Tomorrow: 100 years after the Balfour Declaration, hear experts discuss why it still matters for Israel & the region
In his talk, one of Israel's leading political scientists discussed the challenges facing Israel's Supreme Court
Professor Menachem Hofnung delivers his talk "Israel's Judiciary under Threat" (Photo: Jack Schwada/UCLA)
Research Fellow Liron Lavi investigates how societies try to make sense of elections in Israel - and across the globe
Two new Fall courses taught by Center Visiting Faculty will cover symbolic places in Israel and Israel-Iran relations
Hassan Rouhani press conference (Photo: Meghdad Madadi/Wikipedia; cropped.) CC BY- 4.0. Dome of Rock, Temple Mount, Jerusalem (Photo: idobi/Wikipedia; cropped.) CC BY-SA 3.0
Hebrew University's Uri Yanay discusses an innovative process Israel's courts use to address criminal cases
Inside the Supreme Court building, Israel. (Photo: Footballkickit/Wikipedia; cropped.) CC BY- 3.0.
Marisol Fernandez '16 recalls her trip to Israel and the opportunities she had to explore the country's diversity
Picking apples in Buk'ata, a Druze village in the Golan Heights. Photo courtesy of Marisol Fernandez


Suddenly a Knock at the Door
Staged Reading of an original play by Robin E. Goldfin, based on stories by Etgar Keret
Monday, November 20, 2017
8:00 PM


Granting more power to Israel's Supreme Court could actually be weakening it

In the first talk of the Fall Quarter organized by the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, one of Israel's most prominent political scientists presented his assessment of the Israeli judicial authority's independence since its creation as well as the judiciary's prospects for remaining free from political influence moving forward.

Using Israeli elections to understand how people make sense of democracy around the world

The Y&S Nazarian Center supported Liron Lavi's doctoral research while she was a PhD candidate at Tel Aviv University. Now Dr. Lavi returns to UCLA as a Research Fellow to pursue her investigation into how societies try to make sense of elections in Israel and across the globe.

Guest Column

Settling criminal conflicts outside the courts: Restorative justice programs in Israel

Associate Professor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's School of Social Work and former Israel Institute Fellow at UCLA Uri Yanay writes about the innovative technique Israeli courts are using to address criminal cases efficiently and in a way that respects the victim - and offender.

Fifth “Israel in 3D” conference highlights Israeli civil society's critical role at home and beyond

The young Israeli civil society leaders and veteran journalists who participated in the day-long community event shared how they are working to solve a variety of social and economic challenges in Israel and around the world.


Visiting professor to speak at event on Middle East security

Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and Israel Institute Visiting Professor David Menashri - considered Israel's leading Iran expert - will speak at the Israel Policy Forum's Oct. 29th Middle East Security Forum at Sinai Temple. Professor Menashri will discuss the region's wide-range of security issues alongside prominent experts and former officials from Israel, the Palestinian Territories, the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New Center Postdoc to Present at ASMEA Annual Conference

The Y&S Nazarian Center's Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim will present the opening day of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa's annual conference that runs from October 19th to 21st in Washington, DC. Ben-Ehpraim's paper on strategic studies looks at peace agreements and whether they often serve as victories for one of the negotiating partners. "Injustice for All?: Negotiated Victory in Civil War and the Rhodesian Bush War" uses the fifteen-year conflict in Rhodesia as a test case.

Monday, October 16, 2017


Center Visiting Professor speaks at policy forum, offers preview of upcoming talk at UCLA
Visiting Professor David Menashri's remarks at a community event touched on Iran's impact on Middle East security and the implications for Israel and other regional actors.

Center Visiting Faculty to teach new courses in Fall 2017
The two Visiting Faculty Members will help expand the opportunities available to UCLA students to learn more about Israel.

Travel subsidies for conference on Israeli cuisine and society
American University is inviting scholars to attend and subsidizing participation of junior faculty and advanced graduate students in the "Israeli Cuisine as a Reflection of Israeli Society" conference November 12-13 in Washington, DC.

Call for papers for UCLA-Tel Aviv Univ. joint publication on housing affordability
Center FAB Member and Director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate Stuart Gabriel is collaborating with Israeli colleagues to publish a special edition of "Regional Science and Urban Economics" on housing affordability.

Funding opportunities available for binational agricultural research
The US-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund offers grants and fellowships to researchers at different levels.