By: Raphael Cohen-Almagor

(New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021, Online ISBN - 9781108567213, Paperback ISBN - 9781108469838, 378 pages)

In Just, Reasonable Multiculturalism, Cohen-Almagor develops a comprehensive theory that tackles three major attacks on multiculturalism: that it is bad for democracy, that it is bad for women, and that it promotes terrorism, aiming to show that liberalism and multiculturalism are reconcilable. Cohen-Almagor outlines the theoretical assumptions underlying a liberal response to threats posed by cultural or religious groups whose norms entail different measures of harm. He examines the importance of cultural, ethnic, national, religious, and ideological norms and beliefs, and what part they play in requiring us to tolerate others out of respect. Cohen-Almagor formulates guidelines designed to prescribe boundaries to cultural practices and to safeguard the rights of individuals and then applies them to real life situations. Painstakingly, Cohen-Almagor balances group rights against individual rights and delineates the limits of state intervention in minority groups’ affairs in cases involving physical harm and non-physical harm. The first category includes practices such as scarring, suttee, murder for family honour, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), female circumcision and male circumcision. The second category includes arranged and forced marriages, divorce and property rights, gender segregation, denial of education, and enforcement of a strict dress code. Two country case studies, France and Israel, illustrate the power of security considerations in restricting claims for multiculturalism.



By: Paul Goldstein

(Cambridge Scholars, 2021; ISBN: 1-5275-7055-X, ISBN13: 978-1-5275-7055-9, 317 pages)

As a Holocaust survivor who immigrated to Canada from Belgium, I have spent a lifetime trying to understand how such a horrendous catastrophe could happen in a so called civilized world. The overriding impetus that cemented my determination to pursue the exploration of this seminal episode in the history of the Jewish people, was the responsibility that my own survival bestowed on me to help ensure that their story be known and never forgotten. In the final analysis, I was strongly motivated by the martyrdom of the Jewish people in the Diaspora, before, during and after the period covered in this book.

The Balfour Declaration was one of the most important events in the history of the Jewish people prior to the Holocaust, signaling the beginning of a new era of self-determination in the reconstituted Jewish homeland.

This book provides an all-inclusive understanding of the complex geopolitical elements that shaped the facts on the ground in the Middle East. Analyzing the chain of events that led to the Balfour Declaration through a uniquely holistic approach, it demonstrates how the national interests of the nations involved in the World War I theater intersected with those of the Jewish nation in the final phase of its long march towards political sovereignty. Like the multiple parts of precision clockwork, each element, regardless of shape or size, played an essential part in the functioning of the whole, while the absence of one of them would have altered the outcome of the entire process.

As noted by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, the text is bound to be of interest to specialists and researchers wanting insights into the historic, international and psycho-sociological processes that have been changing the Middle East throughout recent decades. It will also serve as an important academic source, or even a textbook, for university courses about the history of Israel and the Middle East.



By: Ian McGonigle

(MIT Press, 2021, ISBN-13 [978-0262542944], 220 pages)

Based on ethnographic work in Israel and Qatar, two small Middle Eastern ethnonations with significant biomedical resources, Genomic Citizenship explores the relationship between science and identity. Ian McGonigle, originally trained as a biochemist, draws on anthropological theory, STS, intellectual history, critical theory, Middle Eastern studies, cultural studies, and critical legal studies. He connects biomedical research on ethnic populations to the political, economic, legal, and historical context of the state; to global trends in genetic medicine; and to the politics of identity in the context of global biomedical research.

Genomic Citizenship is more an anthropology of scientific objects than an anthropology of scientists or an ethnography of the laboratory. McGonigle bases his untraditional project on traditional anthropological methods, including participant observation. Some of the most persuasive data in the book are from public records, legal and historical sources, published scientific papers, institutional reports, websites, and brochures.

McGonigle discusses biological understandings of Jewishness, especially in relation to the intellectual history of Zionism and Jewish political thought, and considers the possibility of a novel application of genetics in assigning Israeli citizenship. He also describes developments in genetic medicine in Qatar and analyzes the Qatari Biobank in the context of Qatari nationalism and state-building projects. Considering possible consequences of findings on the diverse origins of the Qatari population for tribal identities, he argues that the nation cannot be defined as either a purely natural or biological entity. Rather, it is reified, reinscribed, and refracted through genomic research and discourse.

