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Current academic position
Full Professor
Dept. of Israel Studies
Director of the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies
Head of the School of History 
Main research interests
Early Zionism 
Jewish Migration
Jewish Settlement In Palestine in the late 19th century and early 20th century
  • Personal Information
  • Courses

    The the Immigration to the US and the Alyot to Palestine, 1882-1914

    The First Decade of the British Mandate in Palestine

    The Zionism and Its Opponents

    The Zionist Movement, 1881-1917


  • Publications

    Immigrants: The Jewish Immigration to Palestine in the Early Twentieth Century, Jerusalem, Yad Ben Zvi, 2004 (253 pages)


    1. Prof. Zohar Shavit (Tel Aviv University) - Hebrew version , English version

    2. Prof. Shlomo Deshen (Tel Aviv University): (PDF file)

    3. Yehuda Zoref: Immigrants






    The Quiet Revolution: The Jewish Emigration from the Russian Empire in the Early Twentieth Century, Jerusalem: Merkaz Shazar, Jerusalem 2008 (273 pages).


    1. Dimitri Shumsky – Zion

    2. Philip Hollander - AJH

    3. Scott Ury - Israel
    5. Shlomo Deshen - Megamot

    6. Rina Cohen Muller - Rina Cohen Muller - Les Cahiers du Judaïsme

    Seeking a Homeland: The Jewish Territorial Organization (ITO) and Its Struggle with the Zionist Movement, 1905-1925, The Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 2011 (315 pages)
    2. Yemima Hovav - Segula Magazine
    3. Guy Miron - Israel
    4. Haim Avni - Cathedra
    "Bread to Eat and Clothes to Wear": Letters from Jewish Migrants in the Early Twentieth Century", Wayne State University Press, Detroit 2011 (228 pages)
    1. Adam Rovner - Forward
    2. Sonja Mekel's - Review
    3.Jeremy Frankel - ZichronNote
    4. Antony Polonsky - Russian Review
    An Unpromising Land: Jewish Migration to Palestine in the Early Twentieth Century, Stanford University Press, Stanford 2014 (285 pages)
    Articles in Refereed Journals
    1. Pioneers or Lost Souls? – The Issue of Suicide in the Second and the Third Aliya, Yahadut Zmanenu [Contemporary Jewry] (13), (1999), pp. 209-241. [in Hebrew].
    2. The Composition of the Second Aliya Immigrants. Israel: History, Society, Culture, No. 2, (2002), pp. 33-55. [In Hebrew].
    3. Aliya to Early Twentieth Century Palestine as an Immigrant Experience, Jewish Social Studies, Vol. 9.2, (2002), pp. 28-64.
    4. Roslan – Was it the First Swallow that heralded the beginning of the Third Aliya? Cathedra - for the History of Eretz Israel and its Yishuv, April (2003) (107), pp. 63-80. [in Hebrew]
    5. Bureaucracy, Agents and Swindlers: Hardships Faced by Russian Jewish Emigrants in the Early Twentieth Century. Studies in Contemporary Jewry, Vol. 19, (2003), pp. 214-231.
    6. The Artisans' Labor Battalion: The Story of a Failed Ethos. Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, (13) (2003). pp. 255-275 [in Hebrew].
    7. The Jewish Emigration from Palestine in the Early Twentieth Century, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. Vol. 2 (2003). Pp. 112-131.
    8. Feminine Pioneers who were not Laborers: Female Immigration to Palestine at the Beginning of the 20th Century. Cathedra - for the History of Eretz Israel and its Yishuv. (2006), pp. 67-88 [in Hebrew].
    9. People to Land and not Land to People: The Jewish Territorialism Organization (ITO), and the Jewish Emigration at the Beginning of the 20th Century. Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, Vol 14, (2004). pp. 537-564. [in Hebrew].
    10. Where has the Ha-Shomer's Member Michael Av-Ner Shpal Gone? Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, 14 (2004), pp. 625-642. [in Hebrew].
    11. Looking for a Homeland: The Movement of the League for a Free Country (Freiland Ligue), the Yishuv, and the State of Israel, 1934-1956 Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, 15 (2005), pp. 413-434. [in Hebrew].
    12. Exiles in Their Own Homeland: The Case of the Jews of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo who were Expelled to the Lower Galilee, 1917-1918, Cathedra - for the History of Eretz Israel and its Yishuv, pp. 135-160. [in Hebrew].
    13. And I remained Alone in a Vast Land: Women in the Great Jewish Migration from Eastern Europe Europe. Jewish Social Studies, Vol 12, no 3 (Spring/Summer 2006), pp. 39-72
    14. Galveston and Palestine: Immigration and Ideology in the Early Twentieth Century, American Jewish Archives, Vol LVI 2004, pp. 129-150.
    15. Demographers in the Service of the Nation: Liebman Hersch, Jacob Lestschinsky, and the Start of Jewish Migration Research, Jewish History, vol 20, Number 3-4 (2006), pp. 265-282.
    16. Patterns of Jewish Migration from the Russian Empire in the Early 20th Century. Jews in Russian and Eastern Europe Countries, Winter 2 (57) 2006, pp. 24-51.
    17. Women’s Trade in the Jewish Society in the Early Twentieth Century and in Mendele Mokher Sefarim's Emek Habakha (Vale of Tears): A Literary-Historical Analysis, Criticism and Interpretation, Vol 40 (2008), pp. 59-37.
    18. Out of the shtetl. In the Footsteps of Eastern European Jewish emigrants to America, 1900-1914, Leidschrift, Jaargang 21 Number 1 (2007), pp. 92-122.
    19. Aliya to America? A Comparative Look at Jewish Mass Migration, 1882-1914, Modern Judaism, Volume 28, Number 2 (2008), pp. 109-133.
    20. Journey to New Palestine: the Zionist Expedition to East Africa and the aftermath of the Uganda Debate, Jewish Culture and History, Vol 10, No. 1 (Summer 2008) pp. 23-58.
    21. The Servants of the Settlement or Vulgar Tyrants? A Hundred Years of the Hashomer Association: A Historical Perspective, Cathedra - for the History of Eretz Israel and its Yishuv, April (2009) (133), pp. 77-104. [in Hebrew]

