Units and Projects

Italia Judaica

Project Director: Prof. Shlomo Simonsohn

Email: sshlomo@post.tau.ac.il

Tel: 03-6409676

The Italia Judaica Project, directed by Professor Shlomo Simonsohn is investigating the history of Jews in the countries bordering on the Mediterranean and in Italy in particular. Under its auspices, research is carried on, the results of which are published in print and on the internet, and are discussed at international conferences dealing with the history of Italian Jewry.

Jewish Art and Visual Culture Research

Chief Researcher: Dr. Naomi Feuchtwanger-Sarig

Email: nsarig@post.tau.ac.il

Tel: 03-6407040

The Jewish Art and Visual Culture Research project seeks to enable inter-disciplinary research on the life of Jews, through the connection of researchers from different fields. The underlying basis of this research will be visual testimony, to be investigated as any other historical document.

The Jews in Islamic Countries in the Modern Era

Unit Director: Prof. Yaron Tsur

Email: ytsur@post.tau.ac.il
Tel: 03-6475951

This unit organizes various research projects which focus on re-examining the heritage, history and culture of Jews in Islamic countries. The unit operates in cooperation with the research team for “The Jews of Islamic Countries Archiving Project” and the website “Historical Jewish Press”.


The Jews of Belarus and Ukraine


Dr. Leonid Smilovitsky, Email:  smilov@zahav.net.il

Prof. Zakhar Shibeko, Email: shybekaz@gmail.com

Dr. Konstantin Bondar, Email: bondarko@tauex.tau.ac.il 

Tel: 03-6405319

The goal of this project is to collect, catalogue and preserve documentary and archival material relating to the history of Jews in Belarus and Ukraine, as a valuable resource for current and future research on the topic.
The Cultural History of the Jews of the Islamic World in the Middle Ages (9th-13th Centuries)

Project Director: Prof. Meira Polliack

Email: meirap@post.tau.ac.il

Tel: 03-6406057

Project Team: Prof. Yoram Erder, Dr. Marzena Zawanowska, Dr. Ilana Sasson, Roni Cohen

Jewish Identity and Consciousness
Dr. Françoise Ouzan, Email: fouzan@post.tau.ac.il
Dr. Maya Guez, Email: mayaguezparis@gmail.com

Tel: 03-6405319

The Jewish Neighborhood: Exploring the Other Side of Medieval Urban Space

Project Director: Prof. Simha Goldin

Email: sgoldin@post.tau.ac.il

Tel: 03-6409799

Researchers: Dr. Yitzhak Lifshitz, Dr. Merav Schnitzer

The Jews of Turkey and the Balkans and Ladino Culture

Project Director: Prof. Minna Rozen

Email: minna.rozen@gmail.com

Tel: 04-8240560

Researchers: Dr. Ruth Lamdan, Prof. Tova Beeri

The goal of the project is to initiate and implement research and any other academic activity that contributes to research on the Jewish communities of the Balkans and Ladino culture. In the past year, it has been decided that this project will return to full activity, and studies in its framework will be initiated and encouraged.

The Jews of Crete during the Venetian Period (13th-17th Centuries)

Project Coordinator: Prof. Benyamin Arbel

Email: arbel@post.tau.ac.il

Tel: 03-6409785

The aims of this project are to collect the relevant archival materials, to encourage research and to publish studies on various aspects related to the life of Cretan Jews during the long period of Venetian domination.

The Jews of Romania

Project Coordinator: Prof. Liviu Rotman

Email: liviu_rot@yahoo.com

Tel: 03-6409799

This project was established in December 1987, following a donation from Mr. Avram Goldstein-Goren z”l, with the aim of initiating and promoting research on the heritage of Jews in Romania.

To date, more than twenty books have been published based on research conducted under the auspices of this project.

Harry and Gertrude Landy Study of Prayer, Prayer Books and Jewish Culture

Project Director: Prof. Stefan Reif

Email: scr3@cam.ac.uk

Tel: 03-6409799

Researchers: Dr. Tsur Shafir, Dr. Yaakov Teppler

This project demonstrates the commitment of Tel Aviv University in general, and the Diaspora Research Center in particular, to the fresh examination of traditional Jewish sources and customs and the ways in which they have significantly impacted later Jewish life.

The Institute for the History of Polish Jewry and Israel-Poland Relations

Head of the Institute: Prof. David Assaf

Secretary: Dr. Dror Segev

Email: polin@post.tau.ac.il

Tel: 03-6409387

The Institute Website


Workshop: The Life of the Jews and Jewish Life in the Soviet Union (1948 – 1972)

On March 5, 2018 hosted the Goldstein-Goren Diaspora research center in collaboration with the Lev Livshits Foundation a Workshop under the title: "The Life of the Jews and Jewish Life in the Soviet Union (1948 – 1972)"

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The Amendment to the Polish Law - The Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research center and the Institute for the History of Polish Jewry and Israel-Poland Relations within Tel-Aviv University Response

The Goldstein-Goren Diaspora Research center and the Institute for the History of Polish Jewry and Israel-Poland Relations within Tel-Aviv University wish to protest vigorously the amendment to the Polish Law as approved by the Polish government in its meeting prior to the International Memorial Holocaust Day of 2018 and approved by the Polish president.

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The Philippine Schindlers – Saving German Jews (1938-1939) Conference

The Philippine Schindlers – Saving German Jews (1938-1939) Conference took place on November 20, 2017

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