McGonigle is an undeniable expert on the subject, as Assistant Professor of Anthropology and STS at Nanyang Technological University. Shai Lavi, from the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and Professor of Law at Tel Aviv University, calls Genomic Citizenship “a highly original, thought-provoking book. McGonigle's surprising and perceptive comparison of Israel and Qatar sheds light on the relationship of politics and genomics and beautifully demonstrates the importance of genes in creating a shared past in the service of political ends.”

The book goes on sale August 10th. To access early digital review copies, click here:



By: Alan Dowty

(Cambridge: Polity, 2021, Hardback [9781509536894]; Paperback [9781509536900]; eBook [9781509536917], 224 pages)

How did a community of a few thousand Jewish refugees become, in little over a century, a modern nation-state and homeland of half the world's Jews?  Has modern Israel fulfilled the Zionist vision of becoming "a nation like other nations," or is it still, in Biblical terns, "a people that dwells alone"?

Alan Dowty distils over half a century of study as an inside/outside analyst of Israel in tracing this remarkable story.  It begins in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, when Jews fleeing Russian persecution established a renewed Jewish presence in their historic homeland.  It continues through harsh struggle and in deep-rooted conflict with another people that sees Israel/Palestine equally as their homeland.  Immensely successful by most standards, Israel today remains a center of contention and is still torn between its hard-earned role as a "normal" nation and the call of its particularistic, and unique, Jewish history.



Edited by: Rachel S. Harris and Dan Chyutin

(Indiana University Press, 2021, Paperback [9780253056399], Hardcover [9780253056382], Ebook [9780253056429], 442 pages)

Film came to the territory that eventually became Israel not long after the medium was born. Casting a Giant Shadow is a collection of articles that embraces the notion of transnationalism to consider the limits of what is "Israeli" within Israeli cinema.

As the State of Israel developed, so did its film industries. Moving beyond the early films of the Yishuv, which focused on the creation of national identity, the industry and its transnational ties became more important as filmmakers and film stars migrated out and foreign films, filmmakers, and actors came to Israel to take advantage of high-quality production values and talent. This volume, edited by Rachel Harris and Dan Chyutin, uses the idea of transnationalism to challenge the concept of a singular definition of Israeli cinema.

Casting a Giant Shadow offers a new understanding of how cinema has operated artistically and structurally in terms of funding, distribution, and reception. The result is a thorough investigation of the complex structure of the transnational and its impact on national specificity when considered on the global stage.


Published! Volume 35 (June 2021)

Iyunim: Multidisciplinary Studies in Israel and Modern Jewish Society (Hebrew)

Editor: Avi Bareli | Assistant Editor: Orna Miller  | Editorial Board: Avi Bareli, Avner Ben-Amos, Amir Goldstein, Danny Gutwein, Menachem Hofnung, Paula Kabalo, Nissim Leon, Svetlana Natkovich, Kobi Peled, Shalom Ratzabi, Ofer Shiff.

Iyunim is a multidisciplinary research journal which holds two series: the semi-annual series and the thematic series, and contains articles in various fields that specialize in modern world Jewish society and Israeli society and state.
The articles address these issues from a variety of disciplines from all fields of humanities and social sciences.




Omri Shefer Raviv, Employment of Palestinians from the Occupied Territories in the Israeli Economy, 1967-1969 | Yael Yishai, Marginal Groups in Israel: Seen but Not All Heard | Simcha Gweta-Bukobza, The Mediating Leadership of Rabbi Azizi Di'i in Hatzor, 1951-1965


David Guedj, The Image of Immigrants from Islamic Countries in the Stories of Eliezer Smoli | Smadar Shiffman, Ethnicity and literature in the work of Orly Castel=Bloom


Kfir Gold, Institutionalization of the High School Diploma in Eretz Israel, 1928–1935 | Anat Kidron, From the Green Line to the Green Golan: Ideological Education as a Political Tool


Gideon Katz, The Fear from Judaism in Israeli Culture | Arnon Palty, Ari Katorza, Localism and Exoticism in the Music of Shalom Hanoch, 1968-1976 | Yeruham Aviad Goldman, Shulchan Aruch for Children by AZAR (A.Z. Rabinowitz)


The issue is available online: (Iyunim website).

