The Book of the People: The Hebrew Encyclopedic Project and the National Self 

By: Dan Tsahor

(De Gruyter, 2023, ISBN: 9783111062464; IBSN: 9783111061375, 218 pages)

Hebrew encyclopedias possess a captivating history filled with intriguing twists. In "The Book of the People," Tsahor traces the evolution of this influential literary genre, starting from its origins in late nineteenth-century Warsaw and culminating in the production of the final commercial encyclopedia in Israel a century later. The narrative unfolds as a tale of political ideologies interwoven with lofty pedagogical aspirations and the pursuit of financial gains within the realm of mass knowledge dissemination. Initially conceived as a modest initiative aimed at sharing general knowledge among Russian Jews and promoting Zionist ideals, these encyclopedias rapidly transformed into the cornerstone of modern Hebrew literature. Works like "Encyclopaedia Hebraica" and "Encyclopaedia Biblica" garnered a multitude of subscribers, reflecting not just their political aspirations but also their unique perspectives on the State of Israel and its surroundings. The book delves deeply into the intellectual framework that formed the foundation of these encyclopedias, revealing the driving motivations of their creators and illuminating the influence exerted by interest groups on their structure and content. As a result, it offers a previously undisclosed perspective on the global history of Zionism, brimming with unexpected revelations.


Understanding Territorial Withdrawal: Israeli Occupations and Edits

By: Rob Geist Pinfold

(Oxford University Press, 2023 | HB | 9780197658857 | £54.00 | $83.00|  Ebook available, 344 pages)

In Understanding Territorial Withdrawal, Rob Geist Pinfold addresses this research gap. He focuses primarily on Israel, a unique but important milieu that offers pertinent lessons for other states facing similar policy problems. As Pinfold demonstrates, occupiers choose to either perpetuate or abandon an occupation because of three factors: their relations with the occupied, interactions with third parties, and the occupier's domestic politics. He argues that each withdrawal is the culmination of a gradual process of policy re-assessment. Critically, it is a combination of local violence and international pressure that causes popular and elite opinion within the occupier to endorse an exit, rather than perpetuate the status quo. To affirm this pattern, Pinfold constructs a generalizable framework for understanding territorial withdrawal. He then applies this framework to multiple case studies, which include: Israel's withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula between 1974-1982; its "unilateral" withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000; and its "unilateral disengagement" from the Gaza Strip in 2005, as well as Israel's non-withdrawals from the West Bank and Golan Heights. Overall, Understanding Territorial Withdrawal delineates commonalities that manifested in each exit yet were absent in the cases of occupation without exit.

Rob Geist Pinfold is a Research Fellow at the Peace Research Center Prague and a Lecturer in International Peace and Security at Durham University's School of Government and International Affairs.


Zionism: An Emotional State 

By: Derek Penslar

(Rutgers University Press, June 2023, Paperback ISBN: 9780813576091, Cloth ISBN: 9780813576107, EPUB ISBN: 9780813576114, PDF ISBN: 9780813576121, 284 pages)

Emotion lies at the heart of all national movements, and Zionism is no exception. For those who identify as Zionist, the word connotes liberation and redemption, uniqueness and vulnerability. Yet for many, Zionism is a source of distaste if not disgust, and those who reject it are no less passionate than those who embrace it. The power of such emotions helps explain why a word originally associated with territorial aspiration has survived so many years after the establishment of the Israeli state.

Zionism: An Emotional State expertly demonstrates how the energy propelling the Zionist project originates from bundles of feeling whose elements have varied in volume, intensity, and durability across space and time. Beginning with an original typology of Zionism and a new take on its relationship to colonialism, Penslar then examines the emotions that have shaped Zionist sensibilities and practices over the course of the movement’s history. The resulting portrait of Zionism reconfigures how we understand Jewish identity amidst continuing debates on the role of nationalism in the modern world. 


Unacknowledged Kinships: Postcolonial Studies and the Historiography of Zionism

Stefan Vogt, Derek Penslar, and Arieh Saposnik eds.,

(Brandeis University Press, July 2023, Paper ISBN: 9781684581542, Cloth ISBN: 9781684581559, PDF ISBN: 9781684581566, 360 pages)

The first work to systematically investigate the potential for a dialogue between postcolonial studies and the history of Zionism.

There is an “unacknowledged kinship” between studies of Zionism and post-colonial studies, a kinship that deserves to be both discovered and acknowledged. Unacknowledged Kinships strives to facilitate a conversation between the historiography of Zionism and postcolonial studies by identifying and exploring possible linkages and affiliations between their subjects as well as the limits of such connections. The contributors to this volume discuss central theoretical concepts developed within the field of postcolonial studies, and they use these concepts to analyze crucial aspects of the history of Zionism while contextualizing Zionist thought, politics, and culture within colonial and postcolonial histories. This book also argues that postcolonial studies could gain from looking at the history of Zionism as an example of not only colonial domination but also the seemingly contradictory processes of national liberation and self-empowerment.

Unacknowledged Kinships is the first work to systematically investigate the potential for a dialogue between postcolonial studies and Zionist historiography. It is also unique in suggesting that postcolonial concepts can be applied to the history of European Zionism just as comprehensively as to the history of Zionism in Palestine and Israel or Arab countries. Most importantly, the book is an overture for a dialogue between postcolonial studies and the historiography of Zionism.



