism in and around northern Iraq; gender and the Canaanite Movement; Palestinian Canaanism; Canaanism and Israeli literature, and more.

Potential contributors should send an abstract (up to 150 words), a tentative title and a short bio to Dr. Shai Feraro ( and/or Ofri Krischer ( by 15 November 2020. Those invited to participate will be required to deliver the full chapters (ranging between 7,000-8,000 words incl. bibliography) until 31 August 2021.   

We are happy to answer any additional queries.

Dr. Shai Feraro (Tel Hai College)

Ofri Krischer (George Washington University)


Kinneret Academic College presents

Software for the Past (SfP): Digital Technologies to Study the Past and Present

Advances in archiving technologies, image processing, deep learning, and augmented reality have transformed the experience and understanding of the past.  Such technologies enable researchers to better understand historical cultures, events, and peoples.  They also enable immersive historical, anthropological, and archaeological experiences for tourism and education.

We welcome abstracts and extended abstracts on the design and implementation of new technology tools to study the past and present and results gained from use of such tools  The conference will address multiple topics and periods.  The focus will be on application of new digital technologies to the fields of history and archaeology. We are looking for diverse case studies from all over the world. Preference will be given to those technical approaches that have wider applications and that show promise for general use.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

·        Historical GIS (geographic information systems)

·        3D modelling of archaeology and heritage

·        Augmented reality and virtual reality for history and archaeology

·        New technologies for rural and environmental history and archaeology

·        Web-based virtual museums

·        Application of databases for historical analysis

·        Tools for open source historical data analysis

·        Novel historical and archaeological results from use of new technologies

·        Using new technologies for community outreach about historical and archaeological sites and events

·        Application of deep learning and artificial intelligence for historical and archaeological analysis

·        Software architectures and tools for immersive historical and archaeological experiences

·        New technology tools for virtual reality tourism and education

Abstracts should be 250-300 words in English.  Extended abstracts should be 700-1100 words in English.  Submissions must include the name(s) of the authors and their affiliations.  

The conference will take place virtually.

Important dates:

Abstract/Extended abstract submission: October 23, 2020
Author notification: November 13, 2020
Conference: December 8, 2020

Organizing committee:

Dr. Michael J. May, Software Engineering, Kinneret Academic College, ISRAEL
Dr. Efrat Kantor, Land of Israel Studies, Kinneret Academic College, ISRAEL
Dr. Mechael Osband, Land of Israel Studies, Kinneret Academic College, ISRAEL

Submissions address:



Edited volume by Rocco Giansante (PhD) and Luna Goldberg (MA)

The image of Israel on the global stage is the product of the intersection between what it projects externally and what is projected onto it. While the state exports positive images in order to influence public opinion and private actors may publish critical representations of the nation, the non-Israeli uses Israel as a screen onto which an imagined country is projected. This is the case of the Jewish Diaspora whose relation with Israel is charged with elements strictly connected to its internal dynamics, as well as that of those not connected to the Jewish state, whose perceptions are greatly shaped by the international spotlight on the nation and the conflicts within it.

The arts have long served the purpose of representing a nation and embodying a country’s lasting values, while fostering a sense of collective memory. In today’s globalized world, the arts further function as a means of critical self-reflection on the nation, contemporary culture, and politics. On the screen, on the page, and on canvas, the image(s) of Israel produced by the nation’s artistic establishments stand next to oeuvres about the Jewish state produced by non-Israelis. These works evoke another Israel which speaks about the visions and hopes of the Diaspora.

The objective of our edited volume is to present these two “modes of representation” — Israel’s self-image and the Israel from abroad — and elaborate on how these two discourses, at times diverging, can be integrated and promote a conversation around Israel that can better serve the reality on the ground. Using the creative arts as a frame,

this book will examine the projected image of Israel abroad as well as the gaze of the foreigner on the Jewish state, through reflections on exported cultural products, transnational art exhibitions, contemporary cinema, and Jewish American literature.

We welcome proposals from scholars in all fields that examine representations of Israel in artistic forms including but not limited to cinematic arts, literature, poetry, music, visual and performance art, and dance from 1948 to the present.

This could include, but is not limited to, essays about:

* The portrayal of Israeli society through Modern-day television series such as Fauda, Shtisel, Our Boys

* Representations of Israel through the lens of Jewish American literature (Jonathan Safran Foer, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow...)

* Arts exhibitions and artists producing work around Israeli history, culture, and politics abroad such as Visions of Place, Venice Biennale Israel Pavilion, Miki Kratsman, Tsibi Geva, Sigalit Landau, Nira Pereg, Nir Evron, Dor Guez, Sharif Waked, Yael Bartana, Public Movement, Omer Fast...)

* Israeli dance on the world stage (Bat Sheva Dance Company, Noa Eshkol Foundation, Israeli Folk Dance...)

* Israel on the cinematic screen (Claude Lanzmann, Susan Sontag, Chantal Akerman, Otto Preminger...)

* Perceptions of Israel from Europe (European Jews and Israel) * New Territories: Images of Israel in South Korea, China, India * Israel in the Arab/Muslim entertainment industry and art world * Israel imagined in fashion and design

Potential contributors are asked to submit a 250-word proposal and a short biography (150 words) to: <>

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: October 30, 2020 Notification will be issued in December 2020.