    1. Meir Shalav – Hashomer1
    2. Meir Shalev – Hashomer2
    3. Tom Segev – Hashomer3
    22. 'The Overlooked Migration' - The Attitude of Israeli Historiography to the Large Jewish Migration from Eastern Europe, Zion, Vol LXXIV (2009), pp. 267-286. [in Hebrew]
    23. Information, Decision, and Migration: Jewish Emigration from Eastern Europe in the Early Twentieth Century, Immigrants and Minorities Vol 29, No 1, March 2011, pp. 33-63.
    24. Deserted Women in Palestine at the End of the Ottoman Period and the Beginning of the Mandate Period, Israel: History, Society, Culture, Vol 15 (2009), pp. 93-116 [in Hebrew]
    25. Zionism without Zion? The Territorial Ideology and the Zionist Movement, 1882-1956, Jewish Social Studies, 18.1 Fall 2011, pp. 1-32
    26. Early Twentieth Century Jewish Migration to Palestine and the United States: A Socio-Demographic Analysis, Megamot, Volume 48, Number 3-4, (November 2012), pp. 459-485

    27. the Response of the Yishuv and the Zionist Movement to the Pogroms in Ukraine, 1918-1920, Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, 23 (2013), pp. 411-450. [in Hebrew].
    28. Mesopotamia – 'The Promised Land': The Jewish Territorial Organization Project in the Bilād Al-Rāfidayn and the Question of Palestine', Middle East Studies50:6, 911-935​.
    29. Two Historiographies The Israeli Historiography and the Mass Jewish Migration to the United States, 1881-1914, Jewish Quarterly Review105.1 (Winter 2015), pp. 99-129.​
    30. The Frayland League and the State of Israel The Frayland League and the State of Israel, Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, [30 pages]  [Forthcoming]
    31. The Territorial Ideology in Palestine, 1903-1914, The Territorial Ideology in Palestine, 1903-1914, Cathedra [30 pages] [Forthcoming]
    32. 'Documenting the Pogroms in Ukraine, 1918-1920: Eliezer David Rozenthal's Megilat Hatevah', Galed, vol 4 (2015), pp. 63-102.
    33. Angolan Zion: The Jewish Territorial Organization and the Idea of the Jewish State in Western Africa, 1907-1913, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, vol 14, Number 2 (July 2015), pp, 179-198.
    34.The Hebrew Hero and the Jewish Victim: Pogroms in the Ukraine in the Years 1918-1920 and the Riots  of 1920 and 1921in Palestine, Zion, vol 4 (2015), pp. 551-581.  [in Hebrew] 
    35. The Jewish Immigration to Palestine after WWI, 1918-1920, Cathedra, [Forthcoming]
    36. [with Yuval Ben-Bassat] The Zionist-Arab Incident of Zarnuqa 1913: A Chronicle and Several Methodological Remarks, Middle East Studies [Forthcoming]
     Articles in Edited Books
    1  'The Link between the Existence of a People and National Awareness', in Studies on Jewish People, Identity and Nationality, (Editors) Naftali Rothenberg and Eliezer Schweid, Jerusalem 2008, pp.56-69. [in Hebrew]
    2.  'Women in the Yishuv: Demographic Aspects', One Law for Men and Women: Women, Rights and Law during the British Mandate, Ed. Eyal Katvan, Margalit Shilo and Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, Tel Aviv 2011, pp. 87-114 [in Hebrew]​
