Meet the Summer School Faculty

Each member of the faculty is listed here with a link to his/her personal website as well as one article which can allow you to get to know him/her interests and methods.
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Elisheva Baumgarten

Prof. Yitzhak Becker Chair of Jewish Studies

Dept. of Jewish History and Dept. of History

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 “A Tale of a Christian Matron and Sabbath Candles and Religious Difference, Material Culture and Gender in Thirteenth-Century Germany,” Jewish Studies Quarterly 20 (2013): 1–17.


Ra’anan Boustan


Associate Professor in Department of History, UCLA

“Rabbinization and the Making of Early Jewish Mysticism,” Jewish Quarterly Review 101.4 (2011): 482–501.

Tobias Brinkmann

Malvin and Lea Bank Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and History, Pennsylvania State University

“Permanent Transit: Jewish Migration during the Interwar Period,”in 1929: Mapping the Jewish World, ed. H. R. Diner and G. Estraikh (New York: NYU Press, 2013), 53–72.

Jackie Feldman

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

“Constructing a Shared Bible Land:Jewish Israeli Guiding Performances for Protestant Pilgrims,”American Ethnologist34.2 (2007):  351–374.

Galit Hasan-Rokem

Max & Margarethe Grunwald Prof. Emerita of Folklore

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“Contemporary Perspectives of Tradition: Moving on with the Wandering Jew,in Konstellationen.Über Geschichte, Erfahrung und Erkenntnis. Festschrift fur Dan Diner zum 65. Geburtstag, ed. N. Berg, O. Kamil, M. Kirchhoff, and S. Zepp (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011), 309–331.

Boaz Huss

Professor  of   Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

“The Theologies Of Kabbalah Research,” Modern Judaism  34.1 (2014):1–24.

Debra Kaplan

Debra  Kaplan

Senior Lecturer,  historian of the early modern period at Dept. of Jewish History, Bar-Ilan University

“‘Because Our Wives Trade and Do Business with Our Goods’: Gender, Work, and Jewish-Christian Relations,” in New Perspectives on Jewish-Christian Relations: In Honor of David Berger, ed. E. Carlebach and J. J. Schacter (Brill, 2012), 241–261.


Michael P. Kramer

Associate Prof.

Department of English Literature and Linguistics

Bar-Ilan University

“Acts of Assimilation: The Invention of Jewish American Literary History,” Jewish Quarterly Review 103.4 (2013): 556–579.

Vivian Liska



Senior Professor, Department of Literature,  

Institute of Jewish Studies

University of Antwerp

 “The End or the Beginning: Jewish Modernity and the Reception of Rahel Varnhagen,” in Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of David B. Ruderman, ed. R. I. Cohen, N. B. Dohrmann, A. Shear, A. Reiner (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press [for] Hebrew Union College Press, 2014), 344–355.


Ilana Pardes


Professor in the Dept. of Comparative Literature

The Hebrew University  of Jerusalem

"The Biblical Ethnographies of ‘Edo and Enam’ and the Quest for the Ultimate Song," from her, Agnon’s Moonstruck Lovers: The Song of Songs in Israeli Culture (Seattle: University of Washington Press,  2014), 96–120.


Eran Riklis


Eran Riklis is one of Israel’s most acclaimed film makers and has been working as director, writer and producer for over thirty years. His award winning, critically acclaimed films include The Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree ,The Human Resources Manager, Zaytoun, Playoff, Cup Final, Zohar and most recently Dancing Arabs, currently on release worldwide. Full profile List of clips

Andrea Schatz


Reader in Jewish Studies


Undergraduate Programme Board Chair and Convenor of the MA in Jewish Studies

Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies

King's College London

“An Interpretive Tradition Connecting Europe and the “East” in the Eighteenth Century,” in Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe:  Essays in Honor of David B. Ruderman, ed.  R. I. Cohen, N. B. Dohrmann, A. Shear, E. Reiner (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press [for] Hebrew Union College Press, 2014), 260–270.


Steven Weitzman


Ella Darivoff Director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
Professor of Hebrew and
Semitic Languages and Literatures  
University of Pennsylvania

“Mining for Solomon's Gold,” in his Solomon: The Lure of Wisdom (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2011), 113–132.