Faculty (and areas of expertise)


Dr. Zohar Segev, Chair of the Department of Jewish History (American Jewry). 
micha-perry  Dr. Micha Perry,Program coordinator (Medieval Jewish History)

Micha J. Perry (Ph.D. Hebrew University, 2008) teaches medieval Jewish history at the department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa. He was a Fulbright scholar (2007) as well as a Starr Fellow at Harvard University (2008), and has taught at UCLA, Yale (2009-11) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His main areas of research are:History of Jewish Law; Histoire des Mentalités; Transmission and Sociology of knowledge; Medieval Jewish Material Culture; and Jewish-Christian relations in Medieval Europe.

Among his publications are: Tradition and Transformation: Knowledge Transmission among Medieval Jews (in Hebrew, Tel Aviv 2010); “The Imaginary War between Prester John and Eldad the Danite and Its Real Implications,” Viator 41/1 (2010): 1-23; with Constant J. Mews, “Peter Abelard, Heloise, and Jewish Biblical Exegesis in the Twelfth Century,” The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 62,1 (January 2011): 3-19; “Imaginary Space meets Actual Space in 13th-Century Cologne: Eliezer Ben Joel and the Eruv,” Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture 5 (2011): 26-36

Jonathan-Ben-Dov Dr. Jonathan Ben-Dov (Biblical Studies, Dead Sea Scrolls)
Jonathan Ben-Dov, George and Florence Wise Chair of Judaism in the Ancient World (Ph.D. Hebrew University of Jerusalem 2005) is senior lecturer in the Department of Bible. He studies ancient Israelite and Jewish religion as part of the cultures of the Ancient Near East: Mesopotamia, Canaan, and Hellenism. He was part of the international team of editors of the Dead Sea Scrolls and continues working in this field. In addition he studies Jewish apocalyptic literature, especially the Book of Enoch, in its context. His studies on the Hebrew Bible involve the Books of Kings, Amos, Psalms and the Twelve prophets, as well as studies on the textual history of the Bible.

Dr. Hillel Newman (Judaism in Antiquity)

Dr. Moshe Lavee (Talmud and Midrash, Genizah Studies)
Cedric-Cohen-Skalli Dr. Cedric Cohen Skalli (Jewish Philosophy)
Dr. Cedric Cohen Skalli is Lecturer at the dept. for Jewish history and Jewish thought at the University of Haifa where he teaches early modern, modern and post-modern Jewish Thought.

Dr. Yossi Chajes(Early Modern Cultural History & Kabbalah)
J. H. (Yossi) Chajes (Ph.D., Yale University 1999) is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa and the director of its Center for the Study of Jewish Culture. A former recipient of Fulbright, Rothchild, Wexner, and Hartman Fellowships, Chajes has also been a visiting professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and twice a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His book, Between Worlds: Dybbuks, Exorcists, and Early Modern Judaism (2003) was listed by the Wall Street Journal as among the top five books ever written on spirit possession, alongside Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun. He currently directs the Israel Science Foundation supported “Ilanot Project”—an ambitious attempt to catalogue and describe all kabbalistic cosmological diagrams.

Dr. Eyal Ben-Eliyahu (    )
teaches Second Temple and Roman-Byzantine Jewish history. His interests include the perception of “space and place,” holy places, and borders in late antiquity. He is currently working on a new project on the Jewish diaspora in late antiquity.
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