The Leon Charney Visiting Scholars Program recognizes scholars in fields related to Israel area studies, enabling them to pursue their work for short periods within our academic community.  This program serves both senior scholars and emerging post-graduate scholars.  Charney Scholars offer research lectures, sometimes teach courses, engage in CIS related projects, join in the life of our vibrant academic community, and take full advantage our location in New York city.
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Leon Charney Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Barak Cohen, 2019

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Barak Cohen of the Talmud department of Bar Ilan University is in the field of Intellectual History, focusing on Legal Interpretation and decision making in the Babylonian Talmud. His current academic work addresses also historical aspects of the Jews in Babylonia, such as the history of the schools, source of early legal traditions, the chronology and Hierarchical relationship between the Sages. Cohen will teach in the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies in Spring, 2019.


Stuart S. Miller, 2018
Stuart Miller
Stuart S. Miller, professor of Hebrew, history and Judaic studies and a member of the classics and Mediterranean studies section of the Department of Literatures, Cultures and Languages at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, will be the first Leon Charney Visiting Scholar at YU’s Center for Israel Studies (CIS)...Read more >



Leon Charney Fellows


David Moster, 2019-20
Joseph Ringel, 2019-20
Joseph Ringel received his PhD at Brandeis University in 2011, and served as a Fulbright Scholar in the School of Education at the University of Haifa from 2014-2016. He has taught course in Jewish and Israel Studies at the University of Maryland and at Northwestern University. His research focuses on the history of Jew in the Lands of Islam and on Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews in Israel. He is currently writing a book on the Shas Educational system and how it has helped re-shape and re-define Sephardic culture in present-day Israel. 
Shana Strauch Schick, 2019-20

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Shana Strauch Schick received her PhD in Talmudic Literature from Bernard Revel Graduate School at Yeshiva University in 2011 where she completed an MA in Bible. She is currently a research associate at Schechter Institute, Jerusalem and has held Postdoctoral Fellowships in Jewish Culture in the Ancient World at Haifa, Bar Ilan, and Tel Aviv Universities and The Center for Inter-disciplinary Research of the Cairo Genizah at Haifa University. While studying at Revel, she spent five years with the Graduate Program in Advanced Talmud at Stern College and currently teaches in learning institutions and midrashot in both Israel and abroad. She is completing her monograph Intention in the Babylonian Talmud: A Study in theDevelopment of Rabbinic Jurisprudence.