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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

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

Professor presents research to Ethnomusicology Department

Visiting Professor Uri Dorchin shared his research on music's role in commemorating the Holocaust in Israel with members of the Ethnomusicology Department as part of the department's Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy Colloquium Series. In his talk, Prof. Dorchin discussed how the collective memory of the Holocaust plays a significant role in defining a sense of national identity in Israel and explored how the media uses music on - and in the days surrounding - Israel's National Holocaust Memorial Day.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Visiting faculty member and scholar present at synagogue's educational event

Visiting Assistant Professor Uri Dorchin, Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim and Deputy Director Maura Resnick presented on a wide range of topics at Leo Baeck Temple's Yom Limmud 2019 on Saturday, Feb. 2. Prof. Dorchin and Dr. Ben-Ephraim shared insights into their research with their respective talks "Not Your Grandma's Israeli Music: Hip Hop as a Window into Israeli Society" and "The U.S. and Israel: What's So Special?" Maura Resnick offered an intensive introduction to Hebrew reading as well.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Center scholar publishes article in prestigious academic journal

Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim's article was recently published in the academic journal "The International History Review." The second article Ben-Ephraim has published since joining the Center is titled "'Therefore They Shouldn't Exist': The Carter Administration, the ‘Israel Lobby' and the Sinai Settlements."

Monday, January 21, 2019

Professor provides hip hop insights to UCLA Jewish music group

In a presentation yesterday to the Jewish Music Working Group at UCLA, Professor Uri Dorchin explored the changing concept of hip hop in the context of the racial associations of the genre in the talk "The Israeli Rap; or Approaching Blackness Beyond the Interpretive Gaze."

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Graduate Student Research Fellowship recipient publishes article

Scott Abramson, two-time recipient of the Center's Graduate Student Research Fellowship and PhD candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, published an article in "The Journal of the Middle East and Africa." The article “A Historical Inquiry into Early Kurdish-Israeli Contacts: The antecedents of an alliance” was based on research Abramson conducted with the support of the Center.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Postdoc presents at Association for Jewish Studies conference

Dr. Omri Asscher presented on a component of his research at the AJS's annual conference held in Boston, MA on Tuesday. "Moral Dilemmas: Negotiating Jewish-American Critique in Israeli Literary Discourse" examined the Israeli reception of works by Jewish-American writers and how Israeli critics dealt with unflattering portrayals of Israeli ethics and values.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Visiting professor shares insights on development of Israeli music with community

In an invited lecture at the Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County titled "Found in Translation? Foreign Songs and the Creation of Israeli Musical Culture," Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin spoke examined the role of foreign music in creating a uniquely Israeli musical culture.

Friday, November 30, 2018

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News & Articles

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

Offering a new look at Israel's external relations

Y&S Nazarian Center Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim looks at Israel in the global arena and plans on using insights from his research to inform his Spring course on modern Israel.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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Guest Columns

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

"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.

Friday, June 15, 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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