Prof. Ruth Landau


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Academic Profile: 

Ph.D. 1991, RutgersUniv.; Teaching Fellow 1992; Lect. 1993, Senior Lect., 1998; Associate Professor, 2007.


Research Interests:

Beginning of life and end of life issues

Child wellbeing

Third party assisted conception

Loss and bereavement

Ethics in social work


Research ethics


Research Projects:

Single women and their children conceived with the aid of sperm donation.

The ethical aspects of the use of advanced tracking technologies for the analysis of mobility in Alzheimer's Disease and related cognitive disorders - part of a larger study developed jointly with Professor Gail Auslander from the School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Dr. Noam Shoval from the Geography Department, Dr. Heinik from Tel Aviv University and a team of researchers from the University of Heidelberg in Germany.


Recent Publications:

Books edited:

E. Blyth, E. and R. Landau(Eds.) (2004). Third party assisted conception across cultures: social, legal and ethical perspectives. pp.288. Jessica Kingsley Publishers,  London and New York.

R. Landauand G. Shefler, (Eds.). (2007). Research ethics. The Hebrew University Magnes Press, Jerusalem. [Hebrew]

E. Blyth and R. Landau (Eds.). (2009). Faith and fertility: Attitudes towards reproductive practices in different religions from ancient to modern times. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


Landau, R. (2007). Assisted Human Reproduction: Lessons of the Canadian Experience. Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly 27 (1/2) 18-13.

Weissenberg, R. Landau, R. and Madgar, I. (2007). Older single mothers assisted by sperm donation and their children. Human Reproduction 22 (10) 2784-2791.

Landau, R. Weissenberg, R. and Madgar. I. (2008). A child of "hers": Older single mothers and their children conceived through IVF with both egg and sperm donation. Fertility & Sterility 90 (3) 576-583.

Shoval, N. Auslander, G.K. Freitag, T. Landau, R. Oswald, F. Seidl, U. Wahl, H.W. Werner, S. and Heinik, J. (2008). The use of advanced tracking technologies for the analysis of mobility in Alzheimer’s disease and related cognitive diseases. BMC Geriatrics 8:7 (26 March 2008).

Landau, R. (2008). Social work research ethics: dual roles and boundary issues. Families in Society 89(4) 571-577.

Landau, R. (2008). Sex selection for social purposes in Israel: Quest for the “perfect child” of a particular sex or centuries old prejudice against women? Journal of Medical Ethics 34 (9) e10.

Shoval – Cohen, N. and Landau, R. (2009). Homebirth as women’s empowerment:

Women’s motives for planned homebirth in Israel. Society and Welfare 29 (1) 39-62 [Hebrew].

Landau, R. Werner, S. Auslander, G. Shoval, N. Heinik, J. (2009). Attitudes of family and professional caregivers towards the use of electronic tracking devices for people with dementia: An exploratory study. British Journal of Social Work 39, 670-692.

Landau, R. Auslander, G. Werner, S. Shoval, N. Heinik, J. (In press). Family and professional caregivers' views of using advanced technology to track people with dementia. Qualitative Health Research.

Oswald, F. Wahl, H.W. Voss, E. Schilling, O. Freytag, T. Auslander, G. Shoval, N. Heinik, J.  & Landau, R. (In press). The use of tracking technologies for the analysis of outdoor mobility in the face of dementia: First steps into a project and some illustrative findings from Germany. Journal of Housing for the Elderly.


Ruth Landau's site at the Research and Development Authority


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Prof. Gail Auslander


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Academic Profile:

PhD. 1985, Columbia University; Lect. 1988; Sen. Lect. 1990; Assoc. Prof. 1997. Prof. 2005.


Research Interests:

Quality of life of patients with chronic illness and their families. Help-seeking behavior medical services and social services utilization. Discharge planning and continuity of care. Family caregivers of hospitalized patients (in acute care settings). Parents of children with serious or chronic illness - stress, coping and adaptation. Mobility patterns among people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.{C}


 Research Projects:

Families as caregivers of hospitalized patients - tasks, motivation, resources and psychosocial outcomes. Funding:Israel Academy of Sciences.{C}

The continuum of care of social work clients - from the community to the hospital and back. Funding: The Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research. 

Mood disturbances among hospitalized patients.

The use of advanced tracking technologies for analysis of mobility in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Cognitive Disorders Funding: German-Israeli Project Cooperation (DIP) program committee.

Factors related to utilization of dental health services by older adults in Israel and Europe: a comparative and longitudinal study. Funding: National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research. 


Abstracts of Current Research :

The continuum of care of social work clients - from the community to the hospital and back:  The objectives of this cross sectional and prospective study are to: 1. Describe the continuum of care for hospitalized patients seen by a social worker: pre-admission services received, discharge planning in hospital, and aftercare services received. 2. Examine various aspects of discharge plan: adequacy of the plan for the patient's needs, adequacy of information given patients and families regarding community services; extent of patient and family participation in decision making. 3. Assess patient satisfaction with discharge-planning services. 4. Examine follow-up care in the community: the degree to which the discharge plan is implemented & meets the patient's needs; personal and medical factors related receipt of needed services; and factors related to satisfaction with community services. 5. Examine implications of discharge planning problems, namely readmissions and E.R. visits. Hebrew, Arabic & Russian-speaking patients aged 25+ discharged from general and specialized internal medicine & surgical departments and seen by a social worker during hospitalization were interviewed (at 2 weeks & 3 months post-discharge). A stratified sample of 1400 patients from 9 general hospitals of 3 sizes (<300 beds; 300-800 beds; 800+ beds) during pre-determined weeks in each of 3 seasons was selected.


Families as caregivers of hospitalized patients - tasks, motivation, resources and psychosocial outcomes. Families in Israelare increasingly expected to provide care for their sick or injured relatives, even when the patient is hospitalized in an acute care facility. While there has been considerable research on the nature and outcomes of family caregiving in the community, much less is known about the extent, nature and outcomes of informal caregiving on the inpatient ward. The goals of the study include: 1. To determine the frequency, intensity of informal caregiving  activities on in-patient wards. 2. To determine the main motivations for informal caregiving. 3. To distinguish between the characteristics of patients who have informal caregivers and those who do not, and to describe the characteristics of the caregivers themselves. 4. To assess the outcomes of caregiving, including emotional, health, social and economic outcomes for the caregiver and to identify factors related to positive and negative outcomes. 


The Use of Advanced Tracking Technologies for the Analysis of Mobility in Alzheimer's Disease and Related Cognitive Disorders.As the world's population ages, dementia-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease are becoming more prevalent, and constitute a serious threat to the health and well-being of older adults. One of the more common behavioral manifestations of dementia-related disorders is severe problems with out-of-home mobility. It is not uncommon for people with dementia to go missing, or to be found seriously injured, or dead. Various efforts have been attempted to attain a better understanding of mobility behavior in case of dementia, but most studies are based on institutionalized patients. Also, the assessment of out-of-home mobility usually relies on reports of family caregivers and institutional staff, using observational approaches, activity monitoring, or behavioral checklists. This project will address the measurement of mobility in Alzheimer’s disease and related cognitive disorders in an innovative way, by taking advantage of advanced tracking technologies. Our focus will be on demented persons, mildly cognitively impaired persons, and unimpaired controls. The obtained data will be used to develop typologies of out-of-home behavior among these study groups. Additional statistical analyses will strive for the explanation of differences in mobility based on a wide range of socio-structural, personality-related as well as environment-related variables. We will also assess the impact of the use of advanced tracking technology on the quality of life of dementia patients and care givers, as well as its potential as a diagnostic tool. The explicit consideration of ethical aspects involved in the use of tracking technology will be a substantial component throughout the project. The proposed project is a collaborative effort between researchers in Israel(HebrewUniversity; TelAvivUniversity) and Germany(UniversityofHeidelberg). It is an interdisciplinary project involving researchers from Geography, Social Work, Gerontology, Psychology, and Medicine.

Factors related to utilization of dental health services by older adults in Israel and Europe: a comparative and longitudinal study. Utilization rates of dental services among the elderly is comparitively low vis-a-vis adult populations in Israel and abroad. Beyond economic barriers, factors that explain this gap have not been examined comprehensively. The proposed study is based on Andersen’s Behavioral Model and examines a combination of predisposing, enabling and need factors. The study uses data from two waves of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). Study goals include: 1. Examine utilization rates and reported reasons for non-utilization of dental services in Israel, compared to countries in Europe. 2. Examine changes in utilization levels and reported reasons for non-utilization between the two time periods in Israel.  3. Examine factors that explain utilization rates in Israel and in comparison with European countries.  4. Examine whether changes in predictor variables between Wave 1 and Wave 2 are related to utilization in Wave 2. 5. Compare the characteristics of people who have dental insurance and those who do note, and examine factors related to utilization, among those with dental insurance in Israel. We hypothesized that utilization rates are lower in Israel than in European countries where dental care is included in National Health Insurance. The strength of the relationships between predisposing and enabling variables and utilization will be stronger than those between need variables and utilization. The combination of variables that explain utilization in Israel will be different than that in other countries. The study will be based on a secondary analysis of interview data from the first two waves of data collection of SHARE. The study population includes only those aged 65 +, who were interviewed in both waves (about 950 in Israel, >13,000 in Europe), and employs a cross-sectional, comparative and longitudinal design.


Recent Publications:

Auslander, G. (2000). A friend in need: Use of personal connections by social work clients. Administration in Social Work, 24(1), 39-56.

Auslander, G. (2000). Social work research and evaluation in Israel. Social Work Research and Evaluation: An International Journal, 1(1), 17-34.

Auslander, G. (2000). Using large classes to positive advantage: involving students as research subjects and active learners. Social Work Education, 19(4), 375-385.

Auslander, G., Dobrof, J. and Epstein, I.(in press). Comparing social work's role in renal dialysis in Israeland theUnited States: The practice-based research potential of available clinical information. Social Work in Health Care.

Auslander, G. (2000). Outcomes of social work interventions in health settings. Social Work in Health Care, 31(2), 31-46.

Auslander, G.  & Buchs, A. (2002). Evaluating an activity intervention with hemodialysis patients in Israel. Social Work in Health Care, 35(1/2), 407-423.

Auslander, G., Netzer, D. & Arad, I.(2003). Parental anxiety following discharge of their Very Low Birth Weight infants.Family Relations, 52, 12-21.

Auslander, G., Netzer, D. & Arad, I.(2003). Parents' satisfaction with care in the neonatal intensive care unit: the role of sociocultural factors. Children's Health Care, 32(1), 17-36.

Amir, V. & Auslander, G. (2003).  Inter-organizational cooperation among social workers:  The case of community mental health centers and municipal social service departments in Israel.  British Journal of Social Work, 33, 557-566. 

Auslander, G., Soffer, M., Auslander, B. (2003). The supportive community: Accepting and utilizing help among old people in Jerusalem. Social Work Research, 27 (209-221).

Frank, T., Auslander, G., Weissgarten, Y. (2003). Quality of life of patients with end-stage renal disease at various stages of the illness. Social Work in Health Care, 2, 1-27.

Shechter, M., Auslander, G., Weinmann, E.E., Bass, A. (2003). Quality of life and social support following distal arterial bypass in elderly patients. IsraelMedical Association Journal, 5, 322-325.

Auslander, G. with Abramovitch, A., Ben-Shachar, I., Feigin, R., Frank, T., Rabin, B., Soskolne, V. (2005). Social work in the health system: International issues and their relevance for Israel. Society and Welfare. (Hebrew).

Auslander, G., Soskolne, V., Ben-Shachar, I.(2005). Utilization of health-based social work services among immigrant and veteran older persons in Israel. Health and Social Work, 30, 241-251.

Green, V., & Auslander, G. (2005). The relationship between formal social networks and quality of life among frail elders, and the special contribution of the physician. Gerontologia. (Hebrew).

Soskolne, V., Auslander, G. K., Ben Shahar, I.(2006). Help seeking and barriers to utilization of medical and social work services among ageing immigrants to Israelfrom the former Soviet Union. Health and Social Care in the Community, 14, 74-84.

Soffer, M. & Auslander, G. (2006). The role of stress in the relationship between gender and stress. Society and Welfare. (Hebrew).

Soskolne, V. & Auslander, G. K. (2006,) Help-seeking for health-related problems among aging immigrants. In Sara Carmel, Carol A. Morse, and Fernando M. Torres-Gil (Eds.) Lessons on Aging from Three Nations. New York: Baywood Press.

Auslander, G., Soskolne, V., Stanger, V., Ben-Shahar, I. & Kaplan, G. (2008). Discharge planning in acute care hospitals in Israel: Services planned and levels of implementation and adequacy. Health and Social Work.33(3), 178-188

Olshtain-Mann, O. & Auslander, G. (2008). Parents of preterm infants, two months after discharge from the hospital: Are they still at (parental) risk? Health and Social Work. 33, 299-308.

Green, V. & Auslander, G. (2008). Social Network and Social Support among Functionally Impaired Older People Living in the Community.  Gerontologia, 35, 111-126 (Hebrew)/

Shoval, N., Auslander, G. K, Freytag, T., Landau, R., Oswald, F., Seidl, U., Wahl, H. W., Werner, S. & Heinik, J. (2008). The use of advanced tracking technologies for the analysis of mobility in Alzheimer's disease and related cognitive diseases. BMC Geriatrics (electronic journal).

Landau, R., Werner, S., Auslander, G. K., Shoval, N. & Heinik, J. (2009). Attitudes of Family and Professional Care-Givers towards the Use of GPS for Tracking Patients with Dementia: An Exploratory Study. British Journal of Social Work. 39(9), 670-693.

Auslander, G. K., Werner,S., Shoval, N., Isaacson, M.,  Landau, R., Heinik, J. (2010). Cooperation with Complex Research Protocols: The Use of Global Positioning Systems with Cognitively Impaired Elders – A Preliminary Report. The Open Longevity Science Journal, 4, 1-8.

Cohen, H., Auslander, G. & Chen, Y. (2010). Family caregiving to hospitalized end-of-life and acutely ill geriatric patients. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 36 (8).

Landau, R., Werner, S., Auslander, G. K., Shoval, N. & Heinik, J. (2010). Family and professional caregivers' views of using advanced technology to track people with dementia. Qualitative Health Research. 20: 409-419

Landau, R, Werner, S. Auslander, G., Shoval, N., & Heinik, J. (2010). What do cognitively intact older people think about the use of electronic tracking devices for people with dementia: A preliminary analysis. International Psychogeriatrics., 22(8), 1303-1309

Oswald, F. Wahl, H-W., Voss, E, Schilling, O, Freytag, T., Auslander, G., Shoval, N., Heinik, J., Landau R. (2010). The use of tracking technologies for the analysis of outdoor mobility in the face of dementia: First steps into a project and some illustrative findings from Germany. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 24, 1, 55-73.

Shoval, N., Auslander, G., Cohen-Shalom, K., Isaacson, M., Landau, R., Heinik, J. & (2010). What can we learn about the mobility of the elderly in the GPS era? Journal of Transport Geography, 18(5), 603-612.

Soskolne, V., Auslander, G.K., Ben Shahar, I., Stanger, V., Kaplan, G. (2010). Social work discharge planning in acute care hospitals in Israel:  Clients’ evaluation of the discharge planning process and adequacy. Research on Social Work Practice, 20. 368-379.

Auslander, G. (2011). Family Caregivers of Hospitalized Adults in Israel: A Point-Prevalence Survey and Exploration of Tasks and Motives. Research in Nursing and Health, 34(3), 204-217.

Barzilay, Y., Shoval, N., Liebergall, M., Birenboim, A., Isaacson, M., Vaccaro, A.R., Kaplan, L. (2011). Assessing the outcomes of spine surgery using global positioning systems. Spine, 35. E263-267.

Landau, R., Werner, S., Auslander, G., Shoval, N. & Heinik, J. (2011). Who should make the decision on the use of GPS for people with dementia? Aging and Mental Health, 15, 78-84.

Shoval, N., Wahl, H.-W., Auslander, G., Isaacson, M., Oswald, F., Edry, T., Landau, R. & Heinik, J.(2011). Use of geographical positioning systems to measure the out-of-home mobility of older adults with differing cognitive functioning, Aging and Society, 31, 849-869.

Auslander, G. (2012). Depressive symptoms among hospitalized patients in Israel. Social Work in Health Care, 51, 107-123.

Werner, S., Auslander, G., Shoval, N., Gitlitz, T., Landau, R. & Heinik, J. (2012). Caregiving burden and out-of-home mobility of cognitively impaired care-recipients based on GPS tracking.  International Psychogeriatrics .

Lalayants, M., Epstein, I., Auslander, G., Chan, W., Fouche, C., Giles, R., Joubert, L., Rosenne, H. & Vertigan, A. (accepted for publication). Clinical data-mining: Learning from practice in international settings. International Social Work.

Wettstein, M., Wahl, H.W., Shoval, N., Oswald, F., Voss, E., Seidl, U., Frölich, L., Auslander, G., Heinik, J., Landau, R. (accepted for publication). Out-of-home Behavior and Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Findings of the SenTra Project. Journal of Applied Gerontology.


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Uri Aviram

Prof. Uri Aviram


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Academic Profile:

Ph.D. 1972, Univ.of California, Berkeley; Lect. 1972; Sen. Lect. 1977; Assoc. Prof. 1982; Prof. 1990, Emeritus 2004.

