Core Faculty

Core Faculty

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    Myron Aronoff
    Professor Emeritus of Political Anthropology, Politics and Culture, Anthropology of Complex Societies, Collective Identities; Israel and Middle East
    Email Address: mjaronoff@gmail.com

    Myron (Mike) Aronoff has devoted his professional career to building conceptual and methodological bridges between political science and anthropology.  The core concept that frames most of his work is legitimacy, i.e., the processes through which relationships of power are transformed into relationships of authority and, conversely, processes through which authority is challenged and undermined. Distinguished Professor Aronoff authored the entry for political culture in the International Encyclopedia of Behavioral and Social Sciences (2002) and conceptualizes it as being contested, contingent, and highly contextual. All of his research and teaching explore various aspects of the relationship between culture and politics.

    Interest in how fiction can afford insights into political processes that are difficult for researchers to observe first hand resulted in the writing of The Spy Novels of John le Carre: Balancing Ethics & Politics (1999, 2001). This work explores liberal temperament, issues of moral ambiguity, the role of skepticism in balancing excessive optimism and pessimism, weighing ends against means—exploring the limits of raison d’état, human nature, bureaucratic politics (domestic and international), the culture and craft of espionage, and how art imitates life and life imitates fiction in the real world of espionage. The main theme is that balancing ethical and political imperatives requires learning to live with ambiguity.

    Distinguished Professor Aronoff has been awarded the First Israel Institute/Association for Israel Studies Lifetime Achievement Award honoring a lifetime of exceptional scholarship and academic achievement in the field of Israel Studies. The award recognizes a senior scholar whose lasting and path-breaking contributions have significantly shaped the field. (June 2013)

    Distinguished Professor Aronoff earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA, his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Manchester University (UK), and his B.A. in Government from Miami University.

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    Orna Goldman
    Language Coordinator and Teaching Instructor, Hebrew Language
    Schools: B.Ed. and Teacher's Certification, Lewinsky Teachers College M.Phil., Columbia University
    Office Address: 14 College Avenue, Miller Hall
    Email Address: ogoldman@jewishstudies.rutgers.edu
    Phone Number: 848-932-1722

    Mailing Address: 12 College Avenue

    Instructor of Hebrew Language

     

    Ms. Goldman graduated from Lewinsky Teachers College in Israel with a B.Ed in Hebrew language, Hebrew Literature and Biblical Literature and with a Teacher's Certification in these subjects. She continued her graduate studies in the U.S. and received M.Phil degree in Hebrew Literature from Columbia University, Graduate School for Arts and Sciences Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures.

    Ms. Goldman is also a translator and the managing editor of HHE, a publication of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH).

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    Michal Raucher
    Undergraduate Director and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies
    Schools: PhD in Religious Studies, Northwestern University (with a graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies), MA in Bioethics: University of Pennsylvania, BA in Hebrew Bible: Jewish Theological Seminary, BA in Religion: Columbia University
    Office Address: 14 College Avenue, Miller Hall 104
    Email Address: michal.raucher@rutgers.edu
    Phone Number: 848-932-1717

     

    Research Interests

    • Anthropology of Judaism
    • Jewish women in Israel and America
    • Agency and Authority among religious women
    • Religion and Bioethics
    • Anthropology of Reproduction
    • Reproductive Justice

    Research in Progress

    “Tapping on the Stained Glass Ceiling: The Ordination of Orthodox Jewish Women in America and Israel.” Interviews and observations started in June 2016.

    “Jewish Reproductive Justice: Pronatalism and Pro-Choice Judaism.” In partnership with the CrossCurrents Summer Research Colloquium at Auburn Theological Seminary

    Regularly taught courses

    • Arab-Israeli Conflict
    • Israeli Culture
    • Jews and Medicine
    • Jerusalem Contested

    Publications

    Forthcoming Book

    Conceiving Authority: Reproduction and Ethics among Haredi Women in Jerusalem, under contract with Indiana University Press. (Expected Fall 2020).

    Journal Articles

    “Whose Womb and Whose Ethics? Surrogacy in Jewish Ethics,” Journal of Jewish Ethics, 3.1 (2017). 68-91.

    “Ethnography and Jewish Ethics: Lessons from a Case Study in Reproductive Ethics,” Journal of Religious Ethics, 44.4 (2016). 636-658.

    “The Cultural and Legal Reproduction of Poverty: Abortion Legislation in Israel.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 30:1 (2014). 147-156.

    “What they Mean by ‘Good Science’: The Medical Community’s Response to Boutique Fetal Ultrasounds.” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 34:5 (2009). 528-544.

    Ramarajan, Arulmozhi, Renzong Qiu, Michal Raucher, Ruth Chadwick, Amna Nossier, Shahida Zaidi. “Sexual Rights and Gender Roles in a Religious Context. Reproductive and Sexual Health Rights: 15 Years after the International Conference on Population and Development.” FIGO World Report on Women's Health. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 106:2 (2009). 151-155

    Book Chapters

    “Be Fruitful and Multiply…Except…Contraception in Judaism: Balancing Competing Values.” Religious Perspectives on Reproductive Ethics, edited by Dena Davis. New York: Oxford University Press. 2019

    “Anonymous Intimacy: Orthodox Jewish Women as Legal Advisors on the Internet.” In Digital Judaism, edited by Heidi Campbell, 74-90. New York: Routledge, 2015.

    Commentary and Roundtable Contributions 

    “Immersing in Climate Change.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. 33.2 (2017). 162-167.

    Henning, Alyssa, Michal Raucher, and Laurie Zoloth. “A Jewish Response to the Vatican?” American Journal of Bioethics 9:11 (2009). 37-39.

    Zoloth, Laurie, Leilah Backus, Teresa Woodruff, Alyssa Henning and Michal Raucher. “Like/As Metaphor and Meaning in Bioethics Narrative,” American Journal of Bioethics 8:6 (2008). W3-W5

    Book Reviews

    Review of Michal Kravel-Tovi, When the State Winks: The Performance of Jewish Conversion in Israel. Religious Studies Review (Forthcoming)

    Review of Jonathan Saks, The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Class of Civilizations. The New Jewish Canon, edited by Claire Sufrin and Yehuda Kurtzer (Forthcoming 2020).

