Ars Judaica

Ars Judaica: The Bar-Ilan Journal of Jewish Art is an annual peer-reviewed publication of the Department of Jewish Art at Bar-Ilan University and Liverpool University Press.

Ars Judaica publishes scholarly research concerning Jewish visual culture through the ages from a variety of perspectives including history, iconography, semiotics, psychology, sociology, phenomenology, and folklore. We also publish research regarding Jewish contribution to other visual traditions and promote the studies of Jewish art in its interaction with surrounding cultures.

The journal operates a double-blind system of peer review. Manuscripts may be returned to authors for revisions. A digital file of the edited version will be returned to authors for proofreading, clarification, and approval prior to typesetting.

Indexed by Art Source (EBSCOhost) | Jewish Studies Source (EBSCOhost) | MUSEWeb of Science



Ilia Rodov, Professor at the Department of Jewish Art, Bar-Ilan University. He explores Jewish visual culture and synagogue art, focusing on the history, patronage, meanings, function and perceptions of paintings, sculptures, architectural decoration, and furniture design.

Mirjam Rajner, Head of the Department of Jewish Art and Professor at Bar-Ilan University. Her numerous publications deal with the early art of Marc Chagall, the art of Russian, Polish, and South-Eastern artists of Jewish origin in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, and the art created during and immediately after the Holocaust.

Guest Editor (Special Issue: Jewish Art Patronage, vol. 16, 2020)

Richard I. Cohen, the academic director of the Israel Center of Research Excellence (I-Core) for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World (Daat Hamakom)  and Emeritus Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His publications include: The Burden of Conscience: French-Jewish Leadership during the Holocaust; Jewish Icons: Art and Society in Modern Europe; co-editor and co- curator of From Court Jews to the Rothschilds: Art, Patronage, and Power, 1600-1800; Le Juif Errant: Un témoin de temps. A co-edited volume Spiritual Homelands: The Cultural Experience of Exile, Place and Displacement among Jews and Others is is forthcomong with De Gruyter. He is presently part of a research group at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies dedicated to The Mishnah between Christians and Jews in Early Modern Europe, and a visiting fellow at Exeter College, Oxford.


Academic Board

Ziva Amishai-Maisels, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Matthew Baigell, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
Evelyn M. Cohen, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York
Richard I. Cohen, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Yonat Floersheim, journal's founder
William L. Gross, Tel Aviv
Bernard Dov Hercenberg, Bar-Ilan University
Rudolf Klein, Szent István University, Budapest
Katrin Kogman-Appel, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster
Lee I. Levine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mirjam Rajner (editor), Bar-Ilan University
Elisheva Revel-Neher, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ilia Rodov (editor-in-chief), Bar-Ilan University
Meir Roston, Bar-Ilan University
Shalom Sabar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Menahem Schmelzer, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York
Daniel Sperber, Bar-Ilan University
Zeev Weiss, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Bracha Yaniv (founding editor), Bar-Ilan University
Contact Us

Ars Judaica
Department of Jewish Art
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat-Gan 52900, ISRAEL

telephone +972 (0)3 5318413
email ilia.rodov (et)


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement (PEMS)


Publication of an article in an academic peer-reviewed journal such as Ars Judaica serves several functions, one of which is to validate and preserve the "minutes" of research. It is therefore of immense importance that these "minutes" are accurate and trustworthy. The act of publishing involves many parties, each of which plays an important role in achieving these aims. Ars Judaica maintains that the author, the journal editors, the peer-reviewer, and the publisher have responsibilities to meet expected ethical standards at all stages in their involvement from submission to publication of an article.

Ars Judaica  is committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process. We strive to closely follow the high standards found in The Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK), an online resource to support journal editors in handling publishing ethics allegations. We consider the guidelines produced by industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), to be models for best practices in order to meet these requirements, and authoritative concerning disputed cases. Below is a summary of our key expectations of editors, peer-reviewers, and authors.

