Speakers & Presentors

Speakers and Presenters 
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Said Abu-Shakra is an artist and graduate of the College of Arts in Ramat Hasharon. He established the Umm el-Fahm Art Gallery as well as the historical photographic archive of the Wadi Ara region. He is working toward the establishment of the first museum of Arab art in Israel. The establishment of the art gallery in Umm el-Fahm was an act of social protest and stemmed from a desire to take responsibility for the location and its future. The historical archive, like Said's other projects which present the culture and memory of the past, pushes forward a dialogue that uses the past as a lever to create new processes and new horizons. As an artist, Abu-Shakra has participated in many individual and group exhibits both inside of Israel and around the world. In 2012, he received the Knight of France award from the French government at a ceremony that took place in the French Embassy in Israel.


David (Dudu) Amitai is the director of the Hashomer Hatzair Research and Documentation Center at Givat Haviva, Yad Yaari, and is in charge of the Peace Library collections there. Previously he served as the Knowledge Manger for Ex-Libris LTD. David earned his MLS from UCLA (1998). He is the vice-chairperson of the Association of Israeli Archivists, a member of Israel Archive Network steering committee and is on the board of Israel Archive Council. He is also a founding member of Kibbutz Samar in the southern Arava region, where he started the local library back in the 1980s.


Hezi Amiur holds a PhD in Jewish history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he earned a BA cum laude in general history and an MA in Jewish history. His areas of academic expertise include Zionist thought and early Zionist settlement. His book on the ideology of modern Jewish settlements will be published in the coming year by the Zalman Shazar Center. In his position as Israel Collection Curator at the National Library of Israel, Hezi manages the collection's development, digital collaborations, cultural events and partnerships, as well as its relationships with the research community.


Zachary M. Baker is the Reinhard Family Curator of Judaica and Hebraica Collections in the Stanford University Libraries. Since 2010 he has also served as Assistant University Librarian for Collection Development (Humanities and Social Sciences) at Stanford. A specialist in Yiddish Studies, he previously worked for the YIVO Institute of Jewish Research (1976-1981, as Cataloger; 1987-1999, as Head Librarian) and the Jewish Public Library of Montreal (1981-1987, as Cataloger). He is past president of the Association of Jewish Libraries and the former editor of its journal, Judaica Librarianship.


Margalit Bejarano, PhD, completed all her studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she conducts her academic work. She is a Research Fellow at the Liwerant Center and a teacher in the Department of Romance and Latin American Studies. She directs the Division of Latin America, Spain and Portugal and is the former director of the Oral History Division at the Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry. Bejarano published several works on the history of Cuba, the Jews in Cuba, Cuban Jews in Miami, the Sephardic communities in Latin America and oral history.


Anat Ben-David, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication at the Open University of Israel. Her research focuses on Internet politics, Web historiography and digital methods for Web research. During her post-doctoral research, she worked with the Web Archiving Retrieval Tools (WebART) project at the University of Amsterdam at the National Library of the Netherlands, which develops methods and tools to critically examine existing Web archives as objects of study of scientific research and in relation to the preservation of future cultural heritage.

Haggai Ben-Shammai received his PhD from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem in 1978. He is currently the Academic Director at the National Library of Israel, as well as the Academic Co-Director of the Friedberg Genizah Project and a Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. He has served in the past as Professor of Arabic at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, as well as the Director of the Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East. His main areas of interest are Judaeo-Arabic and Islamic Philosophy, Judeo-Arabic Bible exegesis, medieval history of Jewish communities in the East, as well as Qur’an and Qur’an exegesis. Haggai has edited and co-edited 14 books and published numerous articles in scholarly periodicals and other publications.


David Blumberg is Chairman of the Board of the National Library of Israel. Mr. Blumberg has been leading the renewal process of the Library for more than ten years, aiming at making it a central and active player in the cultural and intellectual life of all citizens of the State of Israel, of Diaspora Jewry and of the general public worldwide. As Chair of the Adi Foundation, Mr. Blumberg has been shaping the programs of the Foundation, which supports the creative and philosophical activity of artists and intellectuals concerned with the relationship between art and Judaism and encourages a productive dialogue between them and other sectors of Israeli society. At the same time, Blumberg has held various directorial positions, such as Chair of the Board of the Israeli Credit Insurance Company (ICIC) and of the Ezer Mortgage Insurance Company (EMI), and Member of the Board of U-Bank and of Africa Israel Properties. Mr. Blumberg has had a long career in the banking industry, including as CEO of the United Mizrahi Bank and of the Tefahot Israel Mortgage Bank, and as Chair of the Board of the Bank of Jerusalem. He also served as a senior advisor to foreign banks in Israel. Mr. Blumberg received a BA in Economics and Political Science and an MBA from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Esther, and has three children.


Ann Brener received her doctorate at Cornell University and completed her undergraduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of two books on medieval Hebrew poetry in Spain as well as an historical novel set in the Talmudic period, Samuel’s Daughter. She is currently the Hebraic Area Specialist at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.


Yaacov Choueka, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, joined the Department of Mathematics in 1964 (and later that of Computer Science) at Bar-Ilan University, where he also headed the Institute for Information Retrieval and Computational Linguistics (1974-1986), from which he retired in 2004. In 1963 he developed an operational, comprehensive and accurate morphological analyzer for modern Hebrew, one of the first to be developed for any language. In the mid-sixties he joined the Responsa Project, one of the first full-text systems in humanities, which he then headed for 12 years (1974-1986). The project was awarded the Israel Prize in 2009. In 1989-1997 he initiated, headed, and developed the Rav Milim Project for comprehensive Hebrew Processing. The project was awarded the Israel Prime Minister Prize for Programming in 1992. Since 2006 he has been head of Genazim, the Computerization Unit of the Friedberg Genizah Project, where the Cairo Genizah world of research is being computerized, with two additional large-scope projects already started: the Babylonian Talmud Variants project and the Judeo-Arabic Corpus.


Kinga Dévényi is Curator of the Kaufmann and Goldziher collections at the Oriental Collection of the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, where she started to work in 2004. She received her PhD from the Department of Arabic and Semitic Philology at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. A recipient of a number of scholarships (among others, in Oxford), her research focuses on the mediaeval grammatical tradition. As a curator, she has been responsible for the creation of virtual exhibitions and has taken the lead in digitisation and cataloguing projects in the collections under her care.


Catherine Eagleton, PhD, is Head of Asian and African Studies at the British Library, where her responsibilities include chairing the project board for the Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project. Before joining the British Library in 2013 she was a curator at the British Museum, and she is an Affiliated Research Scholar at the University of Cambridge, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.


Yoram Eshet-Alkalai is a Full Professor at the Open University of Israel, Department of Education & Psychology. He is the head of the MA program in educational technology and the founder of the Research Center for Innovation of Learning Technologies. He holds a BA in Archeology (Hebrew University), MSc in Geology (Hebrew University) and PhD in Earth & Environmental Sciences (City University of NY). He has 15 years' experience in developing computer-based learning environments in Israel and the USA. In this capacity, he was involved in the design of hundreds of simulations, data-bases, tutorials and large-scale curriculum integration projects. His major research and publication interests focus on digital literacy, reading from print versus digital displays, academic dishonesty in the digital era, digital games and digital friendship. He is also the author of the award-winning memoir A Man Walks Home (Ketter Publishers, 2010), which deals with rehabilitation from brain injuries.


Yoel Finkelman is the Judaica Curator at the National Library of Israel. Formerly a lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University, he has also taught Talmud and Jewish thought in numerous Torah-study institutions in Jerusalem. Yoel earned a doctorate from the Department of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has published scholarly and popular articles on Haredi Judaism, religious-Zionism, Jewish education, and modern Jewish thought. His book, Strictly Kosher Reading: Popular Literature and the Condition of Contemporary Orthodoxy, appeared in 2011.


Joseph Galron-Goldschlager, is Bibliographer and Hebraica & Jewish Studies librarian at The Ohio State University. Author of several Hebrew bibliographies, including of Prof. Dov Sadan, Prof. Nathan Rotenstreich, Prof. Dan Miron and others, since 2004 he has been building the online Lexicon of Modern Hebrew Literature, a bio-bibliographic database, at http://go.osu.edu/hebrewlit. He is an active member of the Association of Jewish Libraries and a member of NAPH (National Association of Professors of Hebrew). Prior to his appointment at The Ohio State University, he served as a librarian at Tel Aviv University.


