Joseph R.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Maurice Amado Foundation Fellowship

Research Topic

Elizabethan Englishmen and Ottoman Jews: An Encounter on Ottoman Soil


Joseph R. Hacker is Professor Emeritus at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His books include The Ottoman-Jewish Encounter: A Social and Cultural History of the Jews in the Ottoman Empire (1453-1620) (2013), The Ordinances of Sephardi Communities in the Ottoman Empire in the 15th – 19th Centuries (2013), and Beit Ha-Levi: A Portugese Jewish Family in Salonica. Letters and Documents, forthcoming. Proffesor Hacker's  work at the center will focus on the social, economic, and cultural links between Ottoman Jewry and English people in the Levant, which is part of a larger project on connections between Ottoman Jews and European (both Protestant and Catholic) and English merchants, diplomats, scholars, and travelers.



Studying all facets of the Jewish book—treating it as a historical agent in Jewish culture and as a medium of exchange within the larger cultures in which Jews have lived.


Devoting an entire year of study to the subject of Christian Hebraism, especially in early modern Europe.