Prof. Miriam Rosenthal


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Academic Profile: 

Ph.D. 1965, StanfordUniv.; Teaching Fellow (Sen. Lecturer) 1975; Sen. Teacher 1987; Assoc. Prof. 1991; Full Prof. 1994; Emeritus 2005


Research Interests:

 Child development in group-care settings: Focus on social and emotional development in the first three years of life. Toddlers' peer interaction and "concern for others" in a group setting.      Child rearing ideologies and child development ethno-theories in different cultural contexts.    Quality of Care for infants and toddlers: social policy and standards of care.


Research Projects:

Parents' and Educators' ideas, perceptions and definitions of "quality of care" in child care settings in different cultures.

Social and emotional development of young children in day-care: The effects of Caregivers' beliefs and behavior.

Abstracts of Current Research :
Parents' and Educators' ideas : Cultural differences in child rearing ideology as expressed in the developmental goals and practices of parents and educators in different cultural groups are examined through semi-structured interviews and a questionaire.

Peer interaction and emotional expression of young children:  :The hopes and anxieties concerning the development of children led researchers studying the effects of child care to focus on aspects of care which are associated with developmental outcomes in terms of achievement of competence or adjustment. The cognitive educational objectives of Early Childhood programs in most Western societies center on intellectual development and later school achievement. In this study, we examine the relationship between the beliefs and behavior of caregivers in Day Care with their children,  and these children's engagement in conflicts as well as in positive peer interaction. The effects of an intervention program which focuses on caregivers' attitudes and behaviors are examined.

Recent Publications:
1.  Rosenthal, M. K. (2000). Home to Early Childhood service: An ecological perspective. Childrens Issues, 4 (1), 7-15.

2.  Rosenthal, M. K., & Roer-Strier, D. (2001). Cultural differences in mothers' developmental goals and ethnotheories. International Journal of Psychology, 36 (1), 20-31.

3.  Roer-Strier, D., & Rosenthal, M. K. (2001). Socialization  in changing cultural contexts: Immigrant parents and their image of an “adaptive adult” : Consistency and change. Social Work, 46 (3), 215-228

4.  Rosenthal M. K. (2001). Child care for infants and toddlers in Israel: lessons from research. In P. Klein (Ed), Infants, parents and caregivers: Research on child development in Israel(pp.79-118). Tel Aviv: Reches (Hebrew).

5.  Rosenthal, M. K. (2001). Child care and early education in Israel. In K. Petrogiannis, & E. C. Melhuish (Eds), International perspectives on early years education and  care, ( 23 ms pages). AthensGreece: Kastaniotis. (Greek)

6.  Roer-Strier, D., & Rosenthal, M. K. (2001). Cultural transition: Effects on parenting and socialization. In M. Lisak & E. Leshem (Eds), From Russiato Israel: Cultural transition and identity, ( 23 ms pages). Tel Aviv: HaKibbutz HaMeuhad, Kav Adom (Hebrew).

7.  Rosenthal, M. K. (2001) Early Childhood Education in Israel: Policy, practice and curriculum.  In Sollars, V. Curricula, Policies and Practices in Early Childhood Education (pp. 134-137).  Malta:P.E.G. Ltd., San Gwann

8.  Rosenthal, M. K. (2001) Quality in early childhood education. In Sollars, V. Curricula, Policies and Practices in Early Childhood Education. Malta:P.E.G. Ltd., San Gwann

9.  Rosenthal, M. K. (2003) Family day care in Israel: Policy, Quality and daily experiences of children. In A. Mooney, J. Statham & D.C. Farm (Eds.), International perspectives on policy, practice and quality (pp. 93 – 110).  London: Jesssica Kingsley Publishers

10.     Rosenthal, M. K. (2003). Quality in early childhood education and care: A cultural context. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (EECERJ),11(2), 101-116

11.     Roer-Strier, D., & Rosenthal, M. K. (2003). Socialization in Israel: Processes of change and preservation of child rearing goals. In E. Lshem & D. Roer-Strier (Eds.), Cultural differences: A challenge to human services.  Jerusalem: “Magnas”, HebrewUniversity(Hebrew)

12.     Rosenthal, M. K. & Roer-Strier, D. (In Press). What sort of an adult would you like your child to be? : Mothers’ developmental goals in different cultural communities in Israel. International Journal of Behavior Development.

13.     Rosenthal, M. K. (2006). Early Childhood Care and Education in Israel.  In E. Melhuish  & K.  Petrogiannis  (Eds) Early Childhood Care and  Education : International Perspectives.  London: Routledge.

רוזנטל, מ. (2004). מדיניות חברתית ואיכות חינוך-טיפול במסגרות לגיל הרך בישראל: נייר עמדה.

רוזנטל, מ. (2005). הוועדה המייעצת לרישוי ופיתוח סטנדרטים למסגרות-יום חינוכיות לגיל הרך (0-4). דו"ח ביניים.  משרד התעשייה, המסחר והתעסוקה.

רוזנטל, מ. (2006). סטנדרטים להפעלת מעונות יום לגיל הרך.  משרד התעשייה, המסחר והתעסוקה.


M. Rosenthal's site at the Research and Development Authority


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Prof. Mordechai Rotenberg


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Academic Profile: 

Ph.D. 1969, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Lect. 1970; Sen. Lect. 1974; Assoc. Prof. 1980; Prof. 1988.


Research Interests:

Developing psycho-social applications according to kabbalistic paradigm of tzimtzum (contraction) as any interdisciplinary framework and basis for the comparative study of psychology and religion.


Research Projects:

The study of the psycho-social foundations of Hasidic Kabbalism.

Cabalic sexuality and creativity.


Abstracts of Current Research :

The study of the psycho-social foundations of Hasidic Kabbalism:Research has focused on the re-biographic time perception inherent in Midrashic narrativism, on the psychological bridge between rationalism and mysticism available in the PaRDeS and on the dialogic system regulating the yetzer-yetzira continuum.

Cabalic sexuality and creativity:The guiding assumption of my current research begins from the observation that Western campaigns for expressing sexuality (e.g., homosexuality) and repressing sexuality (e.g., harassment) are largely identical in their assertive-aggressive behavior patterns. A thesis is presented according to which the erotic creation myth (cosmogony) of emanation may have exerted paradigmatic impacts on the Western "phallic-erective" style of sexuality, creativity, and assertive-aggressive ("aggressertive") communication patterns. The cabalic erotic cosmogony of contraction (tzimtzum) is then introduced as an alternative paradigm for sexuality, creativity, and communication that comprises the following components: (a) Creation, procreation, and creativity begin from an act of self-contraction to evacuate space for a union with another creative partner. (b) The sequential notion of yetzer (sexual desire) leading to yetzira (spiritual creativity) is possible via a transformational process that includes the ecstatic experience of a spiritual orgasm (devekut). The Midrashic-cabalic exercise of recombining letters for reaching ecstatic devekut is portrayed as archetypical conditioning mantra for therapeutic rebiographing. Illustrative clinical applications for promoting sexual equality and for treating impotency are briefly discussed.

Key Words:

Tzimtzum; sexuality and Judaism


Recent Publications:

Rotenberg, M. (1995) Pardes and PaRDeS: Towards a psychotherapeutic theory. IsraelJournal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences, 31(3): 162-169.

Rotenberg, M. (1995) Cabalic sexuality and creativity. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 5(4): 225-244.

Rotenberg, M. (1996) Embrace and stroking: comments on the response of Emmanuel Levins. Science of Judaism, 36 (Hebrew).

Rotenberg, M. (1997) The Yetzer: A Kabbalistic Psychology of Eroticism and Human Sexuality. Northvale: Jason Aronson. Second printing 1999.

Rotenberg, M. 1997 Jewish Psychology and Hasidism. University on the Air, Ministry of Defence. Second Printing 1998 (Hebrew)

Rotenberg, M. (in press) Psychology and Judaism. Invited Essay for the Millennial Encyclopedia of Judaism. Leiden, the Netherlaqnds: E.J. Brill and New YorkContinuum Press

M. Rotenberg's site at the Research and Development Authority


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Dr. Elisheva Sadan


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Academic Profile: 

D.Sc. 1994, technion; Senior Teacher, 1999.


Research Interests:

Empowerment theory and practice 

Community organization
Public participation.

Research Projects:

Developing a community-focused strategy for social work services.

Empowerment - the process and the practice.

Abstracts of Current Research :

Abstract of current research project with Dr. Dorit Barak:

“Organizers for social change in Israel – mission, vision and practice”

Social action grassroots organizations are a relatively new phenomenon in Israel. These organizations have promoted civil rights, environmental justice, neighborhood revitalization, and the empowerment of oppressed groups. Yet, little is known about the people who built them, and about the practice of organizing. The research explores these unknown aspects of social life in Israel. Depth interviews with 48 well known organizers of varied backgrounds were conducted. The data analysis of the interviews is  based on the method of ‘grounded theory’, in which we develop ‘coding’ categories and search for main themes.

Our study focuses on the organizers’ own perceptions of their practice, their believes, principles, and sources of inspiration, and their special gifts and strengths. 

The project may advance both theory and practice of community organizing and social change in Israel.



Recent Publications:


Sadan, Elisheva (2009) Community Practice: Methods for social change. Tel Aviv: Hakibutz Hameuhad (In Hebrew).

Churchman, Arza & Sadan, Elisheva (2003). Participation: Your way to make a difference.  Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Kav Adom. [in Hebrew].

Sadan, Elisheva (1997). Empowerment and Community Planning: Theory and Practice of People-Focused Social Solutions. Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishers [in Hebrew].



Sadan, E. (2001). Empowerment, aging and old people. In I. Brick (Ed.) The politics of aging. Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishers [in Hebrew].

Sadan, E. (2002). The community school in a democratic civic society.  In G. Bar-Or (Ed.). Schools. Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishers [in Hebrew].

Barak, D. & Sadan, E. (2003). Empowerment & Partnership: Misleading Terminology. In A. Churchman & E. Sadan.Participation: Your way to make a difference.  (Pp. 106-124). Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Kav Adom. [in Hebrew].

Churchman, A. & Sadan, E. (2003). The spirit of participation. In A. Churchman & E. Sadan. Participation: Your way to make a difference.  (Pp. 7-22). Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Kav Adom. [in Hebrew].

Churchman, A. & Sadan, E. (2003). Participation - A second look. In A. Churchman & E. Sadan. Participation: Your way to make a difference.  (Pp. 273-287). Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, Kav Adom. [in Hebrew].

Churchman, A. & Sadan, E. (2004). Public participation in environmental design and planning. (Pp. 793-800). In C. Spielberger (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Applied PsychologyOxford: Elsevier.

Simkin, H. & Sadan, E. (2007). Issues of power and control in the professional intervention process conducted by child protection officers: The points of view of the officers and the parents in cases of legal intervention in the family. Social Security. 75, 115-137. (In Hebrew).

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Sadan, E. (2007). Battered women in collectivist societies: Issues of intervention and empowerment. Society and Welfare. 27(3): 423-451. (In Hebrew).

Haj-Yahia, M. M., & Sadan, E. (2008). Issues in intervention with battered women in collectivist societies: An essay.Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34 (1), 1-13.

Sadan E. (2008). Empowerment : A key concept in humane discourse of our times. In N. Aloni (Ed.). Empowering dialogues in education. (pp. Tel Aviv – Hakibutz Hameuchad. 

Sadan, E. & Chtchman, A. (2012). The experience of public participation in Israel: Obstacles and opportunities. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 29(1), 65-75. 


Elisheba Sadan's site at the Research and Development Authority



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Prof. Hillel Schmid


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Academic Profile: 

 Ph.D. 1985, Hebrew University; Lect. 1986; Sen. Lect. 1990; Associate Prof. 1995; Prof. 2005.

Dean, School of Social Work and Social Welfare, 2003-2006.

Director, The center for the studies of philanthropy in Israel, 2006-2014.

Centreid - L. Jacque Menard Chair in Social Work for the study of Volunteer and Nonprofit Organizations.

Member, The executive committee of the Hebrew University. 2007-2010.

Member, Board of Directors, Association for Research on Non-profit Organizations and Voluntary Action - ARNOVA. (USA)- 2010-2014.

