The Y&S Nazarian Center hosted the first-ever Israel Studies conference for undergraduate students on June 3rd
Winners of the best presentation and best paper awards with Center Director Yoram Cohen and Postdoctoral Fellow and Program Chair Shaiel Ben-Ephraim
Visiting Asst. Prof. Daniel Stein Kokin examines themes of myth-making and breaking across seven decades of Israeli music
Left: Chizbatron Troupe, formed by Palmach Members,1949 (Photo: Israeli Governmental Press Office) Right: Hadag Nahash performing in 2011 in Beersheba (Photo: Eman/Wikimedia Commons) CC BY-SA 3.0
Students discuss exploring new perspectives in the Center-sponsored Spring course "Modern Israel: Politics, Society, Culture"
Students share their experiences from the master classes of two award-winning Israeli dance professionals.


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Guest Column

"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.

Student Voices

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.

Student Voices

Experiencing contemporary Israeli dance in UCLA classrooms

Students share their experiences from the master classes of two award-winning Israeli dance professionals hosted by the Y&S Nazarian Center and the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.

Center hosts first-ever Israel Studies conference for undergraduate students

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies provided a unique forum for undergraduates to showcase their research on a diverse array of subjects related to Israel.


Center Research Fellow wins prestigious political science award

Last week, Center Research Fellow Liron Lavi received the Best Dissertation Award from the Israeli Political Science Association. Her dissertation - "It's a Matter of Time: a Temporal Perspective on Elections and Democracy" - examined how references to the past and predictions of the future play a role in voters' understanding of elections. Lavi received her PhD from Tel-Aviv University in 2017, and conducted part of her doctoral research at UCLA, thanks in-part to support from the Y&S Nazarian Center.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Center Postdoc presents at prestigious international relations convention

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim participated in the April 4 Junior Scholars Symposium at the International Studies Association's annual convention. Ben-Ephraim's presentation "Signaling a Willingness to Settle: The Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories as a Bargaining Commitment Problem" was part of the "Conflict in the Middle East" session.

Thursday, April 05, 2018


Event videos from 2017-18 now available on website and YouTube
If you were unable to attend some of the Center's events - or want to re-watch a talk - you can now view the videos in the Multimedia section of the website and on the Center's YouTube channel.

Center hosts inaugural Israel Studies undergraduate conference
The June proceedings included presentations by 15 undergraduate students from around California on a diverse range of topics.

Highlights from 2017
In 2017, the Center reached UCLA students in departments across campus through new courses & public programs and supported scholars and students doing research on Israel.