    Review of Rebecca Todd Peters, Trust Women: A Progressive Christian argument for Reproductive Justice. The Syndicate Network. May 8, 2019

    Review of Pregnancy in Practice: Expectation and Experience in the Contemporary US. Association for Feminist Anthropology. 2015.

    Ethnographic Encounters in Israel: Poetics and Ethics of Fieldwork. H-Judaic. 2015.

    Blog Posts (Peer reviewed)

    “Even the Allies are Misogynist” Feminist Studies in Religion Blog, May 28, 2019.

    “Feminist Ethnography Inside and Outside the Field” Feminist Studies in Religion Blog, May 8, 2018.

    “Sexual Assault, Feminism, and the Jews” Feminist Studies in Religion Blog, October 19, 2017.

    “‘Facts on the Ground’: An Ironic Approach to Orthodox Female Rabbis?” Feminist Studies in Religion Blog, November 11, 2015.

    Op-Eds

    “Jewish Law’s Positive View on Contraception,” The New York Jewish Week, February 6, 2018.

    Blog Posts (not peer reviewed)

    “Let’s Talk about Sex” JTS Torah Commentary, June 7, 2017.

    “Facing Our Past and Looking toward the Future” JTS Torah Commentary, May 27, 2016.

    “Rachel Leans In,” JTS Torah Commentary, November 5, 2015.

    “Dissent is Not a Dirty Word,” JTS Torah Commentary, June 19, 2015.

    “The Clothes Make the (Wo)Man,” JTS Torah Commentary, June 13, 2014.

    Public Lectures

    I teach and lecture on a wide range of topics, including reproduction in Israel, Jewish ethics, Jewish women, and Jewish feminism. For a sample of my teaching style, see this lecture:

    “Whose Womb and Whose Ethics? Surrogacy in Jewish Ethics.” Temple Beth Sholom, Cherry Hill, NJ. April 29.

    Awarded Grants

    2019: CrossCurrents Summer Research Collquium, Auburn Theological Seminary, “Pronatalism and Reproductive Justice in Judaism.”

    2016-2017: American Academy of Religion, Individual Research Grant, “Tapping on the Stained Glass Ceiling,” $5,000

    2016-2017: Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Research Grant, “Tapping on the Stained Glass Ceiling,” $4,000

    2015-2016: Israel Institute, Research Grant, “Orthodox Female Clergy in Israel and America,” $8,195

    2010-2011: Wenner Gren Foundation, Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, “Haredi Reproductive Ethics,” $12,995

    2010-2011: Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Doctoral Scholarship, “Haredi Reproductive Ethics,” $4,000

    2009-2010: Fulbright Fellowship, Institute of International Education, “Haredi Reproductive Ethics.”

    Professional Affiliations

    American Academy of Religion

    Feminist Studies in Religion, board member, co-chair of E-Feminist Studies in Religion

    Editorial board member, Journal of Jewish Ethics

    Vice President, Society of Jewish Ethics

    Association for Jewish Studies

    Association for Israel Studies

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    Gary A. Rendsburg
    Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History
    Schools: Ph.D., M.A. New York University, B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    CV File: Rendsburg_CV_March_2019.pdf
    Office Address: 12 College Avenue, Bildner Center
    Email Address: grends@rutgers.edu
    Phone Number: 848-932-1628
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    RECENTLY PUBLISHED BOOK (April 1, 2019)

    How the Bible Is Written (Hendrickson)

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    RESEARCH INTERESTS

    • The literature of the Bible
    • The history of ancient Israel
    • The historical development of the Hebrew language
    • The relationship between ancient Egypt and ancient Israel
    • Dead Sea Scrolls
    • Post-Biblical Judaism
    • Medieval Hebrew manuscripts

    A BRIEF VIDEO ABOUT MY WORK

    (about four minutes)
    http://jewishstudies.rutgers.edu/rendsburg-all-things-ancient-israel

    COURSES TAUGHT

    • Introduction to the Bible I
    • Introduction to the Bible II
    • Introduction to Ancient Judaism
    • Jewish History (Ancient and Medieval)
    • Women in the Bible
    • Readings in Biblical Hebrew Prose
    • Readings in Biblical Hebrew Poetry
    • The Dead Sea Scrolls
    • Scroll Down: Classical Jewish Texts, from Parchment to the Internet
    • Ancient Egypt
    • How Do We Know This (Honors College Interdisciplinary Seminar)

    PUBLICATIONS:

    Books Authored

    1. The Redaction of Genesis (Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 1986) (reprinted, with a new Foreword, 2014) (temporarily out-of-print or out-of-stock, though Penn State University Press will reissue the book in the months ahead).
    2. Diglossia in Ancient Hebrew (American Oriental Series 72; New Haven: American Oriental Society, 1990).
    3. Linguistic Evidence for the Northern Origin of Selected Psalms (Society of Biblical Literature Monograph Series 43; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1990).
    4. The Bible and the Ancient Near East, co-authored with Cyrus H. Gordon (New York: W. W. Norton, 1997).
    5. Israelian Hebrew in the Book of Kings(Occasional Publications of the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Program of Jewish Studies, Cornell University 5; Bethesda, MD: CDL Press, 2002).
    6. Solomon’s Vineyard: Literary and Linguistic Studies in the Song of Songs, co-authored with Scott B. Noegel (SBL Ancient Israel and Its Literature; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009 / Leiden: Brill, 2009).
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    7. How the Bible Is Written (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 2019). 

    Books Edited

    1. Co-Editor, The Bible World: Essays in Honor of Cyrus H. Gordon (New York: Ktav, 1980).
    2. Co-Editor, Eblaitica: Essays on the Ebla Archives and Eblaite Language, Vol. 1 (Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 1987).
    3. Co-Editor, Eblaitica: Essays on the Ebla Archives and Eblaite Language, Vol. 2 (Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 1990).
    4. Co-Editor, Eblaitica: Essays on the Ebla Archives and Eblaite Language, Vol. 3(Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 1992).
    5. Co-Editor, Eblaitica: Essays on the Ebla Archives and Eblaite Language, Vol. 4 (Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2002).
    6. Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, 4 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 2013)
    7. Co-Editor, Did I Not Bring Israel Out of Egypt?”: Biblical, Archaeological, and Egyptological Perspectives on the Exodus Narratives (Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplement 13; Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2016).
    8. Co-Editor, Le-maʿan Ziony: Essays in Honor of Ziony Zevit (Eugene, Ore.: Cascade Books, 2017).
    9. Co-Editor:  James S. Diamond, Scribal Secrets: Extraordinary Texts in the Torah and Their Implications (Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2019).

    DIGITAL HUMANITIES PROJECTS

    https://www.bensira.org/ – co-developed with Jacob Binstein, launched December 2013, presents the manuscript tradition of the book of Ben Sira, from Qumran, Masada, and the Cairo Geniza.

    http://jts-ms-r1622-1.org/– co-developed with Joshua Blachorsky (with the assistance of Jacob Binstein), launched May 2015, presents the images and transcriptions of JTS MS R1622.1, one of the most important (albeit incomplete) extant Mishna manuscripts.

    http://johannes-obadiah.org/ – co-developed with Peter Shamah (with the assistance of Jacob Binstein), launched August 2018, presents the documents (all from the Cairo Geniza) relating to the life of Johannes of Oppido = Obadiah the Proselyte, Catholic monk who converted to Judaism in 1102 C.E.

    PUBLIC LECTURES

    • "Unlikely Heroes: Women as Israel," delivered at Brigham Young University, March 7, 2007.
    • "Light from Egypt on the Exodus Story," delivered at Brigham Young University, March 8, 2007.
    • "Scroll Down: Classical Jewish Texts on the Internet," delivered at the University of Birmingham, October 22, 2012.
    • "Moses the Magician," delivered at the conference "Out of Egypt: Israel's Exodus between Text and Memory, History and Imagination," University of California - San Diego, June 3, 2013 - Click on "Myth and Memory" -- see the third lecture there, with links for the video, handout and the images
    • "Septuagint, Synagogue and Symbiosis: The Jews of Hellenistic Egypt," delivered at Lanier Theological Library (Houston), January 16, 2015
      See seminar program for "January 16, 2015 – Historical and Archaeological Evidence for the Jewish Diaspora After 722 B.C." -- my lecture commences at 2:08:50 and continues through 2:39:40.
      See the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation.
      Or one can access my lecture, independently of the others at the seminar, via YouTube.
    • "The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Texts and their Significance for Early Judaism and Early Christianity," delivered at Colgate University, February 18, 2015
      See the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation.
    • "The Psalms as Hymns in the Temple of Jerusalem: At Passover and throughout the Year," delivered on consecutive days at Brigham Young University and Utah State University, March 30-31, 2015, in conjunction with the colloquium on "Passion and Passover: Jesus and the Temple."
    • Sacred Space in Judaism after the Temple,” at the conference entitled “Sacred Space, Sacred Thread,” University of Southern California, November 2016 – my presentation comprises the first 25 minutes of this YouTube video.
    • The Future of American Jewish Bible Translation,” my 30-minute contribution to the panel discussion included in the one-day symposium, sponsored by the Jewish Publication Society of America, and held at the National Museum of American Jewish History, on April 30, 2017.  This is an audio file only, with a few images. The pdf file of the handout, which will help you follow along.
    • "Chiasmus in the Book of Genesis," at the "Chiasmus Jubilee Conference," Brigham Young University, August 16, 2017.  My apologies for the unevenness of the PowerPoint images projected on the screen.  They were all perfect in my version, but somehow did not transfer well on the podium computer.  Among other issues, note that the prime symbol does not appear, but rather displays as an empty little box.  For a pdf version of the PowerPoint, click here.  For the handout, click here.
    • Goodly Treasures New and Old: A Lecture on the Song of Songs,” held at the Library of Congress, October 30, 2017.  For the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation which accompanied my lecture, click here.  For the handout, a translation of the Song of Songs (produced jointly by Scott Noegel and myself, and included in our co-authored book, Solomon’s Vineyard), click here.  For a transcription of the lecture, click here.
    • "Scroll Down: Classical Jewish Texts, from Parchment to Internet," Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University, December 4, 2017.  This lecture was not recorded, but a number of people asked me to make the PowerPoint available at my website, which I do so here, in pdf format.  Once you have downloaded the pdf file, in theory, you should be able to click on the embedded links, in order to access the various websites which include descriptions and digital images of the manuscripts (Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, Ben Sira, Mishna, Talmudim, Targumim, Maimonides, etc.) presented during the lecture. In practice, however, I note that some links do not work in such fashion, so that you will need to copy-and-paste the link into the browser.
    • From the Depths of Antiquity: An Ancient Torah Scroll Sheet from the Book of Exodus Newly Acquired by the Library of Congress,” lecture at the Library of Congress, May 23, 2018.  For the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation which accompanied my lecture, click here. For a transcription of the lecture, click here.
    • The Book of Genesis as a Product of the United Monarchy,” delivered at Lanier Theological Library (Houston), September 14, 2018.  My lecture was part of a larger seminar, “Recent Evidence for Israel's United Kingdom,” with seven speakers on the panel.  The entire program is available here.
    • Jews in Medieval England,” presented at Congregation Oheb Shalom, South Orange, N.J., February 2018.  For the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation which accompanied my lecture, click here.
    • Jews in Arabia,” presented at Congregation Oheb Shalom, South Orange, N.J., January 2019.  For the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation which accompanied my lecture, click here.
    • " audio How the Bible Is Written " (audio recording), presented at the Pontificio Istituto Biblico (P.I.B.) = Pontifical Biblical Institute (P.B.I.), Rome, February 2019.  For the pdf version of the handout, by which one can follow the lecture, click here.  For the flyer advertising the lecture, with full details (date, time, place, etc.), click here.
    • Mandelbaum House Lectures, University of Sydney, March-April 2019:

      > "The First Diasporas: Egypt and Babylonia," the 12th Annual Alan Crown Memorial Lecture, presented at Mandelbaum House, University of Sydney, 28 March 2019.  Also available at my Facebook page.  For the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation, by which one can more easily follow the lecture, click here.