Member, Editorial Board, "Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly".

Member, Editorial Board, "Human Service Organizations: Management Leadership and Governance".

Member, Editorial Board, "Society and Welfare" (Hevra V'revacha)- 2003-2014.

Director, The Haruv Institute, founded by the Schusterman Foundation, 2008-2012.

Member, Advisory Board of the journal Nonprofit Management and Leadership.


Research Interests:

Strategic management and processes of adaptation of nonprofit human service organizations to changing environments, organizational behavior, executive behavior, organization- environment relationship, the growth of the private sector delivering social services. The relationships between structural properties and service effectiveness in voluntary-nonprofit organizations, the role of nonprofit organizations in the providing of social services, political roles of nonprofit human services, leadership and change in nonprofit human service organizations, philanthropy and philanthropists in Israel and in the Jewish world, the impact of philanthropists on the organizational and structural behavior of nonprofits organizations. 

Intersectoral partnerships between nonprofits, the government and the business sector.

Intergenerational philanthropy.


Research Projects:

 Relationships between Government and for-profit and nonprofit organizations delivering human and social services.

Relationships between nonprofit organizations providing personal and social services and the for- profit sector.

The political activity of nonprofit organizations delivering human and social services.

Leadership styles and leadership change in voluntary nonprofit organizations.

New patterns of philanthropy in Israel.

The impact of the Israeli philanthropy on the Israeli nonprofit organizations.  

Elite Philanthropy in Israel.

The impact of funding sources on the ideology, goals and the functioning of nonprofit human service organizations. 

Deinstitutionalization of services to children at risk.

Child abuse and neglect.

Lessons from the privatization of social services - implications to policy.

Advocacy roles of nonprofit human service organizations.

Advocacy Organizations, mission, goals, strategies and administrative procedures.

 Giving in Israel – scope and mechanisms of contributions.

Intersectoral partnerships and collaboration –nonprofits,the government and the business sector.

The influence of funding sources on the strategic and structural behavior of nonprofit human service organizations.

Intergenerational leadership.

Recent Publications:


Borowski,A. & Schmid,H. (2000). Israel's long-term care insurance law after a decade of implementation. Journal of Aging and Social Policy,12(1), 49-71.

Schmid,H. & Borowski,A. (2000). Selected issues in the delivery of home care services to the elderly after a decade of implementing Israel's long-term care insurance law. Social Security, 57, 59-81 (Hebrew). Also published in Social Security (special English edition) (2004), 87-114.

Schmid, H. (2001). Evaluating the impact of legal change on nonprofit and for-profit organizations: The case of the Israeli long-term care insurance law. Public Management Review 3(2), 167-189. Also published in Hebrew, Social Security (2001), 60, 90-112. 

Schmid,H. & Bar-Nir, D. (2001). The relationship between organizational properties and service effectiveness in residential boarding schools. Children and Youth Services Review 23(3), 243-271.  

Schmid,H. (2001). The welfare services market. Meser La'inyan, 5, 8-11 (Hebrew).

Schmid,H. (2001). Nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations providing home care services to the Israeli frail elderly: A comparative analysis. International Journal of Public Administration, 24(11), 1223-1265.

Schmid,H. (2002).The relationship between organizational properties and service effectiveness in three types of nonprofit human services. Public Personnel Management, 31(3), 377-395.

Schmid,H. (2003). Rethinking the policy of contracting out social services to nongovernmental organizations: Lessons and dilemmas. Public Management Review, 5(3), 307-323. 

Schmid,H., Bargal, D.& Hochstadt, M. (2003). Organizational, structural and administrative dimensions of voluntary nonprofit organizations delivering services to the elderly. Meser La'inyan, 13, 10-13. 

Schmid,H. & Nirel, R. (2004). Ownership and age in nonprofit and for-profit home care organizations: What makes the difference? Administration in Social Work, 28(3/4), 183-200.

Schmid,H. (2004) Organization-environment relationships: Theory for management practice in human service organizations. Administration in Social Work, 28(1), 97-113.

Schmid,H. (2004). The role of nonprofit human service organizations in providing social services: A prefatory essay.Administration in Social Work, 28(3/4), 1-21.

Schmid, H. (2004). The Israeli long-term care insurance law: selected issues in providing home care services to the frail elderly. Health and Social Care in the Community, 13 (3), 191-200.

Schmid, H., & Salman, H. (2005). Citizens perception of the neighborhood council in East Jerusalem, Journal of Community Practice, 13 (2), 61-75.    

Korazim Y., Leibovitz, S., &  Schmid, H. (2005). The Privatization of foster care services: Lesson learned after four years of implementation. Social Security,  70 (December), 56-57.

Bar, M., & Schmid, H. (2005). A prefatory essay, Social Security, 70 (December), 5-12.

Shemer O., & Schmid, H. (2006). Toward a redefinition of community partnership: A Three-dimensional approach.Hevra Verevaha. 26(3), 327-354.

Schmid, H., (2006) Leadership styles and leadership change in human and community service organizations. In R.A.Cnaan & C. Milofsky (Eds.), Values, Passion and Trust in Nonprofit Organizations, 395-409.

Schmid, H., (2006) Leadership styles and leadership change in human and community service organizations.Nonprofit menagement & Leadership. Vol. 27(2), 179-194.

Shemer, O. & Schmid, H. (2007). Toward a new definiton of partnership: A three dimensional approach. Journal of Rural cooperation, 35 (2), 123-139.

Schmid, H. (2007). Childern and youth at risk in Israel: Findings and reconnemdations to improve their well being.Children and Youth Services Review, 29(8), 1114-1128.

Schmid, H. & Hasenfeld, Y. (2008). Contracting out social services. Encyclopedia of Social Work.

Schmid, H., Bar, M., & Nirel, R. (2008). Advocacy roles of nonprofit human service organizations: Implications for policy. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 37(4), 581-602.

Schmid, H. & Blit-Cohen, E. (2009). University and social involement at the neighbourhood level: implications for social work education. Journal of Teaching in Social Work. 29, 1-20.

Schmid, H. (2009). Agency-environment relations: Understanding external and natural environments. In R. Patti (Ed.) The Handbook of Human Services Management, 411-433.

Schmid, H. (2009). Changes in the political economic and social environment and their impact on the organizational identity of the community center. In: Lavi, Z. (ed), To belong. Jerusalem: The Israeli Association of Community Centers, 32-68.  

Schmid, H. (2009). The contingencies of nonprofit leadership. In J.Kane, H.Patapon and P.T. Hart (Eds.), Dispersed Leadership in Democracies. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 193-210.

Schmid, H. (2010). Organizational change in human service organizations: Theories, boundaries, strategies and implementation. In Y. Hasenfeld (Ed.) Human services as complex organizations. (2nd. Edition), 455-479.

Schmid, H. (2010). Leadership styles and leadership change in human and community organizations. In Y. Hasenfeld (Ed.). Human services organizations as complex organizations. (2nd edition), 193-206.

Schmid, H., Dolev, T. & Szabo-Lael, R. (2010). Community based programs for children at risk: the case of budget flexibility in departments of social services in Israel. Children and Youth Services Review, 32, 178-184.

Schmid, H. (2010). The implications of the privatization on the social and civic missions of nonprofit organization that provide social services. Parliament, 64.

Blit-Cohen, E. & Schmid, H. (2010). University and social involvement in a Jerusalem neighborhood: Learning for the experience. Society and Welfare, 30(1): 131-151.

Schmid, H. & Rudich-Cohen, A. (2010). Philanthropy in Israel. Social Security, 83, 5-18.

Schmid, H. & Rudich- Cohen, A. (2010). Elite Philanthropy in Israel: characteristics, motives and Patterns of contribution. Social Security, 83, 225-262. 

Schmid, H. and Benbenishty, R. (2011).Public attitudes towards child maltreatment in Israel. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 1181-1188.

Benbenishty, R. & Schmid, H. (2013). Public attitudes toward the identification and reporting of alleged maltreatment cases among social groups in Israel. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 332-339.

Schmid, H. & Rudich-Cohen, A. (2012). Elite philanthropy in Israel: Characteristics, motives and patterns of contribution. Society, 49 (2), 175-181.

