Dr. Zvi Keren was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and is a member of Kibbutz Kfar Menahem. For over 25 years, Zvi has been studying Bulgarian’s Jews, including photographing, mapping and documenting the old cemeteries there. He led the documentation and photographing over 200,000 documents from the main archives in Sofia and the province cities. Dr. Keren is responsible for the editing and complementing the “electronic sheets” of 34 communities in Bulgaria in the Jewish Diaspora Museum (Beth Hatefutsoth) in Tel Aviv.
Since 2004 he has been head of the “Bulgarian Section the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Givat Ram, Jerusalem, where thousands of documents, photographs, newspapers, cassettes and DVDs with recorded stories are stored, in addition to over 600 books in many languages, about the Bulgarian Jews.
Dr. Keren published two books which was translated to English: The Jews of Rusçuk, Istanbul 2011; The Jews of Karnobat, Sofia 2014.