Israel Studies (Indiana University Press)

Founding Editor:

S. Ilan Troen, Brandeis University/Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


Arieh Saposnik, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Natan Aridan, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Published since 1996, Israel Studies encourages multidisciplinary scholarship on the development of Israeli history, politics, society, culture, literature, economics, sociology, anthropology, and historical geography. Each issue includes essays and reports on matters of broad interest reflecting diverse points of view. Temporal boundaries extend to the pre-state period, although emphasis is on the State of Israel. Due recognition is also given to events and phenomena in diaspora communities as they affect the Israeli state.

Israel Studies is sponsored by the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, in affiliation with the Association for Israel Studies.


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Perspectives on Israel Studies, published by Indiana University Press, presents groundbreaking scholarship on Israeli history, international relations, politics, society, culture, and more. Extending from the pre-state period through the present, the series gives special attention to individuals, events, and phenomena as they affect the Israeli state and society. Works that deal with Israeli diaspora communities are strongly encouraged. This series builds on the unique partnership between the journal Israel Studies, the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.

Editors: S. Ilan Troen, Natan Aridan, Donna Robinson Divine, David Ellenson, Arieh Saposnik. 


Submission and Manuscript Guidelines 

We invite proposals of original and previously unpublished research in all fields of the humanities, and the social and political sciences relevant to the study of modern Israel. Please inform us if your manuscript is being considered simultaneously by another press. Manuscripts should be submitted in English. For more information about what to include, visit here. 

Send inquiries to Ilan Troen, series editor ( or Dee Mortensen, Editorial Director, Indiana University Press (

The latest publication of Israel Studies (IUP) 27.1 is now available. 

From: Ilan Troen, Natan Aridan and Arieh Saposnik, Co-Editors

The recent issue of Israel Studies 28.2, Summer 2023 can be accessed on jstor at

The issue can also be accessed on Project Muse and should be available through your home institution’s I.P. address.



The Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies at the University of Haifa

The studies will take place in Hebrew.

Israel Studies, University of Haifa

The Department of Israel Studies at the University of Haifa offers a multidisciplinary approach on the studies of the different nations and peoples who acted, lived and still live in the space of Palestine/Eretz-Israel, and in the State of Israel. Accordingly, the program comprises a variety of disciplines, such as: History, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, and Cultural Studies of the country. The Area Studies approach strives to develop in our students the ability and competence to understand the land of Israel, its physical components, and its historical uniqueness. It also prepares our students to teach, guide tourists and pupils, and to research present and past events, processes and changes which have shaped landscapes of the country. As one of the leading academic centers for the study of Israel, the Department for Israel Studies at the University of Haifa has hosted the Executive Director office of the Association for Israel Studies since 2015.

The International Master’s Degree Program in Israel Studies

The Department of Israel Studies offers an international MA program in Israel studies. The program gives the students the opportunity to partake in an in-depth study of the State of Israel covering periods of the beginning of the Zionist movement to the present day. The program aims to elucidate the theoretical underpinnings of the Zionist project, communities of the Jewish diaspora and their relationship to the modern state of Israel, and the deep complexities of Israeli society in light of its multicultural character.

This is a one-year MA program, taught in English, open to both International and Israeli students. It examines Israeli history and society from a variety of perspectives, including migration, economics, politics, culture, religion, and the ties between Israel and Jewish communities abroad. We offer a comprehensive academic program, which features a fascinating and dynamic curriculum combining concurrent study in the classroom and in the field. The program integrates faculty-led field trips and tours to historical and archaeological sites. The students also meet with representatives from different sectors that make up Israeli society. The program offers tuition scholarships of 4,500 US Dollars to all students.

The Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies is a unique and groundbreaking academic program established in 2013 at the University of Haifa. The Ruderman Program covers a wide range of issues pertaining to Jewish life in the United States, the American society and the long-lasting and important bond between the American Jewish community, the State of Israel and Israeli society. The main goal of the program is to strengthen the relationship between the Israeli society and American Jewry, by expanding current knowledge, distributing it, and creating a well-founded educated community to act in academia and Israeli professional field. The Ruderman Program has two branches: one is multidisciplinary and comprehensive MA studies program; and the second is promoting research on American Jewry, past and present, and creating a knowledge base for decision makers, opinion leaders, policy makers, professionals and for all those who take part in the public discourse in Israel (taught in Hebrew) (for more details: The program offers tuition scholarships of 5,000 US Dollars to all students.

Jewish Israeli Culture is a multidisciplinary graduate program belongs to the departments of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, and Jewish History at The University of Haifa. The program aims to expose the students to a vast range of Jewish traditions and works through an interdisciplinary, critical and creative view, and to enable them to achieve a significant learning experience with relevancy to Jewish questions today. The program suggests two alternative tracks: a thesis track, and a non-thesis track. Students will enjoy a full tuition scholarship, courtesy of the Posen Foundation.

Jewish Peoplehood Studies is a multidisciplinary graduate program of the Department of Jewish History. This program will explore the theoretical roots of the 21st century paradigm of global Jewish peoplehood and will survey the key issues informing the Jewish peoplehood discourse as well as the social processes that shape Jewish society in Israel and Jewish communities worldwide. The program will critically analyze the diverse ways Jews experience belonging, connection, and responsibility to the Jewish people focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on post-war Europe, with particular emphasis on Eastern and Central Europe, Latin America and the Jewish experience in contemporary small- and medium-sized communities. The program offers full tuition scholarships for ten students on the research thesis track (for more details: http://amaya.

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The International Master Degree in Israel Studies

Department of Israel Studies, University of Haifa

The International Master Degree in Israel studies is a one-year MA program, taught in English, designed for international and Israeli students who wish to deepen their understanding of the Israeli experience. The program covers a range of issues pertaining to Israeli history and society including migration, economics, politics, culture, religion, and Israel-diaspora relations.

The program aims to offer students the opportunity to get a deep and academic understanding of Israel in the past and the present and to experience a personal encounter with the country and its people. The University of Haifa, the largest university in the north of Israel,  and the perfect place to explore the history of the State of Israel, Israeli society and the Jewish Diaspora. The university has an outstanding reputation for research and teaching as well as a successful experience of international academic collaborations. It offers a rich curriculum and unique institutional resources in the fields of Israeli, Jewish and Middle Eastern history, politics and society. The university is a microcosm of Israeli society dedicated to academic excellence and social responsibility.  In this thriving campus students from diverse backgrounds study side by side. Students on the MA Program in Israel Studies will experience a dynamic and varied cultural environment, in which they will encounter and engage with the issues of a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic society.

The Department of Israel Studies at the University of Haifa offers a multidisciplinary approach to the studies of the different nations and peoples who acted, lived and still live in the space of Palestine/Eretz-Israel, and in the State of Israel. Accordingly, the program incorporates a variety of disciplines, including, history, geography, sociology, and politics. The Department of Israel Studies also offers MA study programs on American Jewry (The Ruderman Program), on Jewish Peoplehood and Israel-Diaspora as well as a program on Antisemitism. This multidisciplinary approach strives to develop in our students the ability and competence to understand the land of Israel, its physical components, and its historical uniqueness. The Department has an experienced academic staff, renowned both in research and teaching. As one of the leading academic centers for the study of Israel, the Department for Israel Studies at the University of Haifa has hosted the Executive Director office of the Association for Israel Studies since 2015.

Our International Master Degree in Israel is open to both International and Israeli students. The shared learning experience, which takes place in the classroom, on field trips and during other academic and social activities, will forge social and academic ties, giving international students an in-depth and first-hand experience of Israeli society and its culture, and an immersive experience of Israeli life.

The program is designed to provide the students with the knowledge and research skills required at a doctoral level. The program will also be of great value to students seeking to pursue a career in journalism, education, diplomacy, tourism, involvement in Israeli/Jewish organizations and other fields which require specialization in Israel, Middle Eastern and Jewish studies.