It will soon be available also in bookstores, academic libraries, the online bookstore 'Kotar' ( ) and at the official distributor 'Sifrut Achshav' ( );; 03-9229175  |  |  08-6596940 



By: Abigail Jacobson and Moshe Naor

Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2021, 286 pages (in Hebrew) 

This book is an updated Hebrew version of Oriental Neighbors: Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine, published in 2016 by Brandeis UP. Focusing on Oriental Jews and their relations with their Arab neighbors in Mandatory Palestine, this book analyzes the meaning of the hybrid Arab-Jewish identity that existed among Oriental Jews, and discusses their unique role as political, social, and cultural mediators between Jews and Arabs. Integrating Mandatory Palestine and its inhabitants into the contemporary Semitic-Levantine surroundings, this book illuminates broad areas of cooperation and coexistence, which coincided with conflict and friction, between Oriental and Sephardi Jews and their Arab neighbors.



By: Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler

(Edinburgh University Press, 2020, ISBN: [Hardback] 9781474457491, ISBN: [Ebook (ePub)] 9781474457521, ISBN [Ebook (PDF)] 9781474457514], 264 pages)

An architectural history of four prominent buildings in Jerusalem.

This book examines a fascinating and critical epoch in the architectural history of Jerusalem. It proposes a fresh and analytical discussion of British Mandate-era architecture by studying four buildings that have had a lasting impact on Jerusalem’s built environment. Applying relational history methodology, the book reveals how these building projects evolved as an outcome of cross-cultural influences and relations among the British, American, Jewish-Zionist and Muslim-Palestinian communities. Further, the building and design processes behind these structures give new perspectives on the adaptation of modern architecture in the Middle East and the negotiation of historicism and vernacular architecture during the first half of the 20th century.


By: Johannes Becke 

(SUNY Press, ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8223-1, 302 pages)

Uses an innovative theoretical framework to comparatively explore the dynamics of state expansion and contraction in Syria (1976-2005), Morocco (since 1975), and Israel (since 1967).

Based on three case studies from the Middle East, The Land beyond the Border advances an innovative theoretical framework for the study of state expansions and state contractions. Johannes Becke argues that state expansion can be theorized according to four basic ideal types—a form of patronage (patronization), the imposition of a satellite regime (satellization), the establishment of territorial exclaves (exclavization), or a full-fledged takeover (incorporation). Becke discusses how both irredentist ideologies and political realities have shaped the dynamics of state expansion and state contraction in the recent history of each state. By studying Israel comparatively with other Middle Eastern regimes, this book forms part of an emerging research agenda seeking to bring the research fields of Israel Studies and Middle East Studies closer together. Instead of treating Israel’s rule over the occupied territories as an isolated case, Becke offers students the chance to understand Israel’s settlement project within the broader framework of postcolonial state formation.



By: Gal Ariely

(Cambridge University Press 2021, Hardcover ISBN: 9781108845250; 210 pages)

Israel attracts enormous attention among scholars, journalists, politicians, pundits, and the general public alike. Some regard the country as an apartheid regime that can only be democratized through boycotts and sanctions. Others believe it is a stable liberal democracy, flourishing despite extreme conditions. This book seeks to untangle these conflicting interpretations by discussing how the Israeli regime can be classified, what its borders are, and what the key factors are that shape the regime and support its relative stability. The book argues that the Israeli case illustrates the analytical weakness of the concept of democracy in the context of disputed regimes and suggests that instead of classifying the regime as a whole, analysis should focus on the levels of specific dimensions of democraticness. It also argues that the classifications of Israel proper or Israel/Palestine are insufficient for defining the borders of the regime and proposes, instead, a spatial analysis that divides the Israeli regime into different zones of control at different time periods. The book demonstrates how the Arab-Israeli conflict shapes the regime, claiming that the relative stability of the regime and various changes in the levels of democraticness and zones of control can be explained by state capacity.



