DORON, ABRAHAM (1929– ), Israeli social worker specializing in the welfare state and social security system and considered the leading Israeli scholar in these fields. Doron was born in Radom, Poland, and immigrated to Israel in 1946. In 1951 he received his B.A. degree in social work and in 1954 completed his B.A. studies in history and sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1961 he received his M.A. from the University of Chicago and in 1967 he received his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1963 he taught at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work of the Hebrew University. In 1979–81 he was head of the school. Doron served on various government planning committees and wrote numerous articles and books, including The Welfare State in an Age of Change (1985), The Welfare State in Israel (with Kremer, 1992), For Universality – The Challenges of the Social Policy in Israel (1992), and The Work and Welfare Ministry – The Reunion which Never Existed (1995). In 2004 he was awarded Israel Prize in social work.
[Shaked Gilboa (2nd ed.)]