Agunah Research Unit Staff

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The Director of the Unit was Professor Bernard S. Jackson, then Alliance Professor of Jewish Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester. Previously Queen Victoria Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool (1989-97), he has held Visiting Appointments in Jerusalem, Oxford, Harvard, Bologna and Brussels. 

Research Fellow: Rabbi Dr. Julian (Yehudah) Abel attended Manchester Talmudical College and has an MA (with distinction) in Hebrew, Aramaic and Masoretic studies from the University of Manchester (1998), followed by a PhD (2004) on The Masoretic Work of Rabbi Yedidyah Shelomoh Refaíel Norzi, Minhat Shai. 

Research Fellow: Avishalom Westreich was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Unit. He was awarded his PhD on Hermeneutics and Development in the Talmudic Theory of Torts at Bar Ilan University in 2007. He holds degrees in Hermeneutic Studies (MA Summa cum Laude), Law (LL.B.), Talmud (B.A.) and Jewish History (BA Summa cum Laude ). Avishalom has also been a research fellow in the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, where he dealt inter alia with halakhic solutions to the Agunah problem. 

Shoshana Knol held a Postgraduate Studentship in the Unit, and in 2008 was awarded her PhD on the history of ideological aspects of the agunah problem. She has studied at the Universities of Utrecht and Nijmegen, where she has also lectured on Judaism, and has M.A. degrees in both halakhah and feminist theology. She has worked for Isha Le'Isha, Jerusalem, in a house for abused women, has given a number of conference papers and has publications in Dutch.

Nechama Hadari also held a Postgraduate Studentship in the Unit.  She holds a BA degree from Leeds University, a post-graduate Diploma in Theology from Oxford University and spent a number of years studying the classic rabbinical canon at the Pardes Institute, Jerusalem. Her PhD on the concept of the husband's will in the context of the possible solutions to the agunah problem was approved in 2011.