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Sabina AVRAM is a graduate of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest with a BA in Jewish Studies and English as a complimentary discipline. She is intrested in Jewish culture and literature, history, language and religion. During the next two years she will continue to study Biblical Hebrew and filosophy of religion for the MA programeReligious Studies -Texts and Traditions.

Cristina BARBU is a member of the Association of Museum Studies at the Faculty of History, where she was a student at the History and Civilization Masters program specialising in History of Ideas and Mentalities. One of her academic interests is the analysis of the image of the Jew in the interwar far-right media that she studied both for her dissertation and her BA thesis, and she elaborated a presentation about this for the annual student conference from the Centre for Comparative History of Ancient Societies at the Faculty of History. She is also interested in the artistic field and attended national summer history schools and international art summer schools. She is currently a curator at the National Museum of History.

Cătălin BOSOI graduated, in 2014, from the MA program at the Centre for Jewish Studies organized by the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest. Previously, in 2003, he graduated from the Faculty of Geography at the same university. The transition from one field of study to another was possible through intensive individual preparation, by reading and analysing numerous works concerning Judaism, Jews, their culture and civilization, as well as their unique and cosmopolitan destiny. The desire to study all these different and complex matters stemmed from a major interest in world history and in the special trajectory of the “people of Israel” throughout the development of humankind. His main intellectual interests are modern Israel, its foreign politics and the “special” relationships with its Arab neighbours and the Great Powers, the legacy of the Holocaust, Nazi Germany. He wishes to use the knowledge acquired throughout this Summer School in order to finish the above mentioned MA.

Dr. Lavinia BUDA is a History and Civic culture teacher at Bonița Secondary School and Răscruci Professional School in Cluj County. She is a graduate of Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, with a BA from the Faculty of History and Philosophy and a MA in Historic Socio-Anthropology. In 2012 she obtained her PhD in history at the same university. One of her academic interests is the history of the Rroma Community during the Second World War and the Transylvanian Holocaust. As a teacher, she has participated to the activities of the Symposium Holocaust in Romania, organised in Craiova.

Onița BURDEȚ is a PhD Candidate in Theology within the Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In 2009 she graduated from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology and got a Bachelor's degree in the field of Theology-Letters. In 2011 and 2012 Onița completed two master programs, the first within the Faculty of Orthodox Theology and the second within the Faculty of Letters in the field of the History of Images-History of Ideas, both belonging to the Masters programs provided by the Babeș-Bolyai University. In addition to the activities related to her doctoral studies, Onița is involved, at the moment, in two research grants where she holds the position of research assistant (research field: Romanian old books) and expert trainer (PREL-ways of teaching religion that focus on the professional development of the teachers at the undergraduate level). Since 2011, she attends the courses of the Doctoral School of Orthodox Theology, being supervised by professor PhD Ioan Chirilă, the president of the UBB Senate.

Lucian CAȘU has just graduated from the “Dunărea de Jos” University with a Masters degree in Social Philosophy. Having qualifications in diverse social-humanistic areas, he has published essays in various printed magazines, cultural journals and also in some online counter-parts. In 2011 he received the 1st prize in the scientific colloquy organized by the “Philosophy-Sociology” department from the afore-mentioned university on the cultural-ethical discourse of Nicu Steinhardt. Also, from the same institution he received, in 2014, the prize for performance in research. In the same year he participated in a summer school hosted by the “University of Craiova” concerning themes from the metaphysics of Lebniz. Now he is focused on his dissertation which is centred on the conflict between the Occident and Islam from an ideological, cultural, social, political and economic angle.

Dr. Sonia CATRINA is a SCIEX-NMSch postdoctoral fellow at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) &​ the National School of Political and Administrative Studies from Bucharest (Romania). Her current research focuses on the practices, vocabulary and representations of different Romanian actors in charge of making heritage. She is also undertaking a comparative research project on Jewish built heritage in Romania and the Republic of Moldavia. Departing from the idea that historical buildings are subjected to power relationships, of inclusion or exclusion in the sphere of cultural heritage, her study addresses the strategies of empowerment used by various actors in the processes of assigning value to Jewish synagogues to be found on the Romanian and Moldavian territories. By drawing on several case-studies of decaying and damaged, rented or rehabilitated Jewish synagogues selected from the aforementioned countries, the author investigates competing discourses regarding the social, political, economic, or/and aesthetic functions that such historical places (have to) play in the Romanian and Moldavian societies. She has recently published a book: Se montrer “maramureşean(că)”. Les misesen scène de l’identitépaysanne [Appearing as a Man (or a Woman) from Maramureş: Staging Peasant Identity], at the European Institute Publishing House (2014) and edited (with Cyril Isnart, IDEMEC & CNRS, Aix-en-Provence) the special issue entitled Circulating Heritage: Mediation and Re-cycling of the Cultural Items, Devices and Values, published in Cultura. International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology. Vol. 11 (2) / December 2014. She is also the author of several articles published in peer-reviewed journals and of chapters as a result of her collaborations with foreign scholars. Her academic profile is available on the website:

Claudia CÎȚĂ is a PhD Student in Philology, in the field of Yiddish literature, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest, and a doctoral fellow at the Romanian Academy. Her PhD thesis (‘Shalom Aleichem, The Idealist Debatable between Tricksiness and Pencraft’) aims to reassess the Yiddish literature created by Shalom Aleichem in the Romanian literary canon. She published two book reviews – in Zeitschrift der Germanisten Rumäniens, Bucharest (on a recent translation into Romanian language of Shalom Aleichem’s Stempenyu. A yudisher roman), and in Analele Universității din București, ‘Political Sciences’ series (about Alberto Castaldini’s Israel’s Political Vocation), but also an article in Journal of Romanian Literary Studies, Târgu Mureș (‘The character Ficu, between reality and ideality. An analysis of the novel Calea Văcărești by Isac Peltz’). Her latest papers were ’Emigration and Identity Dimensions in Shalom Aleichem’s Biography and Literature’ (Romanian Academy, Bucharest, 2014) and "The Yiddish Culture in Romania: An Opposite or a Complementary Domain of Knowledge?" (‘Petru Maior’ University, Târgu Mureș, 2015).

Bogdan CIUREZU successfully completed the MA program at the Centre for Jewish Studies in 2014 organized at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest. At the same faculty he finished a BA in Philology finalized with a thesis in Linguistics about the Istro-Romanian dialect of the Romanian language. His final MA thesis was about the way the mystical movements of Kabbalah and Tasawwuf view certain aspects of the divine world and of the soul by placing them in chronological comparison. His main research interests are minorities, linguistics, comparative theology and genocides. He attended, as a participant, a couple of national conferences in Romania and one international conference organized by the European Association of Israeli Studies at SOAS, London in 2013.

Daniela FUDULU (PhD Student) received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest (Romanian-German) and she afterwards earned a Master’s Degree in Literary Studies. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Letters. In addition to her academic research, she teaches German and Romanian.

Dr. Ildiko-Camelia GALERU holds a Masters degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Bucharest, Romania and a PhD (Jewish Studies Track) in Philosophy from the same university. She has participated in and contributed to numerous research projects. She has published chapters on the plight of Jewish and Romanian intellectuals in a number of international editions. Between 2004 and 2012 she was a Hebrew teacher at the Romania-Israel Friendship Cultural Association and since 2014 she teaches Hebrew at the Foreign Languages Centre Echo, Bucharest, Romania and also teaches a course about Jewish Culture and Civilization and Hebrew language at the Biblical School Nazareth at the Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Bucharest. In 2015 she was an organizer and moderator of the Philosophy and Theology Conference “Maimonide and Rachi, medieval personalities of Judaism”, organized in cooperation with the Rachi Institute (Troyes, France), European Institute “Emanuel Levinas”(Paris), Biblical Research Department of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Iasi, Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Bucharest

Dr. Mihaela GLIGOR (born on June 23rd 1977 in Brad, Hunedoara) studied Philosophy at Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, where she also received her PhD in Philosophy in 2006, with a thesis about Mircea Eliade and the Romanian Far-Right. In 2009 she was a Fellow at Department of Philosophy, Jadavpur University Kolkata, India, with an I.C.C.R. (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) postdoctoral scholarship. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of International Journal on Humanistic Ideology: In the present she is a Scientific Researcher in the field of Philosophy at the Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca, "George Baritiu" History Institute, Department of Humanities and Chief of the Philosophy Sector (from February 2013).Co-founder and Vice-President (2011-2015) of Rabindranath Tagore Cultural Centre and co-organiser of Namaste India Festival: Founder and Director of Cluj Centre for Indian Studies, opened in 2014 at Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca:

Gabriela IAGĂR holds a Master of Arts degree from University of Bucharest, Faculty of Letters, Department of Hebrew Culture and Civilization. Her Masters thesis entitled `Between My Michael and A tale of love and darkness- an analysis` was written at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she earned a research scholarship. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Language and Literatures, Department of Jewish Studies. For her Bachelor's thesis she translated, from Hebrew, a short novel written by Amos Oz, Where the Jackals Howl, never translated into Romanian before. She also attended various conferences in the Jewish Studies field and is proficient in Hebrew. Her interests are linguistics, foreign languages, Hebrew literature.

