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Benjamin Hary is the new Director of NYU-TA and a Visiting Professor at the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Up until recently Hary has been a Professor of Hebrew, Arabic, and Linguistics and the Director of the Program in Linguistics at Emory University. Hary is the author of Multiglossia in Judeo-Arabic (1992), Translating Religion (2009) and Daily Life in Israel (2012, with R. Adler). He is also the editor and co-editor of Judaism and Islam (2000), Corpus Linguistics and Modern Hebrew (2003), and Esoteric and Exoteric Aspects in Judeo-Arabic Culture in 2006. He also published over 50 articles and book reviews on Judeo-Arabic, as well as Arabic and Hebrew linguistics, and has lectured widely in Europe, Israel, Egypt and North America. His research interests include Jewish languages in general and Judeo-Arabic in particular, Jews in the Islamic world, the politics of Arabic language use in Israeli society, corpus linguistics, Language and Religion, dialectology, and sociolinguistics. He has recently focused his research on issues such as why and how Jews (and for that matter, Christians and Muslims as well) speak and write differently from people who are not Jews (or Christians and Muslims).
Inbal Unger-Cavari is the assistant director of NYU Tel Aviv. Born in Israel, Inbal recently returned from a seven-year stay in Madison Wisconsin, where she worked as the director of Jewish student life at University of Wisconsin-Madison Hillel and managed the Center for the Study of Politics at UW-Madison. She lives in Haifa with her husband, three kids and two cats. Inbal holds an MA in organizational studies from the University of Haifa, and a BA in sociology and international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and the sunny Israeli weather.
Tahlia grew up in Sydney Australia. Having been educated in a Jewish day school, and attending a Jewish youth movement she always found herself particularly intrigued by life in Israel, its politics, culture and complexities. At the age of 30, she decided, "if not now, when?" and made aliya to Israel in January 2008, from Sydney Australia.
Prior to her aliya, Tahlia was the Hillel Director in Sydney for 2 years. Responsible for the design, facilitation and execution of leadership development programs for university student leaders, as well as mentoring students and campus activists in their leadership roles. Previously Tahlia was a project manager at Human Synergistics, an organizational development business consultancy, and was also part of the culture and capability team at Vodafone Australia.
During her first 3 years in Israel, Tahlia searched for her professional place, dabbling in a variety of work opportunities, from directing an institute for social entrepreneurs to teaching and mentoring at the Institute for leaders from abroad in Jerusalem. Even hairdressing in Shuk Hapishpishim in Yaffo!
Tahlia joined the NYU Tel Aviv team in November 2010, and truly enjoys meeting and working with all the students passing through Tel Aviv and is looking forward to contributing to your Tel Aviv experience as much as possible.
Tahlia holds an Advanced Diploma in Social Science, from the Australian College of Applied Psychology, majoring in human resource management.
Ben was born in Kiryat-Ono, a suburb of Tel-Aviv. After his military service, Ben decided to take a break before starting school in order to experience and explore new places. During this time, Ben worked for three summers at a summer camp in Washington State, educating kids and young adults about Israel. In addition, Ben has traveled through the United States and backpacked in South America. Currently, Ben studies Industrial Engineering and Management at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat-Gan. Ben plays basketball on his college team, and enjoys spending time with friends and travelling through the beautiful landscapes of Israel.