About us

The Mandel Scholion Center was founded in 2002, on the initiative of the former president of the Hebrew University, Prof. Menachem Magidor, and with the generous support of the Mandel Foundation. Its original aim was to encourage interdisciplinary research paths that will place Jewish studies at the heart of cultural discourse in Israel and abroad and also secure the Hebrew University’s position as the leading institution in the field; with the beginning of its second decade its mandate was expanded to the full gamut of the humanities. Having now settled into our new home, the second floor of the Mandel Building, we look forward to creating, together with our partners in the Mandel School, a new kind of academic community in the humanities—one that is multi-aged, interdisciplinary, lively and vibrant, and which fosters productive and friendly discourse.

The center supports two main projects:  

Three concurrent research groups, each dealing with a particular topic in  the fields of Humanities and Jewish Studies. A new research group is selected  once a year for a three-year term at the center, and comprises four senior  members from the Hebrew University faculty, as well as four doctoral students . Scholars from outside the Hebrew University are also invited to participate. The  group as a whole explores its topic, making the most of the diverse  methodologies and perspectives that each member brings from his/her discipline . Each group is entitled to a generous budget, scholarships for the students and  partial exemption from study duties for the senior members. The Mandel Scholars  program offers two post-doctoral positions per annum to young, outstanding  Ph.D.s in the Humanities and Jewish Studies. The positions are offered to  researchers from Israel and abroad who have recently received their doctorates  after having conducted distinctive and extraordinary research. The Mandel  scholars are then afforded a three-year term in the Hebrew University for  research and teaching at the various departments, along with a research budget .

Academic Committee – Mandel Scholion - 2017-2018 

Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson – Chancellor of the Hebrew University
Prof. Barak Medina – Rector of the Hebrew University   
Prof. Dror Wahrman – Dean of the Faculty of Humanities   
Prof. Michael Segal – Head of the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies   
Prof. Israel Yuval – Head of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel  School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
Prof. Daniel R.Schwartz – Academic Head of Mandel Scholion
Prof. Anna Belfer-Cohen – The Institute of Archeology
Prof. Yoram Bilu – Emeritus, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Prof. Nissim Otmazgin – Deprartment of Asian Studies
Prof. Carl Posy – Department of Philosophy
Prof. Edwin Seroussi – Department of Musicology
Prof. Ofra Tirosh-Becker – Department of Hebrew and Jewish Languages
Prof. Leona Toker – Department of English

Members from other institutions:

Prof. Judith Olszowy-Schlanger – École pratique des hautes etudes ,Sorbonne