Aviad Moreno is a lecturer at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Before joining the faculty, he was a fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (University of Pennsylvania); a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies (University of Michigan); a Kreitman postdoctoral fellow (Ben-Gurion University); and a postdoctoral fellow at Tel Aviv University.

His research, which spans the fields of Israel Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Jewish Studies, is informed by his interest in Latin American Jewry and transnational migration as vehicles for understanding Israel in a comparative and global context. His dissertation, “Ethnicity in Motion: Social Networks in the Emigration of Jews from Northern Morocco to Venezuela and Israel, 1860–2010," was awarded the 2016 Ben Halpern Prize for best dissertation in Israel Studies by the Association for Israel Studies.

Aviad serves on the academic advisory board of Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History and is a consultant for the Israel National Authority for Ladino and its Culture. He is also a member of the academic committees of the Institute for the Study of Jewish Press & Communications, and for the digital archive JPress: Historical Jewish Press. In the past, he has served on the Committee for Empowering the Identity of Mizrahi Communities in the Israeli Education System (the “Biton Committee"), and on the academic board of Jama'a: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Middle East Studies.


​Current research interest:

  • Migration Theory

  • Transregional studies

  • Israeli ethnicity

  • Jewish Migration

  • North African Jewry

  • Latin American and Spanish Jewry

  • Global Zionism


Selected publications:

Moreno, Aviad. "Beyond the Nation-state: A network analysis of Jewish emigration from Northern Morocco to Israel," International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES). [accepted for publication]

Moreno, Aviad." חיסול, עקירה, הגירה: על הסמנטיקה של ה'עליות' מארצות ערב בשיח האקדמי והציבורי בישראל [Hisul, 'Aqira, Hagira: The Semantics of Jewish Migration from Arab Countries in Israel's Academic and Popular Discourses], Zion (Hebrew) [accepted for publication]

Moreno, Aviad. "בין הפיזי למדומין: על הקשר שבין קהילה ומחקר בעקבות יהודי מרוקו הספרדית  "בישראל [Between the concrete and the imagined: on research and community-building among Spanish Moroccan Jews in Israel] In Ofir Abu and Tanya Zion-Waldoks (eds.), The Jewish World: Views from Israel. The Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Sde-Boker (Hebrew) [accepted for publication]

Moreno, Aviad, Noah Gerber, Esther Meir-Glitzenstein and Ofer Shif. ההיסטוריה הארוכה של יהודי ארצות האסלאם בישראל [The Longue durée of Jews from Islamic Countries in Israel]. The Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Sde-Boker (Hebrew) [accepted for publication]

Moreno, Aviad (2019). "The Ingathering of the Jewish (Moroccan) Diaspora: Zionism and Global Hometown Awareness among Spanish-Moroccan Jews in Israel" European Judaism (52) 2: 143-155

Cohen, Angy and Aviad Moreno (2017). "Revisiting Morocco from Israel and Argentina: Contrasting Narratives about the 'Trip Back' Among Jewish Immigrants from Northern Morocco," Journal of Jewish Identities 10 (2): 173-197

Moreno, Aviad (2016). "Moroccan Jewish Emigration to Latin America: the State of Research and New Directions," Hesperis-Tamuda 51 (2): 123-143

Moreno, Aviad (2015). "'Inappropriate' Voices from the Past: Contextualizing Narratives from the First Group Tour of Olim from Northern Morocco to their Former Hometowns," European Journal of Jewish Studies. 9: 52–68

Moreno, Aviad (2015). "An Insight into the Course of European-Oriented Modernization among Oriental Jewries: the Minute Book of the Junta of Tangier," El Prezente: Studies in Sephardic Culture 8-9: 95-120

Moreno, Aviad (2012). "De-Westernizing Morocco: Pre-Migration Colonial History and the Ethnic-Oriented Self-Representation of Tangier's Natives in Israel," Quest- Issues in Contemporary Jewish History. 4: 67-85




Moreno, Aviad (2015). אירופה ממרוקו: הפרוטוקולים של הנהגת קהילת יהודי טנגי'ר (החונטה),1864-1860 [Europe from Morocco: the Minutes of the Leadership of Tangier's Jewish Community (the Junta), 1860-1864]. Jerusalem. Ben Zvi Institute: 124p. (Hebrew)


Published reviews of my book

  • Yaorn Ben-Naeh, Zion VOL. LXXXI (3–4) 2016: 523-528.

  • Nina Pinto-Abecasis, LADINAR: Estudios sobre la literatura, la música y la historia de los sefardíes. VOL. IX. 2017: 55-68. 

  • Nina Pinto-Abecasis, MEAH.  VOL. 65.  2016: 193-197.

Additional publications

Moreno, Aviad (2019). "What Do You Know? Jewish Migration to Latin America" Katz Center's blog post, University of Pennsylvania.

Moreno, Aviad (2018). "Repensar la aliya desde los paises arabes y musulmanes: el caso de Tanger," Revista Maguen-Escudo 181: 36-38 (Spanish)

Moreno, Aviad (2018). "Marroquíes en Venezuela e Israel: reflexiones sobre identidades sionistas globales". Revista Maguen-Escudo 180: 23-29 (Spanish)

Moreno, Aviad (2018). "Globalizing the Mizrahi Revival" Israeli Histories, Societies and Cultures - Frankel Institute Annual, University of Michigan, 6-9

Moreno, Aviad (2018). גישות שונות לחקר העלייה מארצות האסלאם, ביקורת על ספרו של אבי פיקאר, עולים במשורה: מדיניות ישראל כלפי עלייתם של יהודי צפון אפריקה, 1956-1951 [Review: Avi Picard - Cut to Measure: Israel's Policies Regarding the Aliyah of North African Jews, 1951-1956]. Israel: Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel - History, Society, Culture: 296-291.

Moreno, Aviad (4.10.2017). "ונצואלה-ארץ אבותיו של סבי המרוקאי  "[Venezuela, the fatherland of my Moroccan grandfather], Haaretz - Tarbut ve-Sifrut. p.4.

Moreno, Aviad (2017). " ביקורת על ספרו של שי סרוגו, הפועלים היהודים בנמל סלוניקי: בין העולם העות'מאני לעולמה של מדינת הלאום היוונית "[Review: Shai Srugo - Jewish Workers in the Port of Salonika: between the Ottoman World of the Greek Nation-State, 1936-1869 [Hebrew]," Hamizrah Hahadash 56:  215-217

Moreno, Aviad. David Guedj and Tamir Karkason (22.07.2016)." ועדת ביטון- מבט ,מבפנים  " [The Bitton Committee: a view from within], Haaretz- Tarbut ve-Sifrut, 1

Moreno, Aviad (2017). "Rethinking Aliyah for Arab and Muslim Lands: the Case of Tangier," AJS  Perspectives - the Migration Issue: 24-25

Moreno, Aviad (2016). "Maguen-Escudo," in Norman A. Stillman (ed.), Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. Brill Onlin

Moreno, Aviad (2010). "Judíos de Marruecos, Intérpretes de Europa [The Jews of Morocco, Europe's interpreters," in G. Pimienta and S.S Pimienta (eds.), Libro de Actas de la Junta Selecta de la Cumunidad Hebrea de Tanger, 1860-1883, Nacimiento y Desarollo de Una Comunidad Organizada. Paris-Jerusalem: Jem y Erez Editores, 13-21 (Spanish)

Selected courses:

  • Migration in an Israeli context

  • Jews in Morocco, Moroccans in Israel

  • Introduction to North Africa during the 19th and 20th Centuries

  • The Emergence of the Middle East

  • Academic Learning Skills

  • Introduction to Islam