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ISRAEL STUDIES CENTERS AND CHAIRS


The following list represents an effort by an Association for Israel Studies to identify centers, institutes, study programs, endowed chairs, and faculty that focus on the academic study of modern Israel. It includes only institutions whose primary focus is on modern Israel, rather than on Jewish or Middle Eastern studies more broadly. It also excludes institutions or organizations that focus primarily on policy advocacy or public outreach rather than scholarly research and instruction. Because of definitional issues, it does not at this stage include endowed chairs within Israel. The task force welcomes corrections or additions to the list; please send them to Howard M. Wachtel.
  
ISRAEL STUDIES CENTERS OUTSIDE ISRAEL
 
Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve St. West, Room SB-435
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 1M8
Tel: 514-848-2424 ext: 8721
Fax: 514-848-8738
Norma Joseph, Co-Director    Csaba Nikolenyi, Co-Director
Email: azrieliinstitute@concordia.ca

The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society
University of California Berkeley
UC Berkeley School of Law
472, Boalt Hall, Berkeley CA 94720-7200
Tel: 510-643-0501
Faculty director: Prof. Kenneth Bamberger - kbamberger@law.berkeley.edu
Executive director: Dr. Daniella Beinisch- dbeinisch@law.berkeley.edu  
 
Center for Israel Studies, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.
Batt-Tomb T21
Washington, DC. 20016-8029, USA
Tel: 202-885-3780
Fax: 202-885-1318
Director: Laura Katz Cutler cutler@american.edu

Center for Israeli Studies, University College London
Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Foster Court, Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom
Tel: (00 44) 20-7679-7171
Fax: (00 44) 20-7209-1026
E-mail: n.f.lochery@ucl.ac.uk
Director: Dr. Neill Lochery
 
Department of Israel, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russian)
12 Rozhdestvenka St.
Moscow, Russia 103753
Tel: (7-095) 921-1884 or (7-095) 975-2396
E-mail: vasfedor@mtu-net.ru
Chair: Prof. Andrey Fedorchenko
 
Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, University of Maryland
0140 Holzapfel Hall
College Park, MD 20742-7415
+1-301-405-9413
Director: Prof. Yoram Peri - yperi@umd.edu 
Executive Director: Dr. Paul L. Scham - pscham@umd.edu

Henry and Marilyn Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University
Dept. of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
51 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1075, USA
Tel: 212-992-9797
Fax: 212-995-4178
E-mail: faqs.taubcenter@nyu.edu
Director: Prof. Ronald W. Zweig
 
Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University
Columbia University
Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies
1180 Amsterdam Avenue
511 Fayerweather Hall, MC 2509
New York, New York 10027
Tel: 212-854-2581
E-mail: IIJS@columbia.edu

Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East, University of Denver
2201 S. Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208-2324, USA
Tel: 303-871-3094
Fax: 303-871-2456
E-mail: isime-du@du.edu
Interim Executive Director: Dyana Furmansky
 
Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, Emory University
1256 Briarcliff Road
Building A, Room 427N
Atlanta, Georgia 30306, USA
Tel: 404-727-2798
Fax: 404-727-2441
E-mail: kstein@emory.edu
Director: Prof. Kenneth W. Stein
 
Israel Studies Collaborative, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, University of Texas, Austin
Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies
University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station B3600
Austin TX 78712
Tel: 512-475-6178
E-mail: pedahzur@austin.utexas.edu
Director: Prof. Ami Pedahzur
 
Israel Studies Institute
Touro College
50 West 23rd Street -- Room 626
New York,  NY  10010
Tel. 212-242-4668 Ext. 6047
E-mail: mervin.verbit@touro.edu
Director: Prof. Mervin F. Verbit

Israel Studies Program, Center for Jewish Studies, Moscow State University
11 Mokhovaya St.
Moscow, Russia 103009
Tel/Fax: (7-095) 203-3121 or (7-095) 203-6258
E-mail: cjs@iaas.msu.ru or bartal@h2.hum.huji.ac.il
Chair: Prof. Arkady Fedorchenko
Co-Chair: Prof. Israel Bartal
 
Israel Studies Program, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Social Science Building
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada
Tel: (403) 220-4097
E-mail: dtal@ucalgary.ca
Director: Dr. David Tal

