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Hila Shalem Baharad

Inter-Ethnic Relations among Immigrants in the Israeli Transit Camps

Hila Shalem Baharad is a doctoral student at the Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry in the department of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is writing her dissertation on inter-ethnic relations among immigrants in the Israeli transit camps, under the supervision of Dr. Anat Helman and Prof. Uzi Rebhun.

She completed her undergraduate studies with Honors in the Jewish History Department at the Open University, and completed her master’s thesis with honors from the Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her thesis on “Changes in Ethnic Consciousness of Sephardic Jews after Life in Israeli Transit Camps” under the supervision of Prof. Hagit Lavsky and Dr. Haim Saadon received numerous awards such as the David S’hare scholarship, World Sephardi Federation’s scholarship, and a prize from the Ben Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East.

In 2013 Hila established the Doctoral Forum at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry. The forum provides an opportunity for doctoral students to share ideas and receive guidance. The forum functions with the support and guidance of the head of the institute, Prof. Uzi Rebhun, and his instructors.

Hila is a fellow of the Herzl Fellowship of the Cherrick Center for the study of Zionism, the Yishuv and the State of Israel. She also received an award from “Misgav Yerushalayim”, The Center for Research and Study of Sephardi and Oriental Jewish Heritage.

Her dissertation is entitled “Low-Temperature Melting Pot: Inter-Ethnic Relations among Immigrants in the ‘Ma’abarot’ Israeli Transit Camps.” The intent of the study is to examine the relations between the immigrants from Europe – “Ashkenazi Jews” – and the immigrants from Asia and Africa – “Eastern Jews” or “Sephardi Jews” – in the transit camps. It will also examine the relations between the immigrants from the different “Sephardi” communities and between the immigrants from the different “Ashkenazi” communities, expressed through the day to day agenda in the transit camps. These inter-community encounters at the immigrant transit camps play a role in understanding the inter-community relations throughout the State of Israel since its establishment.