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Hanna Shaul Bar Nissim, PhDHanna Shaul Bar Nissim
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Hanna Shaul Bar Nissim is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at CMJS. She completed her PhD at the School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, exploring contemporary North American Jewish philanthropy–the case of the UJA-Federation of New York.

During her doctoral studies, she was a Herzel Fellow at the Cherrik Center, the Harman Institute of contemporary Jewry.

Her research interests include the contemporary structure of American Jewish philanthropy, religion and philanthropic organizations, public policy and philanthropy, intergenerational transfer of philanthropic values and behavior, Diaspora philanthropy and philanthropy and philanthropists in Israel.

Her most recent publications include: Adapting to Changing Environments: The philanthropy of the UJA-Federation of New York 1990-2014 (Contemporary Jewry 2017 online first), The Changing Relationships between the Government and Philanthropy in Israel: Implications for Policy and Practice  (co-authored with Hillel Schmid) (2016, published in Society 53: 307-314), and The Globalization of Philanthropy: Trends and Channels of Giving (co-authored with Hillel Schmid) (2016, In Harrow, J., S. Phillips and T. Jung (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy (chapter 10), Routledge).

She has been chosen for the 2015 emerging scholar of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). She has also received the Ruth B. Fein Prize of the American Jewish Historical Society, CJH, and the Davis Prize for the study of America-Israel, the Hebrew University.  

She is leading a collaborative project between CMJS and The Institute for Law and Philanthropy (ILP) at Tel Aviv University. The project explores trends and changes to Jewish diaspora philanthropy toward Israel in recent decades. knowledge and data from this project contributes to the creation of the Giving Israel database by the ILP.