Contact email: <>



7-10 DECEMBER 2020

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the Fourth Annual scholarly International Conference on Israel and Judaism Studies (vICIJS’20) organized by Israiliyat: Journal of Israeli and Judaic Studies (e-ISSN 2645-890X) will be held as a virtual conference in December 07-10, 2020.

The aim of the conference is to present new methods of assessing Jewish identity and to identify patterns of Jewish engagement. Recent academic and public discourse on Judaism includes new approaches and understandings of the term "Judaism". The question which is frequently raised, "Who is a Jew?" has been receiving several and different dimensional replies.

The concepts which the new scholarship has been creating are based on the researcher's worldview thus inevitably influencing their research choices and research challenges. The discussion on what is Judaism and who defines himself as a Jew portrays new identities as well as self-definition of various groups/individuals. The impact of the definition non-Jewish definition of who is Jewish is undeniable.

The Conference seeks to address the following questions: Can we define one Jewish identity? If so, from what does it derive? What are the expressions of this identity according to different regions today? How has the Jewish identity been assessed in the past vs. the present by different scholars? How is “the new Jew” described in the Zionist literature? What are the relations between Judaism and Zionism in the current discourse? How do relations between the Jewish communities outside Israel define their "Jewishness" and what is their affinity to Israel?

The Conference may include not only the traditional areas in Judaic Studies but also various disciplines such as current political issues, international relations, history and sociology in in Israel Studies. The point of views presented in the conference will be multidimensional: Zionism, Israeli culture and politics, the conflict between Palestine and Israel, Hebrew Literature, Education in Israel, various interpretations of Judaism as a belief system and historical backgrounds etc.

vICIJS’20 also is pleased to announce the annual rewards delivered for the fourth time for the distinguished dissertations/ theses in the field of Israel and Judaism Studies in the categories of history, politics and religion in both the M.A. and PhD. decrees. Moreover, articles and original/translated books having scientific research methods will also be awarded.

The publishing and application/ registration procedures in pre-conference consist of four stages: (i) application by submitting an abstract, (ii) registration by submitting the full text and/or (iii) research articles, (iv) and participation by submitting the pre-recorded video.

The file should be sent to

-Deadline for Abstract: November 15, 2020

-Notification of Acceptance: After Review Process without any Loss of Time

-Deadline for Full Text and/or Research Article Submission and pre-Recorded Video Submission: November 30, 2020

-Conference Dates: December 07-10, 2020

This year due to the calamity in the World, the presenters are expected to prepare a video record which has to be sent before November 30, 2020. The video presentations can be prepared in any language if subtitled in English or Turkish. The best Abstracts and full papers will be edited into the Proceeding and Abstract Book. Then extended and revised versions of the conference full papers will be published in Israiliyat journal or an edited book after the referee process.

Please circulate the Call, among your colleagues and networks.

Please feel free to reach out to us with questions and requests related to the vICIJS’20 at

We look forward to welcoming you to the ICIJS’20 Virtual Conference in December.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Efrat AVIV


Organizing Committee co-Chairs of Fourth International Conference on Israel and Judaism Studies





Jewish Film & New Media invites authors to submit reviews of multimedia outlets and content (such as films, video games, art, festivals, exhibitions, digital platforms, digital archives, etc.) related to Jewish themes in a broad sense.

Jewish Film & New Media is an international, peer-reviewed journal that engages in critical discussion of the representation of Jews, Jewishness, and Judaism in cinema, television, and new media, as well as the Jewish contribution to these media outlets, in a widely defined fashion. Bringing together scholars in a variety of disciplines, the journal provides a key resource for academic study and research, and aims to widen the parameters of Jewish film and new media studies. The journal encompasses historical and cultural dimensions of Jewish film and new media alongside its identities, languages, styles, forms, and audiences.

Jewish Film & New Media is unique in its interdisciplinary nature, exploring the rich and diverse cultural heritage across the globe. The journal is distinctive in bringing together a range of cinemas, televisions, films, programs, and other digital material in one volume and in its positioning of the discussions within a range of contexts—the cultural, historical, textual, and many others.

Submissions should be 1,000-1,500 words in length following Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.

For further submission and editorial information, please contact Dr. Aya Yadlin-Segal (multimedia reviews editor) at

For further information on the journal and back issues visit  


The Michael Feige Career Development Chair in Israeli Society is honored to invite you to the Annual Dr. Michael Feige Memorial Lecture* (online)

The event will take place in Hebrew.

Michael Feige (1957–2016), an altruist and a researcher of Israeli society a beloved friend and a companion, was murdered in a terror attack in Tel Aviv.

Professor (Emerita) Deborah Bernstein, a member of the Department of Sociology at Haifa University, researched the nexus of sociology and history, with emphasis on unequal relations and social history during the British Mandate era and the 1950s; investigated Jewish–Arab relations under the Mandate, the construction of class and ethnic relations in Israel’s first decade, and the experience of urban Jewish women in the Mandate era. Bernstein was awarded the 2019 Israel Prize in Sociology and Anthropology.

The awarding of the Dr. Michael Feige Memorial Prize will go to a student at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for an approved doctoral research program on a topic related to Israeli society.

Sunday, June 7, 2020 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Israel time

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