Fifty years after the Six-Day War, leading scholars will discuss the conflict's lasting impacts on Israel at UCLA
The Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. (Photo: Andrew Shiva/Wikipedia; cropped.) CC BY-SA 4.0.
Our full-day "Israel in 3D" community conference returns May 21st with an in-depth look at Israel's active and vibrant civil society. Register today!
UCLA students have a diverse range of Israel Studies courses to pick from this Spring Quarter
Israel, Spring Blossom (Photo: Nir Smilga/Wikipedia; cropped.) CC BY 2.5.
Watch video from the student performance of Center Visiting Artist Shahar Binyamini's work "L U N G S"
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
The "Daily Bruin" profiled Center Visiting Artist Daniel Landau prior to his performative "Time-Body Study" experiment at UCLA



Western analytical paradigm fails to perceive Middle Eastern realities

The West frequently gets things wrong in the Middle East because it projects its own ideology and terminology on Middle Eastern developments, argued Israeli Ambassador Haim Koren at a recent Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies event.

No ordinary librarian

Polyglot bibliographer David Hirsch has traveled throughout six of the world's seven continents to build UCLA Library collections in Middle East, Jewish, Central Asian, South Asian and Armenian Studies.

Israel's Supreme Court: A case study in judicial activism and its limitations

In his recent talk at UCLA, University of Haifa Professor Gad Barzilai painted the picture of a highly active Israeli Supreme Court that has made a significant imprint on Israeli society. But he also asserted that the country's highest judicial body has been reluctant to upset the basic power structure in the country.

Student Voices

Exploring Israel's diversity

Semitics Master's student Marisol Fernandez ‘16 first encountered Israel's diverse communities while studying Hebrew in Jerusalem. Last summer, she delved deeper into the mosaic of Israeli society while learning Arabic in Haifa.


Two Center Scholars to participate in WJSA Annual Conference

Y&S Nazarian Center Visiting Lecturer Anat Gilboa and Research Fellow Nadav Molchadsky will be taking part in the upcoming Western Jewish Studies Association's Annual Conference at Claremont McKenna College. Gilboa will be presenting her research on "The Drive to Reconstruct the Lost Past in a New Land," which focuses on an Israeli émigré and the role creativity plays in rebuilding a home in the US. She will also chair a panel entitled "Aliyah as Advocacy, Image, and Literature." Molchadsky will chair the Sunday panel, "The Shaping of Modern Israel" and on Monday, "Israel Since the Six Day War."

Center Director to join panel on education and tolerance

Yoram Cohen will be one of three panelists participating in this Sunday's discussion entitled “The Currency of Knowledge: How Investing in Education Builds Greater Tolerance” organized by the American Technion Society. Cohen will be joined by a leader from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and a renowned journalist to discuss the benefits of investing in knowledge-based pursuits particularly for disadvantaged individuals and to highlight the links between improved education and tolerance.


“Israel in 3D” returns to address Israeli civil society this May 21st
The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies will be hosting its fifth “Israel in 3D" conference on Sunday, May 21st, focused on Israel's vibrant and active civil society. Hear from prominent journalists, NGO leaders, artists and social entrepreneurs who are working to shape Israel's future. Register now for early bird discount tickets!

New lineup of Israel Studies courses for the Spring Quarter
Students pursuing the Israel Studies minor or simply interested in learning more about Israel have the opportunity to pick from a diverse range of classes this quarter covering topics ranging from multiculturalism in television and film to dance's role in the political sphere and identity conflicts among the Arab population.

Call for papers and panels for ASMEA Conference
The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa is currently seeking proposals for papers and panel presentations for its October 19-21 Tenth Annual Conference in Washington, DC "The Middle East and Africa: Assessing the Regions Ten Years On."

Call for applications - 2017 Leffell Seminar on The Impact of Israel upon American Jewry
Call for applications for the 2017 Leffell Seminar on the Impact of Israel upon American Jewry, sponsored by the Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation, is now open until April 7, 2017.