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The Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was established in 2000 by Mr. Avraham Goldstein-Goren of Milan and the Cukier Goldstein-Goren Foundation. The current director of the center is Prof. Haim Kreisel.  The goal of the center is to promote the knowledge and research of Jewish Thought both in Israel and around the world. To this end the center sponsors every year a number of activities:

International Conferences
The center organizes conferences on topics of central significance in Jewish Thought. Both Israeli and foreign scholars are invited to participate. Seven highly successful conferences were held under the auspices of the center till now. Conferences held under the auspices of the center till now include:

The center also participated as a co-sponsor of the following  conferences:

  •  "Religious Cultures in the Early Modern Period: Texts and Contexts", May 23-25, 2005.  

  • "Kabbalah and Contemporary Spiritual Revival: Historical, Sociological and Cultural Perspectives", May 20-22, 2008.

  •  Western Esotericism Historical Contexts & Cultural Contacts. The Inaugural Conference of the Israeli Network for the  Academic Study of Western Esotericism, May 18th 2011. program, pictures, recorded lectures, video

  • Karaite Studies: The State of the Field, Research Workshop of The Israel Science Foundation and The Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought, February 27th-May 1st 2012. To the workshop website (program, video, audio, pictures...)

  • "Light for the Nations" or "Charity Begins at Home", March 18th 2012. Program Video

  • The Study and Appropriation of Kabbalah in the Modern Period, February 11th 2013.(program) (video)

  • Theosophical Appropriations: Kabbalah, Western Esotericism and the Transformation of Traditions, Research Workshop of The Israel Science Foundation and The Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought, December, 16-18,2013. To the workshop website

The Goldstein-Goren Book Award
The center offers an award every three years to the best recent book in the field of Jewish thought published either in English or Hebrew. The amount of the award is $30,000.  Awards that were bestowed are as follows:

  1. 2001 -- Moshe Halbertal, Between Torah and Wisdom [Hebrew] (Magnes Press, Jerusalem 2000) and  Dov Schwartz, Astral Magic in Medieval Jewish Thought [Hebrew] (Bar-Ilan University Press, Ramat-Gan 1999).

  2. 2004 -- Peter E. Gordon, Rosenzweig and Heidegger: Between Judaism and German Philosophy (University of California Press, Berkeley 2003), and Mordechai Akiva Friedman, Maimonides, the Yemenite Messiah and Apostasy [Hebrew] (Ben-Zvi Institute, Jerusalem 2002).

  3. 2007 -- Yair Lorberbaum, The Image of God: Halacha and Aggada [Hebrew] (Schoken Publishing House, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, 2004).

  4. 2010 -- Eliezer Schweid, Criticism on Modern Secular Culture [Hebrew] (Magnes Press, Jerusalem, 2007)

  5. 2013 -- Ephraim Kanarfogel, The intellectual History and Rabbinic Culture of Medieval Ashkenaz (Wayne State University Press, 2012) and Roni Weinstein, Break the Vessels: Kabbalah and Jewish Modernity ( Tel-Aviv University Press, 2011, in Hebrew)

86 titles have been submitted for the 2013 Award.

The Goldstein-Goren Library of Jewish Thought

The center launched a new book serie in 2004 under the general editorship of Haim Kreisel and has already published nineteen books:

  • Livyat Hen by Levi Ben Avraham, The Secrets of the Faith, The Gate of the Haggadah (Hebrew), edited by and introduction and notes by Haim (Howard) Kreisel

  • From the Fountains of Sefer Elimah by R. Moshe Cordovero and Studies in his Kabbalah (Hebrew) by Bracha Sack

  • The Sermons of R. Zerahya Halevi Saladin (Hebrew), edited with an introduction and notes by Ari Ackerman

  • Studies in Kabbalah and Prayer (Hebrew), by Moshe Hallamish

  • Jewish Thought and Jewish Belief (hebrew and English), edited by Daniel J. Lasker

  • Kabbalah and Comtemporary Spiritual Revival, edited by Boaz Huss

  • A Beloved-Despised Tradition: Modern Jewish Identity and Neo Hasidic Writing at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century (Hebrew), by Nicham Ross.

  • The Writings of R. Moshe Ibn Tibbon (Hebrew), edited by Haim (Howard) Kreisel, Colette Sirat and Avraham Israel.

  • Studies in Repentance: Law, Philosophy and Educational Thought in Maimonides Hilkhot Tshuvah (Hebrew) by Adiel Kadari.

  • Spiritual Authority: Struggles over Cultural Power in Jewish Thought (Hebrew and English), edited by  Haim (Howard) Kreisel, Boaz Huss and Uri Ehrlich.

  • Ma'yan Ein Ya'acov, The Fourth Fountain of the Book 'Elimah, by R. Moshe Cordovero  (Hebrew), edited with notes by Bracha Sack, introductions by Shifra Asulin, Melila Hellner-Eshed, Bracha Sack, Esther Liebes and Lea Morris.

  • By the Well (Al Pi Habeer), Studies in Jewish Philosophy and Halakhic Thought, Presented to Gerald J. Blidstein (Hebrew), edited by Uri Ehrlich, Haim (Howard) Kreisel and Daniel J. Lasker.

  • Livyat Hen by Levi ben Avraham: The Quality of Prophecy and the Secrets of the Torah (Hebrew), by Haim (Howard) Kreisel.

The serie is published by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Press and can be ordered through Mossad Bialik

The Internet Resource and Learning Center
The new home page of the center includes e-lectures in English and Hebrew on a range of topics related to Jewish thought together with a glossary of terms. The center also supports internet resource projects such as "Prayer in Rabbinic Literature" and Kabbalah books in print [Hebrew].  The site is managed by Asher Binyamin.

Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellowships
The center awards doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships to students who will be registered in the Department of Jewish Thought. The doctoral fellowships are generally renewable for four years; the post-doctoral fellowship for two. At least one new doctoral fellowship is offered each year, and one new post-doctoral fellowship every other year.  Post-Doctoral fellowship will not   be offered for the academic year 2016-2017.  All applicants must have an excellent knowledge of Hebrew. The yearly stipend of post-doctoral fellowship is around 80,000 New Shekel (post-doctoral fellows must teach one course each semester). At present there are 4 Goldstein-Goren doctoral fellows and one post-doctoral fellow. For further information about both types of fellowship please contact the center.

The center also sponsors seminars and symposia in conjunction with the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought.