Shalva Jessica Weil                           


¨                   Personal Details

Shalva Jessica Weil

Place of birth:  London

Date of Immigration: 29.11.1972

Work address:  NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education, Hebrew University

Work Telephone: 02 588 2100


Home address: 7 Rehov Dan, Jerusalem 93509

Cellular Telephone: 052 608127

¨                   Employment History

1999- Senior Lecturer [1998-9 Lecturer]

Dept. of Education, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

1979- Senior Researcher

The National Council of Jewish Women Research Institute for Innovation in Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1976-1978 - Lecturer

1979 - Senior Lecturer (tenure track)

Dept of Sociology, Bar- Ilan University

¨                   Professional Activities

a)   Positions in academic administration

Department of Education, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev:

2000-2002 Member, Doctoral Committee

2000-2002 Coordinator, Departmental Seminar

1999-2000 – Search committee (for department head)

Humanities and Social Science Faculty, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev:

1999-2002 Member, Faculty council

2001-2002 Steering Committee member,  Qualitative Methodology Centre                      

 National Council of Jewish Women Research Institute for Innovation in Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem:

1998 – 2003 Academic Director, Program for Training Educational Leaders among Ethiopian Immigrants

1995-97 - Academic Director, Enrichment Center for Ethiopian Students in Israel

1994-97 - Coordinator, In-Service Training on Ethiopian Jewish Culture for Government personnel and for supervisors and senior educators in the Ministry of Education

1990-96 -  Director, Program for Training Ethiopian Immigrants as Teachers

1986-91 - Member,  Research Institute Academic Board

(b) Professional functions outside universities/institutions

2002- Chairperson, Thematic Group on Ethics in Qualitative Methodology,

International Sociological Association

1998 - (& 1988-9) Delegate to the Permanent Council of the International Union of Anthropological & Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)

1996 - International Academic Coordinator, Society for the Study of Ethiopian Jews (SOSTEJE)

1983-90 - Co-Founder and Chairperson, Jerusalem Anthropology Circle

(c) Museum exhibitions related to major academic interests             

2001-2002  Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, le Marais, Paris. Curator: “Loin de l’Ethiopie: les eleves de Dr. Faitlovitch en europe 1908-1939”.

1991 - Beth Hatefutsoth, The Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish

Diaspora - Curator: “Beyond the Sambatyon: the Myth of the Ten Lost Tribes.”                

1989 - Binghamton State University of New York - Exhibition Consultant: “Beta Israel: A House Divided.”             

1984 – Nevatim - Academic Advisor: 30th Aliya Anniversary Exhibition of Cochin Jews

1981 - Beth Hatefutsoth, the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora - Exhibition Consultant: “The Jews of the Konkan, the Bene Israel Community of India.”

Education (selected activities only)

1999-2001 Member, JDC (Joint Distribution Committee) Coalition on Ethiopian Jewry

1996 – Absorption Minister’s  (Tsaban) inner cabinet on Ethiopian immigrants

1994-6 - Education Minister’s (Rubinstein) Steering Committee on Education of Ethiopian Pupils                   

1990-92 - “Weil Committee”, Ministry of Education and Culture, to apply recommendations of Religious Beliefs and Practices of Ethiopian Jews (Weil 1989)

1986-8 – Jerusalem Committee for the Integration of Ethiopian Jews

1975-77 - Member, Inter-Ministerial Committee to plan  immigration of Ethiopian Jews

(d) Editorial positions with scientific journals

The Anthropologist

Member of Editorial Board – 2001-     

Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies

Member or Editorial Board – 1999-

South Asian Anthropology

Member of Editorial Board – 1998-

International Journal of Hindu Studies – Hindu-Jewish dialogue

Editor – 1997-

World Heritage Press: Hindu-Judaic Studies Series

General Editor – 1997-

(e) Membership in professional societies (in 2001)

Fellow, Royal Anthropological Institute, Great Britain

SOSTEJE (Society for the Study of Ethiopian Jewry)

Association of Social Anthropologists, Great Britain

American Academy of Religion

American Anthropological Association

Society for Cultural Anthropology

Society for Applied Anthropology

European Association of Social Anthropologists

Israel Anthropological Association

¨                   Educational Activities

(a) Courses taught in Dept. of Education

1998-2002 Qualitative methodology (M.A.), Ben Gurion University of the Negev

2000-2 Religious and secular pupils in the Israeli educational system (M.A. and Dr.), Ben Gurion University of the Negev

2000-2 Anthropology of the family (B.A.), Ben Gurion University of the Negev

1999-2000 Jewish education in non-Western societies (M.A.), Ben Gurion University of the Negev                

1998-2000 Rites of passage in educational settings (B.A.), Ben Gurion University of the Negev

(b) Research Students

Doctoral students

Sarab Abu-Rabia – Bedouin female students

Shulamith Fisher – Violence in schools: ethnographies

Graduate students

2001 – Sarab Abu-Rabia (M.A.thesis) – Female Dropout from the Bedouin Educational System - Dept. of Education, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

2000-2001 Supervision of several student projects on such subjects as Caucasians in Sderot, Bedouin drop-out at first grade.

Students who came especially to Israel to receive my supervision (3 months -1 year):

2001 Manuela Schild (M.A.), Construction of new identities among Ethiopian immigrants- Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Zurich, Switzerland

2000 - Martina Berg (Ph.D.) Diasporas among African Hebrew Israelites - Vienna University, Austria

1998 - Balazs Weiner (M.A.) Ethnicity among Gypsies in Hungary and Israel - Budapest University

1997 - Julia Egorova (M.A.) Indian Jews in the Twentieth Century - Moscow State University

1997 - Sreekala Menon (Ph.D) Cochin Jews - JNU Delhi University                                             

¨                   Awards, Citations, Honors, Fellowships


1997 Invited by Ethiopian Minister of Education to Ethiopian with 17 graduates of the Ethiopian Teachers’ Training Program in Israel.

1995 Invited by German Government to Max Mueller Bhavan in New Delhi for conference on Jewish refugees to India.

1994 Invited by Prime Minister Narasimha Rao for India Studies Symposium with 30 selected foreign academics.

1994 World Council of Churches organised international conference in Ernakulam, India round my paper Symmetry  between Christians and Jews in a Hindu Society ( Weil, 1982).

 Honorary Positions

1993 - 2001 Chairperson, Israel-India Cultural Association (with Zubin Mehta as President)

1998-2001 Board of Governors, Pelech experimental school for religious girls

1998-2001 Board of Governors, Behalachin, The Ethiopian Jewish Cultural Center

Awards in Education

1997 - Magid Institute for Continuing Education Bursary - for “Betwixt and Between: an Educational Program aimed at Mainstreaming Young Ethiopian Adults in Israel”.

1996 - De Roy Testamentary Foundation Medal of Excellence in Education - for initiating and directing the Ethiopian Teachers’ Training Program in Israel.

1985 - Golden Lion award - for achievements and excellence in research  of different ethnic communities to Israel.