Haya Bar-Itzhak was a driving force behind this journal and a shaper of the global study of Jewish folklore and ethnology. In her teaching, writing, and editing, she brought into relief the long lineage of work in periodicals devoted to Jewish folklore beginning in the nineteenth century (Bar-Itzhak 2010, 16–26) and inspired the editors of Jewish Folklore and Ethnology (JFE) with a vision for a journal that would go beyond an audience of Jews to become indispensable for all folklorists and ethnologists. The JFE editors, indeed all who care about understanding tradition, lost a friend and mentor when she died at her home in Haifa, Israel, on October 25, 2020.
Bronner, Simon J.
"Yahrzeit ... Haya Bar-Itzhak (1946–2020),"
Jewish Folklore and Ethnology: Vol. 1:
1, Article 9.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/jewishfolklore/vol1/iss1/9