5th Edition

By: Alan Dowty

(Polity, 2023 | PB | 978-1-5095-5320-4 | £15.99 | $22.95 | €19.90 eBook available, 208 pages)

30% discount code, DOW30 until September 30th 2023.

In this fully revised and expanded fifth edition of his highly respected introductory text, Alan Dowty demystifies the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His account offers a clear analytic framework for understanding transformations over time, and in doing so, punctures the myths of an “age-old” conflict with an unbridgeable gap between the two sides. Rather than simply reciting historical detail, this book presents a clear overview that serves as a road map through the thicket of conflicting claims. Updated to include recent developments, such as the recent Israeli elections and the debate over the two-state solution, the new edition presents in full the opposed perspectives of the two sides, leaving readers to make their own evaluations of the issues. The book thus expresses fairly and objectively the concerns, hopes, fears, and passions of both sides.

ALAN DOWTY is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.


The Israel/Palestine Reader

Edited by: Alan Dowty

(Polity, 2018 | PB | 978-1-5095-2734-2 £17.99 | $24.95 | €23.90 eBook available, 304 pages)

30% discount code, DOW30 until September 30th 2023.

Introduction to any complex international conflict is enriched when the voices of the adversaries are heard. The Israel/Palestine Reader is an innovative collection focused on the human dimension of the ongoing Israeli Palestinian confrontation. From Mark Twain to Theodor Herzl, Gamal Abdul Nasser, Golda Meir, Anwar Sadat, Ezer Weizman, Ehud Barak, Marwan Barghouti, Mahmoud Abbas, Benjamin Netanyahu, John Kerry, and others, the first-hand narratives in this Reader bring the conflict to life as seen by those closest to it. Each of its chapters is framed by an introduction which sets the pieces in context. By juxtaposing contrasting viewpoints, both between and within the opposed parties, the drama of the conflict is underlined while final judgment is left to the reader. This lively volume will add color and texture to any study of Arab-Israeli issues or of the Middle East generally.

ALAN DOWTY is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.



By: Alan Dowty

(Polity, July 2021 | PB | 978-1-5095-3690-0 £12.99 | $14.95 | €15.90 eBook available| 198 pages)

30% discount code, DOW30 until September 30th 2023.

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 terms, “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.

ALAN DOWTY is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.

Series: Polity Histories


Routledge Companion to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

By: Asaf Siniver (ed.)

(Routledge, October 2022, ISBN: Hardback 9780367135942, eBook 9780429027376, 606 pages).

This Companion explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from its inception to the present day, demonstrating the depth and breadth of the many facets of the conflict, from the historical, political, and diplomatic to the social, economic, and pedagogical aspects. The contributions also engage with notions of objectivity and bias and the difficulties this causes when studying the conflict, in order to reflect the diversity of views and often contentious discussion surrounding this conflict.

The volume is organized around six parts, reflecting the core aspects of the conflict:

  • Historical and scholarly context of the competing narratives
  • Contemporary evolution of the conflict and its key diplomatic junctures
  • Key issues of the conflict
  • Its local dimensions
  • International environment of the conflict
  • The "other images" of the conflict, as reflected in public opinion, popular culture, the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, and academia and pedagogy. 

Providing a comprehensive approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this companion is designed for academics, researchers, and students interested in the key issues and contemporary themes of the conflict.


The Emotional Life of Populism: How Fear, Disgust, Resentment, and Love Undermine Democracy

By: Eva Illouz with Avital Sicron

(Polity Press, 2023, Paperback, ISBN 9781509558193, 232 pages)

Throughout the world, democracy is under assault from various populist movements and ideologies. To make sense of this, the sociologist Eva Illouz argues that we must understand the crucial role that emotions play in our political life. Taking the case of Israel as her prime example, she shows that populist politics rest on four key emotions: fear, disgust, resentment, and love for one’s country. It is the combination of these four emotions and their relentless presence in the political arena that nourishes and underpins the rise and persistence of populism both in Israel and in many other countries around the world. 

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The Central Political Role of German Left Actors in the Campaign to Replace the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism

By: Gerald M. Steinberg 

(Journal of Contemporary Antisemitism, Vol. 5.2, Fall 2022, DOI: 10.26613/jca/5.2.116)

This paper examines the evidence suggesting core involvement of, and leadership from, the German radical left in the process of composing and marketing the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism (JDA), with the objective of weakening or replacing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s 2016 Working Definition of Antisemitism (IHRA-WDA).2 The main German actors include officials from the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS), which is the political foundation arm of Die Linke, its NGO allies, and from the Center for Research on Antisemitism (ZfA) at the Berlin Technical University. The analysis traces the history of instrumentalizing antisemitism and antizionism in pursuit of internal ideological and political agendas and objectives, including support for the BDS movement. This context serves as the foundation for explaining the specific actions, including publication of an “expert paper” in 2019 that articulated the goal of replacing the IHRA-WDA with an alternative definition, and presented much of the content that became the JDA.

