Visiting Scholars


Below is our current group of Visiting Scholars:

2021-2022 Visiting Scholars

Naama Sadan 
PhD Candidate, The Advanced School of Environmental Studies
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Naama is a doctoral candidate at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research interests include institutional theory, environmental ethics, comparative education, change theory, and archetypal and behavioral studies. Sadan’s thesis examines the different and sometimes opposite motivations of discourses around environmental and sustainability education. She researches the motives and support systems that lead teachers to initiate environmental education programs in Palestinian, secular Jewish, and Hasidic schools in Jerusalem. Her dissertation expands this model to look at the case of San Mateo County in Silicon Valley, CA and examine the semantic and social ties that create conditions for educators to promote environmental and sustainability initiatives in the area. She holds a BA from Hebrew University and a permaculture design certification from Beit Ya’ar. She has also taught urban planning and environmental studies at the Hebrew University High School and Talmud and Hassidut at Hebrew University’s Havruta Beit Midrash.

Mishael Zion
Director of the Mandel Program for Leadership in Jewish Culture

Rabbi Mishael Zion is an educator for The Bronfman Fellowship, and a former Co-Director. He is Director of the Mandel Program for Leadership in Jewish Culture. Mishael grew up in Jerusalem, served in the Israel Defense Forces, studied at Yeshivat Maale Gilboa, and graduated summa cum laude from Hebrew University. He is the author of Esther: A New Israeli Commentary and, together with his father, Noam Zion, the author of ​Halaila Hazeh: An Israeli Haggadah and A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices. Mishael holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and Jewish thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York. He has served as a faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning in New York, and has been a visiting scholar at the New York University School of Law. 


Ortal Merhav
Gordon College of Education, Faculty of Education

Dr. Ortal Merhav holds a PhD from the School of Education at Tel Aviv University. Her dissertation examined the renewal of the Jewish community in the non-religious space in Israel. In 2018, she presented one chapter of her doctoral thesis at a conference at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel studies. Ortal also received her Master’s degree with honors (Summa Cum Laude) from Tel Aviv University. She is a lecturer at the Gordon College of Education, whose teaching focuses on various topics, such as community building, qualitative research, and innovation in technology. She has held prior positions as a teaching assistant at Tel-Aviv University in the Department of Management and Leadership in Education. Ortal has co-authored two articles dealing with identity in school vision statements, which appeared in the scholarly journals Studies in Educational Administration and Organization (in Hebrew), and Leadership and Policy in Schools.

Ram Rivlin
Hebrew University, Faculty of Law

Dr. Ram Rivlin has been a Lecturer at Hebrew University, Faculty of Law since 2013. He has held prior positions in Tel-Aviv University as a Postdoctoral Fellow and New York University School of Law as Postdoctoral Tikvah Scholar in Residence. In 2017, Dr. Rivlin published his scholarly work, “The Puzzle of Intra-Familial Commodification” for the University of Toronto Law Journal. 


2021-2022 Post-doctoral Fellows

Neomi Frisch-Aviram
Fulbright Post-doctoral Fellow

Neomi Frisch-Aviram was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “Street Level Identities: Exploring Street Level Worker’s Identity from a Micro, Meso, and Macro-Level Perspective”. In her PhD at the University of Haifa, she studied street- level policy entrepreneurship training in public organizations. In her postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago, she will combine theoretical and experimental approaches to explore how personal, organizational and cultural identities of street level bureaucrats relate to each other to affect decision making, and in turn, public service delivery. Neomi has a B.A degree in sociology and Jewish philosophy from the Hebrew University and an M.A degree in political science from the Hebrew University. Neomi is the recipient of ASPA’s Best Paper Award (2017), ASPA’s Founders’ Fellows Award (2018) and the University of Haifa Public Administration Division Prize for Excellence (2019). Neomi’s postdoctoral project aims to help policy makers and public administration managers as they work to construct programs and policies for preparing and maintaining a high-quality public service.


Adi Sherzer
Fulbright Post-doctoral Fellow

Adi Sherzer was awarded  a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled: “Imagining a People: The Israeli Chief Rabbinate and the Jewish World.” The research focuses on the formation of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate as a state “church” during the 1940s and 1950s, and seeks to investigate the intersections between religion and nationalism and between Israel as a symbolic homeland and the Jewish Diaspora. Adi’s PhD dissertation focused on the place of Jewish symbols, rituals and traditions during the first Israeli Independence Days. His further studies include an analysis of David Ben-Gurion’s attitude to the Jewish past, and an overview of Israeli military education. Adi was a guest fellow at Max-Webber Kolleg (Erfurt University), a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the head of the Research Forum for the Study of Liberal Judaism and Jewish Renewal in Israel, Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism.


2021-22 Scholars in Residence in Jewish Law

R. Yonatan Cohen

R. Cohen serves as a Rabbinic Mentor for Yeshivat Chovevei Torah rabbinical students and is a Mentor to Kevah Teaching Fellows. He serves on the founding board of Kevah, and is a founding advisory board member of the Merkavah Torah Institute. R. Cohen holds a BA in Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal, and received rabbinic ordination for Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Additionally, he is a Sr. Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.


R. Joshua Ladon

Rabbi Joshua Ladon is the Director of Education for the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where he guides the content and curriculum of national and regional programs to help to ensure our cutting-edge offerings speak to the realities of the Jewish community and the challenges of the Jewish people. Prior to Hartman, he served as the Dean of Student and Jewish Life at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay. Joshua received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and subsequently lived in Jerusalem for seven years, completing an MA in Jewish Thought at Tel Aviv University.


Ariel Evan Mayse

Ariel Evan Mayse joined the faculty of Stanford University in 2017 as an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies, after previously serving as the Director of Jewish Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts, and a research fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Harvard University and rabbinic ordination from Beit Midrash Har’el in Israel.