Allon Gal of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is the author of several important books and numerous articles. Of Israeli birth and education, he received his Joint Ph. D., With Distinction, from Brandeis University's programs of Jewish and American history, and has frequently visited the United States- especially its higher institutes of learning and its Jewish community. Professor Gal, a Senior Research Fellow of Ben-Gurion Research Center, also serves on the faculty of the History Department, and is the founder and director of the Center for American Jewry, BGU. He lives with his family in Beer Sheva.