Academic CV

Education:

2011 – 2016    PhD, School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University.

2008 – 2010   M.A., General History, University of Haifa, Israel. Cum Laude.

2005 – 2008   B.A., General History and Asian Studies, University of Haifa, Israel. Summa Cum Laude.

Professional Experience:

2017 – Now   Adjunct Lecturer at the Multidisciplinary Social Sciences Department, the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel.

2017 – Now   Adjunct Lecturer at the Department for the Study of Mysticism and Spiritualities, the Zefat Academic College.

2015 – Now    Secretary and Treasurer of the Israeli Association for the Study of Religions.

2016 – 2017    Research Assistant to Dr. Doron Shultziner (Hadassa Academic College).

2014 – 2016    Co-editor (with Prof. James R. Lewis, University of Tromsø, Norway), Contemporary Spirituality in Israel (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

2014 – 2015   Participant in the “New Religious Movements in Israel” research project, Van-Leer Jerusalem Institute.

2012 – 2015   Member of the Steering Committee for the founding of the Israeli Center for Information on Contemporary Religions.

2010 – 2015   Coordinator of the 3rd through 7th Israeli Conferences for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality, Tel Aviv University and the University of Haifa.

2013 – 2014    Guest editor for an ASRR (Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review) special Issue on contemporary spirituality in Israel.

2010 – 2012   Member of the “Political Aspects of the New-Age in Israel” research group, Van-Leer Jerusalem Institute.

2008 – 2011   Research Assistant to Prof. Shpayer-Makov, Head of the General History Department at the University of Haifa, Israel.

2008 – 2009   Teaching Assistant to Prof. Shichor, Asian Studies department at the University of Haifa, Israel.

Membership in Academic Associations

American Academy of Religion; European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism; Coordinating Council for Women in History; Israeli Association for the Study of Religions; Israeli Association for Feminist and Gender Studies; Association for Israel Studies.

Awards, Scholarships and Distinctions

2013 – 2016  Lev-Zion Scholarship for Outstanding Ph.D. Students from Peripheral Areas, Planning and Budgeting Committee, Israeli Council for Higher Education (VATAT).

2011 – 2013   PhD Fellowship, School of Historical Studies, Tel-Aviv University.

2008 – 2009   Scholarship for Excellence in M.A. Studies, Graduate Studies Authority, University of Haifa, Israel.

2008 – 2009   Outstanding Seminary Paper, The Scholarship Fund for Researching the Holocaust and the Legacy of Polish Jewry.

2007 – 2008   Dean’s Award for Excellence in B.A. and Active Social Involvement, Faculty of Humanities, University of Haifa, Israel.

2007 – 2008   The Professor Goodich Excellence Scholarship, General History Department, University of Haifa, Israel.

2006 – 2007   Scholarship for Excellence, Dean of Students’ Scholarship Section, University of Haifa, Israel.

Peer-reviewed articles

“Invoking Hecate at the Women’s Peace Camp: The presence of Goddess Spirituality and Dianic Witchcraft at Greenham Common during the 1980s”, Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft 11:2 (2016): 226-248.

“The return of Baal (to the Holy Land): Canaanite Reconstructionism among Contemporary Israeli Pagans; A Double-Edged Sword”, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 20:2 (2016): 59-81.

“Connecting British Wicca with Radical Feminism and Goddess Spirituality during the 1970s-1980s: The Case Study of Monica Sjöö”, Journal of Contemporary Religion 30:2 (2015): 307-321.

“Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Shaping of a Community-Building Discourse among Israeli Pagans, 1999-2012”, Israel Studies Review 29:2 (2014): 57-77.

“Modern Paganism in the Holy Land: Maintaining a Community-Building Discourse among Israeli Pagans, 2011-2013”, International Journal for the Study of New Religions 5:1 (2014): 3-26.

“‘And Not a Word About the Goddess’: On Processes of Making and Displaying a Pagan Identity in Israeli Women’s Spirituality Festivals and Workshops by Israeli Pagan Women”, Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review 5:1 (2014): 9-30.