Elena ION (PhD Student) received a Master of Arts in Romanian Literary Studies from the University of Bucharest in 2013 with a thesis on Hortensia Papadat-Bengescu. Currently, she is a PhD student at the Faculty of Letters and her research centres on feminist literature and its relation to corporeality. She participated in several national conferences and in November 2014 she took part in the seminar Matérialitéet Ecriture, organized by Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest. Moreover, she published various articles in the literary magazine Literatorul. Her main concern is the study of the genres and literary species considered minor (paraliterature), especially the group of Jewish women writers from around the literary circle Sburătorul.

George Alexandru LAZĂR will start his third and final year as a student in Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest this autumn. He is interested in foreign languages and he is a collaborator for a certified translations office and has a French language certificate. This year he completed an internship at the National Institute for the Study of the Holocaust in Romania Elie Wiesel. Moreover, he participated, during high-school, to an Erasmus+ project, having the opportunity to take part in an international exchange in the Netherlands and he will be involved in a similar project in the Czech Republic this year. In the future, he wishes to apply for a MA program at SNSPA and to work in the field of Jewish Studies.

Alina Georgia MARIN is a second year student at the Goldstein Goren MA Program, Hebrew Culture and Civilization at the University of Bucharest. She is an English teacher with a passion for Israeli traditions and language. She has graduated from the Jewish Studies BA program and she has travelled to Israel three times, having the opportunity to study the Hebrew language. She wishes to keep in touch with Romanian and Israeli Jewish traditions, and to better understand how the two can help each other given their common history.

Mario-Dorin MIHAI is a MA student at the Faculty of Theology from Bucharest, were he started his studies in 2009. In 2013 he graduated from this Faculty, Pastoral Theology profile and then he attended an MA programme in Pastoral and Liturgical Life. From February to July 2014 he was an exchange student the Faculty of Theology from Leuven. In April-May/October 2014 he completed the Pastoral module (online) Dumitru Stăniloae Theological Centre Paris and between 3rd and 5thMay, 2015 he participated to The National Symposium of Students, Tismana, Gorj. Starting from the fall of 2015 he will begin a predoctoral study programme at the Faculty of Theology from Leuven and he will work in the Ortodox Parish from Antwerpen, Belgium. Recent publications include: The religious education of the children and young people in theology and the age of Saint John Chrysostomos, The National Symposium of the Student Journal – Opus Discipulorum; Pastoral-catechetical issues in the writings of Saint Simeon The New Theologian,Ortodoxia Journal, no. 3, 2015.

Eugenia MIHALCEA has a degree in Journalism and worked for 10 years in the media, after which she shifted to a specialization that became a passion without being a profession: Jewish Studies. She graduated from Jewish Studies, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest, and she is now an MA student at the Faculty of Letters, Hebrew Culture and Civilization. Her interest in the culture and history of Jews in Romania will result in a dissertation that will address the issues of the Jews during the Holocaust in Transnistria, a research theme that she will continue in a doctoral program.

Silvia MITRICIOAEI is a Ph.D. candidate at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, with a thesis on Isac Ludo and the Jewish identitary paradigms in Romania. With a Bachelor degree in Letters (Romanian Language and Literature – World and Comparative Literature, Babes-Bolyai University, 2008) and an MA in Jewish Studies (University of Bucharest, Goldstein-Goren Centre for Jewish Studies, 2010), her research focuses on Israeli literature, cultural identity, Jewish-Romanian writers and Romanian language Jewish cultural press of the interwar period. Silvia Mitricioaei edited the second volume of File din istoria evreimii clujene [Pages from the History of Cluj Jewry] (2014. Cluj: Mega, with a Hungarian version co-edited with Schwartz Róbert). She received a scholarship from the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities (2015).

