Dr. Shlomo Fischer is a senior fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute and teaches sociology in the School of Education at Hebrew University and at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He served as a research fellow at the Van Leer Institute.
Fischer has worked in the field of education for the past 25 years. In the past 10 years, he has worked in the field of religion, democracy, and tolerance. He has edited (together with Adam Seligman) The Burden of Tolerance: Religious Traditions and the Challenge of Pluralism (Hebrew; HaKibbutz Hameuchad and the Van Leer Institute, 2007) which addresses these issues. From 1996 to 2007 he was the founder and Executive Director of Yesodot – Center for Torah and Democracy which works to advance education for democracy in the State-Religious school sector in Israel and was also one of the founders and is on the Board of the International Summer School for Religion and Public Life which is based in Boston, Mass. He is a graduate of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership in Jerusalem.
Fischer’s research interests include the nexus of religion, politics and class in Israel, contemporary religion, and the sociology of the Jewish people. He has published extensively on radical religious Zionism and the West Bank settlers as well as on the Shas movement.
Shlomo Fischer at the JPPI – Jewish People Policy Institute (including a selection of his published writings and articles)
Shlomo Fischer at The Blogs at The Times of Israel
Buy The Burden of Tolerance: Religious Traditions and the Challenge of Pluralism (Hebrew) at the Van Leer Institute
Visit Yesodot: The Center for Torah and Democracy
Visit the International Summer School for Religion and Public Life
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