Schmid, H. (2012). Nonprofit organizations: Between identity blurring and adaption to changing environments. Administration in Social Work.Online:30 May 2012,DOI:10.1080/03643107.2012.676611.

Almog-Bar, M. & Schmid, H. (2014). Advocacy activities in nonprofit human service organizations: A critical review. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 43, 11-35.

Schmid, H. & Sharon, N. (2012). Social entrepreneurship in nonprofit organizations and its impact on their vision and values, organizational culture, and administrative processes. Social Security, 88, 31-63.

Schmid, H. & Almog-Bar, M. (2013). Intersectoral Collaborations: Thesis and research findings. Jerusalem: The Center for the Study of Philanthropy in Israel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Feldman, G., Strier, R. & Schmid, H. (2015). The performance of advocacy organizations: The redistribution of symbolic capital. British Journal of Social Work, 1-17.

Schmid, H. & Almog-Bar, M. (2016). Correlates of cross-sector partnerships in the human services: Implications for policy and practice. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, Governance. (Forthcoming).

Schmid, H., & Shaul Bar-Nissim, H. (2016). The Changing relation between the government and philanthropy in Israel: Implications for policy. Society. (Forthcoming).

Schmid, H., & Shaul Bar-Nissim, H. (2016). Can two walk together except they be agreed? The relationship between the government and philanthropy in Israel- Current situation and thought for the future. Social Society. (Forthcoming).

Schmid, H., & Shaul Bar-Nissim, H. (2016). The globalization of philanthropy: Trends and Channels of giving. In: Harrow,J.,Jung, T., & S. Phillips (Eds.),The Routledge Copanion to Philanthropy.

Hillel Schmid's site at the Research and Development Authority

דין וחשבון הוועדה הציבורית לבדיקת מצבם של ילדים ובני נוער בסיכון ומצוקה. מוגש לראש ממשלת ישראל ולשר הרווחה, שבט תשס"ו, מרס 2006



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Dr. Batya Shoshani


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Academic Profile: 
D.S.W. 1983, Columbia University; Sen. Teacher 1992.

Research Interests:
Normaland pathological aspects of adolescent development. Youth in social institutions. Hermeneutic and narrative studies of life stories and case histories.

Research Projects:
Analysis of life stories of HIV-positive patients (with Esthel Rubinstein).

Effect of a sibling's death on development of adolsecents (with Michal Uzzielli).

Abstracts of Current Research :
Analysis of life stories of HIV-positive patients (with Estelle Rubinstein): In order to understand how HIV-positive patients deal with and adapt to life with this diagnosis, a method of hermeneutic case reconstruction is used to study the biographical meanings that they attribute to their HIV-positive status.

Effect of a sibling's death (with Michal Uzzielli): This study examines the effects of a sibling's death on the process of separation-individuation and on the concept of death.

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Prof. Joseph Tamir


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Academic Profile: 

M.A. - economics, Hebrew University 1973, L.L.B.Hebrew University 1978; M.P.A. Harvard University 1990, Prof. (adjunct) 2000


Research Interests:

Social security systems - poverty and social inequality, Welfare policy and economics, Modes of cooperation between governmental and non-governmental agencies.


Research Projects:

The economy of children's well-being;

Political and economic constraints of the welfare state


Abstracts of Current Research :

The Social Time Bomb: The Economics and Politics of Welfare Policy in Israel

The study examines welfare policy in Israel, analyzes recent trends and changes as well as focusing on future directions. The study presents the economic, social, and political rationale for Israel's welfare policy, as well as the interests, political forces, and constraints that play a role in shaping the Israeli welfare system.

The economy of children's well being
This study focuses on the relative costs of children in society and examines their economic contribution to family and society. The study attempts to define and measure the direct and indirect income of children, and analyzes these factors by gender, age, and other characteristics.


Recent Publications:

Tamir Y., Avni-Melech, M. (2002) The Social Time Bomb: The Economics and Politics of Welfare Policy in Israel; Kibbutz Hameuhad Publishers


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Prof. Uri Yanay


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Research Interests:

Personal social services, social policy and services designed for victims of crime and terrorism, restorative justice programs, family group conferencing, ‘victim impact statement', the empowerment of individuals and groups through conferencing and mediation programs.