      > “Septuagint, Synagogue, and Symbiosis:  The Jews of Hellenistic Egypt,” 4 April 2019.  Also available at my Facebook page.  For the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation, by which one can more easily follow the lecture, click here.

      > “The Jews of Arabia,” 7 April 2019.  Unfortunately, this lecture was not recorded.  Nonetheless, for the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

      > “England as the Custodian of the Jewish Past,” 14 April 2019.  Also available at my Facebook page.  For the pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation, by which one can more easily follow the lecture, click here.  For the pdf version of the handout, click here.

    • "How the Bible Is Written," Fellowship for Biblical Studies, Sydney, Australia, held at Moore Theological College, 5 April 2019.  The handout is the same one used at my Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome) talk (see above), though I covered much less material on this occasion, given the shorter time frame.
    • "How the Bible Is Written: Genesis 29," Tyndale House, Cambridge, 12 July 2019.  For the Hebrew text of Genesis 29, click pdf here .  For my English translation used during the lecture, click pdf here .

     

    ISRAEL BIBLE CENTER INTERVIEW

    For a long interview, lasting 1 hour and 40 mins., conducted by Isaiah Gruber of the Israel Bible Center, discussing the full range of my teaching, research, and publications, conducted on November 4, 2018, follow the links below.

    A description and preview of the interview may be found here:

    https://israelbiblecenter.com/roundtable-talks/bible-language-ancient-israel/

    For more on the Israel Bible Center, its faculty, its programs, its academic partnerships, and more, go to:  https://israelbiblecenter.com/.

    The eight individual links range from 5:35 (the shortest) to 16:53 (the longest):

    Many thanks to Isaiah Gruber for his initiative and for conducting the interview, and to the Israel Bible Center for permission to post the interview at my website.

    ASOR PODCAST

    http://asorblog.org/?p=7240

    Friends of ASOR Podcast: Gary Rendsburg, “Best of Times, Worst of Times”

    posted April 25, 2014

    Listen to ASOR’s own Ancient Near East Today editor, Alex Joffe, talk with Prof. Gary Rendsburg (Rutgers University), about the state of biblical archaeology and the study of the humanities.

    LINKS TO ONLINE ARTICLES

    JEWISH STUDIES ONLINE

    Megiddo Gate
    My online non-credit mini-course entitled “The Bible and History” is now available to the public, as the first offering from the Jewish Studies Online program, a joint venture of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and the Department of Jewish Studies. The program is made possible by a generous benefaction from Mr. Gene Hoffman of Short Hills, N.J.

    I invite you to register for the course, which is free, by following this link. I hope that you find the course to be informative and enlightening, and I encourage you to participate with other course registrants via the discussion board that accompanies the program.

    Genesis

    THE GREAT COURSES

    I have had the honor and privilege of producing two courses for The Great Courses program (formerly known as The Teaching Company), located in Chantilly, VA. The first course, "The Book of Genesis," was released in May 2006, while the second course, "The Dead Sea Scrolls," was released in March 2010.

    Both courses consist of a series of 24 lectures, and are available in either video (DVD) or audio (CD or download) format.
    The Great Courses: Book of Genesis
    The Great Courses: Dead Sea Scrolls

    For an article on The Great Courses, which appeared in The New York Times in March 2015, click here.

    image gordonINTERVIEW WITH CYRUS H. GORDON (1908-2001), conducted in 1998

    Interview with Cyrus H. Gordon (1998) at YouTube

    During academic year 1997-1998, I had the privilege of serving as Visiting Fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (CAJS) at the University of Pennsylvania. The theme for the year was “Text, Artifact, and Image: Revealing Ancient Israelite Religion,” with about twenty scholars in the interrelated fields of biblical studies, ancient Near Eastern studies, and archaeology of the Land of Israel gathered in Philadelphia for fruitful discussion.

    See the volume Text, Artifact, and Image: Revealing Ancient Israelite Religion, edited by Gary Beckman and Theodore J. Lewis (Brown Judaic Studies 346; Providence: Brown Judaic Studies, 2006), which emerged from that academic year and from the conference held in April 1998.

    In light of Cyrus Gordon’s long and enduring relationship with both Dropsie College (the forerunner of CAJS) and the University of Pennsylvania, I proposed to the Center to invite the grand master to Philadelphia for several days, where he could participate in a seminar, see the new facility, and sit for a two-hour interview. The Center leadership endorsed the proposal, and thus it was that Professor Gordon visited the Center in February 1998.

    A little additional background: Cyrus Gordon was born in Philadelphia in 1908, grew up in the city, and received his primary, secondary, and university education there. Gordon earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D., 1930), under the tutelage of Professor James Montgomery. All the while, he took courses at Dropsie College with Professor Max Margolis; and then Gordon returned to Dropsie to serve as Professor of Assyriology and Egyptology during the years 1946-1956. He described all of this in his engaging memoir, A Scholar’s Odyssey (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2000), which won the National Jewish Book Award for that year. Also of interest is his book The Pennsylvania Tradition of Semitics (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1986).

    On February 3, 1998, as Professor Gordon approached his 90th birthday, I conducted the interview with him, with all the CAJS fellows and several invited guests present in the room. It is my honor now to make this interview available to a larger audience via YouTube.

    A transcription of the complete two-hour interview, created by Peter Shamah, with light annotations by Peter and myself, is available here. The pdf file includes an Index of Persons Named and an Index of Places Named, and it is fully searchable.

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    Jeffrey Shandler 
    Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies
    Schools:   Ph.D. Columbia University, M.A. Columbia University, B.A. Swarthmore College
    Office Address: 14 College Avenue, Miller Hall
    Email Address: shandler@rutgers.edu
    Phone Number: 848-932-1709

    Mailing Address: 12 College Avenue

    Read more about Dr. Jeffrey Shandler

    RESEARCH INTERESTS 

    • Jewish memory practices, centering on remembering the Holocaust and prewar Jewish life in Eastern Europe
    • Jewish cultural history, centering on the role of communications media, museums, tourism, and visual culture
    • Intellectual history of Jewish Studies, especially ethnographic studies of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and America
    • Digital humanities in Jewish Studies, centering on archiving, narrative, inventory as a practice of modern Jewish culture
    • Yiddish language, literature and culture, centering on language and culture, translation, language learning, Yiddish after World War II

    REGULARLY TAUGHT COURSES

    PUBLICATIONS

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    • Rutgers University Press, co-editor (with Marcy Brink-Danan) of book series, Jewish Cultures of the World.
    • American Academy for Jewish Research: Fellow, 2012 - present.
    • American Jewish Historical Society: Academic Council (2001 – 2015); Executive Committee of the Academic Council (2006 – 2008).
    • Association for Jewish Studies: Board of Directors, 2003-2007, 2009-present; Vice President for Publications, 2009-2011; President, 2011-2013.
    • Center for Jewish History, New York, Academic Advisory Council of the (2004 – 2014); Co-chair (2006 – 2011).
    • Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan Ann Arbor: Academic Advisory Council (2015 – present).
    • George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention, American University of Paris: member, scientific committee (2016 – present).

     

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    Nancy Sinkoff
    Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies; Academic Director, Bildner Center
    Schools: Ph.D. Columbia University M.A. Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America B.A. Harvard-Radcliffe College Fellow, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 2015-2017
    Office Address: 12 College Avenue, Bildner Center
    Email Address: nsinkoff@rutgers.edu
    Phone Number: 848-932-8681

    RESEARCH INTERESTS

    Jewish History, particulary Early Modern Poland and Modern Europe
    Jewish Politics
    Jewish Labor and the Jewish Left
    European Enlightenment

    REGULARLY TAUGHT COURSES

    The Ancient and Medieval Experience
    The Early Modern and Modern Experience
    The History of East European Jewry 
    Jewish Historical Fictions
    Jewish Politics, Jewish Power 
    Jewish Society and Culture II
    Community and Crisis
    Modern Jewish Historiography

    PUBLICATIONS

    From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz, the New York Intellectuals, and the Politics of Jewish History, (Wayne State University Press, forthcoming). Pre-order Information: https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/left-right

    Cypess, Rebecca and Sinkoff, Nancy, eds. Sara Levy's World: Gender, Judaism, and the Bach Tradition in Enlightenment Berlin. (University of Rochester Press, June 2018).
    2019 Book Prize winner, the Jewish Studies and Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society

    "Yidishkayt and the Making of Lucy S. Dawidowicz," Introduction to Lucy S. Dawidowicz, From That Place and Time: A Memoir, 1938-1947 (Rutgers University Press , 2008).

    Out of the Shtetl: Making Jews Modern in the Polish Borderlands, (Brown Judaic Studies 336, 2004).

    left right 102869Sara Levys WorldFrom That Place and TimeOut of the Shtetl

     

    "The Creation of Sara Levy’s World", guest post by Rebecca Cypess and Nancy Sinkoff, Proofed, a Boydell and Brewer blog, July 4, 2018.

    Enlightenment Migrations travelogue

    A Melancholy Offering, Tendered with Esteem, The Jewish Quarterly Review, Vol. 107, No. 3 (Summer 2017) 409–426

    From the Archives: Lucy S. Dawidowicz and the Restitution of Jewish Cultural Property,” American Jewish History 100:1 (January 2016): 117-147.

    "Sisters and Strangers: Hannah Arendt and Lucy S. Dawidowicz," Heritage (Winter 2014): 22-23.

    "What's A Friend To Do?," Lilith Magazine, The Lilith Blog, February 11, 2013.

    "From Left to Right: Lucy S. Dawidowicz's Political Life," Frankel Institute Annual (2012): 15-17.

    Review essay of Benjamin Balint, Running Commentary: The Contentious Magazine that Transformed the Jewish Left into the Neoconservative Right and Nathan Abrams, Norman Podhoretz and Commentary Magazine: The Rise and Fall of the Neocons. American Jewish History, Volume 96, Number 1 (March 2010): pp. 83-88.

    "Fiction's Archive: Authenticity, Ethnography and Philosemitism in John Hersey's The Wall",
    Jewish Social Studies: History, Culture, Society, n.s. 17, no. 2 (Winter 2011): 48–79.

    "(What Was Once) The World's Largest Jewish Community",
    Jewish Quarterly Review, Vol. 97, No. 4 (Fall 2007) 647–659.

    "History and Law: The Case of Joseph Perl in Austrian Galicia, "
    (Hebrew), The Varieties of Haskalah, Shmuel Feiner and Israel Bartal, editors (Jerusalem: The Magnes Press, 2005): 123-136.

    "The Maskil, the Convert, and the Agunah: Joseph Perl as a Historian of Jewish Divorce Law,"
    AJS Review 27:2 (2003), 281-300.

    "Strategy and Ruse in the Haskalah of Mendel Lefin of Satanów (1749-1826),"
    New Perspectives on the Haskalah, David Sorkin and Shmuel Feiner, editors
    (London and Portland, OR: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2001): 86-102.

    "Triestine Jewry: The Exception that Proves the Habsburg State-Building Rule." Review of Lois Dubin, The Port Jews of Habsburg Trieste: Absolutist Politics and Enlightenment Culture (Stanford, CA, 1999),
    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (H-NET List for the study of East Central European History since 1500). May 24, 2000.

    "Benjamin Franklin in Jewish Eastern Europe: Cultural Appropriation in the Age of the Enlightenment," Journal of the History of Ideas 61.1 (January, 2000): 133-152.

    Educating for "Proper" Jewish Womanhood: A Case Study in Domesticity and Vocational Training, 1897-1926 , American Jewish History, 77:4 (1988:June) p.572.

    PRESENTATIONS

    "The Centrality of the Polish Language and of Polish History to the History of European Jewry"
     
    "The Worlds of Sara Levy"
     
    The Life and Work of Lucy S. Dawidowicz

    INTERVIEWS

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    American Historical Association
    American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies
    Association for Jewish Studies
    Women's Caucus, Association for Jewish Studies
    Columbia Faculty Seminar, Center for Israel and Jewish Studies
     
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    Paola Tartakoff
    Chair and Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies
    Schools: Ph.D., Columbia University, B.A., Harvard College
    Office Address: 14 College Ave, Miller Hall 105
    Email Address: paola.tartakoff@rutgers.edu
    Phone Number: 848-932-1620

    RESEARCH INTERESTS

    Paola Tartakoff studies the social and cultural history of Jews and Christians in medieval and early modern Europe. She is particularly interested in conversion to and from Judaism, the medieval and Spanish inquisitions, and ritual murder accusations. Her first book was based on archival research conducted in Catalonia, Aragon, and Valencia. Her current work explores Western Europe and the Mediterranean more broadly.

    COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT

    Antisemitism
    European History Graduate Research Seminar
    The Development of Europe, Part I
    Jewish Identities in the Medieval Mediterranean
    Muslims, Christians and Jews: Conflict and Coexistence (honors seminar)

    BOOKS

    Conversion, Circumcision, and Ritual Murder in Medieval Europe (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, Middle Ages Series, forthcoming in 2019).

    Between Christian and Jew: Conversion and Inquisition in the Medieval Crown of Aragon (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, Middle Ages Series, 2012).

    ARTICLES

    • “Martyrdom, Conversion, and Shared Cultural Repertoires in Late Medieval Europe,” The Jewish Quarterly Review, forthcoming in 2019.
    • “From Conversion to Ritual Murder: Re-Contextualizing the Circumcision Charge,” Medieval Encounters 24 (2018): 361–89.
    • “Testing Boundaries: Jewish Conversion and Cultural Fluidity in Medieval Europe, 1200-1391,” Speculum 90 (July 2015), 728–62.
    • “Conversion and Return to Judaism and the Charge of Jewish Proselytizing in Medieval Europe, 1150-1350,” in Contesting Conversion in the Medieval World, ed. Yaniv Fox and Yosef Schwartz (Farnam, UK: Ashgate Publishing), forthcoming.
    • "Segregatory Legislation and Jewish Religious Influence on Christians in the Thirteenth Century,” in Medieval Minorities: Law and Multiconfessional Societies in the Middle Ages, ed. John Tolan, Capucine Nemo-Pekelman, Jerzy Mazur and Youna Masset, forthcoming.
    • “Of Purity, Piety, and Plunder: Jewish Converts and Poverty in Medieval Europe,” in Converts and Conversion to and from Judaism, ed. Theodor Dunkelgrün and Pawel Maciejko (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, Jewish Culture and Contexts Series), forthcoming.
    • “The Toledot Yeshu and the Jewish-Christian Controversy in the Medieval Crown of Aragon,” in Toledot Yeshu Reconsidered, ed. Peter Schaefer et al. (Berlin: Mohr Siebeck, 2011), 297-309.
    • “Christian Kings and Jewish Conversion in the Medieval Crown of Aragon,” Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 3 (2011): 27-39.
    • “Jewish Women and Apostasy in the Medieval Crown of Aragon, c.1300-1391,” Jewish History 24.1 (2010), 7-32.

    REVIEWS

    • Review of Entangled Histories: Knowledge, Authority, and Jewish Culture in the Thirteenth Century, ed. Elisheva Baumgarten, Ruth Mazo Karras, and Katelyn Mesler (Philadelphia, 2016), in Jewish History 31(2018): 353–55.
    • Review of Benjamin Gampel, Anti-Jewish Riots in the Crown of Aragon and the Royal Response, 1391–1392 (New York, 2016), in The American Historical Review 123 (2018): 1008–1009.
    • Review of David Nirenberg, Neighboring Faiths. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages and Today (Chicago, 2014), in The Association for Jewish Studies Review 40 (2016): 175-77.
    • Review of James Amelang, Parallel Histories: Muslims and Jews in Inquisitorial Spain (Louisiana State, 2013), in The Association for Jewish Studies Review 38 (2014): 463­­-66.
    • Review of Jonathan Ray, ed., The Jew in Medieval Iberia 1100-1500 (Boston, 2012), in The Medieval Review, September 2012.
    • Review of Robin Vose, Dominicans, Muslims, and Jews in the Medieval Crown of Aragon (Cambridge, 2009), in Sefarad 70 (2010): 512-14.
    • Review of Nina Caputo, Nahmanides in Medieval Catalonia: History, Community, and Messianism (Notre Dame, IN, 2008), in The Medieval Review, August 2008.

    AWARDS

    • Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem
    • European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS)
    • Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, Rutgers University
    • Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Fellowship
    • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
    • Fulbright Scholarship to Spain
    • Richard Hofstadter Fellowship
    • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    • American Historical Association
    • Association for Jewish Studies
    • Medieval Academy of America
    • Mediterranean Seminar
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Society of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies

     

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    Chaim I. Waxman
    Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Jewish Studies
    Email Address: chaim.waxman@rutgers.edu
    Phone Number: (972-50) 673-9443

    Chaim I. Waxman is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University where he served from as a member of the Department of Sociology from 1975 to 2006.  He has written and edited more than 18 books and more than 100 articles.

    After retiring from Rutgers he moved to Jerusalem, Israel, where he continued to be active professionally and served as a senior fellow in several scholarly institutes.  In 2013, he was recruited by Jerusalem’s Hadassah Academic College to write a proposal for an undergraduate program in behavioral sciences.  When the proposal was approved by Israel’s Council for Higher Education, he was asked to head the new department which opened in the fall of 2016, where he continues to serve as Chair.

    Books:

    • Social Change and Halakhic Evolution in American Orthodoxy 
      Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Summer 2017
    • The Stigma of Poverty: A Critique of Poverty Theories and Policies 
      Pergamon Press, 1977
      Second Edition, 1983
    • America's Jews in Transition 
      Temple University Press, 1983 
    • American Aliya 
      Wayne State University Press, 1989
    • Jewish Baby Boomers: A Communal Perspective 
      State University of New York Press, 2001 

    Co-Authored:

    • Historical Dictionary of Zionism 
      Scarecrow Press, 2000; Second Edition, 2008; Paperback Edition titled, The A to Z of Zionism, 2009
      with Rafael Medoff
    • Flipping Out? Myth or Fact: The Impact of the “Year in Israel” 
      Yashar Books, 2007
      with Shalom Z. Berger and Daniel Jacobson

    Edited and Co-edited:

    • Religious Zionism Post Disengagement: Future Directions 
      Yeshiva University Press and Ktav, 2008
    • More than a half-dozen works in such diverse areas as political sociology, ethnicity, and social thought, and Israeli society and culture, among others. 
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    Azzan Yadin-Israel
    Professor of Jewish Studies
    Schools: Ph.D. University of California Berkeley and Graduate Theological Union, B.A. Hebrew University
    CV File: yadin-israel-azzan-cv.pdf
    Office Address: 14 College Avenue, Miller Hall 103
    Email Address: azzan@rutgers.edu
    Phone Number: 848-932-1714

    RESEARCH INTERESTS

    Rabbinic legal hermeneutics; origins of midrash; biblical interpretation.

    COURSES TAUGHT

    Classical Jewish Philosophy
    The Dead Sea Scrolls
    Prophets, Priests and Rabbis

    PUBLICATIONS

    My scholarship is publicly available at: https://rutgers-nj.academia.edu/AzzanYadinIsrael

    Books:

    • Scripture and Tradition: Rabbi Akiva and the Triumph of Midrash. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.
    • Intuitive Vocabulary: German. Lingua Press, 2013.
    • Scripture as Logos: Rabbi Ishmael and the Origins of Midrash. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.

    Articles (asterisk denotes peer review):

    • *“For Mark was Peter's tanna: Oral Tradition versus Eyewitness History in Papias,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 23 (2015).
    • *”Some Uses of Deixis in Rabbinic Hebrew,” Journal of Semitic Studies 60 (2015), 331-340.
    • *“Bavli Menahot 29b and the Diminution of the Prophets,” Journal of Ancient Judaism 5 (2014), 88-105.
    • *“Rabbinic Polysemy: A Response to Steven Fraade,” AJS Review 38 (2014), 129-141.
    • Qabbalah, Deuter¬osis, and Semantic Incommensurability: A Preliminary Study,” in Ra'anan Boustan, Klaus Hermann, Reimund Leicht et al. (eds.), Envisioning Judaism: Studies in Honor of Peter Schäfer on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013), 917-940.
    • *“A Note on a A Middle High German Calque in Sefer Hasidim,” Jewish Studies Quarterly 19 (2012), 385-387.
    • “Concepts of Scripture in the Schools of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ishmael,” in Benjamin Sommer (ed.), Jewish Theologies of Scripture, (New York: New York University Press, 2012), 47-63.
    • “The Creaturely Limits of Knowledge: Martin Heidegger’s Theological Critique of Immanuel Kant,” in Leonard V. Kaplan and Rudy Koshar (eds.), The Weimar Moment: Political Theology, Liberalism, and the Law (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2012), 123-144. Co-authored with Sam Moyn.
    • “Rabbi Aqiva and the Site of Revelation,” in Moulie Vidas and Philippa Townsend (eds.), Revelation, Literature, and Community in Late. Antiquity (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011), 177-216.
    • *"‘Aretz et la sémantique de la terre,"Les Cahiers du judaïsme 30 (2011), 104-113.
    • *“Rabbi Akiva’s Youth,” in Jewish Quarterly Review 100 (2010), 573-597.
    • “Engaging Rabbinic Literature: Four Texts,” in Paul Socken (ed.), Why Study Talmud in the Twenty-first Century?: The Relevance of the Ancient Jewish Text to Our World (Lanham, MD.; Lexington, 2009), 201-214.
    • *“The Semantics of tinoq in Mishnaic Hebrew” (Hebrew), Leshonenu: The Journal of the Academy of the Hebrew Language 71 (2009), 73-79.
    • “Blorit: Pagan Mohawk or Sabra Forelock?: Ideologically Manipulative Secularization of Hebrew Terms in Socialist Zionist Israel,” in Tope Omoniyi (ed.), The Sociology of Language and Religion: Change, Conflict, and Accommodation (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), 84-124. Co-authored with Ghil’ad Zuckermann.
    • *“Ronald Dworkin and Self-Undermining Interpretation,” in Diné Israel: An Annual of Jewish Law 25 (2009), 209-234.
    • *“Rabban Gamliel, Aphrodite’s Bath, and the Question of Pagan Monotheism,” Jewish Quarterly Review 96 (Spring 2006), 149-179.
    • “Resistance to Midrash? Midrash and Halakhah (Oral Tradition) in the Halakhic Midrashim,” in Carol Bakhos (ed.), Current Trends in the Study of Midrash (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2006), 35-58.
    • *“Rabbi Yosef Gikatilla’s works ‘Gates of Justice’ and ‘Gates of Light’” (Hebrew), Pe‘amim 104 (2005), 41-64.
    • *“Goliath’s Armor and Israelite Collective Memory,” Vetus Testamentum 54 (2004), 373-395.
    • *“Qol (Voice) as Hypostasis in the Hebrew Bible,” Journal of Biblical Literature 122 (2003), 601-629.
    • *“Hammer on the Rock: Mekhilta Deuteronomy and the Question of Rabbinic Polysemy,” Jewish Studies Quarterly 10 (2003), 1-17.
    • *“A Greek Witness to the Semantic Shift לקח-‘Buy’,” Hebrew Studies 43 (2002), 31-37.
    • *“4QMMT, Rabbi Ishmael and the Origins of Legal Midrash,” Dead Sea Discoveries 10 (2002), 130-149.
    • *“Shnei Ketuvim and Rabbinic Intermediation,” Journal for the Study of Judaism 33 (2002), 386-410.
    • *“Samson’s Hida,” Vetus Testamentum 52 (2002), 407-426.
    • *“Web of Chaos: Bialik and Nietzsche on Language, Truth and the Death of God,” Prooftexts 21 (2001), 179-203.