1. Ethical expectations

Editorial responsibilities

  • To act in a balanced, objective and fair way while carrying out their expected duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.
  • To handle submissions for sponsored supplements or special issues in the same way as other submissions, so that articles are considered and accepted solely on their academic merit and without commercial influence.
  • To adopt and follow reasonable procedures in the event of complaints of an ethical or conflict nature, in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Society where appropriate. To give authors a reasonable opportunity to respond to any complaints. All complaints should be investigated no matter when the original publication was approved. Documentation associated with any such complaints should be retained.


Reviewers' responsibilities

  • To contribute to the decision-making process, and to assist in improving the quality of the published paper by reviewing the manuscript objectively, in a timely manner.
  • To maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author. To not retain or copy the manuscript.
  • To alert the editor to any published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that under review.
  • To be aware of any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relationships between the reviewer and author) and to alert the editor to these, withdrawing their services for that manuscript if necessary.


Authors' responsibilities

  • To maintain accurate records of data associated with their submitted manuscript, and to supply or provide access to these data, on reasonable request. Where appropriate and where allowed by employer, funding body and others who might have an interest, to deposit data in a suitable repository or storage location, for sharing and further use by others.
  • To confirm/assert that the manuscript as submitted is not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere. Where portions of the content overlap with published or submitted content, to acknowledge and cite those sources. Additionally, to provide the editor with a copy of any submitted manuscript that might contain overlapping or closely related content.
  • To confirm that all the work in the submitted manuscript is original and to acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources. To obtain permission to reproduce any content from other sources.
  • Authors should ensure that any studies involving human or animal subjects conform to national, local and institutional laws and requirements (e.g. WMA Declaration of Helsinki, NIH Policy on Use of Laboratory Animals, EU Directive on Use of Animals) and confirm that approval has been sought and obtained where appropriate. Authors should obtain express permission from human subjects and respect their privacy.
  • To declare any potential conflicts of interest (e.g. where the author has a competing interest (real or apparent) that could be considered or viewed as exerting an undue influence on his or her duties at any stage during the publication process).
  • To notify promptly the journal editor or publisher if a significant error in their publication is identified. To cooperate with the editor and publisher to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice, or to retract the paper, where this is deemed necessary.


Publisher or Society responsibilities

  • Ars Judaica and Bar-Ilan University shall ensure that good practice is maintained to the standards outlined above.
  • Ars Judaica and Bar-Ilan University provide assurance that they subscribe to the principles outlined above and strive to bring them to the attention of the editors and editorial boards, reviewers and contributors.


2. Procedures for dealing with unethical behaviour

Identification of unethical behaviour

  • Misconduct and unethical behaviour may be identified and brought to the attention of the editor and publisher at any time, by anyone.
  • Misconduct and unethical behaviour may include, but need not be limited to, examples as outlined above.
  • Whoever informs the editor or publisher of such conduct should provide sufficient information and evidence in order for an investigation to be initiated. All allegations should be taken seriously and treated in the same way, until a successful decision or conclusion is reached.



  • An initial decision should be taken by the editor, who should consult with or seek advice from the publisher, if appropriate.
  • Evidence should be gathered, while avoiding spreading any allegations beyond those who need to know.


Minor breaches

  • Minor misconduct might be dealt with without the need to consult more widely. In any event, the author should be given the opportunity to respond to any allegations.


Serious breaches

  • Serious misconduct might require that the employers of the accused be notified. The editor, in consultation with the publisher or Bar-Ilan University as appropriate, should make the decision whether or not to involve the employers, either by examining the available evidence themselves or by further consultation with a limited number of experts.


Outcomes (in increasing order of severity; may be applied separately or in conjunction)

  • Informing or educating the author or reviewer where there appears to be a misunderstanding or misapplication of acceptable standards.
  • A more strongly worded letter to the author or reviewer covering the misconduct and as a warning to future behaviour.
  • Publication of a formal notice detailing the misconduct.
  • Publication of an editorial detailing the misconduct.
  • A formal letter to the head of the author's or reviewer's department or funding agency.
  • Formal retraction or withdrawal of a publication from the journal, in conjunction with informing the head of the author or reviewer's department, Abstracting & Indexing services and the readership of the publication.
  • Imposition of a formal embargo on contributions from an individual for a defined period.
  • Reporting the case and outcome to a professional organisation or higher authority for further investigation and action.



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