David S. Mendelsson - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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David S. Mendelsson, Ph.D.

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+972 2 6203365
Senior Lecturer in Israel Studies and Modern Jewish History


Year-In-Israel Program, Jerusalem
Academic Field: 
Israel Studies; Jewish Education
Research Interests: 
Israel Studies; Anglo-Jewry

David Mendelsson is Senior Lecturer in Israel Studies and Modern Jewish History at HUC-JIR's Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem and lectures at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University, where he teaches the history of the modern state of Israel and the changing nature of Israeli Jewish identity. David Mendelsson has formerly served as the Director of Year-in-Israel Program.

His recent publication is a book on the History of Jewish Education in England from 1944-1988.

David was Schusterman visiting professor of Israel Studies at the University of Southern California and at the HUC-JIR/Los Angeles for the academic year 2010-2011. He has been a scholar-in-residence at Brandeis University and at Michigan State University. 

David was born in London, England and made Israel his home in 1980. 

Selected Publications and Edited Works

Jewish Education in England 1944-1988 (Peter Lang, Oxford 2011)   

Current and Future Courses
A History of the Zionist Movement
From New Jew to Contemporary Israeli Voices
Selected Issues in the History of Zionism and the State of Israel
Public Lecture Topics
Updates on the current situation in Israel and discussions around the Arab-Israel conflict
From the Voice of Israel to the Contemporary Voices of Israel: Israeli Society through the Lens of its Different Sectors
Sacred Space and Sacred Time in the Civil Religion of Israel
The Jewish Return to Power: Taking Stock
The Holocaust and the Creation of the State of Israel: Reassessing the Connection
Zionism and the Arabs: Pre-state Perspectives and their Contemporary Significance