Maria Denisa MUNTEANU holds a BA from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest in Jewish Cultural Studies and Italian, with Final Paper entitled "Shmuel Yosef Agnon: The Fable of the Goat - Translation and Interpretation". In 2013 and 2014 she received a scholarship for one month from the Naomi Foundation at the University of Tel Aviv, Israel to take part in the Naomi Prawer Kadar International Yiddish Summer Program. She graduated from Ion Neculce high school, Bucharest in 2012, Humanities section, Philology specialization. Maria Denisa Munteanu is interested in Modern Hebrew and in Jewish literature, culture and history. She wrote an article about the Establishment of the State of Israel in a book published by Top Form publishing house, Middle East: Challenges and Certainties: the works of The International Summer School: second edition, Bucharest, 2013.

Dr. Liviu NEAGOE graduated from the "Babeş-Bolyai" University Cluj-Napoca, followed by a MA in Modern History at CEU Budapest. He has a PhD in History from the Institute of History "G. Barițiu" of the Romanian Academy (2013). He was also editor at The Word, publisher at History, culture, society and member of the editorial board of The Journal for Democracy and Electoral Studies. He has published studies and essays in academic magazines: "G. Barițiu" Institute of History Yearbook, "Gh. Şincai" Institute of Social Sciences Yearbook, Holocaust. Studies and Research, Archives Review and in collective volumes. He coordinated the volume Elites, nation and society in modern Romania (2012) and published the volume Citizenship, nation and ethnicity. A comparative approach(2014). He is now preparing a new volume: Romanians and Jews in the Nineteenth Century. Ethnic Dilemmas and Constitutional Controversies.

Daniela Sara POPESCU-FUCHS is a 3rd year student at the Faculty of Letters, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, where she studies French-Hebrew. She was born in Petroșani, Hunedoara County and she comes from a Jewish family, with grand-parents who were deported and taken to forced labor in Blaj, respectively in Vatra Dornei. She studied at a philological high-school, intensive French and after she finished the high-school she obtained a certificate in French. Over the years she participated in various internship programs with topics like "Inter-cultural exchange" (Braunau) Austria, "Racial Antidiscrimination" (Tampere) Finland, "Anti-Semitism and Holocaust memory" Sight, exchange experience (Belluno) Italy at Liceo Statale "Giustina Renier," she participated also at the symposium "Why do we have to condemn communism? " lectured by Marius Oprea, and the summer school "The Holocaust in Romania between history and reception", organized by INSH-EW and Memorial Library in Lugoj. She can speak English, French, German, Hebrew and Yiddish. Currently she studies the Hebrew language, culture and literature and she intends to write her graduation thesis in relation to her Hebrew specialization, as for the future she wants to study a Masters Degree Programme in the Jewish Studies field. In the future she wants to become a researcher and an expert in the foreign relations.

Dr. Daniela PREDESCU RĂDESCU (Teaching Assistant) works at the University of Craiova, Faculty of Law and Administrative Sciences, Department of History and International Relations. She holds a BA in History-Hebrew Language from the University of Craiova, Faculty of History, Philosophy, Geography, and a MA in Hebrew Culture and Civilisation from the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Letters, Goldstein-Goren Centre for Jewish Studies. She earned her PhD from the University of Craiova with a paper entitled "Social Structures in Wallachia during the Organic Regulation Period". She has collaborated with CSIER and participated to international symposiums, published studies and articles regarding social structures in Wallachia in the Regulatory Period, studying numerous documents and volumes.

Maria Ioana RUSU is a freelance photographer and architect. She graduated from the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest in 2004 with a diploma in architecture. As a photographer she participated in collective exhibitions and published in magazines such as Zeppelin, Arhitectura, Urbanismul and Think Outside the Box. She also contributed to the album Graphics Without Computers. Currently she is interested in subjects related to human intervention in landscape and the relation between people and their built environment.

Dr. Nicoleta ȘERBAN is an expert in the Romanian Exile Department, The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of Romanian Exile (IICCMER). In April 2014 she defended her doctorate thesis at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of History, in co-tutelle with École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Paris (EHESS) on the topic "Collective memory and urban identity. Public monuments dedicated to politicians and historical figures in Bucharest". Among her areas of interest are: communist propaganda, public policies, communist myths, Romanian exile during 1940-1989.

Ella STINIGUȚĂ-LASLO is currently enrolled in the Master Degree Program in Jewish Studies at the Faculty of History and Philosophy, at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. In 2013 she graduated from the same Faculty with a Bachelor Degree in Cultural Studies – Ethnology. Her area of research focuses on cultural anthropology and history (especially the relationship between religion, food and identity), Jewish cultural heritage and folklore, oral history and musicology.