Naomi Simhony/ The Hebrew University of Jerusalem



Naomi Simhony is an architect and researcher. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) and an M.A. in Philosophy from Tel-Aviv University. Her M.A. thesis, supervised by Prof. Hagi Kenaan, examined the relationship between theology and aesthetics in Franz Rosenzweig's The Star of Redemption.


Currently she is a PhD candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a member at the Mandel- Scholion research group "Materials for Change". Her doctoral research focuses on synagogue architecture in the state of Israel during its first three decades. Her research, supervised by Prof. Shalom Sabar, Dr. Avinoam Rosenak and Dr. Arch. Roy Kozlovsky, attempts to uncover the manner in which the modern Israeli synagogue defined a new Jewish-national identity, which intertwines liturgical tradition, symbolism and memory with a Zionist, Modern, national ideology. The research is based on an architectural-historical analysis of a defined corpus across three disciplines: history and theory of architecture, Jewish thought, and Jewish history. Alongside to her academic research, she is also involved in curatorial and educational projects.