The Bernard Cherrick Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was established in 1985 to promote interdisciplinary research in the history of Zionism, the Yishuv and the State of Israel. The Center is anchored in the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry on the Mount Scopus Campus.
The Center holds the Cherrick Forum monthly meetings attended by Hebrew University faculty as well as scholars from other universities specializing in relevant areas of research. Discussions are recorded and published as a series of books titled Selected Issues in the History of the Yishuv and the State of Israel, by Magnes Press. In addition, the Center organizes conferences and symposia, and represents the Hebrew University in various inter-university forums. Every year the Center grants Herzl Fellowships to Ph.D. candidates and graduate students, in collaboration with the Jewish National Fund (JNF). Under the auspices of the Center are also the History of the Hebrew University Project; the Kurt Grunwald Fund for research in the economic history of the Jews; and the Elisia Fund for the history of the State of Israel. The Center's publications include many books on related topics.
A Few Words about Bernard Cherrick
Bernard Cherrick (1914-1988) made Aliyah in 1947 to head the Hebrew University's unit for public and media relations. He then represented the University around the world, developing and expanding the network of Friends of the Hebrew University and conveying the message of the development of the State of Israel. Since 1968 he also served as vice president of the University. Bernard Cherrick had been recognized as a gifted speaker who succeeded in achieving world-wide support for the University. Because of his frequent travels and close relations with Jewish communities everywhere, Mr. Cherrick was affectionately dubbed 'Mr. Hebrew University'.
In order to honor and commemorate him the Friends of the Hebrew University established the Bernard Cherrick Fund supporting the Cherrick Center dedicated to the advancement of research and education on Zionism and Israel.
- Prof. Hillel Cohen - Director
- Moran Gradshtein-Zini - Administrative Coordinator
Academic Advisory Committee
- Prof. Uzi Rebhun - Head of Committee; Chair, Institute of Contemporary Jewry
- Prof. John Gal
- Dr. Anat Helman
- Dr. Tamar Hess
- Prof. Elie Podeh
- Prof. Alexander Yakobson