The Center's inaugural Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies in June will explore Israel's past & its future
Left: Tel Aviv construction between 1920 and 1930 (Photo: Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons; cropped.) CC0 Public Domain. Right: Tel Aviv Skyline (Photo: Max Pixel) CC0 Public Domain
Postdoc Shaiel Ben-Ephraim assesses the impacts of the Trump administration on settlements & the peace process
Center Visiting Asst. Prof. Daniel Stein Kokin is using his background in Jewish & ancient history to educate students about modern Israel
Israeli medical clowns visited patients, scholars and students during their tour of UCLA organized by the Center
Israeli medical clown David Barashi leading a Theater Department workshop
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


Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies
Back to the Future: Israel at 70 - Examining Israel's history and what the future may hold
Sunday, June 03, 2018


Guest Column

Trump and the settlements: No cause for optimism or pessimism

Y&S Nazarian Center Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim assesses Israel's settlement policies and prospects for the peace process under the Trump administration.

Not your typical historian

Y&S Nazarian Center Visiting Assistant Professor uses his academic background in the Classics as well as Renaissance and Jewish history to teach a variety of courses covering modern Israel sponsored by the Center.

Center hosts Israeli medical clowns on tour across campus

The Y&S Nazarian Center organized a wide range of events with the professional medical clowns involving the theater and anthropology departments as well as UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital.

Guest Column

Partial partitions: Reflections on divisions of Palestine/Israel imagined and realized

Seventy years after the United Nations voted to partition the territory of the British Mandate of Palestine into Jewish and Palestinian states, Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin sees striking similarities between modern efforts to resolve territorial disputes and the original partition plan.


Center Director & Visiting Professor help prepare 7th-graders for Israel

Y&S Nazarian Center Director Yoram Cohen and Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin gave presentations to a group of 7th graders from The Abraham Joshua Heschel School in preparation for their trip next year to Israel. Professors Cohen and Stein Kokin covered basic topics and also shared information about the important sites the students will visit. Also presenting was Faculty Advisory Boardmember Mark Kligman from the Ethnomusicology Department who spoke about Israeli music and culture.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Visiting Assistant Professor organizing event on earliest known Hebrew play

Center Visiting Faculty Member Daniel Stein Kokin's program this Wednesday, February 7 will look at the earliest known Hebrew play, the "Comedy of Betrothal" of Leonne De' Sommi from mid-16th Century Mantua. Stein Kokin and his co-organizer will present the background and read in English, Hebrew and Italian selections from the work and provide commentary at "Women, Weddings, and Reversals: Hebrew Comedies of the Renaissance and Baroque."

Monday, February 05, 2018


Center to host inaugural Israel Studies undergraduate conference
The June proceedings are a unique opportunity for promising young students from around the state to present their research on Israel in a conference setting.

Opportunity for undergrads to conduct reseach on Israel at UCLA
Undergraduate students are invited to assist a senior Center researcher compile a primer on Israel.

PhD scholarship from Ben-Gurion University's Israel Studies Center
PhD scholarships are available to join the lab (research team) "World Jewry - Views from Israel."

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