In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Emanuel Donchin, Z''L

(October 2018)

We are sad to announce that Professor Emanuel Donchin, Z''L, of the University of Southern Florida,  passed away on October 10. Emanuel, a professor of psychology and pioneer in the field of brain electrophysiology, was the husband of Rina Donchin, longtime NAPH member and founding Editor of the Bulletin of Hebrew Higher Education (the precursor of our pedagogy journal Hebrew Higher Education). Emanuel was instrumental in helping Rina publish the journal; with Rina, he attended many of our conferences and will be fondly remembered as a technology maven always happy to lend a hand, and a lively presence in our discussions.

We express our deepest condolences to the Donchin family.


Ayala Dvoretzky Z"L

The Modern Hebrew Program and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University announce with great sadness the passing of Ayala Dvoretzky, a beloved teacher, colleague and friend. Ms. Dvoretzky was the Coordinator of the Modern Hebrew Program at Yale University until her retirement in 2016. She has taught Hebrew at Yale for thirty-one years and was the recipient of the 1993 Yale College Excellence in Teaching Prize. 

Since her arrival at Yale in 1985, she has developed and taught a variety of courses, including the entire sequence of elementary to advanced Modern Hebrew. In response to the needs of the developing Hebrew Program, she has created courses in Israeli literature, film, culture, gender and identity. She has also been extensively involved in teaching Directed Reading courses. 

She was a pioneer in using popular music as a pedagogical tool for in-class cultural exposure, and the incorporation of media and film in language instruction.

Ms. Dvoretzky was an active member of the Yale community and contributed regularly to pedagogical events on campus, as well as community-wide activities. She was a long time member and great supporter of NAPH and regularly attended and participated in the annual conference and other professional meetings.

Her funeral service was held on Monday, January 8 at King David Memorial Gardens, 7482 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA. 

Condolences can be sent to:
Dr. Israel Dvoretzky
39 Gate Way Hamden CT 06518
Donations may be made to support a student prize in Ayala’s honor to Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. Please write "The Ayala Dvoretzky Memorial Fund" in the memo line, or in the comment field for online donations.

Our deepest condolences to the Dvoretzky family. 


Yael Levi-Hazan Z"L

The NAPH family is saddened to hear about the untimely death of our member Yael Levi-Hazan and extend our sincere condolences to her loving family and many colleagues and students at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Prof. Chaim Cohen Z"L

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our esteemed member, Prof. Chaim Cohen of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Prof. Cohen, a world-renowned biblical linguist, was a valued member of NAPH for many years and the chair of NAPH Bible committee for the past two years. He will be sorely missed.

Prof. Alan Mintz Z"L

We are saddened by the sudden passing of our esteemed colleague, Prof. Alan Mintz. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed.