Professor Doron Bar, an Associate Professor of Land of Israel Studies at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, has been appointed the new President of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He completed post-doctoral work at the University of Maryland and holds a PhD in geography from the Hebrew University. Professor Bar began teaching at Schechter in the year 2000, was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2009, and Associate Professor in 2015. Bar was the MA advisor in Land of Israel Studies at Schechter from 2009 to 2011 and the Dean of the Schechter Institute from 2012-2015. He was a Kekst Research Fellow from 2013-2014.
Bar’s research examines the historical geography of Palestine (Eretz Yisrael) during the Late Antiquity period, as well as the creation and commemoration of holy places and the
phenomenon of pilgrimage in both antiquity and in the 19th and 20th centuries. He has written or edited 5 books and dozens of articles in his field, including major works on the Western Wall after the Six day War, Yad Vashem and Mt. Herzl. His latest book "Ideology and Landscape" describes the reburial of famous Zionist leaders in Israel between 1904 and 1967. It was published in Hebrew by Magnes Press and will be published in English by De Gruyter.
Post-Doctorate, University of Maryland, Maryland; Dumbarton Oaks
Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel Ph.D., Geography
Hebrew University, M.A. Geography
Hebrew University, B.A. Geography and History
Teaching and Professional experience
Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, Dean
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Lecturer, M.des in Urban Design
Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies, Senior Lecturer, Land of Israel Studies
The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Adjunct Lecturer
Hebrew University, Department of Geography, Adjunct Lecturer
Haifa University, Land of Israel, Adjunct Lecturer
The Open University of Israel, Lecturer
Hebrew University Rehovot Extension, Adjunct Lecturer
Scholarships and Awards
Center of Advanced Judaic Studies: University of Pennsylvania
Aims Budex, Research Grant
Hebrew University Travel Award for Postdoctoral Students
Peter Lougheed Graduate Fellowship Helbert Centre for Canadian Studies
International Council for Canadian Studies Faculty Research Grant
Hebrew University, Shaine Center Research Grant - Evaluation of the Map of Jewish Holy Sites during the Early Years of the State of Israel (1948-1977)
The Rahel Yanait Ben-Zvi Prize For the Study of Settlement History in Eretz Israel
The Francis Gunter Prize For a Distinctive Work of the History of Jerusalem
The Herzel Ha-Levi Prize, Hebrew University, Department of Geography for a Distinctive Work in the Field of Geography
D. Bar, The Creation of the Christian Holy Map in Byzantine Palestine, 1996.
D. Bar, Changes in the Rural Population of Palestine during the Late Roman and Byzantine Periods, 2001. (Supervised by Prof. Rehav Rubin)
D. Bar, Sanctifying a Land: The Jewish Holy Places in the State of Israel: 1948-1968, Jerusalem: Ben–Gurion Institute in the Negev and Yad Ben Zvi, 2007 (Hebrew).
D. Bar, 'Fill the Earth': Settlement in Palestine during the Late Roman and Byzantine Periods 135–640 C.E. Jerusalem: Yad Yizhak Ben Zvi, 2008 (Hebrew).
D. Bar and E. Meron (eds.), Planning and Conserving Jerusalem: The Challenge of an Ancient City 1973-2003 Jerusalem: Yad Yizhak Ben Zvi, 2009.
D. Bar, C. Cohen-Hattab and A. Zeltzer (eds.), Studies in the Cultural-Historical-Geography of Jerusalem, Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2011 (Hebrew).
D. Bar, Aelia Capitolina and the Location of the Camp of the Tenth Legion, Palestine Exploration Quarterly 1998 (130), 8-19. The Southern Boundary of Aelia Capitolina and the Location of the Tenth Roman Legion Camp, Cathedra 69 (1993), 37-56 (Hebrew).
D. Bar, Changes in the Religious-Ceremonial Reality in Jerusalem after 1948; The Case of King David’s Tomb and the Last Supper Room, Horizons in Geography 52 (2000), 5-18 (Hebrew).
D. Bar, Was there a 3rd-c. Economic Crisis in Palestine?, J.H. Humphrey (ed.) The Roman and Byzantine Near East, Volume 3 (Journal of Roman Archaeology supplement 49), Portsmouth, Rhode Island (2002), 43-54. The 3rd Century Crisis in the Roman Empire and its Relevance to Palestine during the Late Roman Period, Zion 66/2 (2001), 143-170 (Hebrew).
D. Bar, Settlement and Economy in Late Roman and Byzantine Palestine, Cathedra 107 (2003), 1-16 (Hebrew).
D. Bar and K. Cohen-Hattab, A New Kind of Pilgrimage - The Modern Tourist Pilgrim of Nineteenth-Century and Early-Twentieth Century Palestine, Middle Eastern Studies 39:2 (2003), 131-148.
