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The Open University of Israel

 Bat-Zion Eraqi Klorman, Professor

 Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies
 Director, Center for the Study of Yemeni Jewry, Ben-Zvi Institute, Jerusalem

Updated: November 2015
 

Personal

Department of History,Philosophy and Judaic Studies
The Open University of Israel
1 University Way, P.O Box 808

Raanana 43107

Cell: +972-54-4803151

E-mail: bater@openu.ac.il

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Education

1981 Ph.D., History, University of California, Los Angeles
1974 M.A., History, University of California, Los Angeles
1973 B.A., Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
1971 Tel Aviv University, Middle East Studies
1970 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Islam and Middle East Studies
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Fields of Research

  1. The Jews of Yemen – history, society and culture
  2. Messianism - Ideology and movements
  3. Jewish-Muslim relations
  4. Immigration and Settlement in Palestine/Israel
  5. Religious conversion
  6. Women and gender
  7. Historiography
  8. Yemeni Jews in Palestine
  9. Mizrahi Jews in Palestine and in Israel
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Academic Appointments Positions

1991- present Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel
1999-2003 Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University, Rehovot
1995-1999 Faculty of Humanities, Hebrew University, Rehovot
1986-1989 Department of Religious Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
1982-1986 Department of History, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheba
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Offices in Academic Administration

2015 – Present  Director, Center for the Study of Yemeni Jewry, Ben-Zvi Institute, Jerusalem
2012 – 2015 Dean of Academic Studies, the Open University
2011 – 2015 Founder & Director, Center for the Study of Relations Between Jews, Christians, Muslims (JCMcenter), the Open University, Raanana
2009 – 2013 Member, The Academic Committee, Center for the Study of Yemeni Jewry, Ben-Zvi Institute
2008 – 2012 Chair, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, The Open University of Israel
2008 – present Member, The Open University Senate
2005 – 2015 Member, Executive Committee, The Middle East & Islamic Studies Association of Israel (MEISAI)
2005 – 2015 Chair, The Middle East& Islamic Studies Association of Israel (Meisai), Open University Branch
2005 – 2008 Member, Academic Committee, Center for the Study of Eretz Yisrael and its Settlement, Yad Ben-Zvi and the Open University
2004 – 2007 Member, Executive Committee, Society for the Study of Ethiopian Jewry (SOSTEJE)
2001 – present Member, Executive Committee, Beth Nehama and Yair Library For Yemeni Jewish Studies
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Membership in Professional Societies

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Research Grants and Scholarships

2007 – 2008 Research Authority Award, The Open University
2005 – 2007 Research Authority Award, The Open University
1996 – 1997 Research Institute for the History of JNF, Land and Settlement, Research Award
1995 Museum of Rishon Le-Zion, Research Award
1995 - 2005 Diaspora Research Institute, Tel-Aviv University
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Prizes

2008 Shabbazi Prize, for Contribution to the Study of Yemeni Jewish Heritage and the Culture of the Jewish People
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Editorial

2008 – 2011 Co-Editor, Hamizrah Hehadash: Journal of The Middle East & Islamic Studies Association of Israel (in Hebrew)
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Referee of Articles in Journals

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Reports for Refereed Publication

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Presidential Advisory Committee

2015 Member, The President of Israel Committee for Scholarships in Academic Excellency on the Study of: "Ever, Arav, ve-Edom – Encounters between Cultures, Languages and Peoples"
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Referee for Research Foundations

The Israel Science Foundation

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Visiting Professor

2016 - Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University, New York (NYU)
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Visiting Scholar

Spring 2012 - Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University, New York (NYU)
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Publications

Ph.D Thesis

Messainism in the Jewish Community of Yemen in the Nineteenth Century
Advisor: Prof. Amos Funkenstein

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Books

Traditional Society in Transition: The Yemeni Jewish Experience, Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2014.
The Jews of Yemen: History, Society, Culture, Vol. 3, Raanana: The Open University, 2008 (in Hebrew).
The Jews of Yemen: History, Society, Culture, Vol. 2, Raanana: The Open University, 2004 (in Hebrew).
Messianism and Messiahs: The Jews of Yemen in the Nineteenth Century, Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House, Heilal Ben Haim Series, Tel- Aviv 1995 (in Hebrew).
The Jews of Yemen In The Nineteenth Century: A Portrait Of A Messianic Community, E. J. Brill, 1993.
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Edited Books

Yemeni Jews in Eretz Israel (Anthology), Raanana & Jerusalem: The Open Univesity and Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, 2006.

Aharon Eraqi, Memories: Life in Rishon Le-Zion, Rishon Le- Zion 2001 (in Hebrew).

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Articles in Refereed Books

“"Secular Trends and Tradition: Post Immigration Debates and Practices among Yemeni Jews," Festschrift on behalf of Norman Stillman, ed. Carsten Schapkow, Leiden & Boston: Brill 2015, pp. 214-234.  
“The Bowl of Soup - Jews Converting to Islam in Yemen,”  in Aaron Layish (ed.),  Conversion, Sufism, Revival and Reform in Islam: Essays in Memory of Nehemia Levtzion: Van Leer Institute, 2012, pp.49-81 (in Hebrew). 
“Muslim and Jewish Interactions in the Tribal Sphere,” in Michael Laskier and Ya`akov Lev (eds.), Judaism and Islam, Gainesville: Florida University Press 2011, pp. 125-137.
“Failed Attempts: Modern Jewish Education in Yemen,” in Aharon Gimani and Shaul Regev (eds.), The Jews of Yemen: Studies in the History and Heritage of Yemen's Jewry(Bar Ilan University Press: Ramat-Gan, 2010, pp. 94-116, (in Hebrew).
“The 'Other' in the Political Culture of the Moshava,” in Yaffah Berlowitch (ed.), Conversing Culture with The First Aliyya(Tel-Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House, 2010, pp. 157-175, (in Hebrew).
“Yemeni Rabbis' Response to Secularism and Modernity in Israel,” in Zvi Zohar (ed.), Rabbi Uzziel and His Peers: Studies in the Religious Thought of Oriental Rabbis in 20th Century Israel (Jerusalem: Rabbi Uzziel Institute and the Institute for the Study of Zionism at Tel-Aviv University, 2009, pp. 211-229 (in Hebrew).
“Enlightenment, Judaism, Islam and the Kabbala Dispute in Yemen: Social and Cultural Considerations,” in Meir Litvak and Ora Limor (eds.), Radicalism and Religious Fanaticism(Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2007), pp. 133-180 (in Hebrew).
“Yemeni Jewish Historiography and the Formation of National Identity,” in Henry Wasserman and Yossi Dahan (eds.), To Invent a Nation, The Open University Press: Raanana 2006, pp. 299-330 (in Hebrew).
Introduction,”in Haim Saadoun (ed.), Yemen - Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth CenturySeries(Jerusalem: Ben-Zvi institute, 2002), pp. 11-20 (in Hebrew).
The Jews in their Environment,” in Haim Saadoun (ed.), Yemen - Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Series(Jerusalem: Ben-Zvi Institute, 2002), pp. 21-30 (in Hebrew).
“The Jews in the Economy,” in Haim Saadoun (ed.), Yemen - Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Series(Jerusalem: Ben-Zvi Institute , 2002), pp. 43-49 (in Hebrew).
“Messianism and Messianic Movements,” in Haim Saadoun (ed.), Yemen - Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth CenturySeries (Jerusalem: Ben-Zvi Institute , 2002), pp. 107-114 (in Hebrew).
“The Jews of Yemen,” in R. Simon, M. Laskier and S. Reguer (eds.), The Jews of the Modern Middle East and North Africa (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003), pp. 389-408.

“The Yemeni Messiah in the Time of Maimonides: Prelude for Future Messiahs,” in Y.K. Stillman and N.A. Stillman (eds.), From Iberia to Diaspora: Studies in Sephardic History and Culture(Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1999), pp. 129-138.

“Exile and the Land of Israel in the Writings of Yemeni Jewish Scholars,” in Aviezer Ravitzki (ed.), Eretz Yisrael in Modern Jewish Thought(Jerusalem: Ben-Zvi Institute, 1998), pp. 381-390 (in Hebrew).

“Messianic Motifs in‘Yavne’eli’s Immigration’ 1911-1914,” in S. Gamliel, M. M. Caspi, S, Avizemer (eds.), Orhot Teman(Jerusalem: The Shalom Research Center, 1984) pp. 73-78 (in Hebrew).

“Messianic Motifs in the Book of Thought by Rabbi Sa’adia Mansura,” in S. Seri (ed.), Se’i Yona: The Jews of Yemen in Israel(Tel-Aviv: E’ele be-Tamar, 1983), pp. 27-34 (in Hebrew).

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Encyclopedia Entries

“Darda'im,” Enzyklopadie Judischer Geschichte und Kultur (Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture), ed. Dan Diner, Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler, January 2012, pp.60-66 (in German)
“Dor De`a School in San`a,” in Norman A. Stillman, ed., Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World(Leiden: Brill, 2010, Vol. 2, pp. 27-28), Brill Online, http://brillonline.nl
“Messianism,”in Norman A. Stillman, ed., Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World(Leiden: Brill, 2010, Vol. 3, pp. 405-408), Brill Online, http://brillonline.nl
“Yemen”(coverage), in Norman A. Stillman, ed., Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World(Leiden: Brill, 2010, Vol. 4, pp. 627-639), Brill Online, http://brillonline.nl
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Articles in Refereed Journals

"Testament and Inheritance Reflecting Family Dynamics in Jewish Yemen in the 19th Century," Journal of Family History, 39 (1), (2014), pp. 61-71.

Encounters in Eritrea and in Ethiopia: Yemeni Jews and Adeni Jews, A Minority within A Minority under Italian Colonialism, "Pe'amin, 122-123 (2010), pp.41-46 (in Hebrew).
“Yemen, Aden and Ethiopia: Jewish Emigration and Italian Colonialism,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (JRAS), Series 3, 19, 4 (October 2009), pp. 415-426.
“Society, Economy, Religion and Magic: Jews and Muslims in the Tribal Space,” Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore, 26 (2009), pp. 67-86 (in Hebrew).
“Muslim Society as an Alternative: Jews Converting to Islam,” Jewish Social Studies, 14 (Fall 2007), pp. 88-117.
“Women Resisting Men: Inheritance and Disinheritance in the Yemenite Jewish Community in Mandatory Palestine,” Nashim, 11 (2006), pp. 126-141.
“We and the Savages - Jews and Muslims in Tribal Yemen,” Zmanim, 92 (2005), pp. 54-61 (in Hebrew).
“Yemeni Jews and the Labor Movement: Cultural-Ideological Distinction or Ethnic and Economic Discrimination - Comments on Yosef Gorny’s article: ‘The Strength and Weaknesses of Constructive Paternalism: The Second Aliyah Leaders’ Image of the Yemenite Jews’,” Katharsis, 2 (2004), pp. 53-68 (in Hebrew).
“Yemeni Jews in the Moshavot’s Society and Economy,” Israel, 4 (2003), pp. 109-121 (in Hebrew).
“The Forced Conversion of Jewish Orphans in Yemen,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 33:1 (February 2001), pp. 23-47.
“Aharon Afgin and his Account on the Jewish Immigration from Northern Yemen,” Pe’amim, 84 (2000), pp. 88-103 (in Hebrew).
“‘Ilegal’ Immigration of Yemeni Jews to Palestine during the 1920s and 1930s,” Miqedem Umiyam, 7 (2000), pp. 121-133 (in Hebrew).
“Messianism in Yemen: Unique Expression for an Old Ideology,” Pe’amin, 75 (1998), pp. 153-164 (in Hebrew).
“Settlement of Yemeni and Ashkenazi Workers: From Rishon le-Zion to Nahalat Yehuda and Back,” Cathedra, 84 (1997), pp. 85-106 (in Hebrew).
“Conversion of Orphans in Yemen: Jewish Response and the Behavior of Muslims,” Pe’amin, 62 (1995), pp. 82-110 (in Hebrew).
“The Epistle of the Messiah Shukr Kuhayl II to the Jews of Haydan (1868),” Pe’amin, 64 (1995), pp. 103-107 (in Hebrew).
“Muslim Supporters of Jewish Messiahs in Yemen,” Middle Eastern Studies, 29, 4 (October 1993), pp. 714-725.
“Messiahs and Rabbis: The Yemeni Experience,” Revue des etudes juives, CLI, 1-2, (1992), pp. 77-94.
“Jewish and Muslim Messianism,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 22, 2 (May 1990), pp. 201-228.
“The Messiah Shukr Kuhayl II (1868-1875) and His Tithe (ma’aser): Ideology and Practice as A Means to Hasten Redemption,” Jewish Quarterly Review, 79, 2-3 (1988), pp. 199-217; reprinted in Marc Saperstein (ed.), Essential Papers on Messianic Movements and Personalities in Jewish History (New York: New York University Press, 1992), pp. 456-472.
“Jewish Messianism and Muslim Messianism in Yemen in the Nineteenth Century - Intercultural Encounter,” Pe’amim, 25 (1985), pp. 40-64 (in Hebrew).
“The Sabbatian Movement in Yemen,” Pe’amim, 15 (1983), pp. 47-57 (in Hebrew).
“Messianic Expressions in the Jewish Yemeni Immigrations to Palestine 1881-1914,” Pe’amim, 10 (1981), pp. 21-35 (in Hebrew).
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Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings

"Yemen: Religion, Magic and Jews," Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 39 (2009): 201-210, Archaeopress Oxford [Peer reviewed].
“The Attitudes of Yemeni Rabbis Towards 19th Century Jewish Messianic Figures,” Proceedings of the Tenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 1990, pp.355-362.
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Review Essays

Myers, Jody, Seeking Zion: Modernity and Messianic Activism in the Writings of Tsevi Hirsch Kalischer, Oxford, Portland: The Litman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2003, Cathedra, 126 (2007), pp.165-168.
Parfitt, Tudor, The Road to Redemption: The Jews of the Yemen 1900-1950, Leiden, New York, Koln: E. J. Brill, 1996, Zion62, 1 (1997), pp. 94-98.

Other Publications

"The Departure of the Jews from Yemen in 1949-1950: The Conclusion of a Long Process," Et-Mol, 237 (2014), 19-22 (in Hebrew).
Ymeni Jews in Rishon Le- Zion: from the Second Aliya to the Twenty First Century, "Et- Mol, Ben Zvi Institute, September 2012.
"One Hundred Years to the Settlement of Yemeni Jews in Rishon Le- Zion", An Introduction to the Exhibition: "One Hundred Years to Yemeni Jews in Rishon Le-Zion", Rishon Le-Zion Museum, Rishon Le-Zion 2010.
“Kabbalah, Enlightenment and the 'Iqshim and Darda`im' Dispute,” Meqorot, 2 (2008), pp. 18-23.
“Zionist Ideology, the Zionist Narrative and the Jews of Yemen,” Afiqim, 129-130 (2008), pp. 11-13.
“The Judicial System in Yemen and the Property Rights of Women in Palestine,” Tehuda, 24 (2007), pp. 9-12 (in Hebrew).
“Family Life and Family Law in Yemen,” Afiqim, 127-128 (2006), pp. 50-52 (in Hebrew).
“Jewish Immigration from Yemen during the Mandate: Between the Policies of Yemen, Great Britain and the Jewish Agency,” in Shalom Seri (ed.), Ancient Customs of the Yemenite Jewish Community, Tel-Aviv: E’ele be-Tamar, 2005, pp. 267-286 (in Hebrew).
“Jewish Immigration from Yemen to Palestine during the Ottoman Period,” in Y. Dehuh Halevi (ed.) Mikhtav Le-Yona, Tel-Aviv: Afiqim, 2004, pp. 275-297 (in Hebrew).
“Rabbi Kook and the Ritual Slaughtering of Yemeni Jews,” Afiqim, 117-118 (2000), pp. 56-58, 63 (in Hebrew).
“Neve-Shalom and the Yemeni Jewish Settlement in Palestine in the 1920s-1930s,” Tehuda, 18 (1998), pp. 25-33 (in Hebrew).
“The Messiah in Yemen in the Twelfth Century,” in Yosef Dahuh-Halevi (ed.), Mabu’ei Afiqim, Tel-Aviv: Afiqim, 1996, pp 517-524 (in Hebrew).
“Rural Jews in the Society and Economy of Yemen,” Tehuda, 15 (1995), pp. 41-46 (in Hebrew).
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Organization of International Conferences

Chair, the organizing committee, " Religion and Government: Jews, Christians, Muslims," the 5th Annual International Conference of the Center for the Study of Relations between Jews, Christians, Muslims (JCMcenter), The Open University, 29-30 December 2015, Raanana.
Chair, the organizing committee, "Economy and Culture: the Encounter between Jews, Christians, Muslims," the 4th Annual International Conference of the Center for the Study of Relations between Jews, Christians, Muslims (JCMcenter), The Open University, 29-30 December 2014, Raanana.
Chair, the organizing committee, "The Family: Cultural Dynamics and Dialogue between Jews, Christians, Muslims," the 3rd Annual International Conference of the Center for the Study of Relations between Jews, Christians, Muslims (JCMcenter), The Open University, 29-30 December 2013, Raanana.

Chair, the organizing committee, "Legal Systems and their Approach to Religious Minorities," a conference honoring Lord Harry Woolf, 30 May, 2013, The Open University, Raanana.

Chair, the organizing committee, "Inter-Cultural Exchanges between Jews, Muslims and Christians", the 2nd Annual International Conference of the Center for the Study of Relations between Jews, Christians, Muslims (JCMcenter), The Open University, 26-27 December 2012, Raanana.
Chair, the Israeli organizing committee, "Tradition and Transition in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Cultures," in collaboration with Woolf Institute, 24-26 June 2012, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, UK.
Chair, the organizing committee, "Jews, Christians, Muslims, Concepts of the Other," the 1st Annual International Conference of the Center for the Study of Relations between Jews, Christians, Muslims (JCMcenter), The Open University, 27 December 2011, Raanana.
Member, the organizing committee – "Jews from the East in the West," sponsored by Ben Zvi Institute, The Open University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 14-16, 2010, Jerusalem and Raanana.
Member, the organizing committee - SOSTEJE International Conference, Florence, Italy, 8-10 October 2007.
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Organization of Academic Conferences

Chair, the organizing committee, "The Israeli Society: Historical and Biographic Concerns," honoring Professor Emerita Aviva Halamish retirement, The Open University, Raanana, 8 March 2015.

Chair, the organizing committee, The Annual Meeting of the Middle East & Islamic Studies Association of Israel, Historical Society of Israel,The Open University, Raanana 25 June 2011.

Chair, the organizing committee, Writing a Biography of a Leader, a conference honoring Aviva Halamish book: Meir Yaari: a collective Biography, 27 April 2010, Raanana.

Chair, the organizing committee, The Annual Meeting of the Historical Society of Israel, 8 April 2010 Raanana.

“Yemeni Jews in Israel: Cultural and Social Transformation,” a conference commemorating one hundred years of immigration of Yemeni Jews to Rishon le-Zion, Rishon Le-Zion, 16 February 2010, Sponsored by The Open University and Rishon le-Zion Museum.

“Women Meeting Challenges in Pre-State Israel,”Association for Israel Studies 24th Annual Conference, New York University, May 19-21, 2008 (panel).

“Immigration to Israel from Muslim Countries,”Association for Israel Studies 2007 Annual Meeting, The Open University of Israel, Raanana, June 11-13, 2007 (two panels).

May 2007- Member, academic committee, The 31st annual meeting of The Middle East & Islamic Studies Association of Israel (MEISAI), Tel-Aviv University.

May 2006-“Yemeni Jews in Palestine/Israel,” The Open University Campus, Raanana.

November 2005 -“Muslims and Others - Eretz Yisrael and Africa,”commemorating the publishing of Zemanim 92, The Open University Campus, Raanana.

May 2005 -“The Hashemites in the History of the Middle East,” The Annual Meeting of The Israel Oriental Society, The Open University Campus, Raanana.

May 2004 -“Youth, Generation Struggle and Revolt in the Middle East,” a conference organized for the History Department, The Open University, Tel-Aviv University Campus.

November 2003 -“Egypt - the 'Senior Sister': The Revolution and the Jews,” a conference organized for the History Department, The Open University, Tel-Aviv University Campus.

November 2002 -“Fifty years to the 1952 Revolution in Egypt,”a conference organized for the History Department, The Open University, Tel Aviv University Campus.

January 2002 -“Intifada and Thawra -Nationalism, Rage and Protest in the Middle East,” a conference organized for the History Department, The Open University, Tel-Aviv University Campus.

January 2001 -“Commemoration and Memory: Israel and Egypt Facing their Past,” a conference organized for the History Department, The Open University, Tel-Aviv University Campus.

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Selected Papers in Scientific Conferences (From 2007)

From Southern Arabia to East Africa: Jewish immigration, Social Encounters and Italian Colonialism," Conference: A Sea that Links and Binds: Cooperation, Coercion and Compulsion across the Red Sea from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin 4-5 June 2015.

"The Politics of Memory Shaping Yemeni Jewish Historiography in 20th Century Palestine," the 20th Annual Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) Convention, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, 23-25April 2015.

"Jewish Testaments in 19th Century Yemen: Inheritance, Family and Gender," Testaments in the Ottoman and Mediterranean Area Research Group, Levtzion Center for the Study of Islam, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 9 June 2014.