Jewish and Israel Studies Program, University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #305369
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Tel: 940-369-8926
Fax: 940-369-8163
Director: Prof. Richard M. Golden   
Email: jewish-studies@unt.edu; richard.golden@unt.edu
 
Madar -- The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies
Jaffa Street
P. O. Box 1959
Ramallah, Palestine
Tel: 970-2-2966201-4
Fax: 970-2-2966205
E-mail: madar@madarcenter.org
Executive Director: Maisa Hourani
 
Mirowski Family Foundation Visiting Scholars Program in Israel Studies at Temple University
Temple University
College of Liberal Arts
1219 Anderson Hall
1114 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122
 
Modern Jewish and Israel Studies Program, B.A. Minor, California State University at Chico
Office of International Programs
Tehama Hall 211
Chico, CA 95929, USA
Tel: 530-898- 4336
E-mail: grin@csuchico.edu
Coordinator: Prof. Samuel Edelman

Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University
Mailstop 060
Waltham, MA 02454, USA
Tel: 781-736-2152
Fax: 781-736-2070
E-mail: litcofsk@brandeis.edu, troen@brandeis.edu
Executive Director: Prof. Ilan Troen

 
The Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Arts and Science Hall 200
Omaha, NE 68182
Tel:  402-554-3175
E-mail:  mgershovich@unomaha.edu
Director: Dr. Moshe Gershovich  
 

Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, University of California at Los Angeles
11361Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487, USA
Tel: 310-825-9646
Fax: 310-206-3555
Director: Prof. Arieh Saposnik
E-mail: israel@international.ucla.edu
 

 
PROFESSORSHIPS OUTSIDE OF ISRAEL

Aaron and Cecile Goldman Visiting Israel Professorship, Georgetown University
Prof. Robert J. Lieber
Dept. of Government
37th and "O" Streets, Washington, DC 20057-1034, USA
Tel: 202-687-5920
Fax: 202-687-5858
E-mail: lieberr@georgetown.edu
 
Abraham S. and Jack Kay Professor of Israel Studies, University of Maryland
Yoram Peri
0140 Holzapfel Hall
College Park, MD 20742-7415
phone: +1 301 405 9413
E-mail: yperi@umd.edu

Andrea and Charles Bronfman Chair of Israeli Studies, University of Toronto
Prof. Emanuel Adler
Dept. of Political Studies
University College, 15 King’s College Circle
Toronto ONT M5S 3H7, Canada
Tel: 416-978-8131
E-mail: emanuel.adler@utoronto.ca

Ben Gurion Guest Chair für Israel- und Nahoststudien Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Landfriedstr.
Prof.Dr. Noam Zadoff
1269117 Heidelberg
Tel: 06221-5419261
E-mail: noam.zadoff@hfjs.uni-heidelberg.de
 
Helen Diller Visiting Israeli Scholars Program, University of California, Berkeley
340 Stephens Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2314, USA
Tel: 510-642-8208
Fax: 510-643-3001
E-mail: cmes@berkeley.edu
 
Henry and Marilyn Taub Chair in Israel Studies, New York University
Prof. Ronald Zweig
Dept. of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
51 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1075, USA
Tel: 212-992-9797
Fax: 212-995-4178
E-mail: rz11@nyu.edu
 
Israel Studies Lectureship, University of Manchester
Moshe Behar
Pearls Lecturer in Israeli and Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Religions and Theology
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Tel: 0161-275-3614
Fax: 0161-275-3613
E-mail: cjs@man.ac.uk
 
Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Professor of Israel Studies, Portland State University
Nina Spiegel
Post Office Box 751
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751
phone: 503-725-3085
email: judaicst@pdx.edu

Kahanoff Chair of Israel Studies, University of Calgary
Dr. David Tal
2500 University Drive N.W.
Social Science Building
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
E-mail: dtal@ucalgary.ca
 
Leone Ginzburg Research Fellowship in Israeli Law, Politics and Society, Oxford University
Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Yarnton Manor
Yarnton, Oxford OX5 1PY, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1865-284737
Fax: +44 (0) 1865-375079
E-mail: emanuele.ottolenghi@st-antonys.oxford.ac.uk
 