Program description:

The International Degree in Israel is a one-year MA program, taught in English, over three consecutive semesters. It offers two study tracks: thesis and non-thesis. The program examines Israeli history and society from a variety of perspectives, including migration, economics, politics, culture, religion, and the ties between Israel and Jewish communities abroad. Our aim is to give the students a comprehensive view of Israel, from an historical and contemporary perspective, therefore the program offers a comprehensive academic program, which features a dynamic curriculum combining concurrent study in the classroom and in the field. The program integrates faculty-led field trips to historical and archaeological sites, to Kibbutzim, to archives and historical museums as well as encounters with representatives from the different sectors that make up Israeli society. The tours give students the opportunity to become acquainted with Israel’s society, history, landscape and geography.


The Program’s curriculum is subdivided into the following academic categories:

Israel’s history, focusing on the history of Zionism and the State of Israel:

Students will be introduced to the main trends in Zionist ideology and its key

thinkers, the evolution of the Zionist ideas over time and the criticism and internal

debates that have accompanied Zionism from its inception. Students will learn the

ways in which the Yishuv (the Jewish community in Palestine) and later, Israeli

society, has been consolidated through succeeding widespread waves of

immigration, starting with the period of the first Aliyah until the first two decades

of the State of Israel.

Contemporary Israel (1948 till today): Society, interrelations between the State of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora, politics, economy, law, and culture:

Students will learn about the social structure and tensions in contemporary

Israel, its political system, economy, legal institutions and its multicultural

character. The program examines complex relationships that exist between the

State of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora, within the context of twentieth-century

Jewish and Israeli history.

The program’s curriculum combines hybrid courses, giving the students the option to distance learning, with a week-long campus field trip (requires physical presence).

Financial assistance: We award all our students a grant towards covering part of their tuition fees.

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The Woodman-Scheller Israel Studies International MA Program

The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 

This unique MA Program in Israel Studies aims to educate a new generation of scholars and experts. It goes beyond traditional disciplinary contours and explores Israel’s history, society, cultures, and politics from various perspectives, emphasizing independent study and original research.

A degree in Israel Studies is of value for candidates seeking to enter the public and non-profit sectors in government, diplomatic, civil, or educational positions related to Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world.


Rationale and Goals

Covering over a century of Zionism, the program integrates historical and contemporary perspectives and focuses on the emergence of Zionism, the building of the Yishuv, and the State of Israel. The program’s stress on independent study and research makes methodological and theoretical questions an additional focus. Students can take advantage of the unique on-site resources—the Ben-Gurion Archives, a specialized library, and the unique setting in Israel’s Negev Desert.


Admission Requirements

Applicants should hold a B.A. degree from an accredited university with a grade point average equivalent of 80/100 and above.


Program Structure

The program offers two tracks:

Thesis Track

Designed for students interested in conducting independent research in Israel Studies.

Non-Thesis Track

Designed for students interested in deepening and enriching their overall knowledge in the field of Israel Studies.


A Sampling of Classes

The wide-ranging courses reflect the program’s interdisciplinary nature. Examples include:

• Jews, Judaism, and Jewish Nationalism in Modern Times

• Jews in Islamic Countries: Zionism, Arab Nationalism, and Colonialism

• The Struggle for Israeli Identity: from the “New Jew” to Multiculturalism

• State and Religion: Historical and Ideological Perspectives

• Israeli comics and graphic novels

• Mizrahi Music and Ethnic Relations in Israel


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The City of Jerusalem: Ideas and Images

A course developed by Dr. Loren Lerner

Why I Developed This Course on Jerusalem

The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies was established in 2011 thanks to a generous gift by the Azrieli Foundation to a University in Montreal. In 2013, as a member of the Advisory Board and after a sabbatical in Jerusalem, I developed this art history course for the Minor in Israel Studies, the first and only undergraduate program of its kind in Canada. My objectives were:

  • to examine forms of artistic expression including architecture, sculpture, painting and other media from across a variety of cultural identities so as to encourage respect for the art of these different communities 

  • to demonstrate how an expanse of history depends mainly on how one reads the evidence

  • to encourage an understanding of human experiences from the viewpoint of others who interpret the world in significantly dissimilar ways

  • to integrate a large historical perspective that reveals the changes in the art of particular eras, as well as the continuities of religious, ethical and social values

  • to explore artistic productions and cultural practices that construct identity, influence public discourse and act as catalysts for social and political changes

See interview on Imagining Jerusalem website:

As a recently retired professor, I share with you the lectures I developed, the readings consulted, and the annual student journal I produced which contain the very best essays and works of art by the students in that year’s class. 

Dr. Loren Lerner 

For further course information, please click here.


Asian and Middle Eastern Studies M.A.

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Take a journey with us.

The M.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is a two-year, two-track interdisciplinary humanities degree that prepares students to engage with the social, environmental, and political challenges facing countries in Asia and the Middle East, and their transnational communities. This degree will provide students with deep cultural knowledge of Asia and the Middle East while training them in the intellectual flexibility necessary to grasp and work with dynamic issues as they arise. By applying humanist approaches to real world problems, students will learn to evaluate research and apply analytical methodologies from various disciplines to specific situations and questions.

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UNC College of Arts & Sciences





The M.A. program in Migration Studies is an interdisciplinary master’s program taught in English that offers students the opportunity to engage critically with national and international issues that are at the forefront of today’s debates around migration and policy. The program is designed for passionate students with strong educational backgrounds, professional drive and, preferably, previous professional or activist experience. Led by scholars and practitioners in the field of migration, this program provides students with the theories, tools, and first-hand experience to pursue careers in a variety of fields ranging from public policy, international affairs, politics, research, academia, and non-profit work. Students graduate with gain in a deep understanding and tools for of research and professional work in a range of contexts that deal with the world of migration.


  • Expose students to a variety of disciplinary approaches to global migration, such as the legal, cultural, economic and the socio-political.
  • Provide a comprehensive look into global and local issues of migration and in-depth understanding of the key issues animating current debates on migration.
  • Introduce students to cutting-edge theoretical perspectives and to a wide variety of research methodologies in social sciences.
  • Expose students to professional work carried out in the field of migration. Students are required to take up internships that will enable them to gain hands-on experience in the field and specialize in areas of migration according to their personal preferences.
  • This international program, which is taught in English, is an opportunity to be part of a diverse student body and gain exposure to international visiting scholars teaching in the program. The international orientation of the program provides a platform for knowledge acquisition and the convergence of experiences, fostering a unique and dynamic learning environment and forging social and professional networks.
  • Facilitate students’ exchange. Students in the program can participate for one semester in one of the several exchange programs in universities abroad affiliated to TAU.




This Program is a one-year (3 semester, October-August) graduate program that provides students with a deep and comprehensive knowledge of the dynamics and complexities of politics in the global age. The program grants an M.A. in Political Science from Tel Aviv University.

Our Political Science Department stands out in the study of political theories, political leadership, political communication, electoral systems and behavior and is the home of the Israel National Election Studies.
In addition, the program provides students with advanced knowledge, understanding and tools of analysis in a world characterized by growing fusion between communication and politics, allowing a broad comparative perspective of the challenges of leaders in the communicative age. Educational tours guided by top specialists are incorporated into the curriculum. Students are meeting with political leaders, prominent journalists and election specialists while visiting Israel's governmental, parliamentary and media institutions among other sites of interest.

Students come to study in the Political Science & Political Communication program from all over the world and are encouraged to take up internship and other extra-curricular activities during an exciting year stay in Israel.

In order to apply students are asked to complete our on-line application form available here. You are invited to watch a short video about the program and visit our site that includes detailed information.





The International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation (MA in Public Policy) was launched as an English language program in 2009, based on the existing Hebrew language program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation which was established in 2003.

