News & Articles

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.

Monday, January 29, 2018
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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.

Monday, January 08, 2018
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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.

Thursday, November 30, 2017
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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.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
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An unparalleled crisis for Israel's medical system

As the crisis surrounding the only Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Center in Jerusalem unfolds, UCLA doctoral candidate Yael Assor offers an anthropological perspective on the situation and examines the “labeling” of the parties and its impact on the situation and parties involved.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Q&A with Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin

Professor Daniel Stein Kokin sat down with the Y&S Nazarian Center to discuss his Fall class "Symbolic Places and Spaces in Modern Israel and the Palestinian Territories," the themes it has been covering and why they're so relevant for students to examine today.

Monday, November 20, 2017
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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.

Monday, November 06, 2017
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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.

Monday, September 25, 2017
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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.

Monday, June 12, 2017
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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.

Monday, June 05, 2017
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Impact of the Six-Day War on Israel, 50 years later

Israeli experts addressed the multidimensional impacts of the Six-Day War of 1967 on Israel at a recent Y&S Nazarian Center panel discussion.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Signature community event focuses on contemporary Israeli society

The Y&S Nazarian Center's upcoming community conference, “Israel in 3D: Civil Society in Action,” will spotlight Israel's rising generation of young civil society leaders and how they are addressing critical social and economic issues in the country.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017
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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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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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.

Thursday, March 09, 2017
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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.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017
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Faculty & Scholar News

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

Faculty Advisory Board Member joins student-organized event

Y&S Nazarian Center Student Advisory Councilmember and second-year law student Amit Liran organized an event yesterday, January 29 on the challenges facing lawyers advising governments on national security issues that featured Faculty Advisory Board member Norman Abrams as a moderator. The Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus spoke to Marlene Mazel - the Israeli Ministry of Justice's Director of the Counter-Terrorism & Foreign Litigation Department - after her remarks at the event "The Role of a National Security Law Advisor: An Insider's View."


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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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.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

A whirlwind month of Hebrew immersion in Israel

After studying Hebrew for three years, incoming senior Elizabeth Ho decided to spend a month in Israel over the summer immersing herself in the language thanks in part to support from the Nazarian Center.

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Guest Columns

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.

Monday, January 29, 2018

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.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

An unparalleled crisis for Israel's medical system

As the crisis surrounding the only Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Center in Jerusalem unfolds, UCLA doctoral candidate Yael Assor offers an anthropological perspective on the situation and examines the “labeling” of the parties and its impact on the situation and parties involved.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Settling criminal conflicts outside the courts: Restorative justice programs in

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.

Monday, June 12, 2017