Current Research Group

2020 | Jews and the Left

In Cooperation with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation

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As part of its efforts to promote research at Tel Aviv University on antisemitism and racism, the Roth Institute established an annual Research Group for students and scholars of antisemitism and racism in 2012. Composed of MA and PhD students from the different faculties at TAU as well as post-doctoral fellows, the Roth Institute’s annual Research Group serves as an ongoing forum that allows students and scholars to work together towards improving the quality of their individual research projects.

In addition to providing leading students at TAU with financial and institutional support, the annual Research Group 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.



The Roth Institute’s 2020 Research Group is dedicated to the topic of “Jews and the Left: Past, Present, Future.”  With MA and PhD students from TAU’s departments of History, Jewish History and Cultural Studies as well as a post-doctoral fellow, the group is dedicated to investigating the various connections between Jews and political movements and groups on “the Left” in both the past and the present.

Sponsored by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Tel Aviv-Berlin, the group meets regularly to discuss key works, host guest seminars and probe the many different connections between Jews and “the Left” over the past hundred and fifty years. 



Yarden Ben Zur, Tel Aviv University

Yarden Ben-Zur is an MA graduate student in Tel Aviv University's Department of Literature and a research assistant in the Minerva Institute for German History at the same University. His MA thesis has been recently submitted under the title: "(Dis)order and Receding Speech: Poetics of Resignation and the Idea of Revolution in Gustav Landauer's Writings". It focuses on the unique affiliations between literature and revolution in the writings of the German-Jewish anarchist, through an examination of the term Entsagung in German literature and culture of the 19th and 20th century.  



Julija Levin, Tel Aviv University

Julija Levin is an MA graduate student in Tel Aviv University's Department of Jewish History. Her MA thesis examines the social realities of Jewish maidservants in Jewish households in Imperial Russia, in particular their place in the family, gender specific issues such as illegitimate pregnancies, infanticide and gender violence, and questions of class.


Dr. Gilad Sharvit, Towson University, Maryland

Visiting Scholar, Summer 2020

Gilad Sharvit is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Towson University. A scholar of modern Jewish thought, Sharvit's interests lie in Jewish philosophy, German-Jewish literature and culture, German and continental philosophy, psychoanalysis and critical theory. Sharvit is the author of "Therapeutics and Salvation: Freud and Schelling on Freedom" (forthcoming in Hebrew with the Hebrew University Magnes Press) and co-editor and contributing author of the volumes “Freud and Monotheism: The Violent Origins of Religion” with Karen Feldman (Fordham University Press, 2018) and “Canonization and Alterity: Heresy in Jewish History, Thought, and Literature” with Willi Goetschel (De Gruyter, 2020). 

Gilad Shenhav, Tel Aviv University

Gilad Shenhav is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Porter School of Cultural Studies in Tel-Aviv University, and at the Martin Buber Professorship in Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. His dissertation project titled "Abyss and Messiah: Reflections on the Question of Language" focuses on the writings of Gershom Scholem and Jacques Derrida alongside the German and Jewish sources which their thought echoes. His research interests include Modern German-Jewish thought, continental philosophy, Political Philosophy, Talmud and Jewish Mysticism.


Lelia Stadler, Columbia University

Lelia Stadler has completed a MA in Latin American history from Tel Aviv University and ‎she is currently a PhD student in the Columbia University Department of History. Her ‎research focuses on 20th century Jewish-Latin American history from a regional and ‎gendered perspective. Her recent publication, “In Search of Wandering Husbands: Jewish Migration, Desertion, and Divorce between Poland and Argentina, 1919–1939,” appeared in ‎Brill.‎

Dr. Alex Valdman, Tel Aviv University

Alex Valdman received his PhD from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in 2017. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Jewish History at Haifa University. Prior to that, he was postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

His publications include “A Miracle in Minsk: Secondary Education and Social Mobility in the Pale of Settlement before 1887” (Jewish Social Studies), “Jewish Acculturation in Late Nineteenth-Century Russia. The Case of Yonah Berkhin” (East European Jewish Affairs), and “Shaʼul Ginsburg and the Non-Radical Pattern in Jewish-Russian Historiography” (Zion. A Quarterly for Research in Jewish History [in Hebrew]). He is also a contributor and member of the editorial group of “Zionist Organizations in Soviet Russia, 1917–1922. A Documentary History,” an international collaborative project led by Professor Ziva Galili, Rutgers University.

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