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Executive Commitiee

Prof. Shai Lavi

Prof. Shai Lavi

Shai Lavi, the director of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, is a professor in the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv...
Shimon Alon

Shimon Alon

Shimon Alon, the COO of The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, has an MBA from Ben-Gurion University and a B.Ed....

Administration

Limor Sagi

Limor Sagi

Limor Sagi has been working at the VLJI since 2005 as assistant to the COO.She is a graduate of the...

Senior Research Fellows

Christoph Schmidt

Prof. Christoph Schmidt

Born 1956 in Helsinki, Finland, Christoph Schmidt grew up in Germany, where he finished school in 1976. Since...
Yehouda Shenhav

Prof. Yehouda Shenhav

Yehouda Shenhav (Doctoral degree from Stanford University, 1985) is a Professor of Sociology and Anthropology...
Varda Shiffer

Dr. Varda Shiffer

Dr. Varda Shiffer worked at the Mandel Foundation-Israel between 1997 and 2012 and was the president of the...
Samuel Shye

Prof. Samuel Shye

Professor Samuel Shye founded The Center for Social Justice in memory of Yaacov Chazan at the Van Leer...
Avia Spivak

Prof. Avia Spivak

Professor Avia Spivak has been a Senior Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute since 2006, and is one of...

Research Fellows

Sarah Ozacky-Lazar

Dr. Sarah Ozacky-Lazar

Dr. Sarah Ozacky-Lazar received her MA and PhD from the Department of Middle Eastern History at Haifa...
Dr. Adi Sapir

Dr. Adi Sapir

Dr. Adi Sapir is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Hebrew...
Dr. Ariel M. Sheetrit

Dr. Ariel M. Sheetrit

Ariel M. Sheetrit (PhD, Harvard, 2007) is a lecturer at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Arabic language...
Dr. Neta Sher-Hadar

Dr. Neta Sher-Hadar

Dr. Neta Sher-Hadar is a lecturer in public administration and policy and is responsible for this field of...

Library Fellows

Dr. Sarit Cofman-Simhon

Dr. Sarit Cofman-Simhon

Dr. Sarit Cofman-Simhon has a BA in Economics and Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an MA...
Dr. Sharon Gordon

Dr. Sharon Gordon

Dr. Sharon Gordon studied Economics and History in Israel and Germany. Her thesis, which she wrote at Tel...
Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy

Susan Kennedy holds a master’s degree in Germanistik, a master’s in Creative Writing, a diploma in...
Sima Kramer

Sima Kramer

Sima Kramer is a doctoral candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a barrister in the Department...
Dr. Ari Schick

Dr. Ari Schick

Dr. Ari Schick is a postdoctoral fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University. He...
Shlomi Segall

Dr. Shlomi Segall

Shlomi Segall received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford. His book Health, Luck, and Justice was...
Dr. Yael Sela Teichler

Dr. Yael Sela Teichler

Yael Sela Teichler is a faculty member at the Open University of Israel, where she serves as director of the...
Prof. Michael Shalev

Prof. Michael Shalev

Michael Shalev is a professor of Sociology and Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem....
Dr. Nitza Shapira-Sebag

Dr. Nitza Shapira-Sebag

Dr. Nitza Shapira-Sebag received her BSc in Physics from the Technion, MFA in Film from New York University...
Noa Shein

Dr. Noa Shein

Dr. Noa Shein is a lecturer in the Philosophy Department at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2012). Prior...
Dr. Assaf Shelleg

Dr. Assaf Shelleg

Dr. Assaf Shelleg, a musicologist and pianist, is a senior lecturer of Musicology at the Hebrew University of...
Dr. Shem Shemy

Dr. Shem Shemy

Shem Shemy is a film-director, painter and philosopher. His film "Por el Flamenco" (2009) won three...
Levi Spectre

Dr. Levi Spectre

Dr. Levi Spectre is a faculty member at the Department of History, Philosophy, and Judaic Studies of the Open...
Josef Stern

Prof. Josef Stern

Josef Stern teaches in Chicago and resides in Jerusalem, and works in two main areas: Contemporary Philosophy...
Dr. Samuel Thrope

Dr. Samuel Thrope

Dr. Samuel Thrope studied at Columbia University, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the University of...

Institute staff

שולמית לרון

Shulamit Laron

Shulamit Laron holds a B.A. in Sociology and English Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and...
Hanan Saadi

Hanan Saadi

Hanan Saadi holds a first degree in education and international relations from the Hebrew University of...
Haifa Sabbagh

Haifa Sabbagh

Holds a BA in sociology and an MA in education. Worked several years in the International Red Cross as a...
Dafna Schreiber

Dafna Schreiber

Dafna Schreiber is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University of...
Yael Shalev-Vigiser

Yael Shalev-Vigiser

Yael has an MA (cum laude) in sociology of education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since October...
Dr. Ofer Sitbon, Adv.

Dr. Ofer Sitbon, Adv.

Dr. Ofer Sitbon heads the Corporate Social Responsibility Institute in the College of Law and Business, where...
Pnina Steinberg

Dr. Pnina Steinberg

Dr. Pnina Steinberg is a senior researcher at WIPS, the Center for the Advancement of Women in the...
Shlomo Tikochinski

Dr. Shlomo Tikochinski

Dr. Shlomo Tikochinski deals with modern histories, with an emphasis on Lithuanian and Polish Jewry in the...