D. Bar, The Christianization of Rural Palestine during Late Antiquity, Journal of Ecclesiastical History 54: 3 (2003), 401-421.
D. Bar, Geographical Implications of Population and Settlement Growth in Late Antique Palestine, Journal of Historical Geography 30:1 (2004), 1-10. 1.119.
D. Bar, Frontier and Periphery in Late Antique Palestine, Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 44 (2004), 69-92.
D. Bar, Re-Creating Jewish Sanctity in Jerusalem; The Case of Mount Zion and David’s Tomb between 1948-1967, The Journal of Israeli History 23:2 (2004), 233-251.
D. Bar and M. Ehrlich, Jerusalem According to the Description of the Pilgrim of Bordeaux: Geographic and Theological Aspects, Cathedra, 113 (2004), 35-52 (Hebrew).
D. Bar, Population, Settlement and Economy in Late Roman and Byzantine Palestine (70-641 A.D.), Bulletin of the School of African and Oriental Studies 67:3 (2004), 307-320.
D. Bar, Roman Legislation as Reflected in the Settlement History of Late Antiquity Palestine, Scripta Classica Israelica 24 (2005), 195-206.
D. Bar, Rural Monasticism and the Christianization of Byzantine Palestine, Harvard Theological Review 98:1 (2005), 49-65.
D. Bar, Holocaust Commemoration in Israel during the 1950s: the Holocaust Cellar on Mount Zion, Jewish Social Studies 12:1 (2005), 16-38.
D. Bar, Rabbinic Sources for the study of Settlement Reality in Late Roman Palestine, The Review of Rabbinic Judaism 9 (2006), 93-113.
D. Bar, Holy Sites and Pilgrimage in Western Jerusalem, 1948-1967, Eretz Israel (Tedi Kolek volume) 28 (2007), 331-338 (Hebrew).
D. Bar, Reconstructing the Past: The Creation of Jewish Sacred Space in the State of Israel, 1948–1967, Israel Studies 13:3 (2008), 1-21.
D. Bar, Mizrachim and the Development of Sacred Space in the State of Israel, 1948-1967, Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 8:3 (2009), pp. 267-285.
D. Bar, Jewish Holy Places in Israel: Continuity and Change", Zmanim 110 (2010), 92-103 (Hebrew).
D. Bar, Between the Chamber of the Holocaust and Yad Vashem: Martyrs' Ashes as a Focus of Sanctity, Yad Vashem Studies 38 (2010), 195-227.
D. Bar and Rehav Rubin, The Jewish Quarter after 1967 – a Case Study on the Creation of an Ideological-Cultural Landscape in Jerusalem’s Old City, Journal of Urban History 37 (2011), pp. 775-792.
D. Bar, The Martyr's Forest, the JNF and Yad Vashem and the Commemoration of the Holocaust, Cathedra 140 (2011) 103-130 (Hebrew).
D. Bar and Rehav Rubin, A Landscape under Pressure: The Jewish Quarter after 1967, Zmanim 113 (2011), 89-78 (Hebrew).
D. Bar and Michal Naor Wiernik, The Competition for the Design and Development of Herzl's Tomb and Mount Herzl, 1949-1960, Cathedra 144 (2012) 107-136 (Hebrew).
D. Bar, Beth Shearim: Archaeological Site and a National Garden or a Holy Site, Archion, 17 (2013), 41-47 (Hebrew).
D. Bar and S. Frantzman, Mapping Muslim Sacred Tombs in Palestine during the Mandate Period, Levant 45 (2013) 96-111.
D. Bar, Eastern Jews and Jewish Holy Sites in Israel, 1948-1967, Peamim 137 (2014) 67-96 (Hebrew).
D. Bar, The Debate in the State of Israel over Historical and Holy Sites, Cathedra (Hebrew, forthcoming).
D. Bar, 'The Struggle between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during the Mandate Period (1918-1948) over the Re-Interment of Zionist Leaders', Israel Affairs (Forthcoming)
Chapters in Books
D. Bar, Continuity and Change in the Cultic Topography of Late Antique Palestine, J. Hahn, S. Emmel and U. Gotter (Eds.) From Temple to Church: Destruction and Renewal of Local Cultic Topography in Late Antiquity (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World 163), Leiden 2008, 278-298.
D. Bar, The Jewish Holy Sites in the Galilee: 1948-1967, T. Grossmark et. al. (eds.) New Galilee Studies: Tenth Anniversary Volume of the Galilee Research Conference, Tel Hai, 2009, 132-152 (Hebrew).
D. Bar, Wars and Holy Space: the influence of the 1948 War on Sacred Space in the State of Israel, M. Breger, Y. Reiter and L. Hammer (eds.), Holy Places in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Confrontation and Co-Existence, New York and London, 2010, 68-92.
