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.
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:
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
"Judaism and the
World - Interaction, Influence, and Impact",
May 29-31, 2000.
"Shabbat - Idea,
History, Reality" May
"Study and Knowledge
in Jewish Thought", June 6-9,
– Struggles over Cultural Power in Jewish Thought”,
May 28-30, 2007.
Thought and Jewish Belief", May
31-June 2, 2010.
Biblical Figures", December
"Jewish Prayer: New Perspectives"
May 20-22, 2013.
To the conference Webpage
The center also participated
as a co-sponsor of the following conferences:
in the Early Modern Period: Texts and Contexts",
May 23-25, 2005.
Contemporary Spiritual Revival: Historical,
Sociological and Cultural Perspectives",
May 20-22, 2008.
Esotericism Historical Contexts & Cultural Contacts. The Inaugural
Conference of the Israeli Network for the
Academic Study of Western Esotericism,
May 18th 2011.
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.
The Study and
Appropriation of Kabbalah in the Modern Period,
February 11th 2013.(program)
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.
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:
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,
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).
Yair Lorberbaum, The Image of God: Halacha and
Aggada [Hebrew] (Schoken Publishing House,
Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, 2004).
Eliezer Schweid, Criticism on Modern Secular
Culture [Hebrew] (Magnes Press, Jerusalem, 2007)
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)
titles have been submitted for the 2013 Award.
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 seventeen books:
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
Comtemporary Spiritual Revival, edited by
A Beloved-Despised Tradition: Modern Jewish Identity and Neo Hasidic Writing at
the Beginning of the Twentieth Century (Hebrew), by
The Writings of R. Moshe Ibn Tibbon
(Hebrew), edited by
Haim (Howard) Kreisel,
and Avraham Israel.
Studies in Repentance: Law,
Philosophy and Educational Thought in Maimonides Hilkhot Tshuvah (Hebrew)
Spiritual Authority: Struggles over
Cultural Power in Jewish Thought (Hebrew and
English), edited by Haim (Howard) Kreisel,
Boaz Huss and
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
Haim (Howard) Kreisel and
Daniel J. Lasker.
Livyat Hen by Levi ben Avraham:
The Quality of Prophecy and the Secrets of the
Tradition, Heterodoxy and
Religious Culture: Judaism and Christianity in
the Early Modern Period (English), edited by Chanita Goodblatt and
Study and Knowledge in Jewish
Thought (2 volumes, one in Hebrew and the other
in English), edited by
Shefa Tal: Studies in Jewish
Thought and Culture in Honor of Bracha Sack
(Hebrew), edited by
Now in full-text.
Studies in Halakhic and Midrashic
Thought (Hebrew), by
Gerald J. Blidstein.
Sabbath – Idea, History, Reality
(Hebrew and English) edited by
Gerald J. Blidstein.
Now in full-text.
The serie is
published by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Press and can be ordered through
The Internet Resource and Learning Center
The new home page of the center includes
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
in Rabbinic Literature"
Kabbalah books in print
[Hebrew]. The site is managed by
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.
will not be offered for the
academic year 2014-2015.
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
of Jewish Thought.