Shalem College
Yedidia Z. Stern

Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern

S.J.D., Harvard University

Yedidia Z. Stern is a professor at Bar-Ilan University Law School and its former dean. He is a senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, where he directs the projects on Religion and State and Human Rights and Judaism. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and a Distinguished University Professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and was chair-elect of the Coalition Committee to Enact an Israeli Constitution, chair of the Israel Science Foundation’s Committee for the Assessment of Legal Research, academic director of the World Jewish Forum, and president of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Israeli Judaism. He also served, between 2009-2011, as chair of the National Committee for Civic Studies, and on the Commission of Inquiry on the Treatment of Residents of Gush Katif, the Committee for Equality in the Burden of Service, and the Committee for the Regulation of Governance in Higher Education in Israel. Prof. Stern was also member of the board of the largest bank in Israel, Bank Leumi.

Prof. Stern has written and edited 23 books in his areas of professional interest, including religion and state, Jewish law, public law, and corporate law. His awards include the Zeltner Prize for Excellence in Legal Research in Israel (2009) and the Gorny Prize for Outstanding Activity in Public Law (2012).

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Selected Publications

The Israeli Nation-State: Political, Constitutional and Cultural Challenges (2014, English; 2016, German).

Religion and the Discourse of Human Rights (2014, English)

When Judaism Meets the State (2015, Hebrew)

Jewish Law and Zionism (2017, Hebrew)

Conversion in Israel: Vision, Achievements, and Challenges (2018, Hebrew)