This three semester program aims to offer students around the world the opportunity to study the fundamentals of international conflict resolution at its core. In response to the ever-increasing recognition in the academic world of the importance of conflict resolution, both as a credible research field and a field of practice, we intend to equip our students with the necessary academic and practical tools to address the assessment, management, and resolution of conflicts.
We are striving to attract a diverse student body from all around the world, to create a dynamic and diverse environment comprised of a spectrum of experiences and perspectives.

We put together an interdisciplinary curriculum that will expose the students to a comprehensive study of conflicts and their resolution from diverse perspectives; ranging from international law to psychological and economic perspectives, every relevant field will be incorporated during the first semester. During the second and third semesters, students will be able to choose from a variety of classes according to their interests. During the studies special focus will be placed on combining practical experience to the theoretical knowledge through simulations and workshops. The students will be guided throughout their studies by the negotiation and mediation skills that they will gradually cultivate. In addition, we are planning to offer a workshop on the UN and the Middle East: during the entire year, different UN representatives will introduce our students to their office’s role and goals, giving them insight about what happens “in the real world.” This collaboration will both enrich classroom dialogue and complement the students’ experience and in–depth research.

The faculty is comprised of outstanding lecturers from Tel Aviv University and other prestigious universities and expert practitioners, who will provide our students with the extensive knowledge and tools needed for venturing into the field of conflict resolution. Many of our faculty members have been engaged in historical and present Middle East negotiations, and are committed to sharing with our students the intricacies of their hands on experience.

Our program has taken particular interest in encouraging and facilitating students to enrol in internships during their studies that correspond to their interests. Israel is home to an array of organizations committed to achieving conflict resolution at different levels. We believe the students’ involvement in their dynamic and innovative projects will add a unique dimension to their academic experience.

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The Parasol Foundation International LL.M Program at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law is a 10 month program which brings outstanding students from all over the world for a rigorous, highly-academic LL.M. degree. The program language of instruction is English, and although there may be a course or two on Israeli law, the focus of the LL.M. is international law.

Students can choose a general course of study or may specialize in:

  • International Law & Human Rights
  • Law & Technology
  • Business Law​

The rigorous academic curriculum is based on innovative approaches to legal theory, providing law students analytical tools and skills to engage in serious academic research and practical insights. Classes explore contemporary challenges to law that stem from the processes of globalization to specific courses on the Israeli legal and social systems, the complexities of the Middle East region and the legal aspects of the Start-up Nation.

The curriculum consists of courses, seminars and workshops which allow students to pursue several disciplines, including: International Law and Global Regulation Legal Theory; Law and Technology and Business Law. The program also enables the participants to choose from electives from the rich variety of English-language graduate programs.

The LL.M. is without thesis. LL.M. candidates will be eligible to apply for admittance to the Ph.D Program at the Faculty of Law, following the successful completion of the LL.M. degree.

Financial aid / scholarships will be offered to promising candidates according to needs or academic qualifications, and in order to promote diversity.

Please contact for program and scholarship information.






Exceptional students looking to make a difference in the world are invited to come to the University of Haifa and use Israel as their living classroom in the innovative one-year master's degree program in Peace and Conflict Management Studies. This full-degree program, taught in English, combines an in-depth understanding of theory with applications from a regional and international perspective. Students will investigate ethno-national, cultural and religious conflicts in deeply divided societies. They will study and evaluate different approaches to conflict management and peacemaking, while immersing themselves in a region that offers a great deal of relevant real-life case studies.

The interdisciplinary program is based primarily on theoretical and practical frameworks in the fields of psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, communications, history, law, philosophy, and education. These perspectives will enrich the students' understanding of conflicts within and among societies and nations. The curriculum also examines specific case studies of conflict and uses the Middle East and Israel as a living classroom for empirical learning.

This unique program includes a mandatory practicum/internship, which increases students' experience in grassroots initiatives in the field. It furnishes exposure to NGO's working toward Arab-Jewish and Palestinian-Israeli coexistence and Middle East peace processes. 

Field trips give students a first-hand acquaintance with the reality of government agencies and non-government organizations that are dealing with conflict management issues on a daily basis.

The University of Haifa is known for faculty expertise in the fields of coexistence, conflict-settlement and peace processes and is a center for research of these areas in Israel. The University has three research centers relevant to the program: The Center for Research on Peace Education; The Jewish-Arab Center; The Center for Multiculturalism and Educational Research. Due to its multicultural orientation and the daily coexistence between Arab and Jewish citizens on campus, the University of Haifa is an ideal location for this unique curriculum. As one of the few mixed Jewish-Arab cities in Israel, Haifa has achieved a high level of normalcy and cooperation among its diverse residents. Jews (both native Israelis and newer immigrants), Christian Arabs, Muslim Arabs, Druze and Baha'i all live and work together in the city – and study together on campus. Each year, close to 700 international students from around the world join this academic community adding to its diversity and cultural richness.
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The dynamics of the contemporary, complex, interconnected and highly-charged international environment present new challenges for scholars, policy analysts and decision makers, both at the international level and in the context of the Middle East. Against this backdrop, the new MA Program in Diplomacy Studies is intended to elucidate the role of diplomacy as a main vehicle and mechanism for systematically addressing the broad cluster of issues that impinge upon the entire region, and which can no longer be effectively dealt with exclusively from a narrow unilateral or bilateral vantage point.
The focus on the role of collaborative diplomatic mechanisms is designed to provide students with insights derived from concepts and analytical tools taken from the disciplines of international relations theory, as well as from the fields of strategic studies, international economics and other related areas.

The program is intended to enable students to identify effective solutions to a broad range of political, cultural and economic problems with which they will be faced and be continuously involved (both regionally and globally) as bureaucrats, officials and decision makers, in the context of an array of complex negotiating situations and points of decision.

The one-year program is taught over three consecutive semesters from October through August. The language of instruction is English.

Program Outline

All courses are required and will be completed over three consecutive semesters, each of which will comprise 12 hours of studies: 
1. Semester A: Introductory courses in diplomatic studies, and diplomacy and communication.
2. Semester B: Three advanced seminars, which will apply the theoretical concepts and tools introduced and developed in the first semester.
3. Semester C: Implementation of the insights, concepts, theories and data provided in the first two semesters as the platform and springboard for simulating the actual dynamics of multilateral diplomacy. Emphasis will be placed on the role of diplomatic methods and strategies in the quest for conflict resolution and regional stability. This semester will include a workshop on the practice of public diplomacy, which will involve both practitioners and diplomats as an integral part of the workshop.

An important element of the program will be the simulated analysis of concrete diplomatic decision games and action games. In the course of this simulation, the students will experiment with a range of diplomatic (and strategic) concepts, techniques and scenarios in a controlled and structured effort to emulate real-time crisis situations, with emphasis on the mechanisms and tools for mitigating and defusing them.
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The Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa offers an academic program unlike any other in the world. It provides students with more than just an academic program; it has been designed with the addition of exciting and challenging activities to spark the interest of the student and encourage personal development and dedication to the field of Holocaust research.
Taught in English over three semesters, the one-year master's degree program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa, in collaboration with Yad Vahsem and the Ghetto Fighters’ House, is dedicated to creating and nurturing a new generation of Holocaust researchers, archivists, curators and educators.

An internship program is offered to enrich the curriculum and prepare students for actual employment upon graduation. Available internships include: Ghetto Fighters' House Museum Archives, Yad Vashem Museum, Hagana Archives and the Diaspora Museum.