Leon Liberman Research Chair in Modern Israel Studies, Monash University
Prof. Fania Oz-Salzberger
Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization
Monash University, Victoria 3800, Australia
Tel: 61-3-9905-2160
E-mail: Fania.Oz-Salzberger@arts.monash.edu.au or salzberg@research.haifa.ac.il
 
Michael and Elaine Serling and Friends Professor of Modern Israel Studies, Michigan State University
Prof. Yael Aronoff
James Madison College, Michigan State University
317 S. Case Hall
East Lansing, MI 48825-1025, USA
E-mail:   aronoffy@msu.edu
Tel: 517-884-1269

Meyerhoff Chair in Israel Studies, University of Wisconsin
Prof. Nadav Shelef
University of Wisconsin
Department of Political Science
414 North Hall
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: 608-263-2280
E-mail: shelef@wisc.edu

Nachshon Visiting Professorship in Modern Israel Studies, Harvard University
Center for Jewish Studies
6 Divinity Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Tel: 617-495-4326
Fax: 617-496-8904
E-mail: cjs@fas.harvard.edu
 
Sara and E.J. Evans Distinguished Professorships of Israel and the Middle East, University of North Carolina
Jonathan M. Hess
Director, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies
437 Dey Hall, CB 3160
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3160, USA
Tel: 919-843-9160
E-mail: jmhess@email.unc.edu
 
Seymour and LillianAbensohn Chair in Israel Studies
Michael Brenner
American UniversityCenter for Israel Studies
4400 MassachusettsAvenue, NW
Washington, DC20016-8072, USA
Tel: 202-885-3780
israelstudies@american.edu

The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Israel Studies, San Francisco State University
Jewish Studies Program
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Tel: 415-338-6075
Fax: 415-338-6080
Email: jewish@sfsu.edu

Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Endowed Chair in Israel Studies, UCLA
Professor Arieh Saposnik
Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
Box 951511
392 Humanities Building
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1511
phone: 310-206-0958
fax: 310-206-6456
 
Rosenbloom Visiting Israeli Professor
Indiana University
Schusterman, Goldman and Rosenbloom Visiting Israeli Professors in the United States
American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise
Mitchell Bard
2810 Blaine Drive
Chevy Chase, MD 20815, USA
Tel: 301-565-3918
E-mail: mgbard@aol.com
 
Stanley Lewis Chair in Israel Studies
Derek J. Penslar, FRSC
Middle East Program, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies University of Oxford
12 Bevington Road
Oxford, OX2 6LH
United Kingdom
derek.penslar@area.ox.ac.uk
44 1865 612 859

Stoll Family Chair in Israel Studies, Brandeis University
Prof. Ilan Troen
Dept. of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Waltham, MA 02454
Tel: 781-736-6220
E-mail: troen@brandeis.edu
 
University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies
Colin Shindler
Professor of Israeli Studies
Thornbaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
E-mail: cs52@soas.ac.uk

William Schatten Chair of Contemporary Middle Eastern History and Israeli Studies, Emory University
Prof. Kenneth W. Stein
Dept. of History
Atlanta 30322, GA 30322, USA
Tel: 404-727-2798
Fax: 404-727-2441
E-mail: kenneth.stein@emory.edu
 
Yosif Hayim Yerushalmi Chair of Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University
Columbia University
Prof. Inon Cohen
Columbia University
615 Knox Hall - MC 9649
New York, NY 10027-6902
Tel:  212- 854- 5361
E-mail: yc2444@columbia.edu

ISRAEL STUDIES AND INSTITUTIONS IN ISRAEL
 
Adva Center
P. O. Box 36529
Tel Aviv 61364
Tel: 03-5608871
Fax: 03-5602205
E-mail: advainfo@bezeqint.net
Director: Barbara Swirski
 
Argov Center for the Study of Israel and the Jewish People, Bar Ilan University
Department of Political Studies
Ramat Gan 52900
Tel: 03-5318157, 03-5318578
Fax: 03-5353307
E-mail: israeez@mail.biu.ac.il
Director: Prof. Eliezer Don-Yehiya
 
Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar Ilan University 
Ramat Gan 52900
Tel: 03-535-9198, 03-531-8959
Fax: 03-535-9195
E-mail: office@besacenter.org
Director: Prof. Efraim Inbar
 