By: Naphtaly Shem-Tov

(NY: Routledge, 2021, ISBN 9781138542334, 202 pages)

This book conceptualizes Mizrahi (Middle Eastern Jewish) theatre, unfolding its performances in the field of Israeli theatre with a critical gaze. It covers the conceptualization and typology, not along a chronological axis, but rather through seven theatrical forms. The author suggests a definition of Mizrahi theatre that has fluid boundaries and it can encompass various possibilities for self-representation onstage. Although Mizrahi theatre began to develop in the 1970s, the years since the turn of the millennium have seen an intense flowering of theatrical works by second- and third-generation artists dealing with issues of identity and narrative in a diverse array of forms. Mizrahi theatre is a cultural locus of self-representation, generally created by Mizrahi artists who deal with content, social experiences, cultural, religious, and traditional foundations, and artistic languages derived from the history and social reality of  Mizrahi Jews in both Israel and their Middle Eastern countries of origin. Critically surveying Mizrahi theatre in Israel, the book is a key resource for students and academics interested in theatre and performance studies, and Jewish and Israeli studies.



Foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

By: Dvora HaCohen

(Harvard University Press, 2021, ISBN 9780674988095 [Hardcover], 400 pages)

Henrietta Szold was one of the most important Jewish leaders in the 20th century. Her long life, from 1860 to 1945, spanned some of the most turbulent years in modern history, when great waves of immigration transformed the United States into a powerful nation, and two global conflicts played out on the world stage. These events, which shaped the lives of millions of people, are woven into the fabric of her own life story. 

Henrietta's life was divided into two distinct parts, before she founded Hadassah and after, so different from each other as to appear to belong to two separate people. What remained consistent, however, was her lifelong commitment to the concept tikkun olam, repairing the world. Henrietta was born in Baltimore. As a young woman, she encountered many immigrants in the streets searching for work to support their families. Henrietta decided to establish an English-language night school in order to help them become integrated into the American society. Thousands of immigrants studied in the school she established, which was open to everyone, regardless of religion, gender or age. These same humanist and egalitarian values, provided her impetus to establish other projects. She was driven by a sense of mission, fighting against the exclusion and discrimination that she had experienced and witnessed during the first half of her life.

After an unrequited love that broke her heart, she suffered a deep crisis that ended when she concluded that her approach to life had been mistaken. Henrietta  experienced an internal upheaval and made a dramatic decision to change her priorities. In 1912, she established Hadassah, an organization of American Zionist Jewish Women. Hadassah would become a crucial part of her struggle for women’s empowerment and equality.

As an ardent Zionist Szold decided to help the Jewish inhabitants of Palestine who lived in abject poverty, plagued by endemic disease and a high of mortality. With the help of Hadassah, Henrietta established an infrastructure for medical health in Palestine with hospitals and clinics throughout the country. She also helped reform education and develop the social work profession in pre-state Israel.  In one of her greatest achievements, she headed the Youth Aliyah enterprise in Palestine, saving thousands of orphaned children from the clutches of the Nazis. Henrietta became an admired leader in the United States and Palestine.



By: Mustafa Kabha and Nahum Karlinsky

(Syracuse University Press, 2021, Paperback ISBN: 9780815636809, Hardcover ISBN: 9780815636700, eBook ISBN: 9780815654957, 232 pages)

The Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe) of 1948, devastated Palestinian lives and shattered Palestinian society, culture, and economy. It also nipped in the bud a nascent grassroots, binational alliance between Arab and Jewish citrus growers. This significant and unprecedented partnership was virtually erased from the collective memory of both Israelis and Palestinians when the Nakba decimated villages and populations in a matter of months.

In The Lost Orchard, Kabha and Karlinsky tell the story of the Palestinian citrus industry from its inception until 1950, tracing the shifting relationship between Palestinian Arabs and Zionist Jews. Using rich archival and primary sources, as well as on a variety of theoretical approaches, Kabha and Karlinsky portray the industry’s social fabric and stratification, detail its economic history, and analyze the conditions that enabled the formation of the unique binational organization that managed the country’s industry from late 1940 until April 1948.