Keywords: IHRA; antisemitism definition; Germany, antizionism; Die Linke; Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung



By: Neil Rogachevsky and Dov Zigler

(Cambridge University Press, 2022, Online ISBN:9781009090841, 300 pages)

Israel's Declaration of Independence brings to life the debates and decisions at the founding of the state of Israel. Through a presentation of the drafts of Israel's Declaration of Independence in English for the first time, Neil Rogachevsky and Dov Zigler shed new light on the dilemmas of politics, diplomacy, and values faced by Israel's leaders as they charted the path to independence and composed what became modern Israel's most important political text. The stakes began with war, state-building, strategy, and great power politics, and ascended to matters of high principle: freedom, liberty, sovereignty, rights, and religion. Using fast-paced narration of the meetings of Israel's leadership in April and May 1948, this volume tells the astonishing story of the drafting of Israel's Declaration of Independence, enriching and reframing the understanding of Israel's founding and its ideas - and tracing its legacy.



By: Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb

(Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, ISBN: 978-3-031-16914-4, ISBN: 978-3-031-16915-1 282 pages)

This book presents pedagogical strategies for today’s diverse Israel Studies classrooms. It offers Israel-specific innovations for online teaching, tested methods for organizing global virtual exchanges that uplift marginalized voices in Israel, including Palestinian voices, and an intellectual and political overview of the field. Informed by the author’s experiences in the classroom and principles shared with her by fellow instructors, the book provides a guide to developing an Israel Studies syllabus or integrating Israel Studies units into an existing curriculum.


Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel
Issue 6, Fall 2022
Populism in Power: Is the Leader Bound by the People? “Illegal Infiltrators” and Netanyahu's Rule
By: Gayil Talshir

Populist leaders emphasize the bond between the leader and his people: but is the leader bonded by the people? The paper deciphers the phenomenon of ‘populism in power’ through the case study of Netanyahu’s policy change regarding the illegal immigrants from Africa to Israel. ‘Populism in power’ pertains to leaders who took their once-upon-a-time moderate rightwing ruling parties to the nationalist-populist end: Trump, Netanyahu, Orbán and others. Netanyahu, often portrayed as ‘the magician,’ sought to maintain a distinction between virtual incitement against ‘others’ (Arabs, immigrants, and refugees as well as ‘the elites’) during election campaigns and a responsible leadership when in power. What brought him to abolish his own policy-outline devised with the UN to transfer half of the illegal immigrants to other democratic countries in return for provisional work permit for the other half, leading to all 100% remaining in Israel without a legal status? This case demonstrates that once a leader unleashes the populist genie, bottling it again is not an option: when in power, populism is not merely a rhetoric game, and the public would not let the leader back down from his populist policies. Who is the people, what is Netanyahu’s leadership style, and how does ‘direct representation’ work for populist leaders in power are critically examined.

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The McGill-Queens - Azrieli Institute Book Series in Israel Studies is pleased to announce our new publication!

Fictions of Gender: Women, Femininity, Feminism and the Zionist Imagination by Orian Zakai

Press Editor: Richard Ratzlaff, Editor, McGill-Queen’s University Press 

Series Editor: Csaba Nikolenyi, Director, Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies



By: Moshe Maoz

(Liverpool University Press, 2022, ISBN-10: ‎1789761999, ISBN-13: 978-1789761993 140 pages)

In 2011, the diplomatic and expert consensus was that Bashar al-Asad's regime would fail, causing Syria to disintegrate into several ethnic enclaves or mini-states. A decade later and Bashar is still in control, having defeated the rebels and gained the support of Russia. The years of internal warfare have brought about changes in the spectrum of parties involved in the Syrian state, and the final outcome is inevitably going to be shaped by geo-politics. The Alawi minority still in large measure controls the Sunni-Muslim (Arab) majority. The other players are a gallery of ever changing allegiances: ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and many other radical Islamic groups; the Muslim Kurdish and Christian Arab communities; as well as Shii Lebanese Hizballah. External horizon players are Iran; Sunni Turkey and Saudi Arabia; Jewish Israel; the United States and Russia. This study aims to analyze the agendas, actions, and interrelations of these various actors from 2011 until the present. It will discuss their ongoing politics and assess forthcoming developments. Both Iran and Russia continue to support Bashar, but compete for political, military, and economic influence. The US has greatly reduced involvement, keeping only 900 troops in northeastern Syria, to protect its Kurdish allies and fight against ISIS. Turkey still occupies parts of northern Syria, with the aim of eliminating the Kurdish forces. Syrian and Russian military attempts to conquer this area continue sporadically. The Israeli air force has attacked Iranian and Hizballah positions with the tacit approval of Russia. However, Russias war on Ukraine in February 2022 may result in restricting Israeli interdictions and instead enhance cooperation with Tehran in order to counter the US and NATO. Both Russia and Iran have been incapable of reconstructing the massively destroyed Syrian infrastructure; the US and Europe are reluctant to contribute due to Bashars continued Alawi minority-based autocratic and corrupt rule.



By: Elad Ben-Dror

(Routledge, November 2022, ISBN 9781032059631, 284 Pages)

This book provides the first comprehensive account of the work of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP), constituted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1947 to study the situation in Palestine at the end of the British Mandate and make recommendations about its political future.

