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​The Masaryk Distinguished Chair



Through the generosity of the Czech government the Masaryk Distinguished Chair was established at IDC Herzliya, enabling us to host Czech scholars on campus for the purpose of research and/or teaching.

Official Czech Republic website where Czech scholars may apply >>


The Chair is open for applications from Czech scholars and researchers of social sciences and humanities, including political science, international relations, strategic and security studies, sociology, economics, business, psychology, media and journalism, history, Jewish studies, cultural studies. Applying scholars must be active and recognized by their respective Czech and international scientific community, active in publishing.

Board Members
Prof. Jan Sokol
Prof. Cyril Höschl
Prof. Ivan Malý
Tomáš Pojar


The Chair is jointly managed by a board of directors, mostly with Masaryk University and IDC Herzliya senior academic leaders, graciously funded by the government of the Czech Republic. The embassy in Tel Aviv, and in particular the Ambassador, HE Ivo Schwarz,, monitors our work. Former Ambassador, Thomas Pojar (, was instrumental in establishing the Chair.


Chair Holders: Present and Past


Marcela Zoufala

Research topics:

*Contemporary Israeli Culture, Society and Religion (syllabus)

*Being Jewish in Central Europe Today (monograph)

*Through the eyes of Czech Jews: Jewish Identity and Contemporary anti-semitism (research)

Veronika Kudrova

Research topic: Higher Education in Israel

Pavel Zacek

Research topic: International Terrorism in the 1980s Documented in the Czech Archives

Tomas Pezl

Research topic: Property Relations between husband and wife in Jewish, Islamic and Roman - Jewish Law part

Lenka Bezoušková

Research topic: Property Relations between husband and wife in Jewish, Islamic and Roman - Islamic Law part


Katerina Lojdova

Research topic: New perspectives on socio-psychological processes within classroom

Lena Arava – Novotna

Research topic: Crises and religious changes and the paradigm of a solution (16th-18th centuries): Mysticism in the early pre-political attitudes in the work of Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesus Society

Zbynek Tarant

Research topic: “A Small Nation In a Distant Land” – Reflection of the Munich Agreement andthe Second Czechoslovak Republic in the Press of Eretz Yisrael.

Pavel Pseja

Research topic: Europeanization in Israel

David Kocourek

Research topic: effects of enforcement on the elasticity of suicidal and non-suicidal terrorist attacks


Marcela Zoufala

Research topic: Sources and Manifestations of Anti-Semitism in contemporary Czech Society

Pavel Pesja

Research topic: Rabbinical courts and their jurisdiction in Israel

Tomas Hejduk

Research topic: The tradition of non-political politics or what should man do in the face of illegitimate power


Stanislav Balik

Research topic: The Jewish View onto Connections Between Anti- Semitism and Political Catholicism in Central Europe before World War II"


Irena Kalhousova

Research topic: From a Staunch Ally to an Honest Broker: a Blueprint for Czech Republic’s Future Role in the EU

Tomas Pezl

Research topic: Judicial Review in both Israel and Czech Republic, where in Israel I am interested quite a lot in the relations between the Jewish and democratic principles of the state and in particular the relationship between religious and state justice in Israel.

Inauguration Ceremony >>
Press Release >>
Jerusalem Post >>
Ma'ariv >>