Jacob Haddad

Jewish teaching methods during the modern era with emphasis on “modern” methods of Talmud study in northeast Africa.

Jacob Haddad is a doctorate student at the Department of the history of Israel and Contemporary Judaism, Bar Ilan University. His doctoral dissertation, written under the guidance of Prof. Zvi Zohar, deals with the comparative research of the Talmud’s study methods in the religious schools of Tunisia and their historical sources during the 18th and the 19th centuries in comparison to the study methods that were chosen by different Rabbis to be studied in Djerba’s religious schools. Mr. Haddad holds a BA in Political Science and Management, MA in Bible and Rabbinic literature, and MA in the History of Israel. In addition, Mr. Haddad is a graduate of an executive course and “Tzamarot” program by Avnei Rosha.

Jacob Haddad is an educator who previously worked as a head teacher, vice principle and as a principle of a high school in the south of Israel. As part of his school principal, Jacob led the school to success and the school gained various important achievements.  One of the major achievements was the entrance of the school to the ministry’s department for experimental schools.

The school’s proposed experiment included developing a six- year pedagogical and educational plan that incorporated the Djerba’s study methods principles (such as “Kria Yehefa”-reading barefoot, high order thinking skills, writing Shotim-questions and answers etc.) alongside the nonviolent communication principles in order to improve the students’ achievements and the school’s climate. The school’s experiment was called “Talmudic Pedagogy Approaching”.

Today, Jacob serves as a regional referent for a meaningful learning in the Rural Education Department, the Ministry of Education, Israel.