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Mission Statement

The Jewish Studies Zionist Network is composed of scholars and educators in Jewish Studies who affirm that Zionism is a legitimate movement for the national self-determination of the Jewish people in their ancestral homeland.
 
As experts in Jewish studies with a commitment to the peace and welfare of all communities in Israel, the world’s sole Jewish State, we reject characterizations of Zionism and Israel that seek to discredit their legitimacy and that judge them according to standards not applied to any other nation.
 
The uncritical use of concepts such as “European settler colonial project,” “genocidal,” “Jewish supremacist,” or “apartheid,” to describe Zionism and Israel is agenda-driven, manipulative, and therefore antithetical to promoting knowledge and scholarship in our communities.
 
Higher education plays a crucial role in shaping the minds and attitudes of younger generations. It is therefore incumbent on higher education to deepen and enhance younger generations’ understanding of the history of Zionism and the Jewish State in ways that do justice to their nuance and complexity.
 
We have no unified position on Israeli or Jewish politics generally, or on the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict specifically, other than to uphold the right of the Jewish people to national self-determination and of Israelis to craft their own future.
 
We welcome scholars of all religious, national, and ethnic backgrounds who seek to advance Jewish and Israel studies, and who accept the existence of the State of Israel as a legitimate expression of Jewish peoplehood.


 
Our mission is the following:
 
1) To reaffirm as scholars and educators intimately familiar with the history of the Jewish people and Zionism, to our colleagues, our students, and the wider community the legitimacy of Zionism as the historical movement of Jewish self-determination and of the State of Israel as a Jewish State in the community of nations.
 
2) To thwart efforts to demonize Zionism and Israel, via such charges as “apartheid,” “a racist endeavor,” “genocide,” and “Jewish supremacy,” which are driven by ideological rather than scholarly considerations.
 
3) To foster scholarship in our respective disciplines that gives voice to multiple approaches and perspectives contributing to better intellectual and educational outcomes.
 
4) To ensure that a safe space exists on college campuses for Jewish students and faculty to express their identities as Jewish Zionists in public, just as this safe space is provided to members of other minority communities.
 


Coordinating Committee*:
 
Dr. Jarrod Tanny, Associate Professor and Block Distinguished Scholar in Jewish History, University of North Carolina Wilmington
 
Dr. Adam L. Fuller, Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, Youngstown State University
 
Dr. Naya Lekht, Independent Scholar

Dr. Moshe Yehuda Bernstein Independent Scholar

 

JSZN Signatory List:

 

Dr. Victoria Aarons, O.R. & Eva Mitchell Distinguished Professor of Literature, Trinity University
 
Dr. Massimo Longo Adorno, Independent Scholar
 
Dr. Baruch Alster, Senior Lecturer, Givat Washington Academic College of Education, Israel
 
Dr. Seth Armus, Professor of History, St. Joseph's University

Dr. Katherine Barbieri, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of South Carolina

 

Dr. Steven Bayme, American Jewish Committee (Retired)
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Michael Bazyler, JD, Professor of Law and The 1939 Society Scholar in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, Fowler School of Law, Chapman University

Yossi Ben Harush, PhD student, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
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Dr. Raphael BenLevi, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, University of Haifa
 
Dr. Alan L. Berger, Raddock Family Eminent Scholar Chair in Holocaust Studies, Florida Atlantic University
 
Dr. David Berger, Ruth and I. Lewis Gordon Distinguished Professor of Jewish History, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Yeshiva University

 
Dr. Corinne E. Blackmer, Professor of English and Judaic Studies, Southern CT State University

Dr. Emmanuel Bloch, Research Fellow, Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania
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Dr. Yaakov Borut, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

Dr. Gabriel Noah Brahm, Professor of English and World Literature, Northern Michigan University; Senior Research Fellow, Herzl Institute for the Study of Zionism, University of Haifa

Dr. Michal Brandl,  Associate Professor, Chair of Judaic studies, University of Zagreb

Dr. David Brodsky, Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Judaic Studies, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
 
Michael J. Broyde, J.D., Professor of Law, School of Law & Berman Projects Director, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University

Dr. Steven J. Cahn, Professor of Music Theory, Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati

 

Dr. Justin Cammy, Professor of Jewish Studies and World Literatures, Smith College
 
Dr. Ellen Cannon, Professor of Political Science and Jewish Studies at Northeastern Illinois University

Dr. Michael Carasik, Independent Scholar
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Dr. Michael Chernick, Professor Emeritus, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

