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Jackie Feldman April, 2013


Personal Details

Jackie Feldman

Born: August 31, 1956, New York, N.Y.

Date of immigration: October 1978.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Ben Gurion University

Beersheba, Israel

Tel.: 08-647-2083


Home address:

Anusei Mashhad 3, Apt. 20

Jerusalem 93784

Israel Tel. 052-8704489 Education B.A. - 1973-77: City College of New York – Departments of Mathematics and Philosophy, magna cum laude.

M.A. - 1978-88: (with interruptions)- Hebrew University - Department of Jewish Thought. Thesis (1988): “The Pull of the Center and the Experience of Communitas in Pilgrimage to the Second Temple”, with honors. Thesis advisors: Prof. M. D. Herr, Prof. R. J.Z. Werblowsky.

Ph.D. - 1991-2000: Hebrew University, Jerusalem - Department of Religious Studies.

Thesis (2000): "It Is My Brothers I Am Seeking: Israeli Youth Voyages to Holocaust Poland", with highest honors (me’uleh). Advisors: Prof. R.J.Zwi Werblowski, Prof. D. Handelman.

Employment History May 2012 – Guest Lecturer, Department of Ethnology, Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany.

Spring 2012 – Guest Lecturer, Departments of Sociology/Jewish Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

2009-present: Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben Gurion University (tenured).

2002–2009: Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben Gurion University.

2001-2002: Lecturer, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Bar Ilan University.

1999-2001: Adjunct lecturer, Department of Sociology, Jordan Valley Academic College.

2000-2001: Adjunct lecturer, Department of Land of Israel Studies, Beit Berl Teachers’ College.

1 1999-2000: Adjunct lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Haifa University.

1999: Adjunct lecturer and guide, “Religions and interrelegious conflict in Israel/Palestine”, Eastern Mennonite University, Middle East Program.

1998-99: Adjunct lecturer and guide, “Jerusalem throughout the Ages: Archaeology and Religious History”, Ratisbonne Christian Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem.

Professional Activities (a) Positions in academic adminstrations:

January 2013 – Organized International Seminar, “Museum, Memory, Performance – Commemorating the Past in Conflicted Presents, Ben Gurion University.

October 2012 – June 2013 – Organized Departmental Seminars, Department of Sociology and Anthroplogy.

November 2009 – September, 2011, head, Anthropology section.

November 2007 – 2009, BA advisor.

November 2006- 2007, 2012-2013, Organized sociological-anthropological forum (2006-7 with Lev Grinberg).

November 2005 – present, Organized "Teimot Antropolgiyot" evening meetings for BA students.

2004 - 2005: Head of Anthropology Section, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Ben Gurion University.

January 2004 – 2005, Teaching Committee, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Ben Gurion University.

November 2005 – June 2006, Territory (shtachim) Committee.

(b) Professional functions outside universities/institutions:

2010 – Council Member, European Society for the Anthropology of Religion.

2010 – 2011, 2012-2013: Head, Rabb Insittute for Holocaust Studies, Ben Gurion University. Board Member, Institute for German and Austiran Studies.

2003- 2005: President, ACTE, Association for the Advancement of French Theatre in Israel.

1989-90: Co-director, Bet Midrash for French-speakers, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem.

(c) Significant professional consulting:

2010 – Academic consultant – Faith Journeys Pilgrimage and Travel. Writing Holy Land programs for American Christian pilgrims.

2008-10 – Academic advisor, www.jerusalem.com. Advising ebstie on content for Jeish and Christian pilgrims to Jerusaelem.

2004-5 – Academic advisor, German-Israeli "Third Generation" project sponsored by the foundation "Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft".

2002-present – Educational Consultant to Nesiya Educational Institute.

2001-2002 - Consultant and researcher, Jewish Agency, Department of Jewish Zionist Education, Division of One Year Programs – evaluation of Israel-Diaspora youth meetings, adminstration and follow-up activities.

2 Translated academic books: Gideon Katz, The Pale God: Israeli Secularism and Spinoza’s Philosophy of Culture, Academic Studies Press, 2011 (with Myriam Ron).

Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, The Censor, the Editor, and the Text: The Catholic Church and the Shaping of the Jewish Canon in the Sixteenth Century, Princeton University Press, 2007. Moshe Halbertal, Concealment and Revelation Esotericism in Jewish Thought and its Philosophical Implications, Princeton University Press, 2007. Israel Knohl, The Sanctuary of Silence: The Priestly Torah and the Holiness School, Fortress Press, 2004.

(f) Membership in professional/scientific societies:

Fellow, Van Leer Institute for Advanced Study.

American Association of Anthropology, European Society for the Anthropology of Religion, European Association of Social Anthropology, Israeli Academic Organization for Tourism Research, Association of Israeli Tour Guides, Society for the Anthropology of Religion, European Association of Social Anthropologists, American Ethnology Association, Association for Humanistic Anthropology.

