Aviad Moreno is a faculty member at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. 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.

Dr. Moreno is a recipient of the prestigious Alon Fellowship from the Council for Higher Education in Israel. He has been selected as a foreign international member of the Spanish Royal Academy. He recently co-founded the Center for Research and Archives on the Judaism of Northern Morocco (CJNM), Tangier, Morocco. Additionally, he serves on the board of several central committees in his field, including the National Academy for Ladino, the content committee of the Anu Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv (formerly Beit Hatfutsot), and the Institute for the Study of Jewish Press & Communications. He has previously served on the Committee for Empowering the Identity of Mizrahi Communities in the Israeli Education System (the "Biton Committee").  

Dr. Moreno's 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 from a diasporic viewpoint. He heads the research hub Communities and Mobilities at the Azrieli Center for Israel Studies. Populated with some 15 with varied disciplinary backgrounds, this team strives to study the multivalent realities that migrations create and their connection with questions of collective memory and community formation. The hub focuses on Jewish (and sometimes non-Jewish) migrant groups from Ethiopia, the Middle East, and North Africa in Israel, Europe, and the Americas. 


Current research​ interest:

» Migration and Diaspora Studies 

»  Israeli ethnicity

»  North African and Sephardi Jews

»  Latin American Jews 

Selected publica​tions:


1.  Aviad Moreno, Noah Gerber, Esther Meir-Glitzenstein and Ofer Shiff. 2021. ההיסטוריה הארוכה של המזרחים: כיווני חדשים בחקר יהודי ארצות האסלאם -בהוקרה לירון צור  [The Long History of Mizrahim: New Directions in the Study of Jews from Muslim Countries -in Tribute to Yaron Tsur]. The Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Sde-Boker. 588p. 


Published reviews of the book:

  1. Michal Ben Ya'akov. 2022. ] חשיבה חדשה-תובנות חדשותNew Thinking – New Understandings].  Dor Ledor- Studies in the History of Jewish Education in Israel and the Diaspora 56: 161-168.
  2. Dario Miccoli. 2022. The Long History of the Mizrahim: New Directions in the Study of Jews from Muslim Countries—In Tribute to Yaron Tsur by Aviad Moreno et Al., and: Under Eastern Eyes: Identity and Self Representation in Israeli Documentary Cinema by Merav Alush Levron. Israel Studies 27.3: 190-198
  3. Benny Nurieli. 2022. הסוציולוגיה הביקורתית של ההיסטוריה הארוכה של המזרחים [The Critical Sociology of the long History of the Mizrahim]. Kriot Yisraeliot 2: 262-167


2.  Aviad Moreno. 2015. אירופה ממרוקו: הפרוטוקולים של הנהגת קהילת יהודי טנגי'ר,1864-1860 [Europe from Morocco: the Minutes of the Leadership of Tangier's Jewish Community (the Junta), 1860-1864]. Jerusalem. Pe'amim Supplement, Vol 1. Ben Zvi Institute. 124p.

Published reviews of the book:

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


Refereed ​articles

Roy Shukrun and Aviad Moreno (accepted). Rethinking Moroccan Transnationalism: Sephardism, Decolonization, and Activism Between Israel and Montreal, American Jewish History 

Noah Gerber and Aviad Moreno (accepted). The Trajectories of Separation: Global Migration, Disciplinary Boundaries, and the Isolated Histories of Mizraḥim, AJS Review 

Aviad Moreno. 2022. Expanding the Dimensions of Moroccan (Jewish) Migration: perspectives from Venezuela. Journal of North African Studies DOI: 10.1080/13629387.2022.2088522

Aviad Moreno and Noah Gerber. 2021. חקר יהודי ארצות האסלאם בישראל: דיסציפלינות וקווי גבול [Studying Jews from Islamic Countries in Israel: Disciplines and Boundaries], in (eds.) Aviad Moreno et Al.  The Long History of Mizrahim: New Directions in the Study of Jews from Muslim Countries. The Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Sde-Boker: 7-42. https://www.evrit.co.il/Product/20762/%D7%94%D7%94%D7%99%D7%A1%D7%98%D7%95%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%94_%D7%94%D7%90%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%9B%D7%94_%D7%A9%D7%9C_%D7%94%D7%9E%D7%96%D7%A8%D7%97%D7%99%D7%9D

Aviad Moreno. 2021. Remapping 'Tradition': Community Formation and Spatiocultural Mobility Among Jews in Colonial Northern Morocco. Jewish Culture and History 22(4):348-400. https://doi.org/10.1080/1462169X.2021.1993542 

Aviad Moreno. 2021. עיון מחודש על הקשר שבין ציונות להגירה: המקרה של מרוקו הספרדית [A Re-Examination of the Connection Between Zionism and Migration: The case of Spanish Morocco]. El Prezente 14-15:119-145 