Dr. Boaz Cohen, Western Galilee College
 
Dr. Zvi Y. Cohen, Independent Scholar and Educator at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community (High) School

Dr. Yoram Cohen, Distinguished Professor, UCLA Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Former Director of the UCLA Nazarian Center for Israel Studies (2015-2020)

 

Dr. Shimon Dar, Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology of the Land of Israel, Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Bar Ilan University
 
Dr. Avram Davis, Independent Scholar

Assaf Derri, Lecturer in Law, Haim Striks Law Faculty, The College of Managment, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa

Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Diamond, Department of Talmud and Rabbinics, The Jewish Theological Seminary


Dr. James A. Diamond, Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair of Jewish Studies, University of Waterloo
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Dr. Donna Robinson Divine, Morningstar Professor Emerita of Jewish Studies and Professor Emerita of Government, Smith College

Rabbi Dr. Elliot Dorff, Rector and Distinguished Service Professor of Philosophy, American Jewish University

Dr. Erika Dreifus, Adjunct Associate Professor, Baruch College of The City University of New York
 
Dr. Stanley Dubinsky, Professor of Linguistics, University of South Carolina

Dr. Samuel Edelman, Professor Emeritus, CSU Chico, former Dean at American Jewish University
 

Dr. Carl S. Ehrlich, University Professor of History and Humanities, York University

 
Dr. R. Amy Elman, Professor of Political Science and Weber Chair of Social Science, Kalamazoo College

Dr. Miriam F. Elman, Associate Professor, Syracuse University 

Dr. Jessica Emami, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer,  Sociology Department, American University
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Dr. Ari Engelberg, Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem

Manuel Ferez, PhD student, Alberto Hurtado University, Santiago de Chile 

Dr. Menachem Feuer, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, University of Waterloo

 

Dr. Steven Fine, Churgin Professor of Jewish History; Director, YU Center for Israel Studies, Yeshiva University, New York and Jerusalem

Dr. Rachel Fish, Independent Scholar 

Rivkah Fishman-Duker, Lecturer Emerita, Jewish History , Rothberg International School,  Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Dr. Laura Shaw Frank, Director of Contemporary Jewish Life Dept, American Jewish Committee
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Dr. Steven Frankel, Department of Philosophy, Xavier University

Dr. Aviva Freedman, Emeritus, Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University

Dr. Charles Freedman, Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Economics, Carleton University

Dr. Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl C.M., Independent Scholar

 

Dr. Ilan Fuchs, Esq., Research Associate, Hadassah Brandeis Institute

Dr. Jerome Gellman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, Ben-Gurion University

Rabbi Dr. Pinchas Giller, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, American Jewish University

Dr. Lewis Glinert, Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, Dartmouth College

Dr. Norman J.W. Goda, Norman and Irma Braman Professor of Holocaust Studies, University of Florida
 
Stanley Goldman, JD, Professor of Law, Founder and Director of The Center for the Study of Law and Genocide, Loyola Marymount University

Dr. Elaine Goodfriend, Lecturer, California State University Northridge

​Dr. Sandor Goodhart, Professor of English and Jewish Studies, Purdue University

Dr. Daniel Gordon, Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Alyssa Gray, Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Dr. Kenneth Hart Green, Professor, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

Rabbi Dr. Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, Retired Professor of Jewish studies, The City College of New York, CUNY

Dr. Haskel Greenfield, Distinguished Professor, University of Manitoba

Dr. Adam Gregerman, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies, and Associate Director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, Saint Joseph’s University

Dr. Marat Grinberg, Professor of Russian and Humanities, Reed College
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Dr. Elvira Groezinger, Emerita, Lecturer in Yiddish and Jewish Studies, University of Potsdam
 
Dr. Rachel Hallote, Professor of History, Purchase College SUNY

Dr. David Hazony, Independent Scholar
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Dr. Yoram Hazony, President, The Herzl Institute, Jerusalem

Dr. Joel Hecker, Professor of Jewish Mysticism, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
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Dr. Jeffrey Herf, Distinguished University Professor, Department of History, University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Geoffrey Herman, Directeur d'études, Chair of Ancient Judaisms and Classical Rabbinic Literature, École Pratique des Hautes Études, PSL
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Dr. Peter C. Herman, San Diego State University

 

Dr. David Hirsh, Senior Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr. Bruce Hoffman, Professor, School of Foreign Service and Director, Center for Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University
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Dr. Motti Inbari, Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
 