By: Sigal Davidi

(Lamda Scholarship, The Open University of Israel Press, 2020, ISBN: 978-965-06-1633-5; 441 pages; Hebrew;

Building a New Land is a historical-cultural study of the work of Jewish women architects in Mandatory Palestine. This is the first comprehensive study which reveals the work of pioneer women architects, adding a new chapter to what we know about women in architecture in the 20th century. It places women architects as key contributors in developing the design vocabulary for a new nation.

The book exposes the architectural work of a group of women who designed educational, residential and cultural institutions for various Zionist women’s organizations in Mandatory Palestine. It brings to light their impressive, but neglected, visionary body of work: the pioneering planning of institutions designed to support women while shaping the image of a “new woman.” It analyzes the unique contribution of women architects to the development of “social modernism,” a modern architecture that addresses social issues. The book portrays the important role these women architects played in promoting modern architecture in Mandatory Palestine, thus enhancing the social and cultural fabric of the nascent Jewish society.



Edited by: Uri Dorchin, Gabriella Djerrahian

(Routledge, 2020, Hardback ISBN 9780367629755, eBook ISBN 9781003111702, 270 pages)

This book explores contemporary inflections of blackness in Israel and foreground them in the historical geographies of Europe, the Middle East, and North America. The contributors engage with expressions and appropriations of modern forms of blackness for boundary-making, boundary-breaking, and boundary-re-making in contemporary Israel, underscoring the deep historical roots of contemporary understandings of race, blackness, and Jewishness.

Allowing a new perspective on the sociology of Israel and the realm of black studies, this volume reveals a highly nuanced portrait of the phenomenon of blackness, one that is located at the nexus of global, regional, national and local dimensions. While race has been discussed as it pertains to Judaism at large, and Israeli society in particular, blackness as a conceptual tool divorced from phenotype, skin tone and even music has yet to be explored. Grounded in ethnographic research, the study demonstrates that many ethno-racial groups that constitute Israeli society intimately engage with blackness as it is repeatedly and explicitly addressed by a wide array of social actors.

Enhancing our understanding of the politics of identity, rights, and victimhood embedded within the rhetoric of blackness in contemporary Israel, this book will be of interest to scholars of blackness, globalization, immigration, and diaspora.



By: Emmanuel Navon

(University of Nebraska Press, 2020, Hardcover IBSN: 978-0-8276-1506-9; eBook [PDF]: 978-0-8276-1860-2; eBook [EPUB] 978-0-8276-1858-9; 536 pages)

The first all-encompassing book on Israel’s foreign policy and the diplomatic history of the Jewish people, The Star and the Scepter retraces and explains the interactions of Jews with other nations from the ancient kingdoms of Israel to modernity.

Starting with the Hebrew Bible, Emmanuel Navon argues that one cannot grasp Israel’s interactions with the world without understanding how Judaism’s founding document has shaped the Jewish psyche. He sheds light on the people of Israel’s foreign policy through the ages: the ancient kingdoms of Israel, Jewish diasporas in Europe from the Middle Ages to the emancipation, the emerging nineteenth-century Zionist movement, and Zionist diplomacy following World War I and surrounding World War II.

Navon elucidates Israel’s foreign policy from the birth of the state in 1948 to our days: the dilemmas and choices at the beginning of the Cold War; Israel’s attempts to establish periphery alliances; the Arab-Israeli conflict; Israel’s relations with Europe, the United States, Russia, Asia, Africa, Latin America, the United Nations, and the Jewish diasporas; and how twenty-first-century energy geopolitics is transforming Israel’s foreign relations today.

Navon’s analysis is rooted in two central ideas, represented by the Star of David (faith) and the scepter (political power). First, he contends that the interactions of Jews with the world have always been best served by combining faith with pragmatism. Second, Navon shows how the state of Israel owes its diplomatic achievements to national assertiveness and hard power—not only military strength but economic prowess and technological innovation. Demonstrating that diplomacy is a balancing act between ideals and realpolitik, The Star and the Scepter draws aspirational and pragmatic lessons from Israel’s exceptional diplomatic history.