Volunteer Program with Holocaust Survivors
Students receiving scholarships are required to participate in the Holocaust Survivors Community Giving Project, in coordination with the International Hillel Foundation. Within this framework, students donate their time in a number of ways, including visiting Holocaust survivors, leading workshops or organizing holiday celebrations for the survivors. Students will be required to record their activities in a journal or blog.
Study Tours to Archives in Israel, Poland and Germany
As part of the experiential learning, students participate in study tours throughout the academic year to relevant museums and sites throughout Israel. Visits to sites such as Yad Vashem, the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum and the Atlit detainee camp provide students with the opportunity to implement their academic knowledge into real-life example, by seeing actual archives, historical records and documentation.
One of the highlights of the course is the study tours to historical sites in Europe relevant to the study of the Holocaust where students will visit historical archives and meet local students and researchers.
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The Schusterman Center funds full and partial fellowships for doctoral students focusing on Israel Studies in fields such as history, sociology, politics, Middle East studies, Israeli art, literature and culture. These fellowships—granted through individual departments—will be renewable, after review, for up to five years. The Schusterman Scholar Fellowship includes a full tuition scholarship, health care benefits and a stipend of up to $26,000 per year.




There are currently three specializations in the MA program. The length of the program is one year (3 semesters, including summer).
Students may select a specialization in:

• Diplomacy and Conflict Studies 
• Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security Studies 
• Public Policy and Administration (in Hebrew only)

Each of these specializations is designed to equip the next generation of leaders of the public sector in Israel with the means to address future challenges. Students can also choose an MA with thesis option which requires two years of study.
Program Highlights
Study with a renowned, international faculty. Professors in the Lauder School earned their degrees from Princeton University, the London School of Economics, Harvard University, Northwestern University, Columbia University and New York University. 
Network with policymakers and students from dozens of countries around the world. 
Gain both theoretical and practical knowledge, with the opportunity for hands-on work experience. 
Associate with two of the most highly regarded research institutes in the world, located at the IDC Herzliya: the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS), which organize seminars, workshops and forums, including the prestigious annual Herzliya Conference. 
Earn a valuable MA in one year at an affordable price. 
Benefit from social, logistical and personal support, carefully designed to help you adjust to life in Israel. Members of IDC Herzliya are there to guide you every step of the way.
For more information visit us on the web at:
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The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya offers executives from Israel and abroad the unique opportunity to pursue a Global MBA in English at one of Israel's most prestigious academic institutions.  
The Global MBA degree at the Arison School of Business prepares students to function in the international business world. Studying in a program with executives from around the world gives IDC's graduates a significant advantage in networking and in creating opportunities in the global business arena.
Students can follow two distinct programs: Global Management (GMBA) or Global Entrepreneurship (GEMBA). Both MBA programs include dynamic coursework, directed hands-on experience, and competitive networking opportunities. Business students also have the rare and exciting opportunity to participate in a student exchange program with The Wharton School of Business.  

The GMBA Program was designed to provide its students with the tools needed to conduct business in the global arena. The GEMBA program endows students with wide-ranging theoretical knowledge and practical tools vital to entrepreneurship. 
Global MBA classes are scheduled for two days a week to allow students the flexibility to work while pursuing their degrees.  The program's outstanding faculty boasts teaching experience from leading business schools including Stanford, Columbia, Chicago, Cornell, Northwestern, Pennsylvania, Harvard and others. With personalized employment and career counseling, and an emphasis on networking, students graduate from the Global MBA programs fully equipped to succeed in the international business world.
For all questions and comments please contact our Academic Coordinator:




The Rothberg International School offers a variety of programs for North American and International Students; from a few short weeks to a whole year studying in Israel.  They can choose to spend a semester or year at RIS taking courses taught in English, learning the Hebrew language and joining fellow students in excursions around the city.  The undergraduate program is expanding its array of courses this year to include Environmental and Brain and Behavioral Sciences, capitalizing on strengths of Hebrew University’s departments.  We are very pleased to announce that beginning this spring, our Spring in Jerusalem Program, a joint initiative with Harvard University, will allow for academically promising undergraduates to take a number of courses taught in English or in Hebrew at The Hebrew University Faculties. Students can take classes alongside Israeli students within Hebrew University departments, while at the same time enrolling in courses at the Rothberg International School. Students can also join the social activities, community internships and Hebrew classes which are all offered at RIS. It is also possible to spend a summer at the Rothberg International School and learn Biblical Hebrew, Arabic, or participate in an archaeological dig.  You may not know that RIS even offers graduate level study – students can enroll for a semester or year, or complete a Master’s Degree in one of seven different areas (Israeli Society & Politics, Community Leadership & Philanthropy Studies, The Bible & Ancient Near East, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies and Jewish Education).

Those with a sufficient level of Hebrew will be able to take courses from related fields at the Hebrew University.  
While our school is in Israel, our office is in New York, and we'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. Our website is and our toll free number is (800) 404-8622 or if you're calling from abroad reach us at (212) 607.8520.  



On this page, you will find references to databases for research of Israel which were brought to the attention of the AIS. If you are a member and have a datasource that you would like posted on this webpage please email the AIS with the information.

Collection of Zionist and Herzl memorabilia

To celebrate Israel’s 75th birthday, David Matlow of Toronto, Canada has selected 75 artefacts from his personal collection of Zionist and Herzl memorabilia and shared them in a new book, 75 Treasures: Celebrating Israel at Seventy-Five.  The pages of the book are filled with the photos and stories of these inspiring items, and the book challenges each reader to add their own page to Israel’s continuing story.

75 Treasures is available for free download at  Please feel free to use and share the book, as well as the other resources which are available at David’s website: 


Israiliyat: Journal of Israeli and Judaic Studies is a peer-reviewed journal centered in Turkey. 
The journal is published in Turkish and English. It has been published since 2017. It publishes 
two issues per year. Further, conferences on Israeli and Jewish studies are held annually.
Six conferences have been organized so far. The journal published 9 issues. Since this journal is the only journal that publishes specifically in the field of Israeli and Jewish studies, which is not a common field in Turkey, it is of great importance in terms of contributing to the literature.


For donation: a personal collection of hundreds of copies of the HAOLAM HAZE weekly magazine (1950-1989). Interested individuals or institutions, please contact Yehuda Lukacs for further details:





BGRI-IIS maintains and operates the Ben-Gurion Archives, accommodates a 30,000-item up-to-date academic library, and initiates projects for the acquisition of new collections of primary sources related to Israel Studies.

The Ben-Gurion Archives, housed at BGRI, contain more than four million items held by David Ben-Gurion that reflect the history of Zionism and Israel from 1900 to 1973. Also kept in the Archives is a vast collection of documents gleaned from other locations in Israel and abroad, relating to the pre-independence community, the Zionist movement, and the State of Israel. Included here are personal collections of historical figures such as the Fifth President of the State of Israel, Yitzhak Navon; the American Zionist leader Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver; the Revisionist activist Hillel Kook; and Ben-Gurion’s principal biographer, Shabtai Tevet.

One of the most recent initiatives of the Archives is the Community Archives Project, which aims to accumulate, digitize, and make accessible the vast archive collections of medium-sized urban communities in southern and northern Israel (Negev and Galilee).

The Archives are fully digitized and accessible online.



Professor Chuck Freilich, a former deputy national security adviser in Israel and long-time senior fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center, teaches political science at Columbia, NYU and Tel Aviv Universities. He writes extensively about Israeli national security affairs, including Israel's national security strategy and decision-making processes, the Iranian issue, US-Israeli relations, the peace process, Israel and the cyber threat, Hezbollah and Hamas and more.



AIS members are invited to subscribe for free to Perspective, a new twice-weekly Substack newsletter/blog by Alan Dowty.  The objective of Perspective is to provide historical context and broad background for current developments in American and Israeli politics.  Subscriptions, at, include delivery of current postings to the subscriber's inbox and access to past posts.  

Of particular interest to AIS members are 3. The Israeli Election: More of the Same?, and 5. The Iran Nuclear Deal: Worth Renewing?



