Below is our current group of Visiting Scholars:
2022-2023 Visiting Scholars
Senior Lecturer, the Department of Hebrew Language at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Uri Mor is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Hebrew Language at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In his research he focuses on Classical Hebrew and Aramaic, and Modern Hebrew and its emergence. His work integrates linguistic, philological, and sociolinguistic methods in order to delineate different speech communities, contact situations, and corpora of Hebrew and Aramaic, and to explore the ties between language, nationality, normativity, geography, and culture. His publications include Judean Hebrew: The Language of the Hebrew Documents from Judea between the First and the Second Revolts and he is currently working on a grammatical and sociolinguistic analysis of the Tannaitic Midrash Sifre Zuta on Numbers.
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Theater Arts at Tel Aviv University
Achinoam is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Theater Arts at Tel Aviv University. Her research interests involve Jewish and Israeli theater and the adaptation of canonic texts and historical events to the stage. Aldouby’s doctoral project examines theatrical representations of Shoah remembrance in early 21st century Israel (Advisors: Dr. Yair Lipshitz, Prof. Iris Milner). In her research she explores the performative modes of negotiating history, trauma, and Jewish identity and the implications of the current generational shift on the Shoah’s memory. She holds a M.A. in Theater Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem were she wrote her thesis on Theater performances of Rabbinic Literature. Currently, she serves as the Associate Editor of Bamah, an Israeli Performing Arts Magazine, and as the Secretary-General for the Israeli Association for Theater Research.
Noa Kwartaz Avraham
Ph.D. Candidate, Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Tel Aviv University
Noa Kwartaz-Avraham is a Ph.D. candidate at the Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies, Tel Aviv University. In her dissertation, Noa examines the question of how, and to what extent, the members of the Israeli parliament (the Knesset), were able to impact the content of government legislation, during a major shift in the state’s character: from a welfare administrative state, providing welfare services to its citizens directly, towards a regulatory state, privatizing the production of such services, and mostly supervising their provision. Noa holds an LL.B., LL.M and a B.A. (in Government Studies) from Reichman University (formerly IDC Herzliya), all three with distinction. Her LL.M dissertation examined the characteristics and conflicts in Israeli urban planning laws, regarding the preservation of historic buildings. Noa’s research interest are parliamentary studies, the history of parliament, the legislation process, separation of powers theory and collective memory.
Fellow in International Law, Stanford Law School
Moria Paz critically investigates the place of minorities, migrants, and refugees within legal orders (international and national) that are fundamentally rooted in state sovereignty. Her scholarship undertakes an inquiry into the actual, on-the-ground operation of human rights law and international law (and their intersection with national law), aiming to develop a functional understanding of the limits and possibilities of using extraterritorial law to protect the interests of individuals and minority groups. She is currently working on a new book, tentatively titled Network or State? The Alliance Israélite Universelle, International Law, and the History of Jewish Self-Determination. Paz has previously published two books: The Law of Strangers: Jewish Lawyers and International Law in the Twentieth Century which was nominated for the 2020 National Jewish Book Award and 2019 Just Security Holiday Reading List, and The Failed Promise of Language Rights which addresses different national and international models for the protection of minority language rights. She is the recipient of the Laylin Prize for Best Paper in International Law. Paz is a Visiting fellow at Stanford Law School. She previously served as a Fellow at the Center on National Security and the Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, as a Law and International Security Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, and as a Visiting Researcher at TRAFFLAB: Labor Perspectives to Human Trafficking in Tel Aviv University.
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.