Elad Lapidot

Elad Lapidot is a lecturer for philosophy and Talmud at the Freie Univeristät, Universität der Künste, Humboldt Universität and the Center for Jewish Studies in Berlin. His work
situates itself between contemporary philosophy and rabbinic thought, and is centrally guided by the basic question concerning the relation between epistemology and politics. He has been
translating to Hebrew works of, among others, Levinas, Husserl, Heidegger and Hegel. Among his publications: Etre sans mot dire: La logiqe de ‘Sein und Zeit’ (2010); “Translating Philosophy” (2012) ; “Fragwürdige Sprache. Zur Phänomenologie der Heiligen Zunge” (2013).


Elisabetta Abate

It was in Venice that Elisabetta began her journey into Jewish Studies, exactly twenty years ago. She completed her Ph.D. studies with a dissertation about the Mishnah in 2009, and spent the subsequent year at Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden. Since 2010 she has been deepening her research into Rabbinic Literature in Gottingen (Germany). Also her encounter with the Feldenkrais Method of Movement Education goes back to her Venetian years. In 2015 she became an internationally certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.




Hannah Tzuberi

Hannah Tzuberi was born in Hamburg, Germany, and studied Jewish Studies and Islamic Studies in Berlin. Over the course of her studies, she has focused on reading the Talmud and was engaged in feminist theory and gender studies. Being rised as a non-Jewish German and having converted to Judaism later on, she developed an interest in studying more specifically the conditions and premises, that inform the academic study of Judaism, and more generally, the premises of secular knowledge production. She is currently living with two kids and her husband in Berlin.


Irit Dekel

Dr. Irit Dekel is a sociologist specializing in culture and memory studies. Dekel has published on Holocaust memory, representation of Jewish life and museums Germany and Israel. Among her publications are her book, Mediation At the Holocaust Memorial in Germany (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and “Subjects of Memory? Holocaust Memory in two German Historical Museums” Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust 30 and Irit Dekel and Vered Vinitzly-Seroussi 2017 “A living place: On the sociology of atmosphere in home museums”, European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 4:3. Dekel co-led a German Israeli Foundation (GIF) study on home historical museums in Israel and Germany (2014-2016) and was a visiting lecturer in Israel Studies at the University of Virginia in 2016-2017. She is currently a Research Associate in the department of Diversity and Social Conflict, at the Institute for Social Science, Humboldt University, Berlin.


Ivan Segré

Born in 1973 in Paris, studied modern philosophy in Paris and Talmud in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak. Segré has written 6 books, two of them have been translated into English: Reflexions on antisemitism (Verso Books, 2013), The Ethics of an outlaw (Bloomsberry, 2017).



Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline Nicholls is a London based visual artist and Jewish educator. She uses her art to engage with traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways. She is passionately interested in how contemporary art can be in dialogue with, and be inspired by Jewish Heritage. Jacqueline has collaborated with artists from different faith background for interfaith projects supported by 3FF. She has also collaborated with Iran Cohen, an Israeli choreographer, for a dance installation. And jewish educator R. Amichai Lau-Lavie on a series of meditative drawings and writings. Her ongoing drawing project, Draw Yomi, Jacqueline is drawing the Talmud, following the daf yomi schedule. She co-ordinates Arts & Culture events at JW3 London, and regularly teaches at the London School of Jewish Studies. Jacqueline’s art has been exhibited in solo shows and significant contemporary Jewish Art group shows in the UK, USA and Israel, and she was recently artist-in-resident in Venice with Beit Venezia, where she was also the head artist for the New Venice Haggadah. Jacqueline is a regular contributor to BBC R2 Pause for Thought.


Oded Schechter

Oded Schechter’s work focuses on early modern and modern philosophy, late interpretations of the Talmud, Modern Jewish philosophy, and Modern Jewish Political Thought. His former and current work, and his manuscripts include: The Philosophy of Salomon MaimonThe Genealogy of Hebrew as a Political-Ontological StruggleSpinoza’s Ontology and Political Thought. He is currently focusing on Critique of Secularism, and the Core of the Absolute after Auschwitz.

Oded Schechter’s education includes years of studies in Ultra-Orthodox Yeshivas in Bnei-Brak and Jerusalem. He held positions and fellowshops at the University of Chicago, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Potsdam University and Princeton University. He is currently a fellow at the Maimonides Center for Advanced Studies in Hamburg.


Oriol Poveda

Oriol Poveda is originally from Barcelona and in 2017 obtained his PhD in sociology of religion at Uppsala University, Sweden. His research project is a study of the intersection of gender and religion in the lives of transgender with a Jewish Orthodox background.





Ron Naiweid

Ron Naiweld is a historian of ancient Judaism in the CNRS and the EHESS in Paris, France. He has published numerous articles about the ethical and epistemological dimensions of classic rabbinic discourse in its relation to christian and philosophical discourses of the end of antiquity. His recent work deals with the imperial context of early rabbinic literature. His book about the monotheisation of the biblical myth will be published next year.


Sophie Bigot-Goldblum

Sophie was born in Paris, France, but grew up in many different places. She went to school in London, and earned a Law degree from Strasbourg University before getting a MA in Paris, in Jewish Philosophy. She wrote her Master’s thesis on the notion of “Thesuva” in Franz Rosenweig’s thought, for which she obtained the Research Prize in Jewish Studies of The Benveniste Center, CNRS Institute. When she wasn’t in the library, Sophie was participating at the “Beit haverim” a Parisian and Jewish NGO working on LGBT issues. After her MA, she attended the “Educators track” of Paideia, the European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden. There, she started developing her own project, named “Resh Lakish” , a text-based peula that aims at promoting feminist and queer-friendly readings of Jewish tradition. Sophie earned a MA degree, magna cum Laude from Hebrew University in Jewish Studies, She has worked for a Jewish NGO that preserves the ladino heritage, as well as being a Torah Talmud teacher, and the national coordinator for Minyanim France, a pan-European leadership program. She is currently studying at Pardes, Jerusalem. Sophie loves playing football, reading, and traveling.