Project Objectives:

1. To create a new database, first of its kind, concerning the Hebrew novel (from Love of Zion, 1853, to this very day). The database is built on the synchronous work of scholars and readers, all contributing by filling out a questionnaire, then processed by the project's staff.

2. To analyze the responses to the questionnaire, in order to make connections and draw insights as to the history of the Hebrew novel, its major trends, patterns of narrative and more.

3. To prepare the ground for a critical discussion of the chances, as well as the risks, that the computational methodology raises in the study of Hebrew literature, and particularly the Hebrew novel.

For more information and for a link to the questionnaire please visit the project's webpage:

For questions and suggestions please contact project initiator and manager, Dr. Yael Dekel:



We invite the AIS community to take a look and use our new data tool for viewing and plotting data on American public opinion toward Israel from the 1940s until today.  The data include hundreds of surveys in the United States asking various questions regarding Israel.  We’ve also included data on attitudes of Americans toward other countries in comparison to Israel.  Users can plot overall trends in support for Israel or inspect demographic and political divides in this support.  

To access the data go to the APOI website: 

All data are provided with the express written consent from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. The data are are collected by the APOI project at the IDC, Israel, and presented and analyzed in Cavari, Amnon & Guy Freedman. (2021). American Public Opinion toward Israel: From Consensus to Divide. New York: Routledge

Amnon Cavari and Guy Freedman 



Events and trends in India and in Israel, with both Kashmir and the West Bank and Gaza Strip in mind, suggest a plethora of useful comparisons for research and analysis.  Along with others at the University of Pennsylvania, I am gathering names of people who are working on any such comparison and would be very interested in learning about publications, papers, or projects underway along these lines.  Please write to me at



Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As social distancing continues and more researchers than ever work from home, the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University is proud to announce its new Research Guide to Israel Studies, a one-stop shop for Israel Studies queries, needs, and information.

Interested in photography of pre-state Israel? We have ideas for you. Want to know how Israelis voted in the last elections? We have the answer. Need to find a database of Hebrew literature? We've got that covered, too. This free guide contains resources for researchers of every kind. From the high schooler writing a class report, to a journalist looking for reliable information, to a senior academic with thirty years' experience, everyone - especially those now working from home - will find it invaluable.

Produced with the Israel Studies faculty at Brandeis University, in conjunction with other leading scholars, and edited by the Schusterman Center's Associate Director, Dr. Shayna Weiss, the Research Guide to Israel Studies is the most comprehensive guide of its kind available.

Please let us know what you think! We welcome all suggestions at We also ask that you help spread the word. The Research Guide to Israel Studies is what everyone in the field has been waiting for. 

Stay safe and do let us hear from you.

Sincerely yours,

Jonathan D Sarna

University Professor and Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish history

Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University

Go to our website

Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Brandeis University |



Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to introduce you to our Center’s monthly “Israel Voice Index” focusing on current issues and trends in Israeli public opinion.

Our recent May 2019 edition revealed that 58% of all Israelis believe that reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians will improve Israel?s international status while only 30% think that unilateral withdrawal from territories will bring the same result. 

In another survey, when asked which countries are most friendly to Israel, 95% of the Israeli public identified the United States followed by India (62%) and Germany (58%).

The “Israel Voice Index” is an initiative of the non-partisan Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research at the Israel Democracy Institute.  Over a span of 60 years and through more than 1,200 surveys, the Center has applied rigorous and innovative research to document the Israeli public?s attitudes regarding thousands of issues in all aspects of life including politics, culture, ideology, religion, education, and national security. The Center’s surveys have become a basic reference for policy and decision-makers from across Israel?s political spectrum.





The Data Israel portal is an online public opinion research database created and administered by the Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research, at the Israel Democracy Institute. It is the second-largest database in Israel (second to the Central Bureau of Statistics), and contains data from hundreds of public-opinion polls conducted from 1967 to the present on a wide range of subjects such as society, economics, security, and political leaders and institutions. In the future, the portal will also contain research reports dating back to 1949. 
The portal features an advanced, user-friendly search engine that uses keywords from a survey’s title as well as words that appear in the questions and the response categories. Searches may be performed in English and Hebrew, and the results appear in either language, according to the user’s preference. 
Most of the surveys in the portal contain complete data, and users may perform simple statistical procedures, such as frequencies and crosstabbs. Users may also view the questionnaires and download the complete data file of surveys in SPSS or Excel format.* 
The Data Israel portal may be accessed at the following link:



The Tel Aviv Review is a biweekly podcast dedicated to reviewing the latest developments in nonfiction writing and scholarship about Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.
In partnership with TLV1 Radio and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Gilad Halpern hosts leading scholars and researchers for long-form, in-depth discussions about their field of expertise.
In June 2016, the podcast covered the AIS Annual Conference in Jerusalem, yielding 20 interviews on a wide range of topics. 
The interviews, alongside more than 250 archive interviews, can be found here:



The idea that Egyptian President Anwar Sadat came to Israel for an extremely dramatic visit in November 1977, and from then on it was a forgone conclusion that there would be peace between Israel and Egypt is of course wrong. The fact that the peace agreement between the two warring countries was signed only on 26th of March 1979, 35 years ago this week, hints that the negotiations were long, arduous and at times seemingly hopeless.

The Israel State Archives (ISA) has been publishing the documentation of these negotiations for some time, here and here, for example. This week we published almost 70 new documents, some in English, from the final laps of the negotiations, between the run-up to the Camp David talks in summer 1978 to the agreement itself in spring 1979. Among the documents are notes written by Aharon Barak, in illegible Hebrew, when he was alone with President Carter and PM Begin in the room; not only have these notes never previously been published, but until last year no-one was ever able to decipher them. Before this publication Justice Barak deciphered them painstakingly for us, adding comment as he did so.

Hebrew readers are encouraged to download this publication as a free e-book, designed for use on tablets.


The site incorporates the data of the Israel national election studies and additional relevant information about elections in Israel and in comparative perspective. As you surely know, election surveys in Israel have been carried out since 1969, and these data have been available to the scientific community in Israel and in the world since. The site includes a bibliography with publications relying on these data. If you have used these data in your work - or if you are familiar with other such publications missing from the list - we will be happy to update the bibliography accordingly.





Information on Israel's national security issues - filtered, sifted, and stored for easy retrieval - from the treasury of electronic content at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) has recently finished compiling a research database that provides a searchable archive of the center's Daily Alert publications. The Daily Alert is a publication that the center puts out every weekday to chronicle news articles from that day that pertain to Israel. The publication consists of a summary of each article and a link to the original source. The searchable archive dates back to 2002 and is free to use.  
The database can be accessed at or through the JCPA website:



The Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner ( offers open access to a fully-searchable and annotated archive of nearly 5,000 documents as well as research tools for organizing and sharing information. We cover a broad range of topics, and emphasize issues of culture and identity covering both North America, and Israel, for example, Israel Advocacy, Diaspora Relations, and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The collection, which includes primary sources such as original reports and studies as well as analysis and policy recommendations, continues to expand. Many of the materials have never been digitized before or are not available anywhere else online.



We invite you to embark on fascinating explorations of Palestine-Israel in the past 150 years. By means of this collection of photographic images, you can pay a visit to Jerusalem in the 19th century, Tel Aviv as it emerged over 100 years ago, the agricultural settlements of Palestine and the newly established State of Israel. You can follow in the footsteps of individuals, both famous and forgotten, witness cultural events and economic enterprises, archeological excavations and educational institutions. You can also become acquainted with the diverse cultures imported by the waves of immigration as well as local Arab culture. Countless experiences and revelations await you here, caught in the eye of the camera's lens.



​The cultural impact of an election campaign is not registered in the annals of literature or art, but in ephemeral manifestations that attest to the mainstream nature of the event. These manifestations take the form of print, radio and television propaganda, and in more recent years, Internet propaganda. The materials preserved by the National Library and other partners in this project enable us to give the public a full, rich, and varied portrait of significant events in the Israeli national memory.



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


The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, The University of Arizona
Director: J. Edward Wright 
The J. Edward Wright Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies
Tuscon, Arizona
Tel: (520) 626-5758 

Arnold Center for Jewish Studies, College of Charleston
Director: Prof. Joshua Shane
Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center
96 Wentworth Street, Room 302

Charleston, SC 29424
Tel: 843.953.3929

Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University 
Rebecca Margolis, Director and Pratt Foundation Chair of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation
Unit, Israel and Middle East
Victoria 3800, Australia
Tel: 61-3-9905-2160

Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, Concordia University 
Director: Prof. Csaba Nikolenyi
1455 de Maisonneuve St. West, Room SB-435 
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 1M8
Tel: 514-848-2424 ext: 8721

Ben Gurion Chair for Israel and Middle East Studies, Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies
Director: Prof. Johannes Becke 
Landfriedstrasse 12
D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Tel: +49-6221-5419261 

Center for Israel Studies, Binghamton University
Director: Prof. Randy Friedman    
Library Tower 1312 
Binghamton University Campus
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY 13902
(607) 777-2443


Center for Israel Studies, American University
Director: Prof. Michael Brenner 
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Batt-Tomb T21
Washington, DC. 20016-8029, USA
Tel: 202-885-3780
Fax: 202-885-1318

Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London
Director: Dr. Neill Lochery
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

Department of Israel and the Jewish Communities Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russian)   
Head: Dr. Dmitriy Maryasis
12 Rozhdestvenka St.
Moscow, Russia 103753
Tel: +7 495 624-8485

Graduate School of Jewish Studies, Touro University
Director: Prof. Mervin F. Verbit
50 West 23rd Street -- Room 626 

New York,  NY  10010 
Tel. 212-242-4668 Ext. 6047 

Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University
1180 Amsterdam Avenue 
511 Fayerweather Hall, MC 2509 
New York, New York 10027 
Tel: 212-854-2581

Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, Emory University
Director: Prof. Kenneth W. Stein
1256 Briarcliff Road

Building A, Room 427N
Atlanta, Georgia 30306, USA
Tel: 404-727-2798
Fax: 404-727-2441

Israel Studies Collaborative, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Director: Prof. Tatjana Lichtenstein
305 E 23rd St B3600

Austin TX 78712
Tel: 512-475-6178 

Jewish and Israel Studies Program, University of North Texas
Director: Prof. Richard M. Golden    
1155 Union Circle #305369

Denton, TX 76203-5017
Tel: 940-369-8926
Fax: 940-369-8163
Director: Prof. Richard M. Golden  


Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, University of Maryland
Director: Prof. Paul Scham,
4123 H. J. Patterson Hall 

College Park, MD 20742-7415 

Madar -- The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies
Jaffa Street
P. O. Box 1959
Ramallah, Palestine
Tel: 970-2-2966201-4
Fax: 970-2-2966205

Modern Jewish and Israel Studies Program, BA Minor Program, California State University at Chico
Department Chair: Daniel Veidlinger
Office of International Programs

Tehama Hall 211
Chico, CA 95929, USA
Tel: 530-898- 4336

Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University 
Director: Prof. Jonathan D. Sarna
Mailstop 060
Waltham, MA 02454, USA
Tel: 781-736-2166
Fax: 781-736-2070

The Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, University of California Berkeley 
Faculty director: Prof. Kenneth Bamberger, 
Faculty director: Dr. Prof. Ron Hassner,
Executive director: Dr. Rebecca Golbert,
UC Berkeley School of Law 

472, Boalt Hall, Berkeley CA 94720-7200 
Tel: 510-643-0501 

The Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel, Michigan State University
Director: Prof. Yael Aronoff, 
619 Red Cedar Road
Room C-730 Wells Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824 USA
Phone: 517-432-3493

The Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Director: Dr. Jeannette Gabriel
Arts and Science Hall 200 
Omaha, NE 68182 
Tel:  402-554-3175

The Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University 
Director: Prof. Ronald W. Zweig
14A Washington Mews, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003, USA
Tel: 212-992-9797
Fax: 212-995-4178

Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, University of California at Los Angeles 
Director: Prof. Dov Waxman
10373 Bunche Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487, USA
Tel: 310-825-9972
Fax: 310-206-3555

American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise
Prof. Mitchell Bard
2810 Blaine Drive
Chevy Chase, MD 20815, USA
Tel: 301-565-3918

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

Crown Visiting Professor in Israel Studies, Northwestern University
Prof. Elie Rekhess
Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies
Northwestern University
Crowe 5-163, 1860 Campus Drive 
Evanston, IL 60208

Israel Studies Lectureship, University of Manchester
Dr. Moshe Behar
Senior Lecturer in Israel/Palestine Studies

Department of Religions and Theology
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Tel: 0161-275-3614
Fax: 0161-275-3613

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 
Tel: 517-884-1269 

Meyerhoff Chair of Modern 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

Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Professor of Israel Studies, Portland State University
Prof. Nina Spiegel 
Post Office Box 751
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751
phone: 503-725-3085 

The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Israel Studies, San Francisco State University 
Prof. Eran Kaplan
Department of Jewish Studies
1600 Holloway Avenue 
San Francisco, CA 94132 
Tel: 415-338-6075 
Fax: 415-338-6080

Olamot Center, Indiana University
Director, Irit Dekel
Indiana University

Stanley Lewis Chair in Israel Studies, University of Oxford
Prof. Yaakov Yadgar
Middle East Program, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies 
12 Bevington Road
Oxford, OX2 6LH
United Kingdom
44 (0)1865-612859

University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies 
Prof. Colin Shindler 
Professor of Israeli Studies 
Thornbaugh Street, Russell Square 
London WC1H 0XG

Yosif Hayim Yerushalmi Chair of Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University
Prof. Inon Cohen 
Institute for Jewish and Israeli Studies 
615 Knox Hall - MC 9649 
New York, NY 10027-6902 
Tel:  212- 854- 5361

Yossi Harel Chair in Israel Studies, University of Sussex
Professor David Tal
Department of History
Art a a 134
Brighton BN1 9SH



Adva Center
Executive Director: Dr. Yuval Livnat

P. O. Box 36529
Tel Aviv 61364
Tel: 03-5608871
Fax: 03-5602205

Argov Center for the Study of Israel and the Jewish People, Bar-Ilan University
Director: Dr. Elisheva Rosman-Stollman
Department of Political Studies

Ramat Gan 52900
Tel: 03-5318157, 03-5318578
Fax: 03-5353307;


Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan University    
Ramat Gan 52900 

Tel: 03-535-9198, 03-531-8959
Fax: 03-535-9195

Ben-Gurion Research Institute For the Study of Israel & Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Director: Prof. Avi Bareli
Sede-Boqer 8499000        
Midreshet Ben-Gurion, Israel

Tel: 08-6596936
Fax: 08-6596939

Center for the Study of Bedouin Society and Culture, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Director: Prof. Alean Al-Krenawi
Beer Sheva 84105

Tel: 08-6472859
Fax: 08-6461876

Center of International Communications and Policy, Bar-Ilan University
Head: Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig
Ramat Gan 52900

Tel: 03-5317061
Fax: 03-9234511;


Haim Herzog Institute for Communication, Society and Politics, Tel Aviv University
Director: Dr. Sandrine Boudana
Faculty of Social Science

Tel Aviv 69978
Tel: 03-6405862
Fax: 03-640-6545

Cherrick Center for the Study of Zionism, the Yishuv, and the State of Israel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Director: Dr. Assaf Shelleg
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905

Tel: 02-588-2867
Fax: 02-558-2986

The Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Director: Prof.Galia Press-Barnathan
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905

Tel.: 02-5882312
Fax: 02-5825534 

Department of Israel Studies, University of Haifa
Director: Dr. Judith Bronstein
MA Program in Israel Studies

Har Hacarmel, Haifa 31905
Tel: 04-824-9414 
Fax: 04-824-0959 

The Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Director: Prof. Asaf Zussman
Department of Economics

Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905 
Tel. 02-5883167
Fax: 02-5816071

Floersheimer Studies, The Institute of Urban and Regional Studies
Head: Prof. Eran Razin
9a Diskin St.