Utilizing a wealth of archival documentation, some of it never before studied, Elad Ben-Dror explores the various aspects of UNSCOP’s activity to understand how it came to determine the fate of the country’s inhabitants. The book analyzes the methods and motivations of the various members, with special attention given to the personal viewpoint of each member of the committee. Through this Ben-Dror shows that the partition recommendation emerged after a long process of study, debate, and compromise that was very much dependent on the characters and circumstances of the individual members of the committee.

UNSCOP and the Arab-Israeli Conflict will be a key text in understanding the role of UNSCOP in shaping the modern Middle East. It will be appropriate for scholars and students of political science, Palestine and Israeli history, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the UN and diplomacy, and conflict resolution.



By: Uri Bialer 

(Ben Gurion Research Institute 2022)

Available in Hebrew - click here for more

Uri Bialer lays a foundation for understanding the principal aspects of Israeli foreign policy from the early days of the state's existence to the Oslo Accords. He presents a synthetic reading of sources, many of which are recently declassified official documents, to cover Israeli foreign policy over a broad chronological expanse. Bialer focuses on the objectives of Israel's foreign policy and its actualization, especially as it concerned immigration policy, oil resources, and the procurement of armaments. In addition to identifying important state actors, Bialer highlights the many figures who had no defined diplomatic roles but were influential in establishing foreign policy goals. He shows how foreign policy was essential to the political, economic, and social well-being of the state and how it helped to deal with Israel's most intractable problem, the resolution of the conflict with Arab states and the Palestinians.



By: Ron Kronish

(L.E.A.R.H.N. Peacebuilding Publications, 2022; ISBN: 978-1-7344700-7-9, ISBN-13 : ‎978-1734470093 318 pages)

*Available on Amazon Kindle and paperback

This new book traces the lives of Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs in Israel and Palestine who have dedicated their lives to building peaceful relations among the two peoples as well as between individual people who seek to live in peace and harmony with one another. These people have acted courageously and consistently in their work for peace. In this book, the author profiles the lives, thoughts, feelings and actions of six important peacebuilders -- men and women, secular and religious, 3 Jewish Israelis: Rabbi Michael Melchior, Professor Galia Golan and Mrs. Hadassah Froman; and 3 Palestinian Arabs: Professor Mohammed Dajani, Ms. Huda Abuarquob, and Bishop Munib Younan. The reader learns about their visions for peace and their activities to bring their ideals to fruition in the real world of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Too many people have given up on peace. In contrast, the people in this book persevere for peace, thus keeping a flicker of hope alive, not only for Israelis and Palestinians who live in the same land, but also for people everywhere who continue to yearn for a peace agreement to be reached in the region.



By: Tony Shaw and Giora Goodman

(Columbia University Press, 2022, ISBN Paperback: 9780231183413; ISBN Hardcover: 9780231183406, ISBN e-book: 9780231544924, 368 pages)

From Frank Sinatra’s early pro-Zionist rallying to Steven Spielberg’s present-day peacemaking, Hollywood has long enjoyed a “special relationship” with Israel. This book offers a groundbreaking account of this relationship, both on and off the screen. Tony Shaw and Giora Goodman investigate the many ways in which Hollywood’s moguls, directors, and actors have supported or challenged Israel for more than seven decades. They explore the complex story of Israel’s relationship with American Jewry and illuminate how media and soft power have shaped the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Shaw and Goodman draw on a vast range of archival sources to demonstrate how show business has played a pivotal role in crafting the U.S.-Israel alliance. They probe the influence of Israeli diplomacy on Hollywood’s output and lobbying activities, but also highlight the limits of ideological devotion in high-risk entertainment industries. The book details the political involvement with Israel—and Palestine—of household names such as Eddie Cantor, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Vanessa Redgrave, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert De Niro, and Natalie Portman. It also spotlights the role of key behind-the-scenes players like Dore Schary, Arthur Krim, Arnon Milchan, and Haim Saban.

Bringing the story up to the moment, Shaw and Goodman contend that the Hollywood-Israel relationship might now be at a turning point. Shedding new light on the political power that images and celebrity can wield, Hollywood and Israel shows the world’s entertainment capital to be an important player in international affairs.


Tony Shaw is professor of contemporary history at the University of Hertfordshire.

Giora Goodman, a historian, chairs the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies at Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee.



By: Gabriel Schwake

(Cambridge University Press, 2022, ISBN online: 9781009071246, 278 pages)

Concealed within the walls of settlements along the Green-Line, the border between Israel and the occupied West-Bank, is a complex history of territoriality, privatisation and multifaceted class dynamics. Since the late 1970s, the state aimed to expand the heavily populated coastal area eastwards into the occupied Palestinian territories, granting favoured groups of individuals, developers and entrepreneurs the ability to influence the formation of built space as a means to continuously develop and settle national frontiers. As these settlements developed, they became a physical manifestation of the relationship between the political interest to control space and the ability to form it. Telling a socio-political and economic story from an architectural and urban history perspective, Gabriel Schwake demonstrates how this production of space can be seen not only as a cultural phenomenon, but also as one that is deeply entangled with geopolitical agendas.


Call for UC Berkeley Visiting Faculty and Scholars

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.

About the Institute
The Helen Diller Institute provides our nation’s future leaders with a rich academic forum for exploring the breadth and complexity of Israel and Jewish topics. At a time when polarization is more severe than ever, we bring integrity, nuance, and grit to restore civil discourse, creating dynamic spaces where students and the wider community can thoughtfully exchange ideas on complicated, deep-seated subjects. Our programs expose students to world-class thought leadership while fostering a community of faculty and peers to support them throughout their college experience. We are committed to elevating the discourse not merely as an intellectual exercise–but to cultivate more educated leaders for tomorrow.

Visiting Faculty
The deadline to apply as a visiting faculty is September 30, 2023. 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

  • Letter of Interest
  • Full Curriculum Vitae
  • 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, 2024. The Institute will consider applications for a semester or for the full academic year.

Application Requirements

  • Letter of Interest, specifying the time period they wish to be in residence at the Institute
  • Full Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement
  • 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.

Click here for the announcement in PDF form.


Part-Time Instructor in Modern Hebrew / Colorado State University

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Colorado State University is seeking applications for a part-time instructor for new language and culture classes in Hebrew. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis, and we would like to fill the position quickly. We would encourage potential applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Courses aim to advance student proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, while introducing students to contemporary Israeli and Jewish diaspora culture, Israeli identity, and current events in the Middle East.

While long-term goals include the development of a program, the course offerings are still limited. So we are looking to hire an instructor to teach first-year Hebrew (LHEB 100-101), but we are hoping to supplement those courses by offering the instructor courses in other areas.

For this reason, candidates who are able to teach another one of the languages offered by our department––American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, and Spanish––are especially welcome as are candidates who would be able to offer English-language courses on the Holocaust, Israeli-Palestinian or Jewish cultures in Film, world cinema, and others.

Interested candidates may apply to the Department's instructor pool

For more information on qualifications, requirements, and terms, see the instructor pool advertisement. For any additional questions, please write to

This effort is initiated in collaboration with the CSU Advisory Council on Jewish Inclusion and the College of Liberal Arts.


Seeking Israeli Faculty on Sabbatical to Teach About Israel in the United States

Spend the 2024-2025 academic year teaching about modern Israel and expanding your networks in the United States. The Israel Institute’s Visiting Faculty Program funds Israeli academics to teach in person about modern Israel at top universities in the United States.

Visiting Faculty must teach at least one full-term, three-credit, undergraduate-level course about modern Israel in each semester/quarter of their placement.

Visiting Faculty placements are open to tenured, tenure-track, and full-time contract faculty and professors emeriti from Israeli colleges and universities. All applicants must possess a strong command of English and be able to teach about modern Israel. Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To learn more and apply, please visit our website and sign up to receive grant announcements. 

Application Deadline for the 24-25 academic year: September 7, 2023 

The Israel Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, and non-advocacy 501(c)(3) organization that advances the rigorous study of modern Israel in partnership with leading universities around the world. Contact Dr. Erika Falk ( with questions about our programs.


Multi-Year Postdoctoral Fellowships for Israeli Scholars

Research, network, and teach in the United States. Institute Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships support Israeli academics, who have the interest and ability to teach about modern Israel, at colleges and universities in the United States. Over the course of an academic year, Fellows teach at least four courses and organize at least four events about modern Israel.

Our Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship has been updated to support more scholars and to expand the number of institutions hosting Institute-supported faculty. Top applicants will now be given the opportunity to establish funded Teaching Fellowships at American schools of their choice (with Institute approval). Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To learn more and apply, please visit our website and sign up to receive grant announcements.

Deadline to apply for the 24-25 academic year: September 14, 2023

The Israel Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, and non-advocacy 501(c)(3) organization that advances the rigorous study of modern Israel in partnership with leading universities around the world. Contact Dr. Erika Falk ( with questions about our programs.


Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies at Concordia University - Best Book Award


UCLA Israel Studies Distinguished Fellowship Opportunity

Link here:



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



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

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

Visiting Researcher:

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

Post-doctoral fellowships:

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

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


An Interdisciplinary Journal 

Call for Papers 

Exploring the Lived Experiences and Perspectives of Girls and Young Women in Israel-Palestine 

In this special issue, following Mitchell (2012), I seek to develop local knowledge on girls from an international perspective. Three previous special issues of Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal were dedicated to specific geographical-cultural settings: Nordic countries (Mitchell and Reid-Walsh 2013); post-Soviet society (Zdravomyslova and Iarskaia -Smirova 2015); and Western settler states of North America (de Finney et al. 2019). Similarly, my aim in this issue is to contribute to the developing body of global knowledge on girlhood research while also providing specificity to the term girl that, without explicit reference to space and place, tends to be grouped under the less-diversified term girl-culture (Rentschler and Mitchell 2016:1). 

I want to examine girls and girlhoods in Israel from a theoretical perspective that uses concepts and frameworks in girlhood studies to assess the Israeli context and to contribute to the developing global body of knowledge on girlhood. The Israeli case is of particular interest; in terms of economic, scientific, and technological criteria, Israel is a post-industrial nation with a high per capita income. Yet, while the country is experiencing some rising trends of individualization, it is also increasingly conservative, family oriented, and militaristic (Fogiel-Bijaoui 2016). Moreover, Israel is a deeply diverse and divided country and society with a variety of social identities including nationality, ethnicity, religion, and class. The conventional sociological perspective offers four major social and cultural cleavages in Israel: the national cleavage between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs; the ethnic cleavage between Ashkenazi Jews and Mizrahi Jews (or so-called Westerns versus so-called Orientals); the cultural cleavage between secular and religious Jews; and the socioeconomic (or class) cleavage between rich and poor (Ram 2021). 

