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Dr. Cedric Cohen Skalli

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Dr. Cedric Cohen Skalli

Director of the Bucerius Institute

Department of Jewish History

University of Haifa

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Dr. Cedric Cohen Skalli teaches early modern and modern Jewish Philosophyat the Dept. of Jewish History at the University of Haifa. His research focuses on the relationship of Jewish thinkers to two main philosophical shifts: the shift from Medieval philosophy to early modern thought (14th-17th century), and the shift from early modern to modern thought (18th-20th century). He published three books and many articles on diverse aspects of Jewish thought and literature in early modern and modern period. He is also translator of many works of Freud, Benjamin, Scholem, Idel and Abravanel.


Research Areas:: history of Jewish philosophy, history of German philosophy, philosophy of translation in German context, modern political thought, history of art, aesthetics.


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Prof. Amos Morris-Reich

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Prof. Amos Morris-Reich

Director of the Bucerius Institute (2008-2018)

Department of Jewish History

University of Haifa 

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Research Areas: Jewish History within the Conceptual Foundations of European, particularly German Social Science and Social Thought, The History of Anti-Semitism within Science, and Israeli Cultural Ideology


Dr. Balázs Berkovits


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Research Fellow, Post-Doc


Trained as a philosopher and a sociologist (his PhD thesis was written on Michel Foucault’s genealogical method and its relationship to critical sociology), he has published on topics related to the sociology of education, social theory, critical sociology, the epistemology of the social sciences and social constructivism. He is currently working on a study of the reemergence of the “Jewish problem” in contemporary works of philosophical, social and political criticism, understood in the framework of the crisis of social critique. His publications on the topic include "Critical Whiteness Studies and the Jewish Problem", Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialtheorie und Philosophie, Vol. 5, Issue 1, Apr. 2018, and "Social Criticism and the 'Jewish Problem'" in Alvin Rosenfeld (ed.) Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, and the Dynamics of Delegitimization, Indiana University Press, 2019 (forthcoming). Occasionally, he also works as a translator of social scientific and philosophical works and as a journalist, writing on political and social developments in present-day Hungary for Hungarian, Swiss, and French journals.


Dr. Sharon Livne




Research Fellow


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Dr. Orr Scharf 


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Reaserch Fellow 



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Dr. Orr Scharf teaches at the Cultural Studies M.A. Program at The University of Haifa. His research explores the cross-fertilization of ideas and methodologies between Jewish and Christian thinkers, and the ways in which the historical evolution of the two faiths—from antiquity through the modern era—has shaped modern discourses in philosophy, theology, and related disciplines. He is author of Thinking in Translation: Scripture and Redemption in the Thought of Franz Rosenzweig (De Gruyter, 2019), and editor of volume 5 in the critical edition of Martin Buber's complete works, Vorlesungen über Judentum und Christentum (Gütersloh, 2017). He has published articles on topics such as translation and cultural appropriation, theology and political thought, and on the impossibility of translation.


Dr. Yael Ben Moshe


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Research Fellow, Post-Doc


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Yael Ben-Moshe (Ph.D.) is a research fellow at the Center for German and European Studies (HCGES) and at the Bucerius Institute for research of contemporary German history and society, at the Haifa university. She was awarded the Presidential Fellowship for her post-doc research that focuses on terrorism and trauma in the age of the “new wars”, and a DAAD research fellowship at the Centre for Contemporary History in Potsdam (ZZF). As a former fellow of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES) she received her Ph.D. from the Technische Universität in Berlin in 2012. Her dissertation examined the forming of the collective memory on Hitler and National- Socialism in Germany and the USA from 1945 to 2009. Her book was published by the Leipziger Universitätsverlag. She is currently teaching courses on German Film and Culture and Terrorism and Media at the Haifa University and at the Haddash Academic College, Jerusalem. Among her latest publications: 1) This is Your Trauma, Not Mine! Terrorism and Trauma in Recent German Films. In V. Benkert (Hg.), Unsere Väter, unsere Mütter. Deutsche Generation seit 1945. Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag, 2019. 2) Ben-Moshe, Y. & Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. Terror Films: The Socio-Cultural Reconstruction of Trauma in Contemporary Israeli cinema. Images. The International Journal of European Film, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Communication, 2019. 3) Picturing Hitler: Artificial Tension and the Historical Film. andererseits: Yearbook of Transatlantic German Studies, 2019.


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Abtract :  The Depiction of Hitler: Forming Collective Memory of Hitler in German and American Historical Film-Narratives between 1945-2009


Contribution to Newspapers:


"Trump is only a Symptom" (Haaretz, 25.2.2017)

"Changing Perspectives on the Holocaust" (Haaretz 22.1.2017)

"Swing to the Right - The Threat for Europe is not Terrorism but Populism" (Maariv, 4.12.2016)


Silvana Kandel Lamdan


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Ph.D Candidate


Silvana Kandel Lamdan has a BA in Philosophy and Jewish Thought and a MA in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Today she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Haifa, under the supervision of Dr. Cedric Cohen Skalli. In her doctoral research, she intends to analyze historically, philosophically and theologically the intellectual interchange between Judaism and radical political Latin American Liberation Theology in the years 1960s-1980s. She is conducting a critical study of the explicit and implicit dialogue that the first generation of liberation theologians had with the Jewish tradition and with modern Jewish thinkers, especially those from German-speaking milieus like Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Ernst Bloch, and Walter Benjamin. At the beginning of their intellectual careers, many Latin American theologians that would later become the referents of the various branches of Liberation Theology (like Gutierrez, Scannone, Ellacuría, Dussel, and others), spent a period studying in Europe, mostly in Germany, Belgium, and France. There they were exposed to Jewish social and political thinking, either through direct reading of their writings, or through the mediation of leading Christian pre and post-Holocaust German theologians like Karl Barth, Jürgen Moltmann, Johann Baptist Metz, and others, whose theologies would have a significant influence in these nascent Latin American revolutionary trends. Silvana is studying how “Jewish ideas” in intense dialogue with both Jewish tradition and German culture, would be transformed by Christian theologians, in the context of Latin American oppressive regimes of the 1960s and 1970s, into radical political and theological ideas.


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Ph.D. Candidate


Daniel Gross studies Jewish Though at Haifa University on an excellence scholarship and a research assistant of Prof. Amos Morris Reich. 

Theme of the dissertation: „Understanding Franz Rosenzweig's Concept of Love through The Role of Love in his Life


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Ph.D. Candidate

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