D. Bar, Urban Churches and the Christianization of Palestine during Late Antiquity, in D. Bar, C. Cohen-Hattab and A. Zeltzer (eds.), Studies in the Cultural-Historical-Geography of Jerusalem, Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2011, pp. 8-24.
D. Bar, Jerusalem Between Pilgrimage and Tourism, in D. Bar, C. Cohen-Hattab and A. Zeltzer (eds.), Studies in the Cultural-Historical-Geography of Jerusalem, Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 2011, pp. 126-148.
D. Bar, Mizrachim and the Development of Sacred Space in the State of Israel, 1948-1967, in Sites of Jewish Memory: Jews in and From Islamic Lands in Modern Times (Routledge, Forthcoming)
D. Bar, TheStruggle Over the Western Wall (1967-1973), Y. Ben Arieh and O. Limor (eds.), Research in the History of Jerusalem (Yad Ben Tzvi, Forthcoming).
D. Bar, The Onomasticon of Eusebius and the Formation of Christianity in Palestine, Ariel, 155-156 (2002), 215-221 (Hebrew).
D. Bar, King David's Tomb during the first years after the establishment of the State of Israel, Al-Atar, 11 (2003), 85-95 (Hebrew).
Papers Presented in International Conferences
"Third Century Crisis in the Roman Empire and its Relevance to Palestine", A paper presented at "Mare Nostrum" Mediterranean Civilizations Conference, Haifa, 1999 (Hebrew, Abstract published)
"Palestine during Late Antiquity: the Struggle between Arable and Arid Land", Fourth Biennial Conference on Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity, San Francisco, 2001 (Abstract published)
"The Christian Rural Population of Palestine During Late Antiquity: a Case of Forced Conversion or Proselytising?" ARAM Sixteenth International Conference on Palestinian Christianity 500-1000 A.D., Oxford, 2001 (Abstract published)
"The Christianization of Palestine during Late Antiquity: Pagan Temples and Cult Sites From Temple to Church: Destruction and Renewal of Local Cultic Topography in Late Antiquity", Kolloquium, Seminar für Alte Geschichte/ Institut für Epigraphik, Münster, 2002
"Palestine's countryside during Late Antiquity", a paper presented at the American Society of Church History conference, Washington D.C., 2004.
"Geographical Aspects in the Development of the Jewish Holy Sites Map in the State of Israel during the 1950s", Makom Kolloquium, Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum, Potsdam, 2005.
"Wars and Holy Space: the influence of the 1948 War on Sacred Space in the State of Israel", International Conference on Confrontation and Co-existence in Holy Places: Religious Political and Legal Aspects in the Israeli-Palestinian Context, University of Haifa, 2006.
"1948 War and its influence on the Sacred Space in the State of Israel", International Conference Holy Sites and Holy Wars, Arizona State University, Phoenix, 2009.
"Can Holy Places be shared?"', The Cross-Cultural City: Urban Context and Cultural Diversity, Van-Leer Institute, Jerusalem, 2010.
"You must carry my bones up from this place"(genesis 50, 25): Re-interment of notables, Zionist leaders and Martyrs in the State of Israel, 1917-1977", 27th Annual Meeting of the Association for Israel Studies, Brandeis University, 2011.
"Christian Sanctity under Israeli Sovereignty: The Last Supper Room and the Cave of Elijah, Contesting Public Spaces: The Religious Factor, The Truman Institute, The Hebrew University, 2012.
"Aspects of Architecture and Design in the Re-interment of Notable Zionists in Israel", Jewish Architecture: New Sources and Approaches, Braunschweig, 2014.
Between Heaven and Earth: the Jewish Cemeteries of Jerusalem, Jerusalem: A point of Reference, the Second Yad Ben Zvi International Conference for the Study of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 2014.
Papers Presented in Israeli Conferences
"The Southern Boundary of Aelia Capitolina and the Location of the Tenth Roman Legion Camp", A paper presented at: The Israel Geographical Association conference, Ramat Gan, 1993 (Hebrew, Abstract published)
"The Creation and Evolution of the Holy Land Map in Palestine during the Byzantine Period", A paper presented at The Israel Geographical Association conference, Tel Aviv, 1996 (Hebrew, Abstract published)
"Parish Churches as an Indicator of the Religious Conversion Rate in Palestine During the Byzantine Period", A paper presented at: The Israel Geographical Society conference, Haifa, 1999 (Hebrew, Abstract published)
"Aelia Capitolina’s Cardo Maximus: Where Was It In Fact?" A paper presented at the conference "Innovation in Jerusalem’s Urban Plan From the Roman to the Mamluk Periods", Jerusalem, 2000
"Aelia Capitolina’s Urban Structure – Some New Ideas", a paper presented at the Seventh Conference on New Studies on Jerusalem, Ramat Gan, 2001 (Hebrew, Abstract published)