Haim Gertner has been the Director of the Yad Vashem Archives Division since 2008. In this capacity, he leads an extensive project to collect all historical and personal Holocaust-related documentation and to make it openly accessible to the public through an innovative amalgamation of content and technology. He also serves as a partner and consultant on projects aimed at providing access to digital humanities in Israel and around the world. Prior to assuming the position at the Yad Vashem Archives, he held senior positions at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies, first as Director of Programs and Curricula Development and later as Director of the Teacher Training Department. Dr. Gertner holds a PhD in Modern Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University. He has taught at the Department of Jewish History of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Open University in Tel Aviv, and served as the Director General of an academic college in Jerusalem.


William Gross was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and attended Harvard University. He made Aliyah in 1969 with his wife, Lisa, and three children, ultimately working in the diamond business. His wife Lisa is an active artist. Involved for 50 years in the Judaica world, William concentrates on the identification of and research about each individual object. The Gross Family Collection has been represented in more than 130 public exhibitions. He has appraised more than 15,000 objects in both public and private collections. He has written more than 30 contributions to books and journals, and he lectures widely.


Rachel Heuberger, PhD, historian and librarian, serves as the Head of the Hebraica and Judaica Division of the University Library of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. She studied history and Jewish history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is a lecturer in Jewish studies at the University of Frankfurt and has published extensively on the history of the Wissenschaft des Judentums and modern German-Jewish history, the gender question in Judaism and Hebrew bibliography. She initiated the digitization of the historic Hebraica and Judaica resources and is responsible for the online portal "Digital Collections Judaica," offering access to several databases. Rachel Heuberger served as the coordinating partner in JUDAICA EUROPEANA, the European Digital Library, and serves as chairperson of the Judaica Europeana Consortium. 


Shimon Iakerson (Prof.), PhD, DLitt is the Head of the Department of Semitic and Hebrew Studies in the St. Petersburg State University, a Leading Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Curator of the Judaica Collections of the Russian Museum of Ethnography, holder of the first Honorable Medal of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress “For Service to the Jewish People” (July 28 2005, Jerusalem) and a winner of the Anziferof award “For the best research on St. Petersburg” (November 12 2009) for the publication of the album Jewish Treasures of Petersburg: Scrolls, Codices, Documents (St. Petersburg, 2008 - 2009).


Debora Kacowicz earned a BA in Jewish studies (Mijlelet Shazar-Tel Aviv University) and is a specialist in general linguistics (School of Philosophy and Letters, Buenos Aires University). She is coordinator of educational projects in Fundación IWO, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She specializes in Jewish books, Yiddish manuscript interpretation, Yiddish education, language and translation, and reading-promotion of Jewish literature among youngsters. Debora was Reference Librarian and specialist in Yiddish texts and personal memoirs of the Shoá. She was team member in the "Moskovits Digitizaton Project" on the Shoá.


Chezkie Kasnett is Digital Projects Manager at the National Library of Israel. Chezkie is responsible for leading core digitization initiatives at the Library. These include the historical and daily newspaper digitization projects and the Israel Archive Network Project, a national project within the LANDMARKS Cultural Heritage Rehabilitation Project of the Israeli Government. Chezkie has over twelve years' experience in the information-technology field and in international project management. His areas of expertise include process and systems development, digitization, OCR, and enterprise knowledge management solutions. Prior to beginning at the National Library, Chezkie worked at a number of leading technology companies in the fields of intelligent information and knowledge mining, where he successfully managed their large-scale US and European projects. Chezkie holds a BA in Business Administration and Information Systems.


Arthur Kiron, PhD, is the Schottenstein-Jesselson Curator of Judaica Collections at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of History at Penn. He oversees multiple national and international partnerships to provide integrated on-line access to significant collections of Judaica and develops a variety of public programs of education and outreach, such as exhibitions, publications, lectures, concerts, and workshops. He is the Director of the Jesselson-Kaplan American Genizah Project and is the editor of Constellations of Atlantic Jewish History: The Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica (2014).