Dr. Oleg Ivanov, Independent Scholar

Dr. Martin Jander, Lecturer, Freie Universität Berlin (FU-BEST)
 
Dr. Raphael Jospe, Professor of Jewish Philosophy (retired), Bar Ilan University

Dr. Seth (Avi) Kadish, Oranim Academic College of Education, Kiryat Tivon

Dr. Sergei Kan, Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Ellen Kaplan, M.F.A., Professor of Theatre, Smith College

 

Dr. Lawrence Kaplan, Associate Professor, Department of Jewish Studies, McGill University


Dr. Joshua Karlip, Denenberg Associate Professor of Jewish History, Associate Director of the YU Center for Israel Studies, Yeshiva University, New York and Jerusalem

Dr. Stephen Katz, Professor, Modern Hebrew Language and Literature, Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University

Dr. Steven T. Katz Alvin J. and Shirley Slater Professor of Jewish Holocaust Studies, Department of Religion, Boston University

Dr. Menachem Kellner, Chair, Department of Philosophy and Jewish Thought, Shalem College

Dr. Victoria Khiterer, Professor, History Department, Millersville University
 
Dr. Reuven Kimelman, Professor of Classical Rabbinic Literature, Brandeis University

Dr. Olga Kirschbaum-Shirazki, Independent Scholar
 
Dr. Nancy Koppelman, American Studies, The Evergreen State College
 
Dr. Eugene Korn, Independent Scholar

Dr. Melissa Landa, Independent Scholar

Dr. Jacob Lassner, Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University


Dr. Phyllis Lassner, Professor Emerita Northwestern University
 
Dr. Berel Dov Lerner, Associate Professor, Western Galilee College

Mr. Clifford Lester, Professor Emeritus, Photography Department, Cypress College
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Dr. Jon D. Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies, Harvard University

Dr. Holli Levitsky, Director of Jewish Studies, Professor of English, Loyola Marymount University

Dr. Risa Levitt, Professor & Chair, Department for the Study of Religion, Classics & Humanities Department, Director of the Jewish Studies Program, San Diego State University

Dr. Robert J. Lieber, Professor Emeritus of Government and International Affairs, Georgetown University

Dr. Victor Lieberman, Raoul Wallenberg Distinguished University Professor of History, University of Michigan

 
Dr. Howard Lupovitch, Professor of History and Director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies, Wayne State University

Dr. Peter Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages Emeritus, Harvard University

Dr. Aren M. Maeir, Professor of Biblical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Head of the Institute of Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University

Dr. Linda Maizels, Independent Scholar

 

Dr. Peter Margolis, Independent scholar
 
Dr. Shellie McCullough, NorthWest Arkansas Community College

 

Dr. Gerald R. McDermott, retired from the Anglican Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School

Dr. Rafael Medoff, Founding Director, The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies

Dr. Natan Meir, Lorry I. Lokey Professor of Judaic Studies, Portland State University
 
Dr. David A. Meola, Director of Jewish & Holocaust Studies, Meisler Assistant Professor of History & Jewish Studies, University of South Alabama

Dr. Rochelle L. Millen, Professor Emerita of Religion, Wittenberg University

Dr. Diane Mizrachi, Librarian for Jewish & Israel Studies, University of California Los Angeles

Dr. Paul Morris, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, Victoria University of Wellington

Dr. Sébastien Mosbah-Natanson, Associate Professor of Sociology, The Sorbonne

Dr. Meir Muller, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina


Dr. Joshua Muravchik, Adjunct Professor, Institute of World Politics

 

Dr. Cary Nelson, Jubilee Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Brian Ogren, Anna Smith Fine Associate Professor of Judaic Studies, Rice University

Dr. Josef Olmert, Professor of Middle East Studies, University of South Carolina

 
Dr. Jason M. Olson, Independent Scholar
 
Dr. Monica Osborne, Independent Scholar; Editor-at-Large, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles
 
Jon Papernick, MFA, Senior Writer-In-Residence, Emerson College
 
Dr. David Patterson, Hillel Feinberg Distinguished Chair in Holocaust Studies, Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, University of Texas at Dallas
 
Dr. Judea Pearl, Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Cognitive Systems Lab, University of California Los Angeles

Dr. Monty Noam Penkower, Professor Emeritus of Modern Jewish History, Machon Lander Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem

Dr. Andrew Pessin, Professor of Philosophy, Connecticut College

Dr. Bruce A. Phillips, Professor of Sociology & Jewish Communal Service, Hebrew Union College and HUC Louchheim School of Judaic Studies at the University of Southern California

Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon, Senior Fellow, The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization
 
Dr. Timothy R. Riggio Quevillon, Instructor of American Ethnic Studies, Department of Social Transformation Studies, Kansas State University

Rabbi Dr. Haim Rechnitzer, Professor of Jewish Thought, Hebrew Union College - JIR

Dr. Walter Reich, Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The George Washington University

Dr. Ira Robinson, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Religions and Cultures, Concordia University

Dr. Samuele Rocca, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, Ariel University

Dr. Neil Rogachevsky, Clinical Assistant Professor, Yeshiva University

Dr. David M. Rosen, Professor of Anthropology, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Dr. Alvin H. Rosenfeld, Professor of English and Jewish Studies, Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies, and Director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, Indiana University

Dr. Suzanne D. Rutland, OAM, Professor Emerita, Department of Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies, University of Sydney

Dr. Daniel Rynhold, Dean & Professor of Jewish Philosophy, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Yeshiva University

Dr. Franck Salameh, Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Chair of Department of Eastern, Slavic, and German Studies, Boston College

Dr. Nahma Sandrow, Professor Emerita, Bronx Community College, City University of New York

Rabbi Jacqueline Romm Satlow, Department of Western Civilization, Providence College

Dr. Ben Schachter, Professor, Director, Visual Arts Division, Saint Vincent College

Dr. Daniel B. Schwartz, Professor, Department of History, The George Washington University

Dr. Joshua Schwartz, Emeritus Professor of Historical Geography of Ancient Israel, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel and, Chair, Board of Directors, Israel Antiquities Authority
 
Dr. Kay Schweigmann-Greve, Research Assistant at the Faculty of Law of Leibniz University Hanover

 

Dr. Don Seeman, Associate Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies, Emory University

Dr. Marc B. Shapiro, Professor and Weinberg Chair of Judaic Studies, University of Scranton

Dr. Miriam Shenkar, Visiting Professor, Department of Education and Human Ecology, Ohio State University

Dr. Andrey Shlyakhter, Postdoctoral Fellow, Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University

Dr. Maxim D. Shrayer, Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies, Boston College

Dr. Brandy Shufutinsky, Director of Education and Community Engagement with the Jewish Institute of Liberal Values
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Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich, Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies, Director of Catholic-Jewish Studies Program, Catholic Theological Union
 
Dr. Natan Slifkin, Director, the Biblical Museum of Natural History
 
Dr. Cherryl Smith, Professor Emerita, California State University, Sacramento
 

Dr. Paul Socken, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo


Dr. Saba Soomekh, Independent Scholar
 
Dr. Haim Sperber, Senior Lecturer of Jewish History, Western Galilee College

Dr. Harvey Starr, Dag Hammarskjold Professor in, International Affairs Emeritus, Department of Political Science, and Jewish Studies Program Emeritus Scholar, University of South Carolina

 

Dr. Gerald Steinberg, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Bar Ilan University

Dr. Nehemia Stern, Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ariel University of Samaria

Dr. Sherry Sufi, Independent Scholar 

 

Dr. Stephen Sussman, Professor of Public Administration, Barry University

Dr. Marvin A. Sweeney, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Claremont School of Theology
 
Dr. Gil Troy, Professor, Distinguished Scholar of North American History at McGill University

Dr. Rivka Ulmer, Professor of Jewish Studies, Bucknell University

Dr. Jeremiah Unterman, Resident Scholar, The Herzl Institute, Jerusalem

Dr. Alessandra Veronese, Associate Professor of Medieval and Jewish History, Dept. of Civilization and Forms of Knowledge, Director of the Interdepartmental Centre of Jewish Studies “Michele Luzzati”, University of Pisa

Dr. Tamás Visi, Associate Professor, Kurt and Ursula Schubert Center for Jewish Studies, Palacky University, Olomouc

Dr. Seth Ward, Senior Lecturer, Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Wyoming (Retired)

Dr. Chaim I. Waxman, Professor and Chair, Behavioral Sciences Dept., Hadassah Academic College and Rutgers University, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Jewish Studies

Dr. Barry Wiener, Independent Scholar

 

Dr. Einat Wilf, Former Member of Knesset, Writer and Goldman Visiting Professor 2021-2022
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Dr. Jeffrey R. Woolf, Associate Professor, Talmud Department, Bar Ilan University
 
Dr. Elhanan Yakira, Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
 

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