Research Interests:

Mental health and social policy. Mental health services research.  Community care and rehabilitation for persons with psychiatric disabilities. Mental health and social policy reforms. Psychiatry and law. Involuntary commitment of mentally ill persons 

Social work education and career patterns of social workers.

Research Projects:

Mental health policy trends in Israel: factors facilitating and hindering reforms towards community mental health service system.

Severely mentally ill persons in Israel: Scope and nature of the problem.

The mental health Rehabilitation Reform in Israel

Israel mental health (insurance) reform (2015)

The changing role of the social worker in the mental health system.

Abstracts of Current Research:

Mental health policy trends in Israel: Factors facilitating and hindering reforms towards community mental health service system: The objective of this study has been to assess mental health policy in Israel. Using a comparative approach, it evaluates what where the factors that hindered attempts to reform the system towards community mental health services and what might have been the factors that could have facilitated the transformation of the system.

Severely mentally ill persons in Israel- scope and nature of the problem: The objective of this research has been to define the population of chronically mentally ill persons in Israel, assess its major characteristics and estimate the size of this population in the country. Two major criteria have been used for defining the population: hospitalization history and functional disability. In addition, chronic mentally ill persons who had not been hospitalized or received disability pensions were defined and their number in the country was estimated.

Mental health rehabilitation reform in IsraelThe objectives of this study have been to study the outcome of the implementation of the Rehabilitation in the Community of the mentally Disabled Persons Law, enacted in 2000, and its impact on the mental health service system in the country.

Israel mental health (insurance) reform (2015). The aim of the study has been to examine the advantages and risks associated with the transfer of responsibility for mental health services to the health funds  (HMOs)and their integration into the general medical service system. The project analyzes the issues confronting those in charge of its implementation and the regulators, and recommends the appropriate modifications or ways of dealing with the issues and problems that may arise in the course of the reform’s implementation.

The changing role of the social worker in the mental health service system: This study surveys the social workers employed in the mental health service system with respect to their assignments and how they view their current and desired role.

Recent Publications:

Lightman, E. and Aviram, U. (2000). Too much too late: The Advocacy Act in Ontario. Law and Policy22:25-48.

Aviram, U., Admon, Z., Ajzenstadt, M. and Kanter, I.(2000) Change and preservation in mental health legislation in Israel: The legislative process of Israel's new mental health law. Mishpatim: Students' Law Review, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 31:145-191 (Hebrew).

Ajzenstads, M., Aviram, U., Kalian, M. Kanter, A. (2001). Involuntary outpatient commitment in Israel: Treatment or control. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry24, 637-657.

Aviram, U. (2001). Social integration of chronically mentally ill persons: An old problem in a new context. Social Security61, 42-61 (Hebrew).

Shera, W. Aviram, U., Healy, B., Ramon, S. (2002). Mental health system reform. Social Work in Health Care35, 547-575.

AviramU.(2002). The changing role of the social worker in the mental health system. Social Work in Health Care35, 615-632.

Aviram, U. & Rosenne, H. (2002). Estimating the number of chronically mentally ill persons in Israel: Children, the elderly and the total population. Research report submitted to the Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research, January, 62pp. (Hebrew).

Aviram, U. & Dehan, N. (2002). Intercultural exchange: An experimental program of the HebrewUniversityof Jerusalemfor education and training ultra-orthodox women for social work. Research report submitted to the Israel Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport. November, 138pp. (Hebrew).

Aviram, U. (Ed.) (2003). Academic social work education in Israel: Past, present and future. Tel Aviv: Cherikover, 186 pp.

Aviram, U. (2003). Social work role in mental health: Does the profession meet the challenge. In U.Aviram (Ed.) (2003).Academic social work education in Israel: Past present and future(pp. 133-158). Tel Aviv: Cherikover, 412 pp. (Hebrew).

Aviram, U. & Korin-Langer, N. (2004). Resilience among families of the mentally disabled. Research report submitted to the Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research, June, 42pp. (Hebrew).

Aviram, U., Guy, D., Sykes, I. (2006). A missed opportunity in mental health reform in Israel (1995-1997). Social Security71, 53-83 (Hebrew).

Aviram, U. and Ginath, Y. (Eds.) (2006). Mental health services in Israel: Trends and issues. Tel-Aviv: Cherikover, pp. 412 (Hebrew).

Aviram, U., Gal, J. & Katan, Y. (Eds.) (2007). Social policy development in Israel. Jerusalem: Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel (Hebrew).

Aviram, U. (2007). Stumbling reform of mental health services in Israel: Factors hindering the transformation of the locus of services to the community. Society and Welfare27, 127-155 (Hebrew).

Aviram, U. & Dehan, N. (2007). The reorganization plan of mental health services in Israel, 1972: Factors facilitating and blocking mental health reform toward community mental health services. In U. Aviram, J. Gal & Y. Katan (Eds.)Social policy development in Israel. Jerusalem: Taub Center for the Study of Social Policy in Israel, 193-238 (Hebrew)

Aviram, U. (2007). From the hospital to the community: Issues and challenges in transferring the locus of mental health services from the psychiatric hospitals to community mental health services. In N. Hadas-Lidor & M. Lachman (Eds.) (2007). Recovery and rehabilitation readings in the mental health field: Practice, policy and research. K'far Yona,Israel: Litampp. 195-202 (Hebrew).

Aviram, U. (2010). Promises and pitfalls on the road to a mental health reform in Israel. Israel Journal of Psychiatry3. 171-194.

Dehan, N, & Aviram, U. (2010). Making training in social work accessible for the Israeli ultara-orthodox (Haredi) community- An experimental program of the Hebrew University for training haredi women in social work. Social Security, 82, 113-143 (Hebrew).

Aviram, U. (2010). The Rehabilitation in Community of Persons with Mental Disabilities Law: Intermediate assessment and preparing for the future. Medicine, Psychiatry, 14, 14-23 (Hebrew).

Aviram, U. (2010). Changes in the "back-yard" of the healthcare system in Israel: Promises and perils on the road toward mental health services reform. In Ch. Katz and E. Tzfadia (Eds.) Surveillancing state - abandoningstate:Social policy in Israel, 1985-2008Tel Aviv: Resling. pp. 309-334 (Hebrew).

Aviram, U. (2011).The rehabilitation in the community of persons with mental disabilities law of Israel: Challenge and opportunity in a changing mental health service system. In U. Aviram (Ed.) Rehabilitation and community integration of persons with psychiatric disabilities: The first ten years and beyond. International workshop's report Tel Hashomer, Israel: Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research

Aviram, U., Ginath, Y.& Roe, D. (2012). A Decade to the Rehabilitation in the Community of Persons with Mental Disabilities Law of Israel: Challenges and Opportunities. Psychiatric Services.( 2012)

Aviram, U.(2012). Toward the second decade of implementing the law of the Rehabilitation in the community of persons with Mental Disabilities: Challenges and opportunity for a change in the mental health service system in Israel. Social Security, 90, 155-188 (Hebrew).

Aviram, U. (2013). The law for rehabilitation in the community of persons with mental disabilities: An interim assessment. In D. Ben-David (Ed.) The State of the nation report-Society, economy, and policy in Israel.. Jerusalem: Taub Center for Social Policy Studies (pp.383-407)

Korin-Langer, N., Aviram, U., & Leichtentrit, R. (2014). Resilience among family members of persons with psychiatric disabilities. Society and Welfare, 34, 513-545. (Hebrew).

Aviram, U. & Sagit Azari-Viesel (2015). Mental health reform in Israel: Challenge and opportunity. Policy paper 2015.02. . Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, Jerusalem 48 pp.  (Hebrew and English).

Aviram, U. (In press).The reform of rehabilitation in the community of persons with psychiatric disabilities: Lessons from the Israeli experience. Community Mental Health Journal


Uri Aviram's page at the Research and Development Authority site

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Dr. Bilah Bachrach


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Academic Profile: 

Hebrew University; Teacher 2009.


Research Interests:

Loss and bereavement; Video and Cinema therapy; Creativity and psycho-social interventions; Social work practice


Research Projects:

Memorial films - cinematic narrative and coping with bereavement. Beraveed parents in memorial films.


Recent Publications:

Bilha Bachrach and Ruth Landau (2012). The Place of Mysticism in Personal Commemorative Films of Bereaved Parents. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 25: 154-169

Bilha Bachrach and Ruth Landau (2014). Reconstructing the Loss: Bereaved Parents in Personal Commemorative Films. Journal of loss and trauma, 19: 484-495


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Mr Menachem Birnbaum


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Research Interests:

IT in Human Services. Computers as helping tools for  elderly and disabled people.Online support and self help groups.

Research Projects:

Online Support Groups. Disabled and disadvantaged people are gradually exposed to the web. Searching for information and communication, has exposed them to forums and online support groups, whether professionally managed or not. Analysis of messages spread on health and social related forums explores the mutual nature of such groups.

Computers for disabled and the elderly. Computers offer many advantages to elderly people, many of whom have free time  and are fully or partially restricted in movement. They may help them fill their increased free time creatively and overcome loneliness and boredom by communicating with others and making new hobbies possible. Simple computer technology may easily overcome old people's limitations due to physical restrictions: e.g. enlarged fonts or large screens for people with poor eyesight; use of the computer as a reminder machine for people with memory difficulties; E-mail allows physically restricted people to communicate with the outside world and use of the Internet can broaden their horizons.

E-Learning Using technology to enhance teaching and instruction in social work context. Utilization of technology for promoting Learning abilities of Disabled students.

Recent Publications:

Shor, R. & Birnbaum, M. (2012). Meeting Unmet Needs of Families of Persons with Mental  Illness: Evaluation of Familiy Peer Support Helpline. Community Mental Health Journal. 48.


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Dr. Yael Dayan


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Academic Profile:

M.A. 1985, Hebrew University. Teacher 1990; Senior Teacher 2001


Research Interests:

Early childhood education – provisions, intervention programs, curriculum.

Children's perspectives research

Early childhood teacher education and supervision

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Dr. Eli Frenkel


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Academic Profile: 

Ph.D. 1982, BrownUniv.; Lecturer 1997; Senior Lecturer 2001, Emeritus 2003.


Research Interests:

Social policy and service

Family policy


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Ms Minda Garr


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Academic Profile: 

M.S.W. 1977, University of Iowa; Teacher 1986


Research Interests:

Social work practice education; cognitive therapy;  adolescent psychosocial development;  sexuality education.    Specialization in mind/body/spirit healing 


Recent Publications:

Garr Minda and Goldie Marans. Ultra-orthodox women in Israel: a pilot project in social work education, Social Work Education, 20(4), 2001.

Garr, Minda. Looking for solutions, not problems, Camping Magazine, 78(6), 2005.

Garr, Minda. Understanding group processes, Camping Magazine, 79(2), 2006.

Garr, Minda and Rabbi Ronald Garr. Establishing clear limits, Camping Magazine, 79(6), 2006.

Garr, Minda. Sexuality education in the camp setting: a thirty-four year retrospective, Camping Magazine, (March/April) 2012.

Garr, Minda. The interface between camp and family: the challenge of dealing with loss and bereavement, Camping Magazine, 2015.

Garr, Minda.  Interfacing between short-term, time-limited crisis intervention, treating trauma and shock, and trance and subtle energy work: case study. Accepted for publication, Journal of Heart-Centered Therapies, Spring, 2016.


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Prof. Daniel Gottlieb

Associate Professor

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Gottlieb Daniel

E-mail: daniel.gottlieb52@gmail.com

Higher Education                

Postdoctoral Studies (instead of)                                International Monetary Fund (2 years)

Economics, Hebrew University, Israel                       Ph.D.

Economics, London School of Economics, UK         M.Sc.

Economics, University of Zuerich, Switzerland        Lic. Oec. Publ. (B.A./M.A)


Awards and Excellence Scholarships (Within the Past Five Years)


Not applicable


Appointments at the Hebrew University            

Associate Professor,   Social Work, Hebrew University, Israel (2015 – present)

Senior Lecturer,          Social Work, Hebrew University, Israel (2011 – 2015)

Economics, Ben-Gurion University, Israel (2003 - 2008)

Lecturer, Economics, Hebrew University, Israel (

                                    Tel Aviv University, Israel


Additional Functions (Within the Past Five Years)

Deputy Director General for Research and Planning, National Insurance Institute (since 2008)

Senior Adviser to Governors of the Bank of Israel (from 1995 to 2008)

Head of NII committee for the Fund for Special Enterprises (קרן מפעלים מיוחדים, last 12 years)

Head of NII committee for the Fund for Social Research in Israel (מפעלים מיוחדים, last 12 years)

Head of NII committee for confidential data transfer between public bodies (last 12 years)

Head of NII committee on policy changes                                                     (2016-2018)


Research Grants (Within the Past Five Years)

Not applicable








List of Publication (Within the Past Five Years)


Books & Edited Books

Astor, R.A., & Benbenishty, R. (2019). Bullying, school violence, and climate in evolving contexts: Culture, organization and time.  New York: Oxford University Press.


Chapters in Collections

Gottlieb D. and Netanela Barkali, Chapter 1 in the Annual Report, National Insurance Institute, 2015, Social Policy and Trends in the Development of Social Benefits, National Insurance Institute.

Gottlieb D., Chapter 1 in the Annual Report, National Insurance Institute, 2016, Universal Basic Income, Risk or Opportunity, National Insurance Institute, 3-66.

Gottlieb D., Chapter 1 in the Annual Report, National Insurance Institute, 2017, Social Security, Policy Proposals, National Insurance Institute, 3-76, available from the author.


Journal Articles

Gottlieb Daniel and Esther Toledano, 2015, Part-Time Employees and Extended Unemployment, 2000-2011, National Insurance Institute, Working papers, No. 120, July, 1-19.

Gottlieb Daniel, “Social Benefit Policy during the Corona Crisis, 2020, October, Society and Welfare, The Israeli Quarterly Journal of Social Work, forthcoming, 1-4.

Gottlieb Daniel, “Take Up of Social Rights in Israel, Empirical Evidence,” Social Security, October, 2020, forthcoming, 6-34.

Gottlieb Daniel, 2015, " The multidimensional adequacy of social insurance benefits and insurability," International Social Security Review, Vol. 68, 3/2015, 69-97.

Gottlieb Daniel, 2019, “Saving For Every Child Program: Implications for inequality, and policy alternatives,” National Insurance Institute, Working papers, No. 130, July, 1-26.

Gottlieb Daniel, ed., 2017, “Commission Report, Policy Proposals for the Enhancement of Social Security, Commission Report, National Insurance Institute, July, 1-16.

Gottlieb Daniel, Eytan Sheshinsky et al., 2017, “On the relationship between Longevity and Income, Israel Democracy Institute and National Insurance Institute, Research Report, December, 1-16.

Gottlieb Daniel, Eytan Sheshinsky et al., 2018, “Realization of Pension Savings after Retirement: Implications of the Association between Longevity and Income, Israel Democracy Institute and National Insurance Institute, Research Report, December, 1-26.

Gottlieb Daniel, Michal Grinstein-Weiss, et al., 2019, “Enrollment and participation in a universal child savings program: Evidence from the rollout of Israel's National Program”, Children and Youth Services Review, 225-238.

Gottlieb Daniel, Netanela Barkali et al., 2016, “Equivalence scales and Poverty Measurement in Israel, 1968-2013”, Working Papers, National Insurance Institute, 1-40.

Gottlieb Daniel, Simon Brimblecombe and Ian Orton, 2015, “Introduction: Proceedings of the ISSA 2014 International Research Conference”, International Social Security Review, Vol. 68, 3/2015, 1-13.

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Dr. Katalin Katz


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Research Interests:

Holocaust stories of Roma from Hungary. Individual and collective memory. Practice and theory in social work.

Addictions. Narrative research methods. Narrative therapy.


Abstracts of Current Research :

Holocaust stories of Roma (Gypsies) from Hungary: practices of memory and interpretation.Retelling the untold story of the life events of the Roma from Hungary during the Holocaust creates a link to their practices of memory and interpretation. Practices such retelling events to a large or an intimate audience, building monuments and visitation habits, memorial days, composing and reciting lamentations etc. are all activities derived from the memory and its interpretation. At the same time they construct the memory. These practices both drive the relationship between the personal and the collective and also between the inner reality of "being" and the external reality of "doing". The various memories and interpretations are analyzed in the social and cultural contexts of those remembering and interpreting - Roma from Hungary whose narrative became the basis of a common story, meaningful for the collective.

Individual and collective memory.An analysis of the construction and reconstruction of memory in a socio-political context and of the relationship between story and history. The role of memory in rehabilitation after a massive traumatic experience is examined with respect to the Holocaust, the destinies of the Roma and Sinti in Europe and the Naqba - the story of the Palestinian Arabs in 1948.

Practice and theory in social work and social work training. Social Work students' satisfaction with their Field Instruction and the problems of integrating knowledge of practice and theoretical concepts in social work and social work training.

Addictions.Drug addiction history, background characteristics and treatment plans of substance abuse clients at an out-patient service for people with addictions problems



Recent Publications:

Katalin Katz– Recent Years' Publications


1. Katz, K. (in press). The Holocaust-Memory of Hungary's Roma (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv: Hakibutz Hameuchad Publishers.

2. Katz, K. & Banyai, E. (eds) (2009). Contemporary Social Work Theories, Field Training, Supervision (in Hungarian).Budapest: Hilscher Rezso Szocialpolitikai Egyesulet and ELTE University.

3. Katz, K. (2005). Repressed Memory. Contribution to the Gypsies' Holocaust-Story (in Hungarian). Budapest: Pont Kiado, Serial Interface.

4. Katz, K. (2000).  Encounters of Memory (in Hebrew). Jerusalem: AIC.

Chapters in Collections

5. Story, History and Memory: a Case Study of the Roma at the Komarom Camp in Hungary. In: Stauber, R. & Vago, R. (eds.) (2007). The Roma – A Minority in Europe: Historical, Political and Social Perspectives. Budapest and New York:Central European University Press, pp. 69-87.

6. The Roma of Hungary in the Second World War. In: Kenrick, D. (ed) (2006) The Gypsies during the Second World War, The Final Chapter. Hertfordshire: University of Hertfordshire Press, pp. 47-85.

7. Holocaust Stories of Roma from Hungary. In: McDonald, C., Kovacs, J., Fenyes, C. (eds) (2001). The Roma Education Resource Book, Vol.2, Budapest and New York: Open Society Institution, pp. 309-316.


8. The Cultures of Social Work (In Hungarian), Esely, Budapest, 2009/6, 108-116.

9. Schiff, M. & Katz, K. (2007) - The Impact of Ethnicity and Phase in Training on Israeli Social Work Students' Satisfaction with the Field Instruction.  Social Work Education, 26,8, 794-809.

10. Schiff, M. & Katz, K. (2007) – Therapeutic Components and Differential Treatment Outcomes among Clients of Israeli Services for Substance Abusers. Research on Social Work Practice, 17, 1, 19-29.

11. Holocaust Stories of Roma from Hungary (In Hungarian),  Amaro Drom, Budapest, December 1998.                     

12. Lengyel, (Holocaust Memories of Roma, in Hungarian), CET, 98/11, Budapest. 

13. The Influences of Poverty by Psychodynamic Terms (In Hungarian).  Csalad, Gyeremek, Ifjusag, 93/11-12,Budapest.


14. My First Admirer. In: Katalin Pecsi (ed) (2007). Salty Coffee – Untold Stories by Jewish Women. Budapest: Novella, pp.132-135.

15. Our voice. In: Katalin Pecsi (ed) (2007) Salty Coffee – Untold Stories by Jewish Women. Budapest: Novella, p. 176.

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Prof. Eli Leshem


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Academic Profile: 

Ph.D. 1989, Hebrew University; Sen. Lect (Adjunct) 1996, Prof. (Adjunct) 1998 , Emeritus, 2006.


Research Interests:
Migration; Culture sensitive social work; Welfare services and policy.


Research Projects:

Jewish communal leadership in the FSU. Funded by JAFI.

Integration processes of FSU immigrants in Israel (1990 - 2004). Funded by JDC-ISRAEL.

FSU immigrants and the veteran population: Secondary analysis of the CBS Social Survery 2002. Funded by JDC-ISRAEL.


Recent Publications:

Gal, G. & Leshem, E. (2000). Examining changes in settlement policies for immigrants: The Israeli Case. Journal of comparative policy analysis: Research and practice, 2: 235-255.

Al-Haj, M. & Leshem, E. (2000). Immigrants from the Former Soviet Unionin Israel: Ten years later (A research report).Haifa: University of Haifa. The Center for Multiculturalism and Educational Research. 131 p.

Lissak, M. & Leshem, E. (2001). From Russia to Israel: Identity and culture in transition. Tel-Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House. 263 p. (Hebrew).

Leshem, E. (2001). Immigration from the Former Soviet Union and the secular/religious fissure in the Israeli society. In: Lissak, M. & Leshem, L. (eds.). From Russia to Israel: Identity and culture in transition. Tel-Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House. 124-148 (Hebrew).

Leshem, E. (in press) FSU immigrants in Israel between "Integration" and "Segregation". Iunim Btkumat Israel(Hebrew),

 Leshem E., (2003) Israelas a Multicultural  Stateat the Turn of the Twenty-First Century. In: Leshem L., Roer-Strier D., (eds.) Cultural Diversity a Challenge to Human Services. (13 -116) Jerusalem: Magnes Press. (Hebrew)

 Leshem E., (2003) FSU Immigration in Israel 1999 ? 2003: Situation report. Jerusalem. JDC-Israel (Hebrew).

 Leshem, E. Horowitz, T. & Zemach, M. (2003) Veteran population attitudes toward FSU Immigration in Israel:Jerusalem: JDC-Israel. (Hebrew).

Leshem E., Roer-Strier D., (2003) Cultural Diversity a Challenge to Human Services. Jerusalem: Magnes Press. 383 pp. (Hebrew).

Leshem, E., Sicron, M. (2004). The Russian immigrant community in Israel. In: Rebhun, U. & Waxman, C.I. (eds.).Jews in IsraelContemporary Social and Cultural Patterns (81 -117) Lebanon: Brandeis University Press.

Chapters in Books (Refereed)

Leshem,E (2007) The Russian Alia in Israel: Community and  identity  in the second decade. In : J.Ro'i & Z. Gittelman ( Eds.) Revolution ,repression  and  revival: The Soviet Jewish experience (333-360).  Boulder Co. : Rowman & Littlefield Pub. Inc.

Leshem,E (2007) The reform in immigrant absorption policy : From institutional absorption  to  direct absorption in the community . In : U. Aviram , Y. Katan & J. Gal (Eds.) Social  policy  formulation in Israel: Trends and issues.( 239-286)Jerusalem: Taub  Center for   Social Policy Studies in Israel(Hebrew).

Leshem, E. (2005) FSU immigrants in Israelbetween “Integration” and “Segregation”. In: A.Bareli, T. Friling & D.Gutwein (Eds.) The economy and sociology on Israel: historical and contemporary aspects. Iyunim  btkumat  Israel Series.(541 – 580). Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem: The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the study of Israel & Zionism -GurionUniversityof the Negev Press. Yad-Ben-Zvi(Hebrew).

Refereed Articles in Scientific Journals

Litwin ,H.&  Leshem, E.(in press) Late-life migration, work status and survival: The case of older immigrants from the former Soviet Unionin Israel. International Migration Review

Leshem,E. (2008) Being an Israeli: Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union in Israel, Fifteen years later. Journal of Israeli History, Politics, Society, Culture. 27 (29-49).


Eli Leshem's site at the Research and Development Authority


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Prof. Howie Litwin


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Research Interests:

Howard Litwin works in the field of social gerontology. His empirical research addresses the correlates and determinants of well-being in late-life. In particular, his work seeks to clarify how the social networks of older people influence perceptions, feelings and actions that, in turn, contribute to aging well. He is the founding Head of the Israel Gerontological Data Center (IGDC), a knowledge center at the University that was initiated by the Ministry of Science and Technology and is currently supported by the Ministry for Senior Citizens. He serves as the Coordinator of the Social Network area for the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)—a longitudinal survey of people age 50 and over in 20 countries. He is also the Principal Investigator for SHARE-Israel, the Israeli component of the SHARE project. Prof. Litwin is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).


Research Projects:

Establishment of the IsraelGerontological DataCenter, Funding: Israel Ministry of Science, 2002 -2005        

Developing an Israeli Version of the HRS/SHARE Project, Funding: National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Aging, 2004 -2006        

Survey of 50+: Participation of Israelin the International HRS/SHARE Project, Funding: National Insurance Institute, 2005 -2006        

The Sociology of Familial Exchange in Later Life: A Comparative German-Israeli Analysis of the Determinants of Intergenerational Transfers, Funding:  German Israeli Foundation  2005 -2006       

Abstracts of Current Research :

A multivariate examination of explanations for the occurrence of elder abuse:  The goal of the study was to determine the relative strength of four major explanations for the rise of elder abuse among a population in transition from traditional to modern culture. The study compared a sample of 120 abused Arab Israeli elders with a control group of 120 nonabused elders from the same background. The abuse status outcome was regressed in a hierarchical logistic procedure on indicators of sociodemographic status, dependency, modernization, and social integration. The results underscored the multiple explanations for elder abuse in the study population and the predominance of the combined factors of modernization and social integration.

Social networks, ethnicity and public home-care utilisation:This study examines the relationships between support networks, ethnicity and the utilisation of formal care services, taking into account background characteristics and functional health status among 3,403 older people in Israel. The results show that publicly-financed formal care services were utilised more frequently by older-old persons, women, functionally impaired individuals and people embedded in the neighbour-focused and restricted networks.  Thus, formal home-care was sought more often in cases in which the informal sources of support had less capacity to provide ongoing informal care.

Intergenerational exchange and mental health in later-life:The case of older Jewish Israelis: The purpose of this study was to consider the contribution of intergenerational exchange to mental health. The results revealed that unbalanced exchange on the part of the respondents, whether giving more or receiving more, was unrelated to their current mental health. Equal reciprocal exchange was positively associated with mental health, albeit weakly. This positive effect was maintained despite the simultaneous negative association of poor health with respondents' mental health and the positive association of income, education and contact with children. The analysis demonstrates that reciprocal intergenerational exchange may be a contributory factor to better mental health in later-life.

Elder participation in cyberspace: A qualitative analysis of Israeli  retirees:This inquiry considers the nature and meaning of elder participation in cyberspace and the degree to which computer-mediated communication increases the social capital of older adults. Three primary themes emerged from the interviews. The first concerns the different conceptions of old age held by the cyber-participants and the non-participants, and in particular, differing views on learning capacity in later life. The second is related to the varying conceptions of time in old age, and orientation to the past or to the future. The third theme relates to the way in which the elderly persons involved in the virtual world relate to their computer, attributing human qualities to this new addition to their social network.


Litwin, H., (2002). Environmental quality of life in long-term care: The effect of institutional and community-based settings. Journal of Social Work in Long-Term Care, 1(1): 107-125.

Litwin, H., (2002). Methodological issues in the measurement of social networks. Gerontologia,28(3-4): 155-168, (Hebrew).

Litwin, H., (2002). Examination of the association of age, disability and mood among Jewish older adults in Israel.Aging and Mental Health, 6(4): 397-401.

Greenberger, H., and Litwin, H. (2003). Can burdened caregivers be effective facilitators of elder care-recipient health care? Journal of Advanced Nursing, 41(4): 332-341.

Litwin, H.,and Zoabi, S. (2003). Modernization and elder abuse in an Arab-Israeli context. Research on Aging, 25(3): 224-246.

Litwin, H.,(2003). The association of disability, sociodemographic background and social network type in later life.Journal of Aging and Health, 15(2): 391-408.

Litwin, H.,(2003). Social predictors of physical activity in later life: The contribution of social network type. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 11: 389-406.

Litwin, H.,(2003). El uso de servicios sociales y de salud entre adultos mayores: Un examen de factores pronóstico (Social and health service utilization among older people: An examination of predictive factors). Trabajo Social, Noviembre, 84-93.

Greenberger, H., and Litwin, H. (2003). Caregiver resources and facilitation of elder care-recipient adherence to health regimens. Canadian Journal on Aging/ La Revue Canadienne du Vieillissement, 22(4): 477-493.

Litwin, H., (2003). The social context of aging in Israel: Social support systems. In A. Rosin, (ed.), Aging and Gerontology in Israel,Jerusalem; JDC-Eshel, 641-660 (Hebrew). 

Litwin, H., (2003). "Social Network Structure and Utilization of Formal Public Support in Israel." In V. L. Bengtson & A. Lowenstein (eds.). Global Aging and Challenges to Families. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter, 196-213.

Litwin, H.,(2004). Intergenerational exchange patterns and their correlates in an aging Israeli cohort. Research on Aging, 26(2): 202-223.

Litwin, H.,(2004). Intergenerational exchange and mental health in later-life: The case of older Jewish Israelis. Aging and Mental Health, 8(3): 196-200.

Litwin, H.,and Zoabi, S. (2004). A multivariate examination of explanations for the occurrence of elder abuse. Social Work Research, 28(3): 133-142.

Blit-Cohen, E., and Litwin, H. (2004). Elder participation in cyberspace: A qualitative analysis of Israeli retirees. Journal of Aging Studies, 18(4): 385-398.

Litwin, H.,(2004). Social networks, ethnicity and public home care. Ageing and Society, 24(6): 921-939.

Auslander, G., Litwin, H., and Heinik, J. (2004). Social correlates of the severity of cognitive impairment at time of diagnosis of dementia. Journal of Mental Health and Aging, 10(4).

Blit Cohen, E., and Litwin, H. (2005). Computer utilization in later-life: Characteristics and relationship to personal well-being. Gerontechnology, 3(3): 76-86.

Brodsky, J., and Litwin, H. (2005). Immigration, appartenance ethnique et schémas de soins des personnes âgées en Israël (Immigration, ethnicity and patterns of care among older persons in Israel). Retraite et Société, 44: 177-203.

Litwin, H., (2005). Correlates of successful aging: Are they universal? International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 61(4): 313-333.

Litwin, H. (2005). Intergenerational relations in an aging world.  European Journal of Ageing, 2: 213-215.

Litwin, H., (2006). The path to well-being among elderly Arab-Israelis. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 21(1-2): 25-40.

Litwin, H., and Shiovitz-Ezra, S. (2006). The association between activity and well-being in later-life: what really matters? Ageing and Society, 26: 225-242.

Litwin, H., (2006). Social networks and self-rated health: A cross-cultural examination among older Israelis. Journal of Aging and Health, 18: 335-358.

Litwin, H., and Shiovitz-Ezra, S. (2006). Network type and mortality risk in later-life. The Gerontologist, 46(6): 735-743.

Litwin, H. (2007). What really matters in the social network mortality— association?  A multivariate examination among older Jewish-Israelis. European Journal of Ageing, 4(2): 71-82.

Litwin, H. (2007). Does early retirement lead to longer life? Ageing and Society, 27(5): 739-754.

Litwin, H. (2007). The interpersonal milieu of older people. In S. Carmel, C. Morse & F. Torres Gil (Eds.). Lessons on Aging from Three Nations, Volume I: The Art of Aging Well. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Co., pp. 169-184.

Litwin, H., Vogel, C., Künemund, H. and Kohli, M. (2008). The balance of intergenerational exchange: Correlates of net transfers in Germanyand Israel. European Journal of Ageing, 5(2): 91-102.

Achdut, L. and Litwin, H. (eds.) (2008). The 50+ cohort - First results from SHARE - Israel: Data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, Social Security - Journal of Welfare and Social Security Studies, 76.  (Hebrew), 311 pp.

Litwin, H., and Sapir, E.V. (2008): The SHARE-Israel methodology, Social Security - Journal of Welfare and Social Security Studies, 76: 25-41, (Hebrew).

Litwin, H. (2008): Private intergenerational transfers among persons aged 50+: The exchange of time, money and shared housing, Social Security - Journal of Welfare and Social Security Studies, 76: 247-268, (Hebrew).

 Litwin, H., and Sapir, E.V. (in press). Perceived income adequacy among older adults in 12 countries: Findings from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe. The Gerontologist.

Litwin, H. (2008). Understanding aging in a Middle Eastern context: The SHARE-Israel survey of persons aged 50 and older. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, DOI10.1007/s10823-008-9073-7

Litwin, H.(2009). Understanding aging in a Middle Eastern context: The SHARE-Israel survey of persons aged 50 and older. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 24(1): 49-62.First publishedonline: July 15, 2008, DOI: 10.1007/s10823-008-9073-7.

Litwin, H., and Attias-Donfut, C. (2009). The inter-relationship between formal and informal care: A study in France and Israel. Ageing and Society, 29(1): 71-91. First published online: December 10, 2008, DOI:10.1017/S0144686X08007666.

Litwin, H., and Sapir, E.V. (2009). Perceived income adequacy among older adults in 12 countries: Findings from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe. The Gerontologist, 49(3): 397-496. DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnp036.

Litwin, H.,Achdut, L., and Youssim, I.(2009). Who supports delayed retirement? A study of older workers in Israel.Journal of European Social Policy,19(3): 245–257, DOI: 10.1177/ 0958928709104739.

Litwin, H., and Sapir, E.V. (2009). Forgone health care due to cost among older adults in European countries and in Israel. European Journal of Ageing, 6(3): 167-176.DOI: 10.1007/ s10433-009-0126-8.

Litwin, H.(2009). Social networks and well being: A comparison of older people in Mediterranean and non-Mediterranean countries. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 65B (5): S599-S608. First published online: December 14, 2009, DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbp104.

Shmotkin, D., andLitwin, H.(2009). Cumulative adversity and depressive symptoms among older adults in Israel: The differential roles of self-oriented versus other-oriented events of potential trauma. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 44: 989-997. DOI: 10.1007/ s00127-009-0020-x.

Litwin, H.,and Brodsky, J. (2009). Israel. In E. Palmore, F. Whittington and S. Kunkel (Eds.). The International Handbook on Aging: Current Research and Developments, Third Edition. Westport, CN: Praeger Publishers, pp. 297-308.  

Amit, K., and Litwin, H. (2010). The subjective well-being of immigrants aged 50 and older in IsraelSocial Indicators Research, 98: 89–104.First published online: September 23, 2009, DOI: 10.1007/s11205-009-9519-5.

Roll, A., and Litwin, H. (2010). Intergenerational financial transfers and mental health: An analysis using SHARE-Israel dataAging & Mental Health, 14(2): 203–210. DOI: 10.1080/ 13607860903191366.

Litwin, H., and Shiovitz-Ezra, S. (2011). Social network type and subjective well-being in a national sample of older Americans. The Gerontologist, 51(3): 379–388. First published online: November 19, 2010, DOI:10.1093/geront/gnq094

Litwin, H.(2011). The association between social network relationships and depressive symptoms among older Americans: what matters most?International Psychogeriatrics, 23:6, 930–940. First published online: March 1, 2011, DOI:10.1017/S1041610211000251.

Khalaila, R., and Litwin, H.(2011). Modernization and future care preferences: A cross-sectional survey of Arab Israeli caregivers. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67(7), 1614–1624. First published online: March 6, 2011, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2010.05606.x

Muller, Z., and Litwin, H. (2011). Grandparenting and well-being: How important is grandpent-role centrality? European Journal of Ageing, 8(2): 109–118. First published online: March 29, 2011, DOI: 10.1007/s10433-011-0185-5.

Khalaila, R.,and Litwin, H. (2011). Does filial piety decrease depression among family caregivers?Ageing & Mental Health, 15(6), 679-686. First published online: May 11, 2011, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2011.569479.

Litwin, H., and Shiovitz-Ezra, S. (2011). The association of background and network type among older Americans: Is "who you are" related to "who you are with? Research on Aging, 33(6): 735–759. First published online: May 27, 2011, DOI: 10.1177/0164027511409441.

Glicksman, A., and Litwin, H. (2011). International Spotlight: Israel. The Gerontologist, 51(6): 734-738. First published online: October 30, 2011,DOI:10.1093/geront/gnr104.

Litwin, H. (2011). Social relationships and well-being in very late life. In L. Poon and J. Cohen-Mansfield (Eds.)Understanding well being in the oldest old, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 213-226. ISBN 978-1-4419-8344-2

Khalaila, R.,and Litwin, H. (2012). Modernisation and filial piety among traditional family caregivers: A study of Arab-Israelis in cultural transition. Ageing & Society, 32: 768-789. First published online: July 22, 2011, DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X11000572.

Shrira, A., Shmotkin, D., and Litwin, H. (2012). Potentially traumatic events at different points in the life span and mental health: Findings from SHARE-Israel. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82(2): 251–259, DOI: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2012.01149.x.

Litwin, H.(2012). Physical activity, social network type and depressive symptoms in late life: An analysis of data from the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project. Aging & Mental Health, 16(5): 608–616. First published online: February 1, 2012, DOI:10.1080/13607863.2011.644264.

Litwin, H., Shrira, A., and Shmotkin, D. (2012). Self–reported functional status among the old–old: A comparison of two Israeli cohorts. Journal of Aging and Health, 24(5): 846-862. First published online: March 15, 2012, DOI: 10.1177/0898264312436714.

Shiovitz-Ezra, S and Litwin, H. (2012). Social network type and health-related behaviors among older people: Evidence from an American national survey Social Science & Medicine, 75(5): 901-904. First published online: 24 May, 2012, DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.04.031. 

Litwin, H., and Stoeckel, K.J. (2012). Social networks and subjective wellbeing among older Europeans: Does age make a difference? Ageing & Society. First published online: 16 June, 2012, DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X12000645.

Litwin, H.,and Stoeckel. K.J. (2013). The social networks of older Europeans. In C. Phellas (ed.), Aging in European Societies, International Perspectives on Aging 6, New York: Springer, pp. 179-192. DOI 10.1007/978-1-4419-8345-9_12.


Howard Litwin's site at the Research and Development Authority


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Dr. Mili Mass


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Academic Profile: 

Ph. D. 1983, Univ. of Calif., Berkeley; Sen. Teacher 1983; Emerita 1997.


Research Interests:

Child welfare issues from the clinical, societal and legal aspects.


Research Projects:

The politics of parenting.

I. Documentation and analysis of court procedures in non-consnesaul adoption.

II. Analysis of trends and direction in the politics of parenting in Israel.

Recent Publications:
Mass, M. (2000) On the link between academia and the practice of social work. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, V. 30, 1:99-125.

Nijnatten, C.v, Boesveldt, N., Schilperoord, A  & Mass, M. (2001) The construction of parental authority and coopertaion in reports to the Dutch Court, International Journal of Sociology of Law29:237-252.

Mass, M (2004) “Their borders” – “our obligation” on authority and responsibility of social workers in the area of parent-child relationshiop. (in Hebrew), Megamot, 43, 3: 566-576. 

Mass, M. On state intervention in the relation of children with their parents: The case of adoption due to "parental lack of capability". (in Hebrew) Moznei Mishpat, 2005, 4: 589.

Mass, M. & Nijnattern, C. V. Child protection and the conception of parental responsibility. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 2005. 75: 220.

Mass, M. & Ophir, A. Care, supervision and abandonment – on non-consensual and confidential Adoption. (in Hebrew) Iyunei Mishpat. 2006, 29:257.

Mass, M. "Parental capability" – "parental instinct" or "survival instinct". (exert testimonies) (in Hebrew). in press: Issues in Psychology, Medicine and the Law.


Milli Mass's site at the Research and Development Authority


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Prof. Tamar Rapoport


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Academic Profile: 

Ph.D. 1981, HebrewUniv.; Lect. 1985; Sen. Lect. 1990; Assoc. Prof. 1998. Prof. 2004.


Research Interests:

Sociology of youth; Sociology of knowledge; Gender socialization. Immigration – Russian Jewish immigrants.


Research Projects:

Immigration of Russian Jewish students to Jerusalemand Berlin; The expected and unexpected consequences of the Fulbright  program; "Motherhood Literacy" of Palestinian Women in Um-Tuba 


Recent Publications:

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Lomsky-Feder, E. , Rapoport, T.  (2000). “Visit, separation and deconstructing nostalgia: Jewish-Russian students travel to their homeland”. Journal of  Contemporary Ethnography, 29 (1): 32-58.

Appears in Hebrew: (elaborated version)

Lomsky-Feder, E., Rapoport, T. (1999). “Separation via visit: Russian students travel to their homeland”. B’amichlala: Qualitative Research in Education, 11: 93-120.

Rapoport, T., Lomsky-Feder, E. (2001). “Reflections on strangeness: The case of Russian-Jewish immigrants in the kibbutz”. Qualitative Sociology, 24 (4): 483-507.

Lomsky-Feder, E., Rapoport, T. (2001). “Homecoming, immigration and the national ethos: Russian-Jewish homecomers reading zionism”. Anthropological Quarterly, 74 (1): 1-14.

Appears in Hebrew: (an abridged version)

Lomsky-Feder, E., Rapoport, T. (2000). “To leave or to stay? – Immigrants challenge the national ethos”. Megamot, 40 (4): 571-590.

Rapoport, T., Lomsky-Feder, E., Heider, A. (2002). “Recollection 

and relocation in immigration: Russian-Jewish immigrants “normalize” their anti-Semitic experiences”. Symbolic Interaction, 25:2, 175-198.

Rapoport, T., Lomsky-Feder, E. (2002). “Intelligentsia” as an ethnic habitus: The inculcation and restructuring of Intelligentsia among Russian Jews. 

British Journal of Sociology of Education, 23 (2): 233-248.

Lomsky-Feder, E., Rapoport, T. (2002). “Juggling models of  masculinity: Russian-Jewish immigrants in the Israeli army”. Sociological Inquiry, 73 (1): 114-137. 

Appears in Hebrew: (elborated version)

Lomsky-Feder, E., Rapoport, T. (2001). “Juggling models of     masculinity: Russian-Jewish immigrants in the Israeli army”. Israeli Sociology, 3 (1): 31-51.  

Erdreich, L., Rapoport, T. (2002). “ Elaborating ethnonational awareness via academic literacy: Palestinian Israeli women at the university”. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 33 (4): 492-515.

Lomsky-Feder, E., Rapoport, T. (2002). “Seeking a place to stay: Representation of bounded movement among Russian-Jewish homecomers”.  Ethos, 30 (3): 227-248.

Sasson-Levi, O., Rapoport, T. (2003). “Body, gender and knowledge in protest movements” Gender and  Society, 17 (3): 379-403.

Appears in Hebrew: (translation)

Sasson-Levi, O., Rapoport, T. (2002). “Body and knowledge in social movements” Megamot, 41 (4): 489-514.

Rapoport T. , Book Review (forthcoming).  “Simulated dreams: Israeli youth and virtual zionism”,  by Haim Hazan. New York: Berghahn Books, 2001. Pp. 116. American Journal of Sociology. B. Chapters in books (since 2000)


Rapoport, T. (2000). “The many voices of Israeli youth: Multiple interpretations of  Rabin’s assassination”. In Y. Peri  (ed.), The Assassination  of Yitzhak Rabin, pp. 197-226. Stanford: Stanford California Press.

