Dr. Lavi Shai is the library and archives director at Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi as well as one of the coordinators of the “Israel Naglit Le’in” project for documenting family albums.
He teaches at the David Yalim College and serves as the Chairperson of the Advanced Professional Seminars as well as the deputy Chairperson of the Association of Israeli Archivists. Dr. Lavi researches, writes, and lectures on a variety of topics related to conservation and documentation, historical photography, environment, media and information space, and biographies in the modern era.
His doctoral dissertation from the Hebrew University (2011), discussed historical-cultural geography and photography: the development of Jerusalem as a case study 1944-1839. And the biography he published – ‘Honey in Jerusalem’ (2012) focuses on the Jerusalem activist Eliyahu Henig (1862-1924). He also published articles about the photo albums of the Valiro family and other Eretz Israel families. As part of his work at Yad Ben Zvi, he leads archival documentation and registration projects, including those that contain extensive biographical and genealogical information, such as registries from Amsterdam (1820-1870); Registration of aid applications for Kollel students in America during the times of the British Mandate and registration of a survey conducted among immigrants from Tunisia after the establishment of the state of Israel.
This lecture is in Hebrew.