“Special Editor’s Introduction: Contemporary Spirituality in Israel”, Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review 5:1 (2014): 3-8.

“‘God Giving Birth’ – Connecting British Wicca with Radical Feminism and Goddess Spirituality during the 1970s-1980s: A Case Study of Monica Sjöö”, Pomegranate: The International Journal of Pagan Studies 15: 1-2 (2013): 31-60.

Edited volumes

Contemporary Alternative Spiritualities in Israel, eds. Shai Feraro and James R. Lewis (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Peer-reviewed book chapters

“A Song of Wood and Water: The Ecofeminist Turn in 1970s-1980s British Paganism”,in Radical Changes in New Religious Movements, eds. Eileen Barker and Beth Singler (London: Routledge, Forthcoming 2018).

“Is There a Future for Neopaganism in the Holy Land?”, in Minority Religions in Europe and the Middle East: Mapping and Monitoring, ed. George Chryssides. (London: Routledge, Forthcoming 2018).

“The Politics of the Goddess: Radical/Cultural Feminist influences of Starhawk’s Feminist Witchcraft”, in Female Leaders in New Religious Movements, ed. Christian Giudice and Inga Bårdsen Tøllefsen. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

“Canaanite Reconstructionism among Contemporary Israeli Pagans”, in Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Modern Paganism, ed. Kathryn Rountree. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 157-177.

With Prof. James R. Lewis. “Introduction”, in Contemporary Alternative Spirituality in Israel, eds. Shai Feraro and James R. Lewis. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming October 2016), xi-xvi.

Book Reviews

“James R. Lewis and Inga B. Tollefsen (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements (2016)”, Israel Studies in Language and Society (Forthcoming 2018).

Reports

Report on the Israeli Pagan Community, submitted as part of the “New Religious Movements in Israel” research project, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 2015.

Conference Presentations

“Statistics on Pagans in the Holy Land: Analyzing Data from the Israeli Pagan Survey”. Presented at the 2016 EASR Conference, University of Helsinki, 28th June – 1st July 2016.

“The Politics of the Goddess: Radical/Cultural Feminist Influences of Starhawk’s Feminist Witchcraft”. Presented at the 2016 EASR Conference, University of Helsinki 28th June – 1st July 2016. Also presented at the 3rd Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Spiritualities, University of Haifa.

“Invoking Hecate at the Women’s Peace Camp: The presence of Goddess Spirituality and Dianic Witchcraft at Greenham Common during the 1980s”. Presented at the Fifth Annual Conference of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR), University College Cork, 16th-17th June 2016.

With Prof. Helen A. Berger. “Contemporary Paganism Internationally: A comparison of Israeli and American Pagans”. Presented at 2015 SSSR Annual Meeting, Newport Beach, 23rd-25th October 2015.

“The return of Baal (to the Holy Land): Canaanite reconstructionism among contemporary Israeli Pagans; A double-edged sword”. Presented at the 2014 CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions) Conference, Baylor University (United States), 4th -7th June 2014. Also presented at the 5th ESSWE (European Association for the Study of Western Esotericism) Conference, University of Latvia, 16th-18th April 2015, as well as at the XXI IAHR World Congress, Erfurt University, 23rd-29th August 2015.

“Is there a Future for Neopaganism in the Holy Land?: Past and Present in the Shaping of a Community-Building Discourse among Israeli Pagans, 1998- 2013”. Presented at the INFORM Anniversary Conference on “Minority Religions: Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future”, London School of Economics. Also presented at The 6th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality, Tel Aviv University.

“The Priestess, the Witch, and the Women’s Movement: American Feminist Influences on Women and Gender Issues in British Paganism, c. 1970 – c.1990”. Presented at the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions conference, University College Dublin, 10th – 12th May 2013.

“Connecting British Wicca with Radical Feminism and Goddess Spirituality during the  1970s-1980s: The Case Study of the Feminist Artist Monica Sjöö”. Presented at the ‘Visions of Enchantment’ Conference, Cambridge University, 17th – 18th March 2014.

“‘God Giving Birth’ – Monica Sjoo’s Role as a bridge between Radical and Spiritual Feminism and British Wiccan-derived Paganism, c.1970 – c. 1990”. Presented at the Fifth International Conference of the Association for the Study of Esotericism, Colgate University (Hamilton, NY), 19th – 22th June 2014. Also presented during the Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspective Conference, Open University, Milton Keynes (UK). Also presented at the 2013 CESNUR Conference, Dalarna University (Sweden), and at the 5th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality, Tel Aviv University. Also to be presented at the 5th ASE (Association for the Study of Esotericism), Colgate University, 19th – 22nd June 2014.

“‘And Not a Word About the Goddess’: On Processes of Making and Displaying a Pagan Identity in Israeli Women’s Spirituality Festivals and Workshops by Israeli Pagan Women”. Presented at the 2014 EASR/NGG Conference on ‘Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge’. Also presented at the Nationalism, Identity and Belief symposium, University of Derby (UK), and at The 4th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Spiritualities, University of Haifa, and at the ‘Gender across Borders’ Post-Graduate Students Conference, Tel Aviv University.

“One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards: On Discussing Questions of Organization and Political Representation in the Israeli Pagan community”. Presented at the conference on ‘Political, social and historical aspects of the New Age in Israel’, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Also to be presented at the 9th Conference of the Sapir Forum for Debate and Research of Culture, Sapir Academic College.

“The Politics of the Goddess: Radical/Cultural Feminist influences on Z Budapest and her (predominately) Lesbian Dianic Witchcraft “. presented at the 18th Annual Lesbian Lives conference ‘Revolting: Bodies, Politics & Genders’, University of Brighton. Also presented at the 2nd International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

“From the ‘House of the Goddess’ to ‘House Morgain’: Centers of Contemporary Pagan community in Britain”. Presented at the 39th conference of the Israeli Anthropological association.

“Is Kali a Feminist ?: Different Approaches on Using the Indian Goddess as a Source of Empowerment for Western Women”.  Presented at the 2nd Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Spiritualities, and at the 2010 Israel Asian Studies Conference, University of Haifa.

“German – Israeli Relations: ‘A Moral Debt’ or Realpolitik ?”. Presented in a Comparative Seminar titled After the Holocaust: Jews in Germany, University of Munich (LMU – Munchen).

Invited Talks and Lectures

“The return of Baal (to the Holy Land): Canaanite Reconstructionism among Contemporary Israeli Pagans; A Double-Edged Sword” [in Hebrew]. Presented at the Anthropological Forum, University of Haifa, December 22nd, 2016.

Respondent, Symposium marking the publication of Dr. Erella Shadmi anthology, Mother’s Way [in Hebrew]. University of Haifa, December 16th, 2015.

Special guest lectures on Neopaganism, Witchcraft and Goddess Feminism in various academic courses on Women’s Spirituality led by Dr. Marianna Ruah-Midbar at Tel Aviv University, the University of Haifa and the Zefat Academic College, 2011-2015.

Special guest lecture on the Israeli Neopagan Community in Dr. Adam Klin Oron’s course on New Religious Movement in Israel, at Ben Gurion University in the Negev, 2015.

“‘God Giving Birth’ – Monica Sjoo’s Role as a bridge between Radical and Spiritual Feminism and British Wiccan-derived Paganism, c.1970 – c. 1990”. Presented at the Colloquium of the Leifer Center for Women and Gender, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, January 8th 2014.

“‘And Not a Word About the Goddess’: On Processes of Making and Displaying a Pagan Identity in Israeli Women’s Spirituality Festivals and Workshops by Israeli Pagan Women”. Presented at the Departmental Seminar of the Master’s program in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Haifa, 20th March 2013.

Non-peer reviewed publications

“Paganism: From Time Immemorial and Forever [Paganiut: Me’az Veletamid]”, Ruah Ha’aretz 1 (2012): 41-43.

“Who Shall Write the History?: The Debate on the Relevancy of the Witch-Hunt Period for Modern Pagans”, PFI Israel Magazine 1:1 (March 2013): 4-6.

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