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Center scholars and faculty participate in Association for Israel Studies conference

Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin presented his project "'Kol ha-Nekudot'/'All the Points'/'Kull al-Nuqaṭ' An Interactive, Online Map of Israel and the Palestine Territories" at the June 24-26 Association for Israel Studies Annual Conference held at Kinneret College in Israel. Center Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim gave a talk titled "Neither Vertical nor Horizontal: The Failure of the 1974 Plan for a Jordanian Disengagement" and also participated in a book roundtable on Gerald M. Steinberg and Ziv Rubinovitz's work "Menachem Begin and the Israel-Egypt Peace Process: Between Ideology and Political Realism." Former Visiting Lecturer and Graduate Student Research Fellowship recipient Melissa Melpignano also gave a talk titled “Let the Sunshine in? Dancing Sabra in the IDF Pahad Dance Troupe."

Friday, June 28, 2019

Postdoc presents at conference for Hebrew professors

Dr. Omri Asscher presented research at the National Association of Professors of Hebrew's International Conference on Hebrew Language, Culture and Literature yesterday. Dr. Asscher's talk - "Israel faces itself in the (Jewish American) mirror" - addressed Israeli responses to Jewish American moral critique.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Professor participates in Latin American Jewish Studies Association conference

Center Visiting Assistant Professor Uri Dorchin presented at the organization's annual conference held yesterday at UCLA. Prof. Dorchin's talk was titled "Black Music in Israel and the Poetics of Diasporic Consciousness."

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Center scholars analyze Israeli elections

Center Research Fellow Dr. Liron Lavi and Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim participated in the event "The 2019 Elections: What Do They Say about Democracy in Israel?" Yesterday's proram was organized by the Y&S Nazarian Center, the Luskin Center for History and Policy and the Sady and Ludwig Chair in Jewish History.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Visiting professor speaks about Israeli hip hop at UC Berkeley

Visiting Professor Uri Dorchin spoke at UC Berkeley's Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies on Tuesday. Prof. Dorchin's lecture "Hip Hop, Not Passing: What Israeli Rap Can Teach Us about Ethnicity in Israel” was part of the Institute's Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Israel Studies Colloquium.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Postdoctoral fellow discusses Israeli security with community

Dr. Shaiel Ben-Ephraim led a discussion yesterday on Israeli security issues with members of ChaiVillageLA. The talk was the latest effort in the Center's campaign to engage community members in Israel Studies.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Postdoctoral Fellow speaks at Brandeis

Postdoctoral Fellow Omri Asscher's talk at Brandeis University yesterday was part of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies' Scholars Seminar. In his presentation, Dr. Asscher discussed material from his forthcoming book examining Israeli-American Jewish relations through the prism of translation and intellectual and ideological exchange.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Research Fellow gives talk on Israeli elections

Center Research Fellow Dr. Liron Lavi spoke yesterday about the recent Israeli elections and their potential implications for Israel's democracy at the event "IsraElex19 & Its Impact on Israel's Democracy." The event was hosted by Israel Policy Forum's Los Angeles ATID group.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Distinguished Visiting Professor leads colloquium

In yesterday's colloquium for graduate students and faculty organized by the Center and the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy, Israeli historian, former Israeli diplomat and politician and Center Visiting Professor Shlomo Ben-Ami spoke about his transition from historian to diplomat and what the past can teach about the present.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Center-supported grad student publishes article in prestigious journal

Yael Assor, PhD candidate in UCLA's Department of Anthropology and a two-time recipient of the Center's Graduate Student Research Fellowship, recently published her co-authored article "Beyond Ethics: Professionalism and Social Belonging in Social Workers' Moral Deliberations" in the prestigious journal of anthropology, "Ethnos." The article was co-authored by Assor's Master's thesis advisor from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Monday, February 25, 2019

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News & Articles

Center hosts second undergraduate conference

The one-of-a-kind conference welcomed students from around the state and the country, who showcased their research on a diverse array of Israel-related subjects.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Panel compares "fake news" phenomenon in Israel and US

The Jewish Journal covered the panel exploring growing distrust in the media, the role of social media in the growth of "fake news," and more in the two countries.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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Guest Columns

From the German Yishuv to Berliner Strassen: The Yekke 85

In her "Guest Column," History Department doctoral candidate Sarah Johnson compares German immigration to Pre-State Israel with the modern influx of Israelis into Berlin.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Israeli music and the national consciousness of dislocation

In his Guest Column, Visiting Assistant Professor Uri Dorchin puts Israel's recent success at the Eurovision contest into the context of what he sees as the country's continuing search for acceptance by the West.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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Student Voices

Studying abroad in Israel: A law student's perspective

UCLA Law School student and study abroad scholarship recipient Amit Liran shares insights from his semester abroad at Tel Aviv University where he immersed himself in Israeli and international law in and outside of the classroom.

Monday, March 18, 2019

An unexpected opportunity

Thanks to a scholarship from the Y&S Nazarian Center, transfer student Sebastian Feldman was able to study abroad in Israel - an experience he hoped for, but didn't expect would be possible.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

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