about us

About Us

'Ad Hena' is a learning and research institute dedicated to the study of the Torah creations of Galician and Bukovinian Jewry, from the 16th century to the present day.

The centre seeks to create a broad academic foundation which will bring together Torah expertise, scholarship, modern research methods and historical thinking. It aims to achieve this by integrating budding Haredi researchers into scientific research endeavours. 


/ יום עיון במרכז זלמן שז"ר: 'פאר עמנו ונזר דורנו'

במסגרת יום העיון לרגל מלאת 150 שנה לפטירת ר' שלמה יהודה רפפורט (שי"ר),…

/ Lectures of the "Ad Hena" Center fellows at the 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies
Four fellows of the Center lectured at the Congress on their research
/ "From Kraków to Lemberg" project - a lecture on the Seventeenth Word Congress of Jewish Studies, 6-10 August
The lecture: "The Genre of Name Lists for Divorce Records: Its Creation and…
/ Two of our fellows took part in the 'Galician Jewry' international conference

Two of our colleagues - rabbi Abish Schor and rabbi Zvi Lehrer took part in…

/ Presentation and Discussion before the Conference in Rzeszow, Poland

Zvi Lehrer presented his research before the forum.

/ Presentation and Discussion before the Conference in Rzeszow, Poland
Abish Shor presented his research before the forum.
/ Charity in Early Christianity
Prof. Gari Anderson (University of Notre Dame)
/ Hasidism or not? Breslev and its Texts
Dr Zvi Mark (Bar Ilan University)
/ From Regensburg to Krakow: Rabbi Michel Moravchik and the Legacy of Hasidei Ashkenaz
Our Fellow Moshe David Chechik lectured at the 'SeferHasidim - in Context'…
/ Sefer HaBerit and Sefer Nofet Zufim – Apologetics or Internal Writing?
Lecture and Discussion with Prof. David Ruderman
/ Remmemrence and History in S.Y. Agnon’s Writing
Rabbi Dr. Gefry Sacks
/ Early Stages of Ashkenazi Settlement in Poland
Prof. Shaul Stampfer (Hebrew University)
/ Memory vs History: the Case of the Holocaust
Eyal Mizrahi (Yad VaShem)

Rabbi Avish Shor  represented the 'Ad Hena' Institute at the 2016 Jewish…

/ East European Prayer Books: Shabtai Sofer of Przemysl and his Contemporaries
Prof. Stefan Reif (University of Cambridge)
/ Yiddish Literature as Popular Literature in the 16th-17th Centuries
Prof. Chava Turniansky (Hebrew University)
/ The Formation of Halakhic-Polish Identity in the Early Modern Period
Prof. Elchana Reiner (National Library of Israel)
/ The Literary Republic and Book Genres: Early Jewish Print in Eastern Europe
Prof. Zeev Gris (Ben Gurion University)
/ Jewish History of Poland, 16th-17th Centuries
Prof. Ted Fram (Ben Gurion University)
/ General History of Poland, 16th-17th Centuries
Prof. Ted Fram (Ben Gurion University)
/ Reception History
Dr. Maoz Kahana (Tel Aviv University)
/ 'Galicia in the Holy Land", part 1

Rabbi Dr Yehudah Brandes (Herzog Academic College)

/ The Austrian Regime’s Requirement from the Rabbis Regarding their General Education
Prof. Rachel Menkin (University of Maryland)
/ Local History Emerging - Meron, the Holy Site
Dr Netanel Lederberg
/ Solomon Judah Loeb Rapaport, Galician Haskalah, Scholarship and Nationality
Dr Natan Shifris (The Galicia and Bukovina Project, Haifa University)
/ Sources for the Research of Galician Jewry
Dr Natan Shifris (The Galicia and Bukovina Project, Haifa University)
/ The Rabbinic Literature in Galicia and Bukovina - an Overview

Rabbi Meir Wunder (National Library of Israel)

/ Polish Nobility and the Jews

Dr. Yehudit…

/ The Literary Shift of the 16th-17th Centuries
Prof. Elchanan Reiner, The National Library

Research Projects

Articles and Essays

By: משה דוד צ'צ'יק

הרצאה מתוך המושב של מכון 'עד הנה' בקונגרס העולמי למדעי היהדות. כותרת המושב: 'גליציה ויהודיה: אפיקי מחקר חדשים'. 

Courses and Training Seminars

The aim of the course, which is geared towards young Hasidic men, is to acquaint them with methods of Hassidic historical research, through the study of the history of the Karlin Hasidic sect.
דרכי משה
The course will survey the eastward movement of Ashkenazic Jews and the strengthening of the great Jewish center of Poland in the 16th-17th centuries.

Expedition to Vyzhnytsa

Vyzhnytsa (Vizhnitz) hold a unique position in the history of Eastern European Jewry: at the end of the nineteenth century, Jews made up more than 90% of the population of this small town, which was also a prominent center of Hasidism. In the course of the expedition the historical part of the cemetery – about 2,200 tombstones - was fully documented.

Preparing to the expedition to Buczacz

The town of Buczacz – Agnon’s native town - was known for many generations as an important Jewish intellectual center, combined rabbinic knowledge, Hasidism and Jewish Enlightenment. This year, which was declared by the Israel Ministry of Education as a year of Agnon, group of volunteers (students, researchers and archivists) are preparing to document the old Jewish cemetery in Buczacz.
Krakov & Lemberg
לוגו אוניברסיטת תל אביב

Four Hundred Years of Rabbinic Creativity in Galicia and Bukovina of the Early Modern Period

The project will involve gathering and cataloguing the various documentations (books, manuscripts, and surviving community notebooks); classifying the material into folk works and “higher” creative output; researching different versions of prayers and their developments over the years; surveying and summarizing the history of the publication of these works, and analyzing the measure of their acceptance in various provinces, along a chronological axis.


Our Blogs

קיר המזרח בבית הכנסת הגדול בז'ולקייב

בין המשכילים התורניים הרבים שהיו פזורים בערי גליציה, התייחדה קבוצה של שלושה אברכים צעירים, בני העיר לבוב, שהתארגנו לפעילות ספר


בחמישים שנותיו, הספיק רבי צבי הירש חיות זצ"ל רבה של ז'ולקייב לכתוב שורה ארוכה של חיבורים תורניים, ולהדפיס את רובם.