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 

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 

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 (eds.) Ofir Abu, Tanya Zion-Waldoks, 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 

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 

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 

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

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 

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 

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 


Other publications​

1.   Aviad Moreno. 2022. La Liberté/El HorriaEncyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000871

2.  Aviad Moreno. 2022. Benaioun (Ben Ayoun), SalomonEncyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0003580

3.  Tamir Karkason and Aviad Moreno, 2022, מחאה, פטרונות וסולידריות בי-עדתית: יהודי צפון אפריקה
בעיתונות הלדינו בראשית שנות החמישים [Protest, Patronage, and Inter-Jewish Solidarity: North African Jews in Israel's Ladino Press in the Early 1950s]. Et-Mol 279, 30-33.

4.  Aviad Moreno. 2022. Telling Your Story: Reclaiming Sephardi Mizrahi History, Sephardi Ideas Monthly. https://americansephardi.org/news/simfeb2022/ 

5.  Aviad Moreno and Arie Dubnov. 2022.מוזיאון 'אנו' והאמריקניזציה של ההיסטוריה היהודית [Anu Museum and the Americanization of Jewish History]. הזמן הזה (These Times) 4. Hebrew. https://hazmanhazeh.org.il/anu/

6.  Aviad Moreno.2021. מוסררה-מונטריאול[Musrara-Montreal]. הזמן הזה (These Times). Hebrew. https://hazmanhazeh.org.il/musrara-montreal/

7.  Aviad Moreno. 2021. Os Panteras Negras Israelenses, Amazonia Judaica, Rio de Janeiro. 13-24.

8.  Aviad Moreno. 2021. Book Review: Devi Mays, Forging Ties, Forging Passports: Migration and the Modern Sephardi Diaspora. Stanford University Press, 2020, AJS Review‏ 45 (2): 496-498.

9.  Aviad Moreno. 2021. From Israel's Black Panthers Protest to a Transnational MENA Jewish Solidarity, AJS Perspectives: The Protest Issue: 61. https://www.associationforjewishstudies.org/publications-research/ajs-perspectives/the-protest-issue/from-israel-s-black-panthers-protest-to-a-transnational-mena-jewish-solidarity

10.  Aviad Moreno. 2020. A View From Tangier: Inner Dynamics of Moroccan Jewish  Modernity. HaSepharadi, https://hasepharadi.com/2020/02/16/a-view-from-tangier-inner-dynamics-of-moroccan-jewish-modernity/

11.  Aviad Moreno, 2020, On MENA Jewish Migrations, Sephardi Ideas Monthlyhttps://americansephardi.org/news/simmarch2020/​

12.  Aviad Moreno. 2019. Repensar la aliya desde los paises arabes y musulmanes: el caso de Tanger, Revista Maguen-Escudo 181: 36-38

13.  Aviad Moreno. 2019. There are Exiles that We Must Terminate Urgently. Haaretz - Tarbut ve-Sifrut: 4-5. https://www.haaretz.co.il/literature/study/2019-11-26/ty-article/.premium/0000017f-db12-df9c-a17f-ff1a6fe90000

14.  Aviad Moreno. 2018. Book 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 25: 296-291

15.  Aviad Moreno. 2018. Marroquíes en Venezuela e Israel: Reflexiones sobre identidades sionistas globales. Revista Maguen-Escudo 180: 23-29

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

17.  Aviad Moreno. 2017. Rethinking Aliyah for Arab and Muslim Lands: the Case of Tangier. AJS  Perspectives: the Migration Issue: 24-25. http://perspectives.ajsnet.org/migration-issue/rethinking-aliyah-from-arab-and-muslim-countries-the-case-of-tangier/

18.  Aviad Moreno. 2017.  ונצואלה, ארץ אבותיו של סבי המרוקאי [Venezuela, the Fatherland of My Moroccan Grandfather]. Haaretz - Tarbut ve-Sifrut: 4.

19.  Aviad Moreno. 2017.  Book Review: Shai Srugo - Jewish Workers in the Port of Salonika: between the Ottoman World of the Greek Nation-State, 1936-1869. Hamizrah Hahadash 56:  215-217

20.  Aviad Moreno. 2016. Maguen-Escudo. Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000773​

21.  Aviad Moreno, David Guedj and Tamir Karkason. 2016.דו"ח ועדת ביטון- מבט מבפנים ]The Bitton Committee: A View From Within[, Haaretz- Tarbut ve-Sifrut: 1. Hebrew.

22.  Aviad Moreno. 2010. Judíos de Marruecos, Intérpretes de Europa. In (eds.) 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: 13-21.