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Tel Aviv University’s Roth Institute is dedicated to promoting world class academic research that will advance our understanding of the causes, manifestations and dangers of antisemitism and racism.
Since its establishment fifteen years ago, the Roth Institute has conducted and published world-class research on antisemitism and racism, cultivated a generation of scholars, and ensured that these topics are researched, studied and discussed in Israel’s largest university that lies at the center of the country, Tel Aviv University.

Roth Institute Research Group on Antisemitism and Racism
As part of its ongoing efforts to promote research at Tel Aviv University on antisemitism and racism, the Roth Institute established a Research Group for students and scholars of antisemitism and racism in the Spring of 2012. Composed of MA and PhD students from the faculties of Humanities, Law and Social Sciences, the Roth Institute’s Research Group on Antisemitism and Racism serves as an ongoing forum that allows students and scholars to work together towards improving the quality of their individual research projects.

The Roth Institute’s Research Group on Antisemitism and Racism provides leading students at TAU with both financial and institutional support. In doing so, it helps create a vibrant community of students and scholars from a variety of departments at TAU. Through regular seminars, guest lectures and workshops, the research group integrates promising graduate students into a rich network of scholars and students in Israel and worldwide working on different aspects of antisemitism and racism. Members of the research group work together on a regular basis in the Roth Institute’s workspace in TAU’s Gilman Building.
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Research Group on Antisemitism and Islamophobia

Group Description will be posted soon. 

Ahuvia Goren

Ahuvia Goren

Ahuvia Goren is a research assistant in the department of Jewish History in Tel Aviv University and Studies for M.A In the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas. His research deals with Jewish intellectual history of the modern era, and focuses on natural philosophy in the eyes Rabbinic culture and on modern Jewish politics. Additionally he teaches Judaism and philosophy in 'Machanim' Rabbinical seminary, and is a member of the Interfaith Encounter Israel Organization, and the IARF Europe and Middle-East board. 

Salameh Abu Rabia

Slameh Abu-Rabia

Salameh Abu Rabia holds a Master's degree in Middle Eastern studies from Tel Aviv University. His research deals with "The Position of the Al-Ahram Newspaper towards Jews of Arab Countries." Salameh has worked a research assistant at the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Bezalel Academy, and the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Ben Gurion University.

Yarden Amir

Yarden Amir

Yarden Amir is an MA candidate in the research program of the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University. His research compares the construction of Antisemitism as a historical category between two national Jewish historiographers, Simon Dubnow and Ben Zion Dinur. This research aims to spotlight the subjectivity of antisemitism when history is read as literature. Yarden holds a BA in Jewish History and a BA in Hebrew Culture from Tel Aviv University, as well as a teaching diploma for the subject of Jewish Studies.

Amit Varshitsky
Amit Varshitsky

Amit Varshizky is a lecturer in the TheHistory DepartmentatOranim academic college of Education. Hehas completed his PhD studies at the Zvi Yavetz Graduate School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University, in 2017. He is the author of few articles that were published in academic journals, such asIntellectual History Review, Politics, Religion & Ideology, Dapim:Studies on the Holocaust and more.He is also the co-editor of the forthcoming volume In Search of the Divine: the Religious Experience in a Secular World. His major area of research is intellectual history of Nazi Germany and the racial theory. He especially interested in the encounter between metaphysical ideas and scientific concepts that underlined the Nazi biological language, and the way it contributed to the emergence of new structures of meaning.

Efrat Aviv
Efrat Aviv

Efrat Aviv, is a lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Bar Ilan University, Israel. She is the author of Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism in Turkey(awaiting publication by Routledge.) She is a fellow at BESA (Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies) and was a fellow at SICSA (Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism) between 2011-2015. Publications include, among others: "Antisemitism in Turkey during Operation Protective Edge," book chapter, (Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming); "Erdoğan’s Turkey and Obama’s America," American Policy and Standing in the 21st Century: Realities and Perceptions (New York: Routledge, 2016), pp. 213-230; "The EfraimElrom Affair and Israel-Turkey Relations," Middle Eastern Studies 49, 5 (2013), pp. 750-769; "Cartoons in Turkey – From Abdülhamid to Erdoğan," Middle Eastern Studies, 49:2, 2012, pp. 221-236; "EstosMakamesAlegres: Cultural Impacts on the Jewish Community of Izmir on the Eve of the 'Young Turk Revolution': Theater and Music", in Michael Laskier and Jacob Lev (eds.), Converging Judaism and Islam: The Religious, Scientific and Cultural Dimensions (Florida: University Press of Florida, 2011), pp. 284-299.