Educational activities

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Required M.A. courses: Ethnographic Genres (Ben Gurion University).

M.A. seminars: Pilgrimage: Anthropology and History [with Effie Shoham];

Anthropology of Museums: Power, Idenitity and Memory (Ben Gurion University).

B.A./M.A. seminars: Christianities and Cultures, Anthropology of Pilgrimage and Religious Tourism, Strangers and Tourists [with Nir Avieli]. Pilgrim, Tourist,

Backpacker: the Pull of Place; Ritual: Theory and Praxis; Israeli Lieux de Mémoire:

Sites and Rites (Ben Gurion University). Pilgrimage Rituals (Bar Ilan University).

B.A. elective courses: Anthropology of Religion (Ben Gurion University, Bar Ilan University, Jordan Valley College). Sites and Rites of Israeli Collective Memory (Ben Gurion Univeristy, Overseas Program). Collective Memory (Ben Gurion University, Bar Ilan University, Haifa University, Jordan Valley College). Second Temple Judaism (Beit Berl College). Religions and Interreligious Conflict in Israel/Palestine, (Eastern Mennonite University, Middle East Program).

Required B.A. courses: Introduction to Anthropology, (Ben Gurion University, Jordan Valley College).

Seminary courses: Jerusalem throughout the Ages: Archaeology and Religious History (Ratisbonne Christian Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem).

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PhD students: Shai Ben-Tal – with Boaz Huss (in progress), Lea David with Lev Grinberg (in progress), Hila Zaban – with Haim Yacobi (in progress), Gilli Topper – with Nir Avieli (in progress).

3 MA students: With Fran Markowitz: Einat Libel (completed 2005), Orna Shani (completed 2006). With Yishai Tobin: Joshua Schmidt (completed 2006). Unassisted: Yoel Tawil (completed 2007), Michal Padeh (completed 2010), Kobi Bayer (completed 2010), Shibi Alon (in progress), Ahikam Sperber (in progress), Racheli Ben David – with Nir Avieli (in progress), Ofer Dagan – with Niza Yannai (in progress), Hadas Shavit (in progress), Iris Gellter (in progress).

Sebastian Geisslinger, Hebrew University, 1998.

Awards, Citations, Honors, Fellowships

(a) Honors, Citations, Awards:

2002: Goldhirsch Prize for thesis on Holocaust and Rebirth, Ben Gurion Research Institute, Sde Boker 2001: Asher Cohen Prize for outstanding dissertations, Strochlitz Institute for Holocaust Studies, Haifa University.

1999: Sternberg Prize, Department of Religious Studies, Hebrew University.

1997: Schechter Award for Outstanding research paper, Yad Vashem.

(b) Fellowships:

2012 – Fellow, Katz Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Sabbatical fellowship.

2001-2002 – Lady Davis Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Hebrew University – $15,000. To do research using resources available at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University.

Scientific Publications:

(a) Authored Books:

Between the Death Pits and the Flag: Youth Voyages to Holocaust Poland and the Performance of Israeli National Identity, New York and Oxford: Berghahn Press,

2008. Paperback edition, 2010 (320 Pages). Reviews: see Journal of Israeli History Vol. 28, No. 2, September 2009, 237–239; American Ethnologist, fall 2010, Journal of Israel Studies, 2009, Humanities-net??** (c) Chapters published in peer-reviewed collected volumes:

1. “Vehicles of Values: Souvenirs and the Moralities of Exchange in Christian Holy Land Pilgrimage”, in Towards an Anthropology of Nation Building and Unbuilding in Israel: Essays in Honor of Alex Weingrod, Fran Markowirtz, Stepehen Sharot and Moshe Shokeid, eds., University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming.

2. “Die lange Reise eines Sozialanthropologen - Israelische Schülerreisen nach ‚Holocaust Polen’ – Rückblickende Reflexionen“ in Zeitschaften. Zugänge zu den Orten ehemaliger Konzentrationslager Cornelia Siebeck, Christian Gudehus, Jürgen Straub (Hg.), forthcoming.

3. “Writing the Conflict in Christian. Christian Pilgrimages in the Footsteps of the Israeli and Palestinian Jesus”, in Empty Spaces in Israeli Sociology: Memorial Book 4 in Honor of Baruch Kimmerling, Keren-Or Schlesinger, Gadi Elgazi, Yaron Ezrachi, eds., Magnes Press, forthcoming (Hebrew).

4. Anja Peleikis and Jackie Feldman, “Der Shop als Spiegel des Museums:

Ausstellungsobjekte, Souvenirs und Identitätspraktiken im Jüdischen Museum Berlin und im Yad Vashem, Jerusalem“, in Kultur all inclusive: Identität, Tradition und Kulturerbe im Zeitalter des Massentourismus, Burkhard Schnepel, Felix Girke, Eva-Maria Knoll (Hg.), Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, forthcoming (December 2012).