I aim, in this special issue, to shed light on the unique challenges, triumphs, and narratives that shape the lives of girls in the Israeli context, based on the understanding that these are situated and grounded within local political-social-cultural circumstances. Nonetheless, I note that Israeli girls are influenced by global processes, such as neoliberal economics and ideology, through their exposure to global media and culture. 

Aims and Scope
For this special issue I invite articles that assess and analyze the multifaceted experiences of girls in Israel, employing concepts, models, and tools that are used globally so as to present a comprehensive interdisciplinary exploration of girlhood in Israel that considers the intersectionality of gender, nationality, race, culture, religion, and social contexts.

I want to foster a nuanced understanding of the diverse realities that Israeli girls navigate, and provide a platform to examine their agency, empowerment, and contributions to society. The issue will contribute to the growing body of literature on girlhood studies and facilitate critical discussions about girls’ roles, aspirations, and identities given the political-societal-cultural local conditions, while also echoing transnational processes. I welcome original articles that employ a range of theoretical or conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches. 

Themes for Submission
I invite submissions that address a wide range of themes related to girls in Israel. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Identities and Intersectionality: Exploring the interplay between a variety of social identities, such as gender, nationality, ethnicity religion and culture in shaping the identities of girls in Israel 

  • Israeli-Palestine Conflict: Studying the challenges and vulnerabilities of Israeli and Palestinian girls because of the conflict, as well as peacebuilding efforts and intercultural dialogue involving girls

  • Education and Empowerment: Examining the role of formal and non-formal education in fostering empowerment, leadership skills, and self-esteem among girls in Israeli schools and communities

  • Media and Representation: Analyzing the representations of girls in Israeli media, literature, and popular culture and the impact on their self-perception and social roles;

  • Social Activism and Agency: Investigating how Israeli girls engage in social, ecological, and political activism, advocating for their rights and social justice causes;

  • Family and Gender Dynamics: Exploring family structures and gender roles in Israeli families and their influences on girls' socialization and experiences;

  • Health and Well-being: Investigating the physical and mental challenges faced by Israeli girls and the resources available to support their well-being; and

  • Digital spaces and Technology: Examining the role of digital technologies and social media in shaping the experiences and relationships of girls in Israel. 

Guest Editor: Einat Lachover is an associate professor at Sapir Academic College, Sderot. Her work is dedicated to critical analysis of encounters between gender and a broad range of media forms and contexts, such as gendered construction of news production, gendered discourse in news media, gender ideologies in popular media, and girlhood and media. She has been published in various international journals, and also co-edited Girlhood Bodies: Absent, Hidden, Present (2017) in Hebrew. 

Submission Guidelines 

Abstract submission due: 15 November 2023

Responses to abstracts due: 15 December 2023

Full paper submissions due: 15 July 2024

Expected publication: May 2024 

All articles should be original work and must not be under consideration by other publications. 

Abstracts (up to 125 words) should be sent to Authors should provide a cover page giving brief biographical details (up to 100 words), institutional affiliation(s) and full contact information, including their ORCID ID and an email address. Full manuscripts based on selected abstracts must be between 6,000 and 6,500 words, including title, abstract (up to 125 words), keywords (6 to 8 in alphabetical order) notes, captions and tables, and acknowledgements (if any), biographical details (taken from the cover page), and references. Images in a text count for 200 words each. 

Girlhood Studies, following Berghahn’s preferred house style, uses a modified Chicago Style. Please refer to the Style Guide

If images are used, authors are expected to secure the copyright themselves. 


de Finney, Sandrina, Patricia Krueger-Henney, and Lena Palacios. 2019. "Reimagining Girls in White Settler-Carceral States." Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 12 (3): vii–xv. 

Fogiel-Bijaoui, Sylvie. 2016. "Navigating Gender Inequality in Israel: The Challenges of Feminism." In Handbook of Israel: Major Debates, ed. Eliezer Ben-Rafael, Julius, H. Schoeps, Yitzhak Sternberg and Olaf Glöckner, 423–436. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Mitchell, Claudia. 2012. "Mapping Girlhood Studies: The Journal and the Academic Field. Paper presented at Girlhood Studies: Prospects and Setting an Agenda. Gorbachev Foundation, Moscow, 7 December.

Mitchell, Claudia, and Jacqueline Reid-Walsh. 2013. Nordic Girls' Studies: Current Themes and Theoretical Approaches. Girlhood 

Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 6 (2): 1–2.
Ram, Uri. 2021. "Sociopolitical Cleavages in Israel. In The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society, ed. Reuven Hazan, Alan Dowty, Menachem Hofnung and Gideon Rahat, 123–140. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rentschler, Carrie A., and Claudia Mitchell. 2016. “Introduction: The Significance of Place in Girlhood Studies. In Girlhood and the Politics of Place, ed. Claudia Mitchell and Carrie Rentschler, 1–15. New York: Berghahn.