Jean-Claude Kuperminc is the director of the Library and Archives of the Alliance israélite universelle in Paris. Since 1989, he developed the computerization and digitization of the library. He enriched the sections of archives, films and photos, opening new collections, and created various partnerships within France, in Israel and the USA.


Gisèle Lévy, PhD, is the Manager of the Library of the Centro Bibliografico Ucei and is also in charge of the historical archive of the Union of the Jewish Italian Communities. Formerly a teacher of Hebrew Language and Culture in secondary school and in the Italian Rabbinical College, she has also taught English and French literature both in Italy and Israel. Gisèle graduated in Rome from La Sapienza, after studying in several courses in Tel-Aviv and Hebrew Universities as well as the Vatican Library School. She has published several articles in several local magazines and in forthcoming books. She has also lectured at several conferences, such as the Adei Wizo (Bible) and at AISG. In addition, Gisèle works as an interpreter and translator for several Italian media and for the City of Rome.


Yaacov Lozowick, PhD, is Israel’s Chief Archivist. He was appointed because of his two professional tracks. He is a published historian. He has also spent 20 years working on applying information technology to the creation of online databases of historical resources. He ran Yad Vashem’s archives for 14 years, and spent a number of years in the private sector as a consultant and entrepreneur. He has been at the Israel State Archives since 2011, and he and his staff hope to begin putting the collections of the ISA online in the summer of 2015.


Sabina Magrini is a librarian with a PhD in Greek and Latin palaeography. She has worked for many years at the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence and now is Director of the Biblioteca Palatina in Parma. Her studies focus on the mechanisms underlying Latin manuscript production and diffusion in the 13th and 14th centuries. Her papers have been published in international journals such as Codices Manuscripti, Manuscripta, and Segno e Testo. Professionally she is interested in the dynamics related to the digitization and cataloguing process of manuscripts and the implementation of platforms for their publication online.


Johnny Mansour, PhD, is a lecturer in the History department at Beit Berl Academic College (BBAC), Israel. He has conducted research on Arabs, Islam and Christians in Middle Eastern History. He has also published several books: The Philosophy of Two States, The History of the Military System in Israel, The Catholic Church in Haifa, Arab Christians in Israel, Feasts & Seasons in Arab Culture, The Hijaz Railway History and Arab History in the Middle Ages. His interest and studies are mainly on the history and development of Haifa before and after 1948. He is also the assistant director of Mar Elias Educational Institutions (MEEI) in Ibillin, Galillee.


Frank Mecklenburg is the Director of Research and the Chief Archivist of the Leo Baeck Institute, New York. Dr. Mecklenburg's PhD in modern German history is from the Technische Universitaet Berlin, 1981. He has been with the Leo Baeck Institute since 1984. He has published on various topics in 20th century German social and political history.


Mansour Nsasra is a scholar of International Relations and Middle East Politics. Before joining the Council of British Reserach in the Levant- Jerusalem, Mansour was a Lecturer in Middle East Politics and Conflict Resolution at the Department of Politics, University of Exeter, where he also completed a PhD in politics in 2011. His research focuses on how the dynamics of power and state-building influence the ways minorities in the Middle East interact with the state. He is a co-editor of The Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism: New Perspectives (Routledge, 2014). His second book (to be published by Columbia University Press) produces a narrative of Bedouin history between 1900 and 1967 through the use of Bedouin oral history, alongside Israeli and British archives.


Robin Nobel manages the Academic Jewish Studies and the Archives & Libraries Grant Programmes at the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe. In this capacity, she also advises on the Yerusha project, an initiative to aggregate surveys of Jewish archival sources across Europe. Robin holds a Masters in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford and a Masters in English literature from McGill University. Prior to joining the Foundation, Robin served as Assistant to the Chair of Canadian Jewish Studies at Concordia University in her native Montreal.


Violet Radnofsky is the Littauer Hebraica Technical and Research Services Librarian in the Judaica Division at Harvard Library, Harvard University. Radnofsky’s special responsibility is to develop Harvard’s Judaica holdings through digitization and collaboration with institutions and private collections, particularly in Israel. Harvard Judaica Digital Collection now includes over 6 million images. Radnofsky is active in EVA/Minerva conferences and is a member of the planning committee for the International Photography Festival in Israel’s conference on Israeli photography. At Harvard, Radnofsky is a member of the Strategic Conversation Committee as well as the Technology Committee, overseeing Harvard’s image database. Radnofsky holds an undergraduate degree in Biblical Archaeology and Egyptology from Tel Aviv University and a graduate degree in Library Science and Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts from Hebrew University.


Sheizaf Rafaeli (Prof., BA, Haifa University; MA, The Ohio State University; PhD, Stanford University) is Founding Director of the Center for Internet Research, and former Head of the Graduate School of Management (2005-2011), University of Haifa, Israel. He leads the "Serious Games for Executives" project, and serves as Director in a series of public-interest organizations and as a member of several editorial boards. He is co-PI and member of the Academic Management of the ICORE LINKS Center of Excellence for research on Learning in the Age of Information. Previously, he served as head of the Information Systems area at the GSB at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, from 1986. His interests are in computers as media.
He has published on this topic in leading journals such as Behavior and Information Technology, The International Journal of Electronic Business, and The International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.


Emile G.L. Schrijver, PhD, is Professor of Jewish Book History and curator of the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana (Special Collections) at the University of Amsterdam. He is also one of the curators of the private Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books in Zurich, Switzerland. Schrijver is an expert on Hebrew manuscripts, in particular of the post‐medieval period, and on Jewish printing, topics on both of which he has published and lectured extensively in Europe, Israel and North America. He has written a number of introductions to facsimile editions of Hebrew manuscripts and has published numerous auction and exhibition catalogues. Schrijver is the executive editor of the Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Culture, which is scheduled to be published by Brill Publishers of Leiden and Boston, as well as the editor-in-chief of the annual Studia Rosenthaliana, published by Peeters Publishers of Louvain, Belgium. Schrijver serves on boards and advisory committees of numerous Jewish cultural organizations in and outside the Netherlands.


Iryna Sergieieva, PhD (History), is a Senior Researcher and Head (since 1990) of the Department of Judaic Collection, Institute of Manuscripts, in the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine, Kiev. A lecturer in Jewish Studies, she has taught courses on “The Material Culture of East European Jews” at the International Solomon University, the Central European University (Hungary) and in University Kyiv-Mohila Academy. Her doctoral thesis, entitled “Historic-Bibliographic Analysis and Archeographic Description of Jewish Decorated Manuscripts of Ukraine, Late Eighteenth – Early Twentieth Centuries” was completed in 1988. She has published more than 80 professional articles as well as two books: The Jewish Artistic Heritage Album by Semyon Ansky (Moscow, 2001); and Archival Heritage of Semyon Ansky in the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine (Kiev, 2006). She is also an editor of the exhibition catalogue, Kultur-Lige Artistic Avant-Garde (Kiev, 2007). Her research interests include the cultural and intellectual history of East European Jews; history of books, manuscripts, libraries and museums; architectural monuments; and folklore and ethnography.


Edwin Seroussi is the Emanuel Alexandre Professor of Musicology and Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he immigrated to Israel in 1971 where he took undergraduate and graduate degrees in Musicology at Hebrew University, continuing to his PhD from UCLA in 1987. He taught at Bar-Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities in Israel, and was visiting professor at universities in Europe, North and South America. He has published on North African and Eastern Mediterranean Jewish music, on Judeo-Islamic relations in music and on Israeli popular music.


Tsafra Siew, PhD, is the manager of the International Digital Library of Hebrew Manuscripts at the National Library of Israel. The aim of the Digital Library is to digitize the entire corpus of Hebrew manuscripts known worldwide, and to enable global centralized digital access to it. Tsafra earned a doctorate from the European Forum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the field of architectural translations of Jerusalem in Europe. As part of her PhD studies she has developed a database of such translations in different media. Tsafra earned her MA in religious’ studies at Tel Aviv University, and is a computer sciences and art history graduate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Tsafra is experienced in documentation and preservation of culture and heritage, and has published scholarly articles on representations of the holy places in Europe.