Nineteenth Century Yemeni Jewish Family and the Position of Women: Patriarchal Ethos on the Verge of Change," European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) 2014, April 22-26, Vienna.

"Family in Transformation: Yemeni Jews after immigrating to Palestine," Cultural Change in the Study of Zionism and Israel, March 26, 2014, Tel-Aviv University. 

"Yemeni Jewish Women Immigrating to Palestine: Social Dynamics and Family Values," AIS, the 29th Annual Meeting, UCLA June 24-26, 2013

"Polygamus Practices: Tradition in Yemen, Transition in Palestine," Conference: Tradition and Transition in Jewish, Chistian, and Muslim Cultures, 24-26 June 2012, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, UK.

"Jewish Testaments in 19th Century Yemen: Inheritance, Family and Gender," Testaments in the Ottoman and Mediterranean Area Research Group, Levtzion Center for the Study of Islam, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 9 June 2014.
Nineteenth Century Yemeni Jewish Family and the Position of Women: Patriarchal Ethos on the Verge of Change," European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) 2014, April 22-26, Vienna.
"Family in Transformation: Yemeni Jews after immigrating to Palestine," Cultural Change in the Study of Zionism and Israel, March 26, 2014, Tel-Aviv University.
"Yemeni Jewish Women Immigrating to Palestine: Social Dynamics and Family Values," AIS, the 29th Annual Meeting, UCLA June 24-26, 2013
"The Politics of Memory: Yemeni Jews' Writings during the Mandate Period," Commemorating Hundred Years to Yavne'eli's Immigration," December 30, 2012, Haifa University.
"Polygamus Practices: Tradition in Yemen, Transition in Palestine," Conference: Tradition and Transition in Jewish, Chistian, and Muslim Cultures, 24-26 June 2012, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, UK.
"Testament and Inheritance as Reflecting Family Dynamics in Nineteenth Century Yemen," Testimonies in the Ottoman and Mediterranean Sphere, March 12, 2012, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
"The Kabbala dispute, the Ottomans and Imam Yahya after 1911," A Century after Da``an: A Workshop on Yemeni History and Society, October 15, 2011, Sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, Princeton University, Princeton.
"Religious Trends among Yemeni Jews Following their Immigration to Israel," Association for Israel Studies (AIS) 27thAnnual International Conference, June 13-15, 2011, Brandeis University, Boston.
The Political and Civic Representation of Yemeni Jews during the Mandate Period and its Acceptance in the Moshavot," Ashqelon Academic College & Bar-Ilan University, Ashqelon, March 28, 2011.
"The Challenge of Secularism and Modernity in the Writings of Yemeni Rabbis," The Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, August 2-6, 2009.
"Donors and Recipients: Remarks on Philanthropic Engagements," discussant, Association for Israel Studies 25th Annual Conference, Beer-Sheva, June 1-3, 2009.
“Yemeni Jewish Women and Legal Rights in Palestine," the sixth conference of the series "Jewish Society Through the ages,” Faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, March 24 2008.
“Jewish Polygamy in Yemen and in Palestine,” The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), Washington DC, 22-25 November 2008.
“Yemen: Religion, Magic and Jews,”The 41st Seminar for Arabian Studies, The British Museum, London, 24-26 July 2008.
“Polygamy in the Yemeni Jewish Community in Palestine and in Early Israel,” Association for Israel Studies 24th Annual Conference, New York University, New York, 19-21 May 2008.
“Yemeni Jewish Education: Between Tradition and Modernity,” second conference in the series "Jewish Society Through the Ages," Faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, 24 March 2008.
“Deserted Women - Jewish Women Living in a Muslim Society,” The Third Annual Meeting of The Israel Organization for History and Law, Yad Ben Zvi, Jerusalem, 18 September 2007.
“The Imams of Yemen and Jewish Emigration: Political, Social and Economic Considerations,” Jews and Muslims in the World of Islam - an international conference, 26-28 August 2007,University of Maryland.
"Immigration to Israel from Muslim Countries," – Organizer, Chair and Discussant, two consecutive sessions, for the Association for Israel Studies 2007 Annual Meeting, The Open University of Israel, Raanana, June 11-13, 2007.
“Yemen and Ethiopia - Jewish Migration and Italian Colonialism,” The Middle East & Islamic Studies Association of Israel Studies (MEISAI) Annual Meeting, Tel-Aviv University, 10 May 2007.
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