Zdravomyslova, Olga, and Elena Iarskaia-Smirova. 2015. Girlhood Studies in Post-Socialist Times. Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 7 (3): 3–9. 


Call for Papers - Western Jewish Studies Association Conference In Cooperation With The Jewish Studies of Arizona State University

Tempe Arizona

May 5-6, 2024

Call for paper and panel proposals in all areas of Jewish Studies regardless of discipline, geographical focus, or period. The WJSA always devotes some panels to Jews in the American West, pedagogical aspects in Jewish Studies, and contemporary Jewish issues. Panels devoted to major anniversaries of events in Jewish history or birthdays and Yahrzeits of important Jewish individuals in 2024 are welcome such as:

30th Anniversary of the AMIA Bombing       

75th Anniversary of Israel Being Admitted to the United Nations             

100th Yahrzeit of the Death of Franz Kafka                                                                                   

100th Anniversary of Passage of Restrictive Immigration Act (Johnson-Reed Act)

150th Yahrzeit of Abraham Geiger

175th Anniversary of Birth of Emma Lazarus  

Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars of Jewish Studies are invited to submit proposals for papers, panels, and roundtable discussion. Paper proposals should be no longer than one double-spaced typed page and should be submitted with a short CV that contains contact information. Organizers of panels and roundtable discussions should submit a cover sheet with the title of the session, the titles and abstracts for each paper and bios and contact information of the participants. Individuals wishing to chair a session should indicate their area of expertise and submit a short CV.  A few partial travel stipends are available for graduate students and overseas scholars presenting at the conference.

The conference will be primarily in-person, though there will be one entirely virtual panel in each morning time slot reserved for overseas presenters. 

The WJSA bestows the Baron Award for the best graduate student paper presented at the conference. The winner receives $200.    

Although there is no WSJA membership requirement for participation in the conference, a higher registration fee is charged for non-members. Deadline for submission of proposals is January 6, 2024.


Call For Papers - "Kriot Israeliot"

Call For Papers - "Kriot Israeliot" invites researchers to submit article proposals for upcoming issue dedicated to the 2023 Israeli protest and to the future of Israeli democracy. Proposals for articles Title and abstract up to 150 words must be sent by June 31, 2023. Full articles (up to 8,000 words, including the scientific appendix, in accordance with the guidelines published on the journal's website) must be sent by September 15, 2023. The issue will be published in early 2024.

Prof. Edna Lomsky-Feder and Prof. Tamar Hermann – co-editors.

קול קורא למאמרים בנושא: מחאת 2023 / עתיד הדמוקרטיה הישראלית

כתב העת קריאות ישראליות מזמין חוקרות וחוקרים להגיש הצעות למאמרים העוסקים בהיבטים שונים של המחאה הפוליטית-חברתית-כלכלית בישראל בעת הזו. היות ומדובר בכתיבה "בזמן אמת" ובהיעדר פרספקטיבה היסטורית, נשמח לקבל גם work in progress, דהיינו עבודות שעדיין לא הגיעו לכלל מיצויין המחקרי המלא, אבל שיש בהן משום חידוש אמפירי או תיאורטי. הצעות למאמרים הכוללות כותרת ותקציר עד 150 מילה יש לשלוח למערכת עד ה-31 ביוני 2023. את המאמרים המלאים (עד 8,000 מילה, כולל האפָּרט המדעי, בהתאם להנחיות המפורסמות באתר כתב העת) יש לשלוח עד ה-15 בספטמבר 2023. הגיליון צפוי להופיע בראשית 2024.

בברכה, פרופ' עדנה לומסקי־פדר I פרופ' תמר הרמן - עורכות כתב העת



The Elections in Israel - 2022

Dear Colleague, Following another election within less than four years, we have begun preparations for the publication of The Elections in Israel – 2022, the 17th volume in the series. We hope to publish again simultaneously volumes in English and in Hebrew as soon as is feasible after the elections. We invite scholars who study Israeli politics and society to submit articles. These may be written in either English or Hebrew, and the author will be responsible for the translation.

Articles will be reviewed in the usual manner of refereed journals in order to maintain the highest academic standards. If you wish to discuss your proposal before you submit the article, feel free to contact us. The planned books will be similar to previous ones in The Elections in Israel series. Use the conventions that appear in the 2015 and 2019-2021 volumes regarding style, footnoting, references, spelling, tables, and figures.

The deadline for submission of articles is July 30, 2023.

Gideon Rahat Israel Democracy Institute Jerusalem 9104602

Or: Department of Political Science The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem 9190501

Noam Gidron Department of Political Science The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Jerusalem 9190501

Michal Shamir The School of Political Science, Government and International Affairs Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 6139001 


Please check back for upcoming events.

AIS Statements

AIS Statement on the War in Ukraine

The Association for Israel Studies Executive joins in this expression of solidarity with the people of Ukraine. We are deeply saddened by the senseless loss of life, and condemn the wanton aggression and indiscriminate killing being perpetrated on Ukrainian civilians. The AIS Executive stands in solidarity with Ukrainian colleagues in all fields of research, and with the Ukrainian people in their courageous resistance to this ongoing violence. 

We would also like to share the European Association for Israel Studies' statement concerning the war in Ukraine.


