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Address: Revivim Program, Yitzchak Rabin Building—The Global Center for Jewish Studies,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 9190501
Telephone: 972-2-588-1970
Fax: 972-2-588-1218

Dr. Melila Hellner-Eshed

Hellner-Eshed lectures on the Zohar and Jewish mysticism in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Department of Jewish Thought and teaches in the Revivim Honors Teacher-Training Program in Jewish Studies in the University's Faculty of Humanities. She is also a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

For the past two decades, Dr. Hellner-Eshed has been a central figure in various frameworks in the Israeli renaissance of the study of Jewish texts by Israeli adults from all paths of life. At the Shalom Hartman Institute, she initiated and directs the Rabbinic Students Seminar, a program for rabbinic students from all denominations spending a year in Israel and is the coordinator of the Maskilot Program, which provides outstanding female doctoral students with an edge in completing their Ph.D.’s and pursuing their rightful place in Israel's elite circle of Jewish studies academics. Dr. Hellner-Eshed has also served as the co-director of the Hartman Institute's Beit Midrash Program. She has been teaching and working with Jewish communities in North America, Europe and the former Soviet Union for many years.

Dr. Hellner-Eshed is active in ‘Sulha’ – a reconciliation project that brings together Israelis and Palestinians.  Her book And a River Flows from Eden - On the Language of Mystical Experience in the Zohar, was published by Stanford University Press in 2009. Her most recent book Seekers of The Face - From the Secrets of the Idra Rabba in the Zohar” will be published by Yediot Books in 2016.