Noga Wolf

Noga Wolff

Noga Wolff’s MA (cum laude) and PhD were completed at the School of Political Science, Haifa University, with a focus on political theory. Her PhD thesis and academic writing also intersect with the history of ideas. She has published articles and book reviews in academic journals, including the Journal of Political Ideologies, German Politics and Society, Zion, Yad Vashem Studies, Yalkut Moreshet le-Kheker ha-Shoah ve-ha-Antishemiyut, and Tabur: Yearbook for Central European History, Culture and Thought. For her dissertation, in which she used a comparative perspective on the works of the scholar, Uriel Tal, she was awarded several prizes from institutions, such as, the Leo Baeck Institute, The Vidal Sassoon International Center, and Yad Vashem.

Spring 2017

Research Projects

TAU-Toronto Working Group on "Re-Conceiving Key Terms and Concepts in Antisemitism Studies,"  2014-2018

Designed to promote academic research on antisemitism in both Israel and abroad, this cooperative reseaerch project will support a series of exchanges between faculty members and graduate students at TAU and The University of Toronto and York University, Toronto 

The project began in July, 2014, with a visit by two faculty members from Toronto who led several seminars at TAU on the study of antisemitism. The group's second meeting took place at the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) Conference in December, 2015 when approximately a hundred scholars from four continents convened for a set of three intensive seminars. The next meeting of the working group took place at TAU in late June, 2015 and was conducted in cooperation with Brown University's Program in Judaic Studies. These meetings set the foundations for a series of workshops that took place in September-October, 2016 in Toronto as well as future workshops in Toronto in the summer of 2018.

Research Collaboration in Israel

The Israeli Inter-University Academic Partnership in Russian and East European Studies is an innovative institutional platform for sharing, exchanging and disseminating knowledge among Israel’s five leading Universities. With the support of the Humanities Fund (established by Yad Ha’Nadiv and the Council for Higher Education) the partnership provides funding and institutional basis for cross-disciplinary teaching, research and publication in East European studies in Israel. The partnership pools together academic resources from five universities and creates a wide and diverse community of scholars that enjoys the high-quality specialties of each university while broadening the study of this area.

The partnership offers several doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships each year thus providing an academic base for young scholars in the field as well as an opportunity to share their knowledge through teaching and presenting their work at a inter-disciplinary conferences.  

IUAP fellows for the 2016-2017 academic year included Yuri Radchenko, a post-doctoral scholar from Kharkiv, Ukraine, working on the Holocaust in Ukraine and Dr. Lea David who is researching the different ways that socieites remember genocide and mass violence. Over the 2015-2016, the IUAP granted a generous post-doctoral fellowship to Dr. Raz Segal, a scholar of Genocide and Holocaust Studies who is affiliated with the Roth Institute.
IUAP Fellows for the 2013-2014 academic year include several students and scholars whose work is supported by the Roth Institute through the Inter-University Academic Partnership.  In addition to the research of Anat Vaturi, a PhD student from TAU, who is working on Jewish - Protestant relations in early modern Krakow, Ilya Vovshin's PhD at Haifa University on the Jewish elite of imperial St. Petersburg and the post-doctoral research
by Dr. Olena Bagno at Bar-Ilan University on post-Soviet Jewry all discuss the influence of antisemitism on Jewish society and politics in a variety of periods and regions.

The fellows for 2012-2013 included two scholars whose work is supported by the Roth Institute through the auspices of the Inter-University Academic Partnership. Dr. Anat Plocker of the University of Haifa is completing her book manuscript on relations between Poles and Jews in Communist Poland with a focus on the anti-Zionist campaign of 1968. A PhD student at the Hebrew University, Anna Novikov is researching Polish-German-Jewish relations in Silesian lands between the two World Wars.