Dr. Iris Idelson-Shein
Iris Idelson-Shein is senior lecturer at the department of Jewish History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her research interests include cultural translation, Old Yiddish literature, science, gender, and childhood in early modern Ashkenaz. Idelson-Shein received her PhD from Tel Aviv University in 2011, and has held visiting positions at Goethe University in Frankfurt, LMU Munich, and the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies in Philadelphia. She is co-editor of “German Jewish Cultures,” a book series published by Indiana University Press.
Ahuvia Goren studies Jewish attitudes to renaissance humanism and the scientific revolution. His dissertation will deal with skepticism among Italian Jews in the late 17th and 18th centuries from the perspectives of cultural history of knowledge and the history of the book.​
Ahuvia Goren
Doctoral Researcher
Dr. Magdaléna Jánošíková
Post-doctoral Researcher
Magdaléna Jánošíková is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Jewish History, Ben-Gurion University, and a member of the collaborative research group on Jewish Translation and Cultural Transfer in Early Modern Europe. Her research explores the topic of medicine and Jews.
Tamir Karkason is a Sephardi-studies scholar who studies the history of Mediterranean Jewry (notably Ladino-speaking Jewry) from the early modern period onwards. His work concentrates on themes related to Jewish Enlightenment, Jewish nationalism, the history of books and reading, and the “spatial turn.”
Dr. Tamir Karkason
Post-Doctoral Researcher

Yakov Z. Mayer is a postdoctoral researcher in the collaborative research group on Jewish Translation and Cultural Transfer in Early Modern Europe, funded by the European Research Council (ERC). His research interests include history of the book, material history, Talmud and Jewish law in the medieval and early modern world. Mayer submitted his PhD to Tel Aviv University in 2018.
Dr. Yakov Z. Mayer
Post-Doctoral Researcher
Raya Even David holds a BA from Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she studied Judaism and Education. She has leadership training, experience in group facilitation and has taught both adult education, young adults and children in various informal Jewish frameworks. Raya has been employed in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev since 2018 as the administrative manager of the Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters. Bi-Lingual in Hebrew and English, she can be reached at
Raya Even-David
Administrative Manager
Past Fellows
Prof. Alexander van der Haven
Senior Research Fellow
Alexander van der Haven (PhD History of Religions, University of Chicago Divinity School, 2009) was a senior research fellow at JEWTACT during 2019. He contributed to the project by researching Jewish translations as cultural exchange in the early modern Dutch Republic.