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Association of Jewish Studies

    Society for Biblical Literature

    Prooftexts: Journal of Jewish Literary History (rabbinics book-review editor)

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    Yael Zerubavel
    Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies and History
    Schools: Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, M.A. University of Pennsylvania, B.A. Tel-Aviv University
    Office Address: 14 College Avenue, Miller Hall 106
    Email Address: yael.zerubavel@rutgers.edu

    Former Professor of Jewish Studies and History, Former Founding Director, The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life

    RESEARCH INTERESTS

    Desert in the Promised Land
    Desert in the Promised Land

     

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    Recovered Roots
    • Collective memory, autobiographical memory, history and memory
    • Nationalism, national myths 
    • Tradition and change
    • Israeli culture, Israeli literature
    • Jewish memory, Jewish space
    • Jewish immigrant literature

    REGULARLY TAUGHT COURSES

    Israeli Culture
    Cultural Memory
    Jewish Immigrant Experience
    Jewish Memory
    Jewish Space
    Trauma and Memory in Israeli Culture
    Israeli Society through Film

    PUBLICATIONS

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    Books Authored

    Desert in the Promised Land (Stanford University Press (in press), December 2018)

    Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Tradition,         
        University of Chicago Press, 1995
        Paperback edition, University of Chicago Press, 1997
        Winner of the 1996 Salo Baron Prize of the American Academy for Jewish Research

    Recent Articles (Selected)

    “Putting Numbers into Space: Place Names and Collective Remembrance in Israeli Culture,” in Taking Stock: Cultures of Enumeration in Contemporary Jewish Life,edited by Michal Kravel-Tovi and Deborah Dash Moore. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016, 69-92

    “’Numerical Commemoration and the Challenges of Collective Remembrance in Israel,” History and Memory 26, 1 (Spring/Summer 2014): 5-38.
    Hebrew version: “Hantsaha misparit ve-shiyum he-avar: zikaron ve-shikhekha ba-merhav ha-tziburi be’israel,”in Majority-Minority Relations: Memory and Oblivion in Geographical Place Names, eds. Amer Dahamshe and Yossi Schwartz. Tel Aviv: Resling (191-223)

    "Passages, Wars, and Encounters with Death: The Desert as a Site of Memory in Israeli Film,” in Deeper than Oblivion: Trauma and Memory in Israeli Cinema, edited by Raz Yosef and Boaz Hagin. New York & London: Bloomsbury, 2013, 299-327.

    Ha’tanakh akhshav: Ikh’shuv, satira politit ve’zikaron le’umi” [“'The Bible Now': Contemporizing, Political Satire, and National Memory”], a combined issue of Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore vol. 28 and Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature vol. 25 in honor of Galit Hasan-Rokem, (2013), II, 755-74 [in Hebrew].

    “Transforming Myths, Contested Narratives: The Reshaping of Mnemonic Traditions in Israeli Culture,” in National Myths: Constructed Pasts, Contested Presents, edited by Gérard Bouchard. London: Routledge, 2013, 173-90.

    Ha’hazara el ha’tanakh:Ha’tiyul ve’zikhron ha’avar ba’siah ha’tayaruti be’israel [“Back to the Bible: Hiking in the Land as a Mnemonic Practice in Contemporary Israeli Tourist Discourse”], in History and Memory: Essays in Honor of Anita Shapira, edited by Meir Hazan and Uri Cohen. Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2012, vol. 2, 497- 522 [in Hebrew].

    “Coping with the Legacy of Death: The War Widow in Israeli Films,” in Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion, edited by Miri Talmon and Yaron Peleg. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011, 84-95.

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Public Space (Ha-Merhav Ha-Tziburi), Tel Aviv University (editorial board, 2016-present)
    Association for Jewish Studies (board member, 1993-2002, 2006-present)
    Association for Israel Studies (board member, 1997-2001; 2006-09)
    Israel Studies (editorial board, 1995 – present)
    Journal of Israeli History (editorial board, 2002 – present)
    Israel Studies Forum (editorial board, 2000 – present)
    Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds (editorial board, 2005-present)
    Rutgers University Press, Jewish Cultures of the World Series, (editorial board, 2007- present)
    Academic Studies Press, Israel: Society, Culture, And History Series (editorial board, 2009-present)
    AJS Perspectives, the bi-annual magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies (editorial board, 2009 – present)

    VISITING SCHOLAR / FELLOW

    Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
    Kazan State University, Russia
    Ben-Gurion Research Center, Ben-Gurion University, Sde Boker
    Institute for Advanced Studies, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem
    École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris

    RECENT INVITED LECTURES (SELECTED)

    The Inaugural Michael Feige Annual Lecture, “The Desert and the Island as Symbolic Spaces: On Landscapes, Identity and Memory in Israeli Culture,” Ben-Gurion Research Institute on Israel and Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, May 2018

    “The Performance of Origins in Modern Hebrew Culture,” Conference on “The Origins of Jews,” Brown University, March 2017

    “The 'Return to the Bible' and the Performance of the Past in Israeli Culture,” Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, September 2016

    “Numerical Commemoration and Commemorative Place Names: Memory and Forgetting in Israeli Public Space,” The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, January 2015

    The David Patterson seminar, “The 'Return to the Bible' in Popular Israeli Culture,” Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Yarnton Manor, October 2013

    Keynote address: “Israel, Cultural Memory, and the Transformations of a National Tradition," Graduate student conference in Israeli Studies, Yeshiva University, New York, May 2013.

    The Einhorn Endowed Lecture, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "The Bible, the Lure of Antiquity, and Israeli Popular Culture," April 2012.

    Keynote address: "Heritage, National Memory, and Identity Politics in Israel," International Society for Cultural History, annual meeting on "History – memory – myth,” Oslo, 2011.

    The Forkosh Judaic Studies Lecture, “Imagining Exile in the Homeland: Cultural Diversity and the Politics of Remembrance in Israel,” at Carleton College, Minnesota, February 2010.

    The Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures, “Encounters with the Past: Remembering the ‘Bygone’ in Israeli Culture,” University of Washington, May 2009.