    3.  'Shtetl on the High Seas: The Jewish Emigration from Eastern Europe and the Cross-Oceanic Experience', in Michael Boyden, Hans Krabbendam and Liselotte Vandenbussche (Eds), Tales of Transit: Narrative Migrant Spaces in Atlantic Perspective, 1850-1950, Amsterdam University Press, 2013, pp. 81-99.
    4. The Jewish Migration from Antwerp and Other European ports, 1900-1939, for Res Star Line, 1873-1934. Davidsfonds Uitgeverij, 2013, pp. 148-163
    5.  'Prostitution and White Slave trade in Early Twentieth Century Palestine', Esther Hertzog and Erella Shadmi (eds), Blood Money: Prostitution, Trafficking in Women and Pornography in Israel, Tel Aviv 2013, pp. 88-73  [in Hebrew]
    6. Jewish Immigration to Palestine and the United States, 1905-1925: A Socio-demographic profile [Edited book for Prof. Sergio DellaPergula] [2014, 25 pages] 
    7. Olim, Immigrants and Refugees: Semantic Transformations of the term Aliyah in the Zionist Thought, in David Assaf, Immanuel Etkes and Yosef Kaplan (Eds), Avnei Derekh: Shai le'Zvi Yekutieli. [2014]
     8. Sexual Violence, Rape and Pogroms, 1903-1920, Ze'ev Zahor's Book [forthcoming] 
    Reviews Entries in Encyclopedias

    1. The Jewish Migration to Overseas Countries. Bartal. The Jewish Migration to Overseas Countries. Bartal. I., (Ed.), Jewish Culture in a Secular Age (5,000 words). [in Hebrew]; [refereed entry]

    2. Economic Changes in the Jews’ Lives in Recent Two Hundred Years. Bartal. I., (Ed.), Jewish Culture in a Secular Age (5,000 words). [in Hebrew]; [refereed entry]

    3. Aliyah, Aliyah, Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur (Ed.) Dan Diner (5,000 words); [refereed entry]

    4. Jewish migration, 19Jewish migration, 19th century to present, Immanuel Ness (ed), Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. [refereed entry]  (5,000 words)

    5. 'A Land for a People, not People for the Land', Maarav: Art, Culture, Media, Vol 12, 2010-2011 (3,000 words)

    Book Reviews

    1The Gender Challenge: Women in the First Aliyot, Zion Vol 73, (2008), pp. 515-520

    2Land and Desire in Early Zionism, Cathedra, 137 (2010), pp. 179-184
    Natan Meir, Kiev: Jewish Metropolis, a History, 1859-1914, Jewish History, 25 (2011), pp. 409-412
    3. Rebecca Kobrin, Bialystok and its Diaspora, Studies in Contemporary Jewry [Forthcoming]
    4. Penina Morag-Talmon and Yael Azmon (eds), Women immigrants in Israel, Megamot, vol 50, Number 2 (January 2016), pp. 387-390.
    5. Lee-Shai Weissbach, A Jewish Life on Three Continents: the Memoir of Menachem Mendel Frieden, Studies in Contemporary Jewry [forthcoming]

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      Scholarly Positions and Activities outside the Universit
    2011 - Association of Israel Studies (AIS), board member
    2012 – Association of Jewish Studies (AJS), board member
    2013 – Member in the editorial board of Merkaz Shazar and the Israeli historical society publishing house
    2013 – Historical advisor to the emigration museum in Antwerp
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