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.




Shalem College, Israel’s only four-year liberal arts college (founded 2013, in Jerusalem), seeks a vigorous, inspiring, and wise president to grow the institution and its resources as the College enters its second decade.

Shalem College exists to prepare young Israelis to assume leadership roles in the Jewish state— in public affairs and the professions, in education and culture, in business and the media. Its elite program features a Core Curriculum emphasizing great texts of the Western, Jewish and Zionist traditions; encourages civic engagement and the desire to serve; and inculcates the habits of mind and heart needed for sustaining and enriching Israel’s Jewish ethos and democratic character.

We seek a president, already an established scholar and educator, who will be (1) an inspiring and effective leader of the institution, possessed of prudent executive judgment, (2) a successful fundraiser and steward of sustained philanthropic relationships, and (3) Shalem’s public voice in Israel and abroad, carrying the message of its educational vision. These functions call for a person who is charismatic and decisive; who is energetic, articulate in both Hebrew and English, and appealing to donors worldwide; and who can make the case for the College and its crucial importance for the State of Israel to all relevant audiences and constituencies.

The candidate must hold (or have held) a tenured academic position with the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor. Previous executive experience is highly desirable.

The term of the president is a minimum of five years. The position is full-time, and while serving in office the president must be a resident of Israel.

Interested individuals are invited to submit their applications by July 15, 2020 to the Presidential Search Committee at Along with a full academic CV, the application should include a letter explaining why the candidate is drawn to the opportunity of serving as president of Shalem College and what characteristics and experience make him or her suitable for the position.

Applications will be treated with the strictest secrecy. The Search Committee is not obligated to interview all candidates who apply and reserves the right to reach out at its initiative to individuals whom its members view as being suitable for the position. 

3 Ha’askan Street, Jerusalem 9378010, Israel, Tel. 02 560 5555, Fax 02 560 5556, E-mail:,



The Berkeley Institute Calls for Visiting Faculty and Scholars Applications for 2021-2022

The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies invites applications for the Visiting Faculty and Scholars Program from a wide range of disciplines relating to Israel Studies. Visiting Faculty and Scholars are an integral part of the Berkeley Institute every year, and are actively engaged with Institute programs, faculty and students.

The Berkeley Institute houses two core programs: the Berkeley Program on Israel Studies and the Berkeley Program on Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity. The Berkeley Institute supports multidisciplinary courses, programs, and scholarship in Israel and Jewish Studies and serves as a hub for student, faculty, and community engagement. The Berkeley Institute serves both Berkeley Law and the UC Berkeley campus, bridging the two through academic programs and collaborations. Learn more about the Berkeley Institute, here.

Visiting Faculty

The deadline to apply as a visiting faculty is Sep 30, 2020. We are looking for faculty who teach at a high level of

English. While visiting Berkeley, visiting faculty teach courses in a range of departments.

Application Requirements
1. Letter of Interest
2. Full Curriculum Vitae
3. Teaching proposal, including course descriptions and sample syllabi

Visiting Scholars

Applications for the visiting scholars program will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of April 1, 2021.

The Institute will consider applications for a semester or for the full academic year.

Application Requirements
1. Letter of Interest, specifying the time period they wish to be in residence at the Institute 2. Full Curriculum Vitae
3. Research Statement
4. Source of funding while visiting Berkeley

Please submit your application by email or send any questions to

The Berkeley Institute is committed to building an inclusive community and strongly encourages applications for the program from diverse and underrepresented communities.



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,



The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at Northwestern University invites applications for a faculty position in the field of Israel Studies, to begin September 1, 2020. The appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate or full professor in accordance with the candidate’s qualifications.

The search committee will consider applicants whose work focuses on modern Israel (including late Ottoman or mandatory Palestine) from disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to History, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Art History, Communication Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Religious Studies. Final departmental affiliations will depend upon the expertise and qualifications of the candidate.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or its equivalent in their field by the time of appointment, and will be expected to teach a varied range of undergraduate and graduate courses. Northwestern's base teaching load is four courses spread between three academic quarters.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and article or chapter length writing sample at  Applicants at the level of assistant professor must also provide contact information for three academic references, who will be prompted to submit letters of recommendation once the application is submitted; applicants at the rank of associate or full professor may be asked to provide letters of recommendation at a later stage of the selection process.

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019. Questions about the position may be directed to David Shyovitz, Director of the Crown Family Center, at; logistical questions about the application process should be directed to Nancy Gelman, Center Administrator, at

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.



The Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Florida invites applicants for a tenure accruing faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level in the field of Israel Studies to begin August 16, 2020. The position is open to Israel specialists in any discipline in the social sciences and the humanities. Ph.D. required by start date. A successful candidate must have an active research agenda; teaching must integrate the study of Israel into the needs of the Center and the relevant departmental tenure home; service requirements include a commitment to developing the Jewish Studies major and related certificate programs. The successful candidate will also help promote Israel studies within the community and further develop the Center’s links with Israel.

The University of Florida is ranked among the top ten public universities in the US. The University has excellent research facilities, and the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica is considered one of the top Judaica research collections in the US. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is currently undergoing a significant expansion of faculty. All new hires are expected to enhance the national visibility of the academic units in which they are housed.

The Center is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The university and greater Gainesville communities enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activity, and social opportunities.

For full consideration, applications must be submitted through Careers at UF at and must include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement about ongoing research and teaching directions, a writing sample, and three confidential letters of recommendation. The review of applicants begins on September 20, 2019, for an August 16, 2020 appointment, and the position will remain open until filled.