Research Projects:

 The principles and changes in the policy and programs designed for victims of hostile (terrorist) acts in Israel. Funding: The National Insurance Institute.

Caring for crime victims by the Local Welfare Bureaus in Israel. Funding: The National Insurance Institute.

Restorative Justice and Victim offender mediation programs study. Funding: The HarveyL.SilbertCenterforIsraelStudies.

The personal expenses of people who were criminally victimized. A grant by The Ministry of Justice, The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Crime Victims.

Worries of parents to school children, A research study.  Funding: The HebrewUniversityof Jerusalem.

The introduction of the "victim impact statement" in Israeli Courts of Law. Funding: The Israeli Association of Criminology and the MinervaCenterfor Human Rights.


Abstracts of Current Research :

Victims of terrorism: This research examines the personal social services and the social assistance programs designed to help individuals and families who lost their dear ones in a hostile (terrorist) act. The research focuses on the definition, nature and size of the target population, the different entitlements offered to victims, survivors and their dependents. It focuses on state and voluntary services that help civilians have suffered physical and mental injuries, loss of income or damage to their property as a result of an act of terrorism. The study includes an evaluation of these programs from the victims' perspective.

Local welfare bureausserving crime victims: The policy and administration of personal social services –:Israeldoes not yet have a program designed to assist crime victims. When in need, police and other agencies tend to refer crime victims to the local welfare bureaus. The study examines how local welfare bureaus  meet crime victims, including victims of serious crimes and provide them with the necessary personal social services. Service provision to this group is associated with considerable discretion. No legal "right" to such victims exists and no entitlements are formally ascribes. The study examines differences between local authorities in the provision and funding of personal social services to people who were criminally victimized.

Restorative Justice – Victim offender conferencing program adopted by the youth probation services.  This study examines the Israeli experience in applying restorative justice principles in the youth probation services. What began as an experiment in one town became a state wide project, applying various types of conferencing to engage crime victims and offenders in a dialogue, aimed at applying ‘re-integrative shaming’ principles, reducing re-offending by the perpetrators and empowering crime victims. Unique evidence emerges from multi-cultural conferencing experience where victims and offenders, coming from different communities in Israel, engage in a joint process, led by the probation services.

The personal expenses of people who were criminally victimized. People who were criminally victimized, face themselves, and their families, a significant reduction in their earnings and a loss of income. Furthermore, because of the different traumas involved, crime victims have to pay, themselves, for the different medical, mental and rehabilitation services that they need. The study includes families who lost a member in a man-slaughter case, women who suffered violence and fled to a refuge themselves, sometime with their children, and others who were  criminally victimized. The study focuses on the direct and indirect (short and long-term) costs that these victims faced.




Recent Publications:

Yanay, U. (2001). 'Support and Compensation Provided to Victims of Violent Crimes in Isael' in Kop, J. (Ed). Allocating Resources to Social Services - 2000, Jerusalem, The Center for Social Policy Research in Israel(pp. 227-250).

Yanay, U., Sharvit R. and Grabli, S. (2001). Victim-offender conferencing: A way to reconciliation and reducing crime in the community. Society and Welfare 21 (1) 27 – 50.

Yanay, U. (2002). Police Assisting Crime Victims: Caring for Victim Compensation. Police and Society. 6: 73 – 98.

Yanay, U.(2002) Victims of Criminal Injuries: Principles of Assistance in Canada. Social Security.  62: 142 – 168.

Yanay, U. (2003). The introduction of the "victim impact statement" in the Israeli courts of law, In Hovav, M., Sebba, L.  &  Amir, M., )ed.) Trends in Criminology, Jerusalem, The HebrewUniversityof Jerusalem, Faculty of Law. The Sacher Institute for Legislative Research and Comparative Law. Pp. 235-274.

Yanay, U. (2004). A tough life for victims: Crime victims and the Israeli justice system. Social Security, Special English Edition, 7 pp. 115-138.

Yanay, U. (2004). Victim of Violent crimes in Germany: Legal, Support and Compensation Rights. Social Security 65: 84 – 110.