Heider, A. Rapoport, T. (1999). “Die ‘Normalisierung’ Antisemitscher Erfahrungen: Junge Russisch-Juedische Migranten Ihre Kindheit in der  Sowjetunion.” In W. Benz (ed.), Jahrbuch fuer Antisemitismus-forschung  8,  pp. 82-106.Berlin: Technical University. (in German).


Schuetze, Y., Rapoport, T. , (2000). “We are similar by the fact we are different: Social relations among young, Russian-Jewish emigrants in Israeland Germany”.  In R. Breckner, D. Kalekin-Fishman, I.Miehte. (eds.), Biographies and the division of Europe, pp. 249-267. Leverkusen: Leske and Budrich.


Yanay, N., Rapoport, T. (2001). “Ritual impurity and nationality: The female body as a text”. In Y. Atzmon (ed.), Will you listen to my voice?: Representations of women in Israeli culture, pp. 213-224. Tel-Aviv: H’kibbutz H’meuchad. (in Hebrew).

Rapoport, T. , El-Or, T.,  Halbertal, T.  (2002). “Apples from the  desert”: Literature teachers reading through and beyond local culture”. In M. Zellermayer and P. Peri (eds.), Teacher’s voice, pp. 115-137 . Tel-Aviv: Levinsky Teachers College. (in Hebrew). 


Rapoport, T., Lomsky-Feder, E. (2003) “A stranger at home: Jewish-Russian students in the Kibbutz”. In E. Leshem and D. Roer-Strier (eds.), Cultural diversity: A challenge to human services, pp.139-162. Jerusalem: Magnes (in Hebrew).

Lomsky  Feder, E., Rapoport T. (forthcoming) “Visit, separation, and    deconstructing nostalgia -- Russian students travel to their old home” In: A.   Levy and A. Weingrod, (eds). Homelands and diasporas: Holy lands and other   places.Stanford University Press. 


Lomsky  Feder, E., Rapoport T., et al (forthcoming) “Speaking their language?: Identity, home and power relations in interviews with immigrants” In: M. H. Barreto Abraho. (ed.). The Autobiographic adventure – Theory and  practice.Brazil, Porto Alegre: Edipucrs.


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Prof. Aaron Rosen


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Academic Profile: 

Ph.D. 1963, Univ. of Michigan; Assoc. Prof. 1967; Prof. 1970; The Zena Harman Professor Emeritus of Social Work, the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israe 1996.


Research Interests:

Systematic Planned Practice (SPP) and clinical decision making

 Formulation of Practice Guidelines for Social Work

 Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) by social workers.

Research Projects:
Utilization of research and theory by practitioners: barriers and facilitating factors.

Interventive strategies and outcomes in direct practice: components and evaluation. Funding: The Warburg Fund for Research and Innovation in Social Work Practice.

Social workers' strategies for testing clinical hypotheses.

Targets of change and interventive methods in social work: An empirically based prototype for developing practice guidelines.


Abstracts of Current Research :

Targets of change and interventive methods in social work:An empirically based prototype for developing practice guidelines: Empirically-based practice guidelines for social work intervention are needed. Practice guidelines must include two fundamental components: (1) a classification of the targets (outcomes) of intervention; and (2) for each of the targets, an array of alternative interventions from which to select the nest fit. The research is based on the outcomes and interventions that were investigated in published social work studies of effectiveness over the past several years. Both theoretical and empirical procedures will be utilized to classify outcomes into target categories and derive the intervention alternatives whose effectiveness was assessed in relation to the outcomes. The classifications to be obtained will be used as a prototype for further development and testing of practice guidelines.


Recent Publications:

Zeira, A. & Rosen, A. (2000).  Unraveling “tacit knowledge”: What social workers do and why they do it. Social Service Review74, 103-123. 

Rosen, A., & Proctor, E. K. (2002). Standards for evidence-based practice: The role of replicable and appropriate interventions, outcomes, and practice guidelines. In A. R. Roberts & G. J. Greene (Eds.), Social Workers’ Desk Reference (SWDR) (pp. 743-747). New York: OxfordUniversity Press.

Osmo, R., & Rosen, A. (2002). Social workers’ strategies for treatment hypothesis testing. Social Work Research26, 9-18.   

Proctor, E. K., Rosen, A., & Rhee, C. W. (2002). Outcomes in social work practice. Journal of Social Work Research and Evaluation, 3 (No. 2), 1-17. 

Rosen, A. & Proctor, E. K. (Eds.) (2003). Developing Practice Guidelines for Social Work Interventions: Issues, Methods, and Research Agenda. New York: ColumbiaUniversityPress. 

Proctor, E. K., & Rosen, A. (2003). The structure and function of social work practice guidelines, in A. Rosen & E. K. Proctor (Eds.), Developing Practice Guidelines for Social Work Interventions: Issues, Methods, and research agenda(pp. 108 - 127). New York: ColumbiaUniversityPress. 

Proctor, E.  K., & Rosen, A. (2003).  Advancing the development of social work practice guidelines, in A. Rosen & E. K. Proctor (Eds.), Developing Practice Guidelines for Social Work Interventions: Issues, Methods, and research agenda(pp. 271- 289). New York: ColumbiaUniversityPress. 

Rosen, A., & Proctor, E. K. (2003). Practice guidelines and meeting the challenge of effective practice, in A. Rosen & E. K. Proctor (Eds.), Developing Practice Guidelines for Social Work Interventions: Issues, Methods, and research agenda (pp. 1 - 14). New York: ColumbiaUniversityPress.

Rosen, A., Proctor, E. K., & Staudt, M. (2003). Targets of change and interventions in social work: An empirically based prototype for developing practice guidelines. Research on Social Work Practice13, 208-233.  

Rosen, A. (2003). Evidence-based social work practice: Challenges and promise. Social Work Research27, 197-208.  

Proctor, E. K., & Rosen, A. (2004). Concise standards for developing evidence-based practice guidelines. In A. R. Roberts and K. R. Yeager (Eds.) Evidence-Based Practice Manual: Research and Outcome Measures in Health and Human Services (pp.193-199). New York: OxfordUniversityPress.

Aaron Rosen's site at the Research and Development Authority


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Prof. Jona Rosenfeld


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Academic Profile: 

Certificate in Soc. Science, 1947, Certificate in Mental Health, 1948, LondonSchoolof Economics;

BA 1954 Sociology/Education, HebrewUniversity; Ph.D. 1962, Univ.of Chicago;

Sen. Teacher 1961; Sen. Lect. 1967; Assoc. Prof. 1973; Prof. 1986; Emeritus 1991.


Research Interests:

Social work practice: Partnership with families and service organizations

 Extreme poverty and the Fourth WorldMovement

Children living in neglect and their families.

Learning from Success as a mode of identifying professional practices and organizational structures which are user-friendly 
Nurses in Maternity and ChildCentersand their contribution to "good enough" parenting.  How to Introduce Ongoing Learning into Schools:  A Program with the Ministry of Education in 55 High Schools

Research Projects:

"Evaluating the Impact of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management on Social Service Effectiveness"withUniversityof North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

"Learning from Success:  Transforming Schools into Learning Organizations" with the Ministry of Education.


Abstracts of Current Research :
Learning from success: impact of user-friendly practices in the area of child and family services on policy and organizational structures. The first phase of this project is based on multiple descriptive studies of effective modes of practice offered to erstwhile inaptly served families with children. The next phase is to document practices which have been identified as effective and user-friendly with a view of disseminating them as well as deriving from them policies and organizational structures needed to fashion practice-friendly organizations.

How to Turn "Learning from Success" into a Leverage for the Development of School Learning.  Evaluation of the Program.  Development of three interrelated methods

1.     retrospective: learning from success

2.       ongoing: learning on how schools learn

3.       prospective: posing and developing practices related to learning questions

Evaluating the Impact of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management on Social Service Effectiveness.  The focus is on developing assessment tools for learning – modes employed, in order to identify those which are favorable for ongoing learning and knowledge management in after-school programs in either or both North Carolinaand Israel


Recent Publications:

“Response to the Article: ‘The Routine of Work with Deeply Distressed Families in the Social Services:  Baselines for Professional Discussion” (with IsraelSykes), in Society and Welfare, vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 223-7, June 2002 (Hebrew).

Social Justice, its Expression and Realization in our Lives,” Hadea Harovahat, vol. 32, September 2002 (Hebrew).

From Patronization to Joint Learning:  The Way of Escaping Life in Poverty and Exclusion,” in Marathonof Responses and Suggestions for Changes in 2003 Economic Program, N. Zion(ed.), vol. 3, 2003 (Hebrew).

The Contribution of the Schoolof Social Workto the Delivery of Social Services that Contribute to their Users,” inAcademic Social Work Education in Israel:  Past, Present and Future, U. Aviram (ed.), Tel-Aviv:  Cherikover Publishers, 2003.

"Learning from Success:  The Retrospective Method" (with IsraelSykes).  Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, September 2004.

Jona Rosenfeld's site at the Research and Development Authority


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