All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States require evaluation by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florida’s Government in the Sunshine and Public Records Laws. If an accommodation due to disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

Advertised Salary: The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, and includes a full benefits package.

Minimum Requirements: A Ph.D. is required



The Pennsylvania State University Jewish Studies Program invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Israel Studies and Jewish Studies. Research focus and teaching interests are open, but applicants should have expertise in Israel Studies, Israel-Diaspora relations, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and Middle East studies. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses at all levels in the history and cultures of Israel, in global Jewish communities, and (preferably) in American Jewish history, and they will also be able to teach broad survey courses in Jewish history and the foundation Jewish studies course. Applicants should be able to enhance the interdisciplinary strengths of the Jewish Studies Program, demonstrate an active research agenda, and contribute immediately to the undergraduate missions of the Jewish Studies Program and the College of the Liberal Arts; competitive candidates will have at least three years of undergraduate teaching experience. In addition, we expect the candidate to contribute to a developing Jewish Studies graduate program and an emerging Middle East Studies Program. The appointment will be held in the Jewish Studies Program, but we also welcome candidates who could be cross-appointed in a disciplinary field. The position will begin preferably in August 2020. Normal teaching load is 2-2. Ph.D. in a relevant field of study is required at the time of appointment. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of application, a one-page description of current and future research, and one to three articles and/or book chapters. Additionally, please arrange to have three letters of reference sent to Keshia Kennelley ( Application review will begin September 15, 2019, but dossiers will be accepted until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Ms. Kennelley for forwarding to the appropriate faculty member.

Apply online at

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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 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program seeks applicants for several prestigious postdoctoral fellowships in Israel during the 2020-2021 academic year. These opportunities are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support projects for up to 20 months. Awardees will receive $95,000 ($47,500 per academic year for two years).

Opportunities include:

To be eligible, candidates must have received their Ph.D. degrees no earlier than August 2015. Current Ph.D. candidates who expect to complete their degrees before fall 2020 are welcome to apply. Candidates who have already begun postdoctoral work in Israel are ineligible.

For detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please visit our website. Applicants are encouraged to contact with their questions.

Please feel free to share this message to any outstanding graduate students you have worked with, or to recommend someone via our online referral system.

Middle East & North Africa Team
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Institute of International Education
1400 K Street NW, Suite 700 • Washington, DC 20005
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The 2020-21 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program competition is now open! A complete list of opportunities can be found in our Catalog of Awards. Awards to Israel include:

Postdoctoral Fellowships: open to researchers in all academic disciplines; supports grants of 1-2 academic years (up to 20 months). Candidates must have received their PhD (or other terminal degree) no earlier than August 2015. Please share this message with outstanding graduate students or recommend someone via our online referral system.

Senior Scholar Fellowships: open to senior faculty members, professionals, and accomplished artists or writers in all fields; supports grants of four months. Assistant professor or higher academic rank (or equivalent professional standing) is required. Proposed activities may include research, lecturing, or a combination of both.

Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Program: designed for research that is comparative in scope or based on data collected in several countries; supports grants of 3-9 months (Flex option also available). Projects must be conducted in 2-3 MENA countries. Eligible hosts include: Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories (West Bank), Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Applicants are encouraged to attend our “Spotlight on Israel” webinar April 25th, which details the range of awards available to teach and conduct research in Israel in 2020-21. The session will be co-hosted by Kaitlin Jewett, Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Outreach Officer, and Noa Turgeman, United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) Program Officer. Please register here.

For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please visit our website. Applicants are also encouraged to contact Kaitlin Jewett at with any questions related to awards in the MENA region. 



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:



Throughout the past fifteen years, the research field of Israel Studies has expanded far beyond its established geographic base in Israel and North America, thereby creating a vibrant and increasingly diverse community of scholars who specialize in the study of Zionism and Israel.

As a contribution to the intellectual pluralization of the research field, the special issue of the Journal of Israeli History will highlight the global dimension of Israel Studies. In addition to critical explorations of more established regional clusters (like the UK), the special issue will emphasize emerging and less-explored scholarly writing on Zionism and Israel, whether in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, East Asia, South Asia, Africa or Latin America. Contributors are invited to critically reflect on the intellectual history of studying Zionism and Israel within local epistemic communities, to situate regional approaches within the global research field and to contextualize the specific controversies that have shaped the field over time, ranging from gender and ethnicity to the question of comparability and exceptionalism. By providing a comparative overview of diverse scholarly voices (including the question of silenced or marginalized scholarly voices), the special issue seeks to question the implicit Eurocentrism within the research field, including the categorization of Israel as a Western nation-state.

All submissions will undergo double-blind peer review. In their contributions, authors will be asked to focus on four research questions:

1) Within a specific local framework, what are the dominant intellectual traditions, historiographic approaches and disciplinary frameworks (Jewish Studies, Middle East Studies, Palestine Studies, International Relations, Jewish and Hebrew Literature) of studying Zionism and Israel – and to what extent and since when is this research framed as “Israel Studies”?

2) What students are trained in the field of Israel Studies – and what are their motivations?

3) How is the field of Israel Studies entangled with political ties to the State of Israel?

4) What could be the unique contribution of specific regional approaches to an increasingly globalized and pluralistic research field?


Guest editors: Johannes Becke and Derek Penslar. For all questions, please contact


Deadline for abstract submission: June 15, 2020

Deadline for article submission: December 15, 2020


Please send all abstracts and articles to



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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