Yanay, U. Bar-David, E. and K. Shayit (2004). Perception of personal safety in Jerusalemneighbourhoods. Society and Welfare.  24 (2) 201 – 218.*

Yanay, U. & Benjamin, S. (2005). The role of social workers in disasters: The Jerusalem experience.  International Social Work.  48 (3) 263 – 276.

Yanay, U. (2005). Crime victims in Israel: Personal expenditures caused by the offence. Social Security 68, 25-50.*

Yanay, U. (2005). Women refuges in Israel: From voluntary initiative to government partnership. Social Security, 70 77-109*

Yanay, U. (2006) Personal security and the ‘Right’ to protection. Social Policy and Administration 40 (5) 509-525.


Chapters in Books

Yanay, U. & Grabli, S. (2008). "Probation Officers Considerations in Referring Youth to Victim Offender Conferencing" In Hovav M., Mell, H., & Golan M. (eds.) From Risk to Hope: Interventions with Juvenile Delinquents and Youth at Risk. Tel Aviv, CarmelPublishers  (In Hebrew).

Yanay, U (2008). "Introduction" In Sundaram, M. S., Jaishankar P. K..& S. Ramdoss(Eds.), Crime Victims and Justice: An Introduction to Restorative Principles. New Delhi: Serial Publications.

Yanay, U. & Gal, T (in press). "Lobbying for Rights: Crime Victims in Israel" In Shoham, S. G. & Knepper, P. (Eds) International Handbook of Victimology. London, Taylorand Francis.


Chapters in Journals

Yanay, U. (2007). Victim of hostile (terrorist) acts in Israel: The challenge of providing comprehensive assistance and care. Social Security 73, 11-39 (In Hebrew)

Yanay, U. (2007). Crime victims: care provided by municipal welfare offices. Society and Welfare  27 (2) 255-314 (In Hebrew)

Yanay, U. and Benbenishti R. (2008). Worries of parents' to school children in Israel. Families in Society. 89 (1) 150 – 158.



Yanay, U., Braun, F., and Kosher, H. (2007). The Personal Social Services – An International Perspective: International Comparison of Policy and Services to Children at Risk, Handicap and the Elderly in France, The United Kingdom, theNetherlands, Canada, Denmarkand New Zealand. Jerusalem, The HebrewUniversityof Jerusalem, ThePaulBaerwaldSchoolof Social Work and Social Welfare. The Social Policy Research Group (In Hebrew).

Yanay, U., Grabli S. (2008). Victim Offender Conferencing: Evaluating the Process and its Outcomes in the Youth Probation Services. Jerusalem, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare and The State of Israel and The Ministry of Welfare and Social Services, The Youth Probation Services (In Hebrew).

Yanay, U. and Benbenishti R. (in press) Worries of parents' to school children in Israel. Families in Society.

Yanay, U. (in press) Caring for victims of violent crimes: Issues of assistance and compensation in Canada,International Journal of Canadian Studies.

Yanay, U. (in press) Victim of hostile (terrorist) Acts in Israel: the challenge of providing comprehensive assistance and care. Social Security


Uri Yanay's site at the Research and Development Authority


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Dr. Chana Zur


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Academic Profile:

 Ph.D., 2002, Hebrew University; Teacher 2001.


Research Interests:

Social- emotional development in early childhood

 Young Children in a group

 Supervision in early childhood setting

Narrative approach to supervision.


Research Projects:

The Contribution of Self-Efficacy, Attitudes towards the Use of Violence, and Contextual Factors to the Actual Use of Violence toward Children among Arab Preschool Teachers in Israel. Khoury-Kassabri, M.; Attar-Schwartz, S., &  Zur,  H. 

Narratives  and life stories of Family  TherapistZur, H. & Slonim I.


Recent Publications:

רוזנטל, גת וצור , (2008) "לא נולדים אלימים".  הוצאת הקיבוץ המאוחד.

 צור, ח. (2007)  "יחסים חברתיים בגיל הרך- היבטים נורמטיבים."   בתוך: "קישורים"  בעריכת   סוזן לוינגר, הוצאת "אח".


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