The Knapp Family and the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundations

The Knapp Family Foundation was established in 1979 and the Salo W. Baron and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation in 1987. Both Foundations have, among their philanthropic missions, the fostering and support of education in Jewish history and culture. Integral to that goal is the recognition of pathbreaking scholarship that explores important topics in the Jewish experience in original and revealing ways. It is hoped that examining the Jewish experience can help illuminate the human condition more generally and thereby lead to greater understanding.


Elisheva Carlebach

Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society

Columbia University of the City of New York
Department of History

Judith Olszowy-Schlanger

Director of the Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

University of Oxford
Faculty of Oriental Studies

Lawrence H. Schiffman

Judge Abraham Lieberman Professor in Hebrew & Judaic Studies
Director of the Global Institute for Advanced Research in Jewish Studies

New York University
Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Armin Lange

Professor of Second Temple Judaism and Antisemitism Studies

University of Vienna
Department of Jewish Studies

Dina Porat

Head of the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry
Chief Historian of Yad Vashem

Tel Aviv University


Kerstin Mayerhofer

Project Assistant

University of Vienna
Department of Jewish Studies