Executive Board and Academic Council of the European Association of Israel Studies Statement on Russia’s Aggression against Ukraine

We strongly condemn Russia's aggression which started in 2014 with the annexation of Crimea and escalated on February 24, 2022 with the massive invasion of Ukraine. This war is destroying peace in Europe and leading to the destruction of the existing political, economic, and socio-cultural relations globally.

We are witnessing a large-scale humanitarian catastrophe that hasn’t been experienced in Europe for decades. Over four million refugees from Ukraine have crossed into neighbouring countries, half of them are children. Many more are internally displaced.

We express our full support for Ukraine's independence and its unquestionable right to self-determination as a sovereign nation. We call on the international community to support in all possible ways the Ukrainian state and the Ukrainian people in order to defend their country, to protect the Ukrainian population and to exert pressure on Russia to withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian territory and to compensate for the damages inflicted to Ukraine.

We call on the Russian government to stop this illegal war against the Ukrainian people. We are appalled by the reports from Bucha and other places from which the Russian army has now withdrawn and call on the International Court of Justice to investigate Russian war crimes in Ukraine and to take action against all offenders.

We also deeply appreciate the stand of those courageous Russians including many academics who do not identify with their government's actions against Ukraine – an invasion which has led to atrocities. We hold in high regard all those who do not remain silent. The example of Andrei Sakharov proves how important it is to speak out. The role of dissidents – and in particular the voices of academics throughout Russian history – in challenging the official narrative holds a treasured place for us in our hearts.   

In addition, the European Association of Israel Studies actively seeks means of support for all Ukrainian scholars.

We stand with Ukraine!

Executive Board and Academic Council

of the European Association of Israel Studies



European Association of Israel Studies

Institute of the Middle and Far East,

Jagiellonian University in Kraków Oleandry st. 2a 30-063, Krakow, Poland


AIS Statement about University of Washington at Seattle

The Association for Israel Studies views with concern the controversy over the Israel Studies program at the University of Washington at Seattle. We have refrained up until now from making statements or joining in petitions alleging injuries to the academic freedom of faculty in order to ascertain the facts of the incident.

Based on the information we have received from the university administration, Professor Liora Halperin’s position is secure, as is a chair that she will continue to hold, along with considerable resources for her and the Israel Studies Center.

The University reports: “Prof. Halperin will be the holder of a new endowed chair in Jewish Studies created with the funds that remain in a new endowment. This chair will have the same salary and research benefits as her previous endowed chair. Prof. Halperin’s tenured professorship is in place and fully supported. The implication in the claim that ‘the university stripped Halperin of her chair position and halted programming related to Israel studies’ is thus not accurate.”

The fact is that although $5,000,000 has been returned to the donor, through accrued interest, university matching funds of $2.5 million and other investments that were not returned nearly $6 million remains in an endowment and is dedicated for use of Israel Studies.

The reasons for the return of the endowment have been subject to various interpretations. What is clear is that the donor felt aggrieved and charged that understandings and promises were not fulfilled, and therefore sought written clarifications. It appears that Prof. Halperin’s signature on a petition was only one part of a larger, continuing disagreement over the contract.

The AIS trusts that this unfortunate incident will serve as a cautionary episode in which greater clarity will be manifest in future arrangements among the parties involved in creating and advancing Israel Studies.

It is to be emphasized that the incident at Seattle is exceptional. The field of Israel Studies is growing in importance, and there are numerous centers, chairs, and programs in Israel Studies, headed by scholars holding a wide range of views, that flourish, adhere to the highest academic standards, and contribute to the satisfaction of faculty, students, and donors and the communities they serve. We are hopeful that this will continue to be the case at the University of Washington and in the field generally. The Association for Israel Studies will continue to support academic freedom, freedom of expression and the scholarship and scholars advancing knowledge of modern Israel.

Arieh Saposnik, President


AIS Statement on the Closing of the Israel’s National Library

The Association for Israel Studies (AIS)—the leading international body that brings together scholars of Israeli history, society, politics and culture from around the world—is deeply concerned about the impending closure of Israel’s National Library and the decision to send 300 employees home on unpaid leave due to a lack of funding.

In addition to its invaluable holdings of over 5,000,000 volumes that serve scholars and the broad public, it is also home to rare books and parchments, as well as archival collections of inestimable value to the work of studying Israeli society, culture and history. Given this, the National Library is a vital asset to the AIS and to the scholars of Israel from around the world whom it represents.

A national library—the principal treasure trove of a society’s cultural creativity and of a civilization’s artifacts—is a vital asset to any state. Democratic countries throughout the world have recognized this by making sure their libraries have continued to function even in the current crisis.

Israel’s National Library is an expression of the greatest aspirations of the country’s founders, for whom the very purpose of a sovereign state was the ability to freely create a sovereign culture. The National Library is a foundation-stone of that culture, and a record of the many cultures that have together come to constitute Israeli culture. We are extremely concerned that this national treasure might be closed.

Even prior to the current crisis, the National Library received substantially less state funding than equivalent institutions in the free world. We implore the Ministries of Education and Treasury to act immediately to provide the funding needed to allow the continued operation of the National Library—so vital an asset for scholars of Israel.


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