Second Edition

By: David Kretzmer and Yaël Ronen

(Oxford University Press, 2021, ISBN: 9780190696023, 540 pages)

Judicial review by Israel's Supreme Court over actions of Israeli authorities in the territories occupied by Israel in 1967 is an important element in Israel's legal and political control of these territories. The Occupation of Justice presents a comprehensive discussion of the Court's decisions in exercising this review. This revised and expanded edition includes updated material and analysis, as well as new chapters. Inter alia, it addresses the Court's approach to its jurisdiction to consider petitions from residents of the Occupied Territories; justiciability of sensitive political issues; application and interpretation of the international law of belligerent occupation in general, and the Fourth Geneva Convention in particular; the relevance of international human rights law and Israeli constitutional law; the rights of Gaza residents after the withdrawal of Israeli forces and settlements from the area; Israeli settlements and settlers; construction of the separation barrier in the West Bank; security measures, including internment, interrogation practices, and punitive house demolitions; and judicial review of hostilities.

The study examines the inherent tension involved in judicial review over the actions of authorities in a territory in which the inhabitants are not part of the political community the Court belongs to. It argues that this tension is aggravated in the context of the West Bank by the glaring disparity between the norms of belligerent occupation and the Israeli government's policies. The study shows that while the Court's review has enabled many individuals to receive a remedy, it has largely served to legitimise government policies and practices in the Occupied Territories.



By: Aviad Rubin

(SUNY series in Comparative Politics, 2020, ISBN13: 978-1-4384-8077-0, 324 pages)

In this comparative study of the religion-state relationship in Turkey and Israel in the modern era, Bounded Integration reveals the influence this dynamic interaction has had on democratic performance in both countries. In societies where a dominant religion serves as an important component of individual and collective identity, the imposition of secular policies from above may not facilitate democratization but may rather impede the embedding of democracy in society. Moreover, the inclusion or exclusion of religion following statehood may facilitate a certain type of path-dependent political culture, one with long-term political consequences. Aviad Rubin’s refreshing analytical approach comparing and contrasting the region’s only two longstanding democratic entities and the dynamics of religion and the state in two different religions, Islam and Judaism, facilitates generalizable lessons for emergent political regimes in the post–Arab Spring Middle East.



By: Neta Sher-Hadar, Lihi Lahat, and Itzhak Galnoor

(Palgrave-Macmillan, 2021, ISBN: 978-3-030-45806-5 [Hardcover], ISBN: 978-3-030-45807-2 [online], 298 pages

This book is the first to explore collaborative governance arrangements in Israel. It offers a new, modular definition of collaborative governance, focusing on its contributions toward public values and democracy. The book discusses different kinds of collaborations, their scope, implications, and impact on governability in Israel, a country which provides an interesting setting for learning about collaborative governance, given its heterogeneous population and the nature of the relationship between the state's civil service, the business sector and the civil society. The book presents examples derived from local, and central government levels, and from policy areas such as education, regulation and local government.



By: Ayelet Harel-Shalev and Shir Daphna-Tekoah 

(Pardes Press, 2021, ISBN: 978-1618388049; 207 pages; Hebrew; ) 

The current book provides new insights about one of the most heated debates in Israeli society concerning the incorporation of women to combat roles in the Israel Defense Forces.  Drawing on interviews with 100 female combat soldiers about their experiences in combat and war, this book asks what insights are gained when we take women’s experiences in war as our starting point instead of treating them as “add-ons” to more fundamental or mainstream levels of analysis, and what importance these experiences hold for an analysis of violence, trauma and for security studies. Importantly, the authors introduce a theoretical framework in critical security studies for understanding the integration of IDF women soldiers into combat and combat-support roles, as well as the challenges they face. It is a translated and revised version of their 2020 book: Breaking the Binaries in Security Studies – A gendered analysis of women in Combat (Oxford University Press).  



