Faculty & Scholar News Archive

Postdoc presents at Association for Jewish Studies conference

Dr. Omri Asscher presented on a component of his research at the AJS's annual conference held in Boston, MA on Tuesday. "Moral Dilemmas: Negotiating Jewish-American Critique in Israeli Literary Discourse" examined the Israeli reception of works by Jewish-American writers and how Israeli critics dealt with unflattering portrayals of Israeli ethics and values.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Visiting professor shares insights on development of Israeli music with community

In an invited lecture at the Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County titled "Found in Translation? Foreign Songs and the Creation of Israeli Musical Culture," Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin spoke examined the role of foreign music in creating a uniquely Israeli musical culture.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Professor lectures at American Jewish University

During his talk “Myth Makers and Breakers: Seven Decades of Israeli Music," Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin spoke about the trends in Israeli music over the past seven decades. During the program, Stein Kokin elaborated on one song from every decade of Israel's history and explored each song in context of its contemporary historical, social and political dynamics.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Visiting faculty member presents at sister UC campus

Visiting Assistant Professor Uri Dorchin traveled to University of California, San Diego earlier this week to present elements of his research on Israeli hip hop. Prof. Dorchin's talk "Israeli hip hop: A formulation of local authenticity" explored how hip hop in Israel is unique - like other local variations of the musical form - through its balance between local musical configurations and American musical influences and what this means for its "authenticity."

Friday, November 23, 2018

Postdoc leads UCLA Hillel "Israel Learning Fellowship" session

Center Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Epharaim led one session of UCLA at Hillel's "Israel Learning Fellowship" yesterday. The students who participate in the "fellowship" join a series of seminar-style programs examining Israel. Dr. Ben-Ephraim focused on the history of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in his discussion with students.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Center scholars & faculty support UCLA partnership with Defense Language Institute

Center Director Yoram Cohen and five of the Center's faculty and scholars are participating in a program organized by UCLA Extension in partnership with the Defense Language Institute during the first two weeks of November. The Center's contributions to the two-week Hebrew Language and Cultural Immersion program will include a series of lectures focusing on a wide range of topics, including Israeli politics, Israeli and Palestinian relations, symbolic sites in Israel, economic growth and more.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Center's Postdoctoral Fellow gives two lectures at Concordia University

Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Omri Asscher gave two lectures at Concordia University in Montreal. During the two talks on October 23 and 24 - "Israel, America, and the Politics of Translation between Jews" and "Jewish-American literature makes Aliyah? Negotiating collective borders in Israeli discourse" - Dr. Asscher shared insights from his research into political and ideological processes in translation of American-Jewish works into Hebrew and Israeli works into English. During both talks, the Center Postdoctoral Fellow also introduced his work on the reception of translated works by Montreal native Mordecai Richler among Israeli audiences.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Center Postdoc to publish book

Center Postdoctoral Fellow Omri Asscher's book "Reading Across Borders: Israel, America, and the Politics of Translation Between Jews" will be published by Stanford University Press in Fall 2019. The work is a culmination of his doctoral work and additional research he has conducted since completing his PhD in 2014.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Center director hosted as keynote speaker at water conference in Israel

Professor Yoram Cohen delivered one of the keynote speeches at the 15th International Specialized Conferences on Small Water and Wastewater Systems in Haifa, Israel yesterday. Prof. Cohen spoke about the treatment of impaired groundwater in small remote communities at the October 14-18 conference organized by The International Water Association.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Graduate Student Research Fellowship recipient presents at dance conference

World Arts and Cultures/Dance Doctoral Candidate Melissa Melpignano presented her paper "Choreographing Livability on the Israeli Independent Stage (1990s-present)" at the October 15-17 "Jews and Jewishness in the Dance World" conference at Arizona State University. Her paper was presented on the "Radical Bodies: War, Exile and Nomadism" panel and examined different theorizations of livability in the works of three Israeli, female, independent choreographers.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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News & Articles

Former Foreign Minister addresses ethnic nationalism in Israel and beyond

In the Center-sponsored talk, Visiting Professor Shlomo Ben-Ami assessed the resurgence of ethnic nationalism in Israel as well as around the globe as a reaction to the perceived failures of the liberal order.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In search of the Israeli Bob Dylan

Professor Uri Dorchin's article in UCLA's Jewish newsmagazine "Ha'am" examines the seeming indifference to political conditions among Israeli musicians.

Monday, January 28, 2019

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Guest Columns

Israeli music and the national consciousness of dislocation

In his Guest Column, Visiting Assistant Professor Uri Dorchin puts Israel's recent success at the Eurovision contest into the context of what he sees as the country's continuing search for acceptance by the West.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

"For All Your Songs" - Seven Decades of Israeli Music

Center Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin explores seven decades of Israeli history through musical selections, examining common themes of myth-making as well as myth-breaking.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Guest Columns Archive

Student Voices

Students share their study abroad experiences

Students who recently studied in Israel share diverse experiences from their time studying abroad thanks to funding provided by the Y&S Nazarian Center.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Students discuss exploring new perspectives in Center-sponsored course

In Center Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim's course "Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture," students engaged with diverse viewpoints on the wide range of topics covered in the Spring Quarter class.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Student Voices Archive