Aviad Moreno is a Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor) at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is a recipient of the prestigious Alon Fellowship for 2021-2023 from the Council for Higher Education in Israel.

Before joining the faculty, Moreno 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 current research focuses on the transnational ties between Middle Eastern and North African Jewries in Israel, Western Europe, and the Americas as vehicles for understanding Israeli ethnicity in a comparative and global context. Relatedly, his research is informed by an interest in migration and diaspora studies. 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.

Moreno currently serves as the head of the research hub World Jewry: Views from Israel , at the Azrieli Center for Israel Studies. Populated with some 18 researchers, (mostly at their postdoctoral stage), and from multiple disciplines and regional studies, this team strives to offer new and wide perspective on Israel-Diaspora relations. (For more information: https://in.bgu.ac.il/en/bgi/Pages/MALI.aspx)

In addition, Dr. Moreno serves as a member of several organizations and committees, including: the National Academy for Ladino; the academic committees for the digital archive JPress: Historical Jewish Press; the Institute for the Study of Jewish Press & Communications; and for the academic advisory board of Quest: Issues in Contemporary Jewish History. 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:

  1. Aviad Moreno and Noah Gerber. חקר יהודי ארצות האסלאם בישראל: דיסציפלינות וקווי גבול [Studying Jews from Islamic Countries in Israel: Disciplines and Boundaries], in (eds.) Aviad Moreno et Al.  ההיסטוריה הארוכה של המזרחים: כיוונים חדשים בחקר יהודי ארצות האסלאם [The Longue durée of Jews from Islamic Countries]. The Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Sde-Boker. Hebrew (forthcoming 2021). 

  2. Aviad Moreno. 2020. Beyond the Nation-state: A Network Analysis of Jewish Emigration from Northern Morocco to Israel. International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) 52(1):1-21. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0020743819000916 

  3. Aviad Moreno. 2020. 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 85: 107-125. Hebrew. 

  4. Moreno, Aviad. 2020. "מחקר בונה קהילה: על התהוותו של מרחב אתני-פזורתי בקרב יהודי מרוקו הספרדית בישראל  [Research Builds a Community: How Spanish Moroccan Jews Created their Ethnic-Diasporic Space in Israel] In Ofir Abu, Tanya Zion-Waldoks (eds.), Through Israeli Eyes: Images, Representations, and Boundaries of the Jewish World, Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Sde Boker Campus 2020: 224-254 (Hebrew)

  5. Aviad Moreno. 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. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3167/ej.2019.520211

  6. Angy Cohen 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. DOI: 10.1353/jji.2017.0009 

  7. Aviad Moreno. 2016. Moroccan Jewish Emigration to Latin America: the State of Research and New Directions. Hesperis-Tamuda. 51 (2): 123-143. ISSN 0018-1005

  8. Aviad Moreno. 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. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/1872471X-12341272

  9. Aviad Moreno. 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. 

  10. Aviad Moreno. 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. url: www.quest-cdecjournal.it/focus.php?id=313



  1. Moreno, Aviad, Noah Gerber, Esther Meir-Glitzenstein and Ofer Shif. ההיסטוריה הארוכה של יהודי ארצות האסלאם ההיסטוריה הארוכה של המזרחים: כיוונים חדשים בחקר יהודי ארצות האסלאם [The Longue durée of Jews from Islamic Countries]. The Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Sde-Boker. Hebrew ( forthcoming 2021).

  2. Aviad Moreno. 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. Hebrew. 

Book reviews of 'Europe from Morocco':

  1. Yaorn Ben-Naeh, Zion VOL. LXXXI (3–4) 2016: 523-528.
  2. Nina Pinto-Abecasis, LADINAR: Estudios sobre la literatura, la música y la historia de los sefardíes. VOL. IX. 2017: 55-68. 
  3. Nina Pinto-Abecasis, MEAH.  VOL. 65.  2016: 193-197.


Additional publications:

  1. Aviad Moreno. 2020. A View From Tangier: Inner Dynamics of Moroccan Jewish  Modernity. HaSepharadi website 

  2. Aviad Moreno. 2018. Repensar la aliya desde los paises arabes y musulmanes: el caso de Tanger [Rethinking Aliyah for Arab and Muslim Lands: the Case of Tangier]. Revista Maguen-Escudo. 181: 36-38 

  3. Aviad Moreno. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Aviad Moreno. 2018. Marroquíes en Venezuela e Israel: reflexiones sobre identidades sionistas globales [Moroccans in Venezuela and Israel: some thoughts on global Zionist identities]. Revista Maguen-Escudo. 180: 23-29. 

  6. Aviad Moreno. 2018. Globalizing the Mizrahi Revival. Israeli Histories, Societies and Cultures - Frankel Institute Annual. Ann Arbor. University of Michigan. pp. 6-9. 

  7. Aviad Moreno. 2017. Rethinking Aliyah for Arab and Muslim Lands: the Case of Tangier. AJS  Perspectives: the Migration Issue. Pp. 24-25. 

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

  9. Aviad Moreno. 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. 

  10. Aviad Moreno. 2016. Maguen-Escudo. Editor, Norman A. Stillman, Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. Brill Online. 

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

  12. Aviad Moreno. 2010. Judíos de Marruecos, Intérpretes de Europa [The Jews of Morocco, Europe's interpreters]. Editors, G. Pimienta,  S.S Pimienta, 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. Pp. 13-21.