Bildner Center Visiting Scholars

The Bildner Center brings visiting scholars to Rutgers to promote research and scholarly exchange and to teach courses in Jewish Studies. Visiting scholars contribute to the intellectual vigor and diversity of Rutgers' educational experience, adding to its growing reputation as a center of excellence in the burgeoning field of Jewish studies. Visiting scholars participate in faculty seminars and contribute to the Bildner Center educational activities within the university as well as its outreach programs for the community.

Faculty and visitors affiliated with the Center pursue a wide range of research areas within the field of Jewish Studies, such as Eastern European Jewish history, Jewish immigrants in America, Jewish religious movements, early Rabbinic Midrash, Hebrew and Yiddish literature and culture, Jewish identity and education, Jewish memory, Israeli politics, Israeli society and culture, Jews and the media, and the ethnography of Jewish communities.


Moshe Zonder, Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist-in-Residence (Fall 2018)

Moshe Zonder was the head writer for Fauda, the enormously successful television series broadcast in Israel. In 2016, Fauda became the first Israeli series to be released as a Netflix Original. He has written many screenplays for film and television, including the documentary film Sabena Hijacking shown in the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival in 2016.  He is currently working on several projects, including writing a dramatic series about Israel's struggle against the Iranian nuclear program and writing a dystopian series about a futuristic State of Israel ruled by a king who builds the third temple in Jerusalem. Zonder began his career as an investigative journalist working at Maariv, one of Israel’s leading Hebrew-language daily newspapers.

While at Rutgers in Fall 2018, Zonder will teach “Screenwriting for Television” in the Creative Writing Program and participate in outreach activities of the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life including the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival. The Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist Program is sponsored by The Israel Institute.

Public Events

October 11,  7:00 – 9:00 pm
Behind the Scenes of Fauda, A Conversation with Head Writer Moshe Zonder
Location: JCC of Edison, 1775 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ    https://www.jccmc.org

November 11, 2:00pm
Panel Discussion: Writing about Historical Events
Location: AMC Loews Theater, 17 U.S. Highway 1 South, New Brunswick

Free admission - ticket required.