Ben-Gurion Research Institute For the Study of Israel & Zionism
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Sede-Boqer 8499000
Tel: 08-6596936
Fax: 08-6596939
E-Mail: bgi@bgu.ac.il
Director: Dr. Paula Kabalo

 
Burda Center for Innovative Communications, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beer-Sheva 84105
Tel: 08-6477194
Fax: 08-6472855
E-mail: burda@bgu.ac.il
Head: Prof. Dan Caspi
 
Center for the Study of Bedouin Society and Culture, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva 84105
Tel: 08-6472859
Fax: 08-6461876
E-mail: Bedouin@bgumail.bgu.ac.il
Director: Prof. Alean Al-Krenawi
 
Center of International Communications and Policy, Bar Ilan University
Ramat Gan 52900
Tel: 03-5317061
Fax: 03-9234511
E-mail: wilzis@mail.biu.ac.il
Head: Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig
 
Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva 84105
Tel: 08-647-2538
Fax: 08-647-2922
E-mail: hercen@bgumail.bgu.ac.il
Chair: Dr. Nimrod Hurvitz
 
Chaim Herzog Institute for Media, Politics and Society
Faculty of Social Science, Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv 69978
Tel: 03-640-5866
Fax: 03-640-6545
E-mail: mherzog@post.tau.ac.il
Director: Dr. Yoram Peri
 
Cherrick Center for the Study of Zionism, the Yishuv and the State of Israel, Hebrew University
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel: 02-588-2867
Fax: 02-558-2986
E-mail: cherrick@h2.hum.huji.ac.il
Director: Hagit Lavsky
 
Davis Institute for International Relations, Hebrew University
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel.: 02-5882312
Fax: 02-5825534
E-mail: msdavis@mscc.huji.ac.il
Director: Prof. Raymond Cohen
 
Department of Land of Israel Studies, University of Haifa
Har Hacarmel, Haifa 31905
Tel: 04-824-9296/9414
Fax: 04-824-0959
E-mail: hbirman@univ.Haifa.ac.il
Chair: Dr. Motti Golani
 
Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, Hebrew University
Department of Economics
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel. 02-5883167
Fax: 02-5816071
E-mail: msfalkin@mscc.huji.ac.il
Director: Prof. Victor Lavy
 
Floersheimer Institute for Policy Studies
9a Diskin St.
Jerusalem 96440
Tel: 02-5666243
Fax: 02-5666252
E-mail: office@fips.org.il
 
Gilo Center for Citizenship, Democracy, and Civic Education, Hebrew University
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel: 02-5882267
Fax: 02-5881532
E-mail: gilocenter@mscc.huji.ac.il
Director: Prof. Dan Avnon
 
Global Research in International Affairs Center, Interdisciplinary Center
Herzliya 46150
Tel: 09-960-2736
Fax: 09-956-8605
E-mail: gloria@idc.ac.il
Director: Prof. Barry Rubin
 
Heksherim Center for the Study of Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva 84105
Tel: 08-6477548
E-mail: heksher@bgumail.bgu.ac.il
Director: Prof. Yigal Schwartz
 
Herzl Institute for Research and Studies of Zionism and Israel
Har Hacarmel, Haifa 31905
Tel: 04-8240851
Fax: 04-8249010
E-mail: ygelber@univ.haifa.ac.il
Head: Prof. Yoav Gelber
 
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Social Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
P. O. B. 653
Beer-Sheva 84105
Tel: 07-6461112
Fax: 07-6472938
E-mail: Humphrey@bgumail.bgu.ac.il
Director: Dr. Lev Grinberg
 
Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University
Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69978
Tel: 03-640-0400
Fax: 03-744-7590
E-mail: info@inss.org.il
Head: Dr. Zvi Shtauber
 
Israel Democracy Institute
4 Pinsker Street
Talbieh, Jerusalem 92228
Mailing address: POB 4702, Jerusalem 91046
Tel: 02-530-0888
Fax: 02-530-0837
E-mail: via webpage
President: Dr. Arye Carmon
 
Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
P. O. B. 9321, Jerusalem 91092
Tel: 02-6769460
Fax: 02-6768011
E-mail: ipcri@ipcri.org
Directors: Dr. Gershon Baskin and Khaled Duzdar
 
Israel Studies Program, Academic Program in Russian, Open University of Israel
108 Ravutsky St.
Raanana 43107
Tel: 09-778-1785
E-mail: vicali@openu.ac.il
Director: Dr. Victoria Libin
 
Israel Studies Center, Chais Center for Jewish Studies in Russian, Hebrew University
Institute of Jewish Studies, Faculty of Humanities
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel: 02-588-1770/1
E-mail: rusjew@h2.hum.huji.ac.il or goldin@h2.hum.huji.ac.il
Director: Semion Goldin
 
Israeli Center for Third-Sector Research
School of Management
Ben Gurion Univesity of the Negev
Tel: 972-8-6472323
E-mail: ictr@bgu.ac.il
Director: Prof. Benjamin Gidron
 
Israeli Institute for Economic and Social Research
50 Reines St.
Tel Aviv 64587
Tel. 03-5271552
Fax: 03-5271554
E-mail: roby@iiesr.org.il
Chair: Dr. Roby Nathanson
 
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Beit Milken, 13 Tel Hai St.
Jerusalem 92107
Tel: 02-5619281
Fax: 02-5619112
E-mail: jcpa@netvision.net.il
President: Dr. Dore Gold
 
Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies
20 Radak St.
Jerusalem 92186
Tel: 02-5662554, 02-5662798, 02-5618487, 02-5630175
Fax: 02-5639814
E-mail: machon@jiis.org.il
Head: Prof. Ya'akov Bar-Siman-Tov
 
Negev Center for Regional Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
POB 653
Beer Sheva 84105
Tel: 07-6472022
Fax: 07-6278991
E-mail: ncrd@bgumail.bgu.ac.il
 
Peres Center for Peace
2 Hashalom Rd., 4th Fl.
Tel Aviv 67892
Tel: 03-568-0680
Fax: 03-562-7265
E-mail: info@peres-center.org
President: Uriel Savir
 
Shalem Center
22a Hatsfira St.
Jerusalem
Tel: 02-5660601
E-mail: shalem@shalem.org.il
Executive Director: Yishai Haetzni
 
Silbert Center for Israel Studies, Hebrew University
Faculty of Social Science, Room 3520
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel: 02- 5883032
E-mail: msilbert@mscc.huji.ac.il
Director: Prof. Rehav Rubin
 
State of Israel Studies, B.A. Major, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva 84105
Tel: 08-6461111
E-mail: friling@bgumail.bgu.ac.il, oshiff@bgumail.bgu.ac.il
Heads: Drs. Hannah Yablonka, Tuvia Friling, and Ofer Shiff
 
Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University
Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69978
Tel: 03-6424298, 03-6406762
Fax: 03-6407489
E-mail: steinmet@post.tau.ac.il
Head: Prof. Mordechai Tamarkin
 
Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel
Ha’ari 15
PO Box 3489
Jerusalem 91034
Tel: 02-567-1818
Fax: 02 -567-1919
E-mail: info@taubcenter.org.il
Executive Director: Prof. Dan Ben-David
 
Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
E-mail: mseba@mscc.huji.ac.il
Director: Dr. Eyal Ben-Ari
 
Weizmann Center for Study of Zionism, Tel Aviv University
Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69978
Tel: 03-6409468
Fax: 03-6409680
E-mail: ashapira@post.tau.ac.il
Head: Prof. Anita Shapira
 
Yad Ben-Zvi
12 Abravanel St.
Rehavia, Jerusalem 91076
Tel: 02-5398888
Fax: 02-5638310
E-mail: mbz@cc.huji.ac.il
Director: Dr. Zvi Zameret
 
Yad Tabenkin, The Research and Documentation Center of the Kibbutz Movement
Ramat Efal 52960
Tel: 03-5344458
Fax: 03-5346376
E-mail: yadtabmaz@bezeqint.net
Director: Itzchak Guershon
 
Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies
26 Haim Levanon St.
P. O. B. 17538
Tel Aviv
Tel: 03-7453333
Fax: 03-7453355
E-mail: info@rabincenter.org.il
 
 
 
 
 


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