By: Yael Halevi-Wise

(Penn State University Press, 2020, ISBN: 978-0-271-08785-6 (hardcover, 226 pages)

Once referred to by the New York Times as the “Israeli Faulkner,” A. B. Yehoshua’s fiction invites an assessment of Israel’s Jewish inheritance and the moral and political options that the country currently faces in the Middle East. The Retrospective Imagination of A. B. Yehoshua is an insightful overview of the fiction, nonfiction, and hundreds of critical responses to the work of Israel’s leading novelist.

Instead of an exhaustive chronological-biographical account of Yehoshua’s artistic growth, Yael Halevi-Wise calls for a systematic appreciation of the author’s major themes and compositional patterns. Specifically, she argues for reading Yehoshua’s novels as reflections on the “condition of Israel,” constructed multifocally to engage four intersecting levels of signification: psychological, sociological, historical, and historiosophic. Each of the book’s seven chapters employs a different interpretive method to showcase how Yehoshua’s constructions of character psychology, social relations, national history, and historiosophic allusions to traditional Jewish symbols manifest themselves across his novels. The book ends with a playful dialogue in the style of Yehoshua’s masterpiece, Mr. Mani, that interrogates his definition of Jewish identity.

Masterfully written, with full control of all the relevant materials, Halevi-Wise’s assessment of Yehoshua will appeal to students and scholars of modern Jewish literature and Jewish studies.



By: Assaf Shelleg

(Oxford University Press, 2021, ISBN: 9780197504642 (hardcover), 480 pages)

Theological Stains offers the first in-depth study of the development of art music in Israel from the mid-twentieth century to the turn of the twenty-first. In a bold and deeply researched account, author Assaf Shelleg explores the theological grammar of Zionism and its impact on the art music written by emigrant and native composers. He argues that Israeli art music, caught in the tension between a bibliocentric territorial nationalism on the one hand and the histories of deterritorialized Jewish diasporic cultures on the other, often features elements of both of these competing narratives. Even as composers critically engaged with the Zionist paradigm, they often reproduced its tropes and symbols, thereby creating aesthetic hybrids with 'theological stains.'

Drawing on newly uncovered archives of composers' autobiographical writings and musical sketches, Shelleg closely examines the aesthetic strategies that different artists used to grapple with established nationalist representations. As he puts the history of Israeli art music in conversation with modern Hebrew literature, he weaves a rich tapestry of Israeli culture and the ways in which it engaged with key social and political developments throughout the second half of the twentieth century. In analyzing Israeli music and literature against the backdrop of conflicts over territory, nation, and ethnicity, Theological Stains provides a revelatory look at the complex relationship between art and politics in Israel.



Binghamton University - Assistant Professor of Israel Studies

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About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Israel Studies. The successful candidate will also be a member of the Center for Israel Studies (see

This position is affiliated with the Citizenship, Rights, and Cultural Belonging Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (see

Area of Specialization: Social Science. Discipline: Open.

Areas of Competence might include: Societies in Israel, minorities, gender, law, Israeli government and politics, Israel in the modern Middle East, Israeli foreign policy, and Israel-Palestine.

Candidate might engage topics including partition, binationalism, coalition governments, military occupations, and human rights issues through comparative lenses.

The university and department are committed to equity and inclusion. Members of groups historically underrepresented in the field and those from non-traditional backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and service.


The successful candidate will have a strong research program. Teaching experience preferred. Ph.D. in hand by 01 September 2022 is expected.

Additional Information:

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by title IX and its implementing regulations, Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

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Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should submit applications, including a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, names and contact information of three professional references, a research statement, a brief writing sample (no longer than a paper or chapter), and a teaching statement that focuses on pedagogy to Binghamton University Interview Exchange. Applications received by 1 October will be guaranteed full consideration, but the search will continue until the position is filled.


The Helen Diller Institute Calls for Visiting Faculty and Scholars Applications for 2022-2023

The Helen Diller 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 Helen Diller Institute every year, and are actively engaged with Institute programs, faculty and students.

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

Visiting Faculty
The deadline to apply as a visiting faculty is September 30, 2021. 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, 2022. 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 Helen Diller Institute is committed to building an inclusive community and strongly encourages applications for the program from diverse and underrepresented communities.


Assistant Director for Research, Crown Center for Middle East Studies

The Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University invites applications for the position of Assistant Director for Research. This is a full-time position and will begin on August 1, 2021. The Assistant Director for Research will be a core member of the Crown Center’s senior staff and will work under the supervision of the Director for Research to set and implement the center’s research agenda and manage its publications, primarily the Middle East Briefs and Crown Conversations.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

Managing Editor of Crown Publications: The successful candidate will be responsible for the successful and timely management of the Crown Center’s publications, which consists of a minimum of 8 Middle East Briefs and 4 Crown Conversations per year. Responsibilities include selection and solicitation of authors, working with authors to shape and hone their arguments, content editing, and acting as liaison with the production team, primarily the Program Coordinator and Copy Editor, in consultation with the Director for Research.

A member of the search committees for the Junior Research Fellowship and Faculty Leave Fellowship, and graduate and undergraduate travel/research award.

Mentoring and coordinating with Crown Center fellows including, but not limited to, the fellows’ participation in the annual scholars workshop, annual board retreat, and crafting and shaping their Middle East Briefs and Crown Conversations.

Assistance to the Director for Research in the shaping and implementing the center’s research agenda, including 7-9 research seminars and workshops, conferences, 2 retreats, funding proposals, networking, and recruitment of fellows and researchers.

Conducting original research on the modern Middle East and maintaining an active scholarly profile (defined broadly).

  • A PhD in any field of modern Middle East Studies
  • At least 1-3 years of demonstrated academic & research experience in Middle East studies
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Excellent editing skills.
  • Superior organizational skills and an ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously and in a timely manner.
  • Reading knowledge of Turkish, Arabic, or Persian is preferred.

Link to apply:

Applications will be considered starting on June 10, 2021, and the position will be open until it is filled.



When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict there has been a seismic shift in the questions both experts and activists ask, the expectations they hold, the hopes they harbor, and the plans and strategies they consider. This shift is occasioned by the disappearance of a negotiated two-state solution as a credible object of policy by any major actor and by the consolidation of a one-state reality between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

This is a call for papers to be submitted for publication in a special issue of a European-based, globally oriented, widely-read, peer-reviewed, and open-access journal. Our purpose is to accelerate thinking about the implications, dynamics, opportunities, and dilemmas associated with the destruction of so many assumptions and ontological priors that have structured debate and contestation, both between Jewish-Israelis and Palestinians and within those communities. We encourage scholars to advance this work by exploring specific topics as functions, to an important degree, of the emergent one-state reality—a state of affairs that no individual or group considers a solution but which is now the structure within which, and against which, politics occurs.

Peer-reviewed open access journals charge authors an article preparation fee. The guest editors in cooperation with the journal will make an effort to defray or eliminate these costs for scholars lacking the necessary institutional support to pay them. We are strongly committed to diversity in points of view expressed, gender, and community affiliation. But we do require that all contributors accept the one-state reality as a framework for thinking about present dynamics and future opportunities.

Please send questions and 2-3 page paper proposals to Ian S. Lustick, University of Pennsylvania at and to Amal Jamal, Tel-Aviv University,




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  


Grants Available to Develop New Undergraduate Courses about Israel

The Israel Institute is pleased to offer Faculty Development Grants to tenured or tenure-track professors who want to develop new courses about modern Israel and add them to their regular rotations. Grants can be used for teaching release, travel to Israel, honing language skills, or pursuing other activities necessary for creating a new course.

Application Deadline: February 23, 2022

How to Apply: Please visit the Israel Institute website to learn more about eligibility, logistics, and to submit your application.

Should you have any questions about the program or about the Israel Institute's work, please contact Dr. Erika Falk, Israel Institute Program Director, at (202) 216-2219 or

The Israel Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, and non-advocacy 501(c)(3) organization that advances rigorous teaching, research, and discourse about modern Israel in partnership with leading academic, research, and cultural institutions.



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:


Annual Docu.Text Documentary Film Festival Going Online

The National Library of Israel's annual Docu.Text Documentary Film Festival is going online this year with award-winning films and a range of special events and exhibits.

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