Jerusalem 96440
Tel: 02-5666243
Fax: 02-5666252 

Heksherim Research Institute for Jewish & Israeli Literature & Culture, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Director: Prof. Yigal Schwartz
Beer Sheva 84105
Tel: 08-6477548 

The Herzl Institute 
Director: Rav Rafi Eis 
Har Hacarmel, Haifa 31905

Tel: 04-8240851
Fax: 04-8249010

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Social and Cultural Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Director: Dr. Ronit Milano
P. O. B. 653

Beer-Sheva 84105
Tel: 07-6461112
Fax: 07-6472938 

Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University
Executive Director: Professor (Emeritus) Manuel Trajtenberg
Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69978

Tel: 03-640-0400
Fax: 03-744-7590

Israel Democracy Institute
President: Dr. Yohanan Plesner
4 Pinsker Street

Talbieh, Jerusalem 92228
Mailing address: POB 4702, Jerusalem 91046
Tel: 02-530-0888
Fax: 02-530-0837

Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry
Director: Prof. Eli Lederhendler
Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, Faculty of Humanities

Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel: 02-5881959 

Israeli Center for Third-Sector Research
Director: Prof. Pierre Kletz
School of Management

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Tel: 972-8-6472323

Macro Center for Political Economics
Chair: Dr. Roby Nathanson
21 Pinsker Street, Entrance B, basement floor

Tel Aviv 63421, Israel
Tel: 03-5251057

Fax: 03-5251058

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Director General: Jennifer Roskies 
Beit Milken, 13 Tel Hai St.

Jerusalem 92107
Tel: 02-5619281
Fax: 02-5619112

MA in Israel Studies, Hebrew University
Academic Head: Prof. Menahem Blondheim
Tel: 02- 5883843

The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies
Director General: Imry Ben-Ami
Radak 20 Rehavia

Jerusalem 9218604
Tel: 02-5630175
Fax: 02-5639814

The Negev Center for Sustainability, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Director: Prof. Meidad Kissinger
POB 653
Beer Sheva 84105
Tel: 08-6461600

Peres Center for Peace & Innovation
Deputy Director General: Yardena Leal-Yablonka
2 Hashalom Rd., 4th Fl.

Tel Aviv 67892
Tel: 03-568-0680
Fax: 03-562-7265

Shalem College
3 Ha'askan Street

Jerusalem, 9378010
Tel: 02-560 5555

Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel 
President: Prof. Avi Weiss
Ha’ari 15 

PO Box 3489 
Jerusalem 91034 
Tel: 02-567-1818 
Fax: 02 -567-1919 

The Harry Truman S. Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905

Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi Institute
14 Ibn Gabirol , POB 7660,
Jerusalem 9107601, Israel
Tel: 02-5398888
Fax: 02-5638310
Website (English) Website (Hebrew)

Yad Tabenkin, The Research and Documentation Center of the Kibbutz Movement
Ramat Efal 52960

Tel: 03-5344458
Fax: 03-5346376 

The Yitzhak Rabin Center 
26 Haim Levanon St.
P. O. B. 17538
Tel Aviv 
Tel: 03-7453322
Fax: 03-7453355 


AIS Members are welcome to share with us news about their careers, including prizes, fellowships, promotions, honors, tenure, and new jobs. The purpose of this page is to recognize and honor the accomplishments of AIS members. Approved announcements will be published in this section of our website. Submissions must be no more than 150 words and should be sent to: 

- Congratulations to Bar-Ilan University Professor Eytan Gilboa on winning the International Studies Association International Communication (ICOMM) Distinguished Scholar Award! Prof. Gilboa is the founder and first director of both the School of Communication and the Center for International Communication at Bar-Ilan. He is also a senior research associate at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies, former Chair of the Israel Communication Association, and founding Chair of the Israel Public Diplomacy Forum. He is a world-renowned expert on international communication, public diplomacy, and US policy in the Middle East. He has published fifteen books and numerous articles and book chapters and has won several significant international awards.

- The AIS would like to congraluate longtime AIS Member, Prof. Uri Bialer, on his selection as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.  

- Prof. Uri Bialer: The Israeli Association for International Studies (IAIS) granted the Life Award Recognition Prize to Prof. Uri Bialer, emeritus Professor from the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he taught from 1975 to 2011.  (Posted on June 20, 2021)

Deborah Bernstein, University of Haifa Professor Emerita, is the recipient of this year’s Israel Prize in Sociology and Anthropology.  An inspiring teacher and a creative scholar, she advanced the study of class, gender, and ethnicity in Mandate Palestine and Israel.  A long-time member of the Association for Israel Studies—and a dear friend—it is a pleasure to be able to announce this tribute and to wish her congratulations on behalf of her scholarly community (posted on 4/17/19).

Raphael Cohen-Almagor received a grant from The Swiss National Science Foundation (2017-2018) to study end-of-life care in Switzerland. He also received Visiting Professorship, Nirma University, Institute of Law, India (January 2018) where he taught a course on “Speech, Democracy and Liberalism”; Visiting Scholarship, Department of Philosophy, University of Zurich (August-September 2018), and The Distinguished Visiting Professor to the Faculty of Laws, University College London (UCL) (2019), where he plans to work on his new book Reasonable Multiculturalism.

- On behalf of the AIS Board, We wish to congratulate Sara Yael Hirschhorn whose book, CITY ON A HILLTOP: AMERCIAN JEWS AND THE ISRAELI SETTLER MOVEMENT published by Harvard University Press has just been named winner of the Sami Rohr Prize Choice Award.

- On behalf of the Board, We wish to extend congratulations to former AIS President Hanna Herzog who was named one of the recipients of the Israeli prestigious EMET Prize given for outstanding work in Art, Culture, and Science.  Political Sociologist, Professor Herzog created the field of gender studies in Israel and has served as a model for both the academy and those engaged in social change.  Mazal Tov Hanna Herzog! 

- Dr. Joyce Dalsheim, UNC Charlotte, Department of Global Studies and Associate Editor of  Review of Middle East Studies, has been awarded the Luce/ACLS Fellowship in Religion, Journalism and International Affairs for her current research project. (posted on 3/13/2018)

- Judit Bokser Liwerant, Profesor of Political Science at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has been awarded the Sklare Award. She will receive the 2017 Award at the congress of ASSJ and AJS (posted on 4/8/2017)

- Colin Shindler's The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron, has been awarded the gold medal in The Washington Institute's 2016 Book Prize competition. The Rise of the Israeli Right is published by Cambridge University Press (posted on 11/30/2016)

- The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies is proud to announce Hillel Cohen as the winner of the third biennial competition for the Azrieli Institute Prize for Best Book in Israel Studies in English or French. The book: Year Zero of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1929 was published by Brandeis University Press (The Schusterman Series in Israel Studies). The competition is organized under the auspices of the J.I. Segal Awards of the Jewish Public Library (posted on 9/21/2016).

