A conference marking Professor Dov Shmotkin's retirement from the School of Psychological Sciences at Tel Aviv University took place on January 29, 2018. This event was organized by Prof. Shmotkin's former doctoral students – now scholars in the academia themselves – who study different aspects of mental and physical well-being in the face of adversities along adulthood and old age. Their lectures highlighted Prof. Shmotkin and his associates' model of The Pursuit of Happiness in a Hostile World. In turn, Prof. Shmotkin's concluding lecture presented a complementary and integrative view of this model, encompassing the dynamic relationships between vulnerability and resilience vis-à-vis the traumas of life.

Professor Tammie Ronen-Rosenbaum, Dean of the Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University, delivered the welcome speech.

Participating scholars and topics (in order of appearance):

Dr. Sharon Avidor (Ruppin Academic Center): How do reports on happiness serve the self? The declarative aspect of subjective well-being

Dr. Geva Shenkman Lachberg (The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya): The hostile-world scenario among gay men and lesbian women along the life span

Dr. Kfir Ifrah (Tel Aviv University): Aging is not simple, or is it? The association of psychological flexibility and the hostile-world scenario with physical and mental health along adulthood and old age

Mr. Noam Markovitz (Tel Aviv University): A body of dialectics: The perspective of the dynamic-adaptational model of the pursuit of happiness in a hostile world in probing into physical self-integrity

Professor Menachem Ben-Ezra (Ariel University): From disruption of core beliefs to shattering world assumptions: Reactions to terror attacks from an international perspective

Professor Yuval Palgi (University of Haifa): A matter of will: The moderating effects of subjective distance to death on the relationship between posttraumatic-stress-symptoms and the will-to-live

Professor Amit Shrira (Bar-Ilan University): Intergenerational transmission of the Holocaust: Current issues and new insights

Professor (Emeritus) Dov Shmotkin (Tel Aviv University): A bag full of happiness and sadness: A journey into the soul's domains

For the lecture summaries, please click here


Dr. Sharon Avidor 29jan18

Dr. Sharon Avidor (Ruppin Academic Center)


Dean Prof. Tammie Ronen Rosenbaum

Professor Tammie Ronen-Rosenbaum

(Tel Aviv University)


Dr. Kfir Ifrah 29jan18

Dr. Kfir Ifrah (Tel Aviv University)


Prof. Menachem Ben Ezra 29jan18

Professor Menachem Ben-Ezra (Ariel University)


Prof. Yuval Palgi 29jan18

Professor Yuval Palgi (University of Haifa)


Mr. Noam Markovitz 29jan18

Noam Markovitz (Tel Aviv University)



Dr. Geva Shenkman 29jan18

Dr. Geva Shenkman Lachberg 

(The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya)


 Prof. Dov Shmotkin 29jan18

Professor (Emeritus) Dov Shmotkin 

(Tel Aviv University)


Prof. Amit Shrira 29jan18

Professor Amit Shrira (Bar-Ilan University)