5. “Les voyages scolaires israéliens vers les sites d’extermination en Pologne : un parcours d’anthropologue », Le tourisme mémoriel en Europe centrale et orientale, série "Europes Centrales, Delphine Bechtel, ed., Belin, Paris, forthcoming.

6. Israeli Youth Voyages to Holocaust Poland – Through the Prism of Pilgrimage, Compostela International Studies in Pilgrimage History and Culture 7, Anton Pazos and Carlos Gonzalez Paz, editors, Ashgate: Aldershott, forthcoming.

8. “How Guiding Christians Made me Israeli”, in Ethnographic Encounters in Israel, Fran Markowitz, ed., University of Indiana Press, forthcoming.

9. “Now There’s a Bridge between them: The Linking Path between Yad Vashem and Mount Herzl’, Memory, Forgetting and the Construction of Space, Haim Yakobi and Tobi Fenster, eds., Van Leer, Jerusalem, 2012, pp. 56-84.

10. "Passer a Bethleém: Sur les traces de Jésus, Palestinien et Israélien", in A l'ombre du mur: Israéliens et Palestinitens entre séparation et occupation, Stephanie Latte Abdullah and Cédric Parizot, eds., Actes du Sud/CNRS, 2011, pp. 255-279.

11. Jackie Feldman and Amos Ron, American Holy Land: Orientalism, Disneyization and the American Gaze", in Burkhard Schnepel, Gunnar Brands, Hanne Schönig (Hg.), Orient - Orientalistik - Orientalismus. Geschichte und Aktualität einer Debatte, Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2011, pp. 151-176.

12."Nationalizing Personal Trauma, Personalizing National Redemption:

Performing Testimony at Auschwitz-Birkenau", in Remembering Violence:

Anthropological Perspectives on Intergenerational Transmission, Nicolas Argenti & Katharina Schramm, eds., Berghahn Press, 2010, pp. 103-128.

13. "Souffrance Individuelle et Consolidation de la Nation – La Memoire Israelienne non-universelle de la Shoah", in La Memorie de la Shoah, Francoise Ouzan et Dan Michman, eds., CNRS/ Yad Vashem, 2009.

14. "Between Personal and Collective Memory: The Role of the Witness in Voyages to Poland" (Hebrew), in Zehava Solomon and Julia Chaitin, eds., Shoah and Trauma, Hakibbutz Ha me'uchad/ Tel Aviv University, 2008.

15. "'A City that Makes All Israel Friends': Normative Communitas and the Struggle for Religious Legitimacy in Pilgrimages to the Second Temple", in Marcel Poorthuis and Joshua Schwartz, eds., A Holy People: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Religious and Communal Identity, Leiden: Brill, 2006.

pp. 109-126.

16. Yael Guter and Jackie Feldman, "Holy Land Pilgrimage as a Site of InterReligious Encounter", in Studia Hebraica, (6) 2006, pp. 87-94.

17. “In Search of the Beautiful Land of Israel: Youth Voyages to Poland”, in Erik Cohen and Hayim Noy, eds., Israeli Backpackers and their Society: From 5

Tourism to Rite of Passage. New York: State University of New York Press:

Israeli Studies Series, 2005, pp. 217-250.

18. "The Experience of Communality and the Legitimation of Authority in Second Temple Pilgrimage" (Hebrew), in Ora Limor and Elchanan Reiner, eds., Pilgrimage: Jews, Christians, Moslems, eds. The Open University and Yad Ben Zvi, Tel Aviv, 2005, pp. 88-109.

19. "Israel als Enklave: Inszenierungen jüdisch-israelischer Identität in Polen", in Margrit Frölich, Yariv Lapid, Christian Schneider (eds.), Repräsentationen des Holocaust im Gedächtnis der Generationen. Zur Gegenwartsbedeutung des Holocaust in Israel und Deutschland. (Arnoldshainer Interkulturelle Diskurse 4) Frankfurt am Main: Brandes & Apsel 2004, pp. 172-202.

20. "Israel-Diaspora Relations the Morning After: How Will Peace Change Relations between Israel and the Jewish Communities in the Diaspora?", in The Morning After: An Era of Peace - Not a Utopia, Jerusalem: Carmel, Harry Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University, 2002, pp.


21. “In the Footsteps of the Israeli Holocaust Survivor: Israeli Youth Pilgrimages to Poland, Shoah Memory and National Identity”, Building History: The Shoah in Art, Memory, and Myth, McGill European Studies Series, Vol. 4, Peter Daly, Karl Filser, Alain Goldschläger, Naomi Kramer, eds., Peter Lang: New York, 2001, pp. 35-63.

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