- Galia Golan was honored with the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Peace Studies Section of the International Studies Association at ISA’s recent annual convention in Atlanta, GA. The award honors ISA members with a substantial record of research, practice, publishing in the field of peace and conflict studies and, ideally, a record of service to the ISA (posted on 4/21/2016)

- Raphael Cohen-Almagor (University of Hull) received two grants: The 1970 Trust, England (2013-2016) (£9,000), and he is part of a group of researchers that received AHRC Research Network: Crossing Over – New Narratives of Death, PI Dr David Kennedy (2013-2016) (£33,000). Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor’s biography is included in Who's Who in the World, 33rd Edition (2016), and in 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21th Century, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England (2015). (Posted on 3/27/2016)

 - Itamar Radai has received the Jerusalem Days Prize of the Yitzhak Ben-Zvi Institute for his book: Palestinians in Jerusalem and Jaffa, 1948: A Tale of Two Cities, Tel- Aviv University, 2015 (The English version was published by Routledge, 2016). (posted on 2/1/2016)  
-Motti Inbari was tenured and promoted to associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (posted on 1/29/2016)


The Association for Israel Studies views with deep concern the “Entry to Israel Law” passed by the Knesset on March 6.  This law is dangerous to academic freedom and harmful to our members, Israeli scholars as well as those who study Israel from abroad.

The AIS, chartered in the United States, is the most significant international scholarly society devoted to the academic and professional study of Israel. We pursue the free and informed inquiry of all aspects of Israel society, and engage in disseminating our findings in hundreds of institutions across the world.  While we hold to diverse views on Israeli history, politics and culture, we all uphold a free and unfettered exchange of ideas in the best traditions of academic freedom as practiced in enlightened and democratic societies. 

We are committed to non-discrimination against Israeli academicians and institutions by supporters of BDS, and many of us have leadership positions in the struggle against it.  This law undermines our ability to continue to do so. 

There should be no doubt that this law will have a chilling effect on students wishing to seek an education in Israel, colleagues anxious to engage in research, and those wanting to participate in conferences.  It will create the absurdity that the Association for Israel Studies will no longer be able to hold its meetings in Israel.

There can be no checkpoint of ideas. Security forces and defenses are essential for deterring actual attacks. But it is fantasy and misleading to think that interrogating academics at the country’s gates contributes to national security. Ideas, good and bad, have no borders and can be spread by modern communications and social media.

There are also personal consequences.  As one of our members wrote: “I am a staunch opponent of BDS, but I have signed a petition favoring boycott of products from the West Bank settlements.  Will I, who lived in Israel for 12 years, was Chair of a department at an Israeli university, served in the army, and have defended Israel in numerous public fora, be allowed to enter the next time I want to visit my daughter there?”  Similarly, non-Israelis may not be able to participate in family affairs because of their views. 

Our American members and the American public accept that advocating for a boycott – however strongly we object to BDS -- is an exercise of free speech, and punishing or threatening to punish someone for that is a violation of rights.

Israel must not become an isolated entity open only to those who ascribe to official policy.  Israel has endured economic and cultural boycotts and produced a vibrant economy and culture, and has maintained an animated public sphere with lively debate.  Such a self-imposed quarantine can surely only diminish this fundamental prerequisite to democratic discourse. 

This law is not only an encumbrance to academics, it is a danger to the vitality of Israeli life.  It serves to isolate Israel more effectively than any of the BDS activities have been able to achieve.


  הצהרת האגודה ללימודי ישראל על חוק הכניסה לישראל

 האגודה ללימודי ישראל רואה בדאגה עמוקה את אישורו בכנסת של "תיקון מספר 27 לחוק הכניסה לישראל". חוק זה מעמיד בסיכון את החופש האקדמי ומזיק למאות חברי האגודה החיים בישראל ומחוצה לה.

האגודה ללימודי ישראל, הרשומה בארצות הברית, היא אגודה אקדמית  בינלאומית המוקדשת ללימודי ישראל בתחומי הרוח והחברה. אנו חותרים למחקר חופשי ומושכל של כל היבטי החברה הישראלית, ומפיצים את ממצאינו במאות מוסדות ברחבי העולם. דעותינו על אודות ההיסטוריה, הפוליטיקה והתרבות של ישראל מגוונות, אך כולנו תומכים בהחלפה חופשית של רעיונות בהתאם למסורת של החופש האקדמי המקובלת בחברות נאורות ודמוקרטיות.

אנו מחויבים למאבק באפלייתם לרעה של אנשי אקדמיה ומוסדות ישראליים בידי תומכי תנועת ה-BDS, ורבים מאתנו ניצבים בחזית מאבק זה. החוק הנוכחי פוגע ביכולתנו להמשיך בפעילות זו.

אין כל ספק כי לחוק תהיה השפעה שלילית על סטודנטים השואפים לרכוש השכלה בישראל, על עמיתים העוסקים במחקר אודותיה ועל משתתפי הכנסים השנתיים של האגודה ללימודי ישראל. החוק ייצור מצב אבסורדי, שבו האגודה ללימודי ישראל לא תוכל עוד לקיים את מפגשיה בישראל.

אסור להציב מחסומים כלשהם בפני רעיונות. כוחות ביטחון ואמצעי הגנה הם חיוניים לצורך הרתעה מפני התקפות של ממש; אבל המחשבה, שתחקורם של אקדמאים בשערי המדינה יתרום לביטחונה, היא אשליה חסרת יסוד. לרעיונות, טובים ורעים, אין גבולות, וניתן להפיץ אותם  ללא הגבלה באמצעות כלי התקשורת המודרניים והמדיה החברתית.

לחוק ישנן גם השלכות אישיות. כפי שכתב אחד מחברינו: "אני מתנגד מושבע של ה-BDS, אבל חתמתי על עצומה הקוראת להחרמת מוצרים מההתנחלויות בגדה המערבית. האם אני, שחייתי בישראל במשך 12 שנה, כיהנתי כיושב ראש מחלקה באוניברסיטה ישראלית, שירתי בצבא, והגנתי על ישראל בפורומים ציבוריים רבים, אורשה להיכנס למדינה בפעם הבאה שארצה לבקר את בתי?" בדומה לכך, אנשים שאינם ישראלים לא יוכלו עוד להשתתף באירועים משפחתיים, בשל דעותיהם. 

עמיתינו האמריקאים והציבור האמריקאי ככלל מסכימים כי פעילות ציבורית למען חרם - תהיה התנגדותנו לתנועת ה-BDS עזה ככל שתהיה – היא מימוש של עיקרון חופש הביטוי, וענישה או איום בענישה בגין פעילות כזו היא הפרה של זכויות יסוד. 

אסור לישראל להפוך לישות מבודדת הפתוחה רק למי שדוגל במדיניותה הרשמית. ישראל כבר התמודדה בעבר עם חרמות כלכליים ותרבותיים והצליחה לפתח כלכלה מתקדמת ותרבות תוססת, תוך שמירה על מרחב ציבורי דינמי, המאפשר שיח ציבורי ער. בידוד, כמו זה שהמדינה כופה על עצמה עכשיו, יוכל רק לחבל בתנאי יסוד זה לקיומו של שיח דמוקרטי.

חוק זה אינו פוגע רק באקדמאים. אף יותר מכך, הוא מסכן את חיוניותה של ההוויה הישראלית. הוא יגביר את בידודה של ישראל ביעילות רבה יותר מכל הישג אליו הצליחה תנועת ה-BDS  להגיע עד היום.



Dear AIS Members,

We have been asked by the American Historical Association, with whom we are affiliated, whether we would like to join them and other affiliates in the statement found attached that supports the remission of the recent directive against the entry of citizens from seven Muslim Middle Eastern countries.  The statement is similar to those issued by other academic as well as civil organizations. I received only enthusiastic endorsement from AIS Board members for joining in the statement of the American Historical Association. This is the link to the statement and of a list of academic associations affiliated with the AHA that have also joined just in the last day.The list represents many tens of thousands of academics. Note that the AJS and various departments across the country are organizing their own statements.

This spontaneous movement of protest is spreading rapidly across the United States.  As such, and as an American-based academic organization founded in the states and legally based there although with a significant foreign membership, we have joined with fellow associations in this movement.



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