Lena Stanley-Clamp is the Director of the European Association for Jewish Culture and the Coordinator of Judaica Europeana, a network of libraries, archives and museums which contribute digital collections data to Europeana. She has led this effort to provide integrated access to Judaica collections since 2010. Previously, she had worked for the Institute for Jewish Policy Research in London. She has organized many international conferences including: "Strengthening Jewish Life in Europe," (Council of Europe, Strasbourg 1997) and "The Future of Jewish Heritage in Europe," (Prague 2004). She is a Council member of the Institute for Polish-Jewish Studies (Oxford) and has contributed articles to several Jewish periodicals.


Aviad Stollman is the Head of Collections and formerly the Judaica Curator at the National Library of Israel. Stollman holds a PhD in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University in Israel and carried out postdoctoral research at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, University of Texas, Austin, where he was a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer. Stollman's publications are in the areas of Talmud and the philosophy and history of Halakhah.


Yaron Tsur (Prof.) took part in creating the Open University of Israel in 1975 and was team head of courses in modern Jewish history, specializing in Muslim lands and the ethnic problem in Israel. From 1990 he served as founder and academic director of "The Jews of Islamic Countries – Archiving Project" (1999) in Tel Aviv University, and of the JPress, Historical Jewish Press website (2004). Chair of the department of Jewish History (2007), he serves as Head of the Doctoral School of Jewish Studies (2008-2010). Among his books: A Torn Community: The Jews of Morocco and Nationalism, 1943-1954 [Hebrew] (Tel Aviv: Am Oved, 2001) and Jews in Muslim Lands, 1750-1830: The Middle East, (Oxford: Littman, forthcoming).


Raquel Ukeles is the Curator of the Islam and Middle East collection of the National Library of Israel. Ukeles graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1993 and received her MA and PhD from Harvard University in 2006 in comparative Islamic and Jewish studies, with a dissertation on medieval Islamic law. From 2005-2008, Ukeles was Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University in Connecticut, and from 2008-2010, she was a Golda Meir Postdoctoral Fellow of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her publications include several articles on Muslim jurists' responses to religious innovations, and a monograph on Islam in America post-9/11.


Heide Warncke is the Executive Curator of Ets Haim – Livraria Montezinos in Amsterdam. She was born in Hamburg and studied Semitic Languages at the University of Amsterdam. After finishing her studies she became Project Leader for the cataloguing of the old printed Hebraica and Judaica at the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana in Amsterdam. As a library specialist she has also worked for several smaller Jewish Libraries in the Netherlands. In 2012 she was appointed Executive Curator at the Ets Haim – Livraria Montezinos Library (part of the Jewish Cultural Quarter) in Amsterdam, the oldest still-functioning Jewish library in the world.


Oren Weinberg has served as the Executive Director of the National Library since 2010. He was the Director of the University of Haifa Library from 2004-2010. He previously served in a variety of managerial functions at the University of Haifa Library, including: Manager of the Library Information Systems Team (2000-2004), Manager of Circulation Services (1996-2000), and Manager of Reserve Services (1993-1996). He holds a BA in art history and general studies from the University of Haifa and an MA in library and information studies from Bar-Ilan University.


Anita Weinstein is a sociologist trained at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She specializes in the Argentine Jewish Community: its history, social, demographic and institutional consolidation. She has served as Executive Director of the Federation of Jewish Communities (Vaad Hakehilot) in AMIA, as Director of the Documentation and Information Center on Argentine Jewry ‘Marc Turkow’ in AMIA, and as Academic Secretary in the Center of Jewish and Zionist Studies. Anita is also on the staff of the American Jewish Committee’s Latin American Office


Stefan Jakob Wimmer, Curator of Hebrew and Ancient Near East at the Bavarian State Library, Oriental and Asiatic Department, was born in 1963 in Munich. He studied archaeology and Egyptology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, receiving a PhD in 1993. Since 1998 he serves as assistant professor at the University of Munich, Faculty for Cultural Sciences and Catholic Theological Faculty, since 2008 with the rank of associate professor. He has published on ancient Egypt, Hebrew Bible, and interfaith studies. He is also co-founder and chairman of the Friends of Abraham Society for interreligious dialogue between Jews, Christians and Muslims.