Ori Yehudai

Ori Yehudai, Simon and Ethel Flegg Postdoctoral Fellow

Areas of Interest:

Modern Jewish history; Zionism and the State of Israel; migration and displacement; the Holocaust and its aftermath

Education:

 B.A., M.A. (Tel Aviv University) , M.A., Ph.D. (University of Chicago)

Selected Awards and Fellowships

Commendation, Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History for “Forth from Zion: Jewish Emigration from Palestine and Israel, 1945-1960,” (PhD dissertation, University of Chicago, 2013)

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship (2015-16)

Schusterman-Taub Postdoctoral Fellowship, New York University (2014-15)

Israel Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship (2013-2014)

American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2012-13)

Samuel and Flora Weiss Research Fellowship, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (2012-13)

Publications:

Displaced in the National Home: Jewish Repatriation from Palestine to Europe, 1945-1948,’ Jewish Social Studies, 20/2 (2014).

Book review: Gur Alroey, An Unpromising Land: Jewish Migration to Palestine in the Early Twentieth Century (Stanford, 2014) Journal of Jewish Identities, 8/1 (2015).

In Progress

“Leaving Zion: Jewish Emigration from Palestine and Israel, 1945-1960,” book manuscript in preparation.

“Unwilling Haven: Remigrants from Israel in the Foehrenwald DP Camp, 1949-1957,” article in preparation.

“Leaving the Land and the People: Emigration and Religious Conversion in Palestine/Israel, 1945-1960,” article in preparation.

Selected Presentations:

“Leaving Zion: Jewish Emigration from Palestine and Israel after World War II,” panel on Failure in Modern Jewish Politics: A Global Reconsideration, Association for Jewish Studies (2015)

“Leaving the Land and the People: Emigration and Religious Conversion in Palestine/Israel, 1945-1960,” Spiritual Homelands-Wahlheimat-Elective Exiles, University of Virginia (2015)

“Unwilling Haven: Remigrants from Israel in the Foehrenwald DP Camp,” Beyond Camps and Forced Labour, London (2015)

“’We Know Better Than You What is Good for You’: Israel and Its Emigrants in the Early Years of the State,” public lecture, Taub Center for Israel Studies, NYU (2015)

Temporary Shelter: Jewish Refugees in the Young State of Israel,” public lecture, Center for Jewish History, New York (2014)

Between Israel and America: Germany as a Transit Station for Israeli Emigrants, 1949-1957,” German Historical Institute, Washington, DC (2013)

Jewish Repatriation from Palestine after WWII: UNRRA, the Jewish Agency, and the Meaning of Home,” Association for Jewish Studies (2012)