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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Music and Hebrew Infusion in Jewish Summer Camps
Co-sponsored Event
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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The Biden Administration and Israel: What Can We Expect?
Panel discussion
Thursday, January 28, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time)
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The Israel/Palestine Campus Debate
Friday, February 5, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Pacific Time)

MULTIMEDIA

PODCAST
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ISRAEL IN DEPTH – With guest David Makovsky talking about the future of U.S.-Israel relations under President Biden and the Trump administration's legacy.

On this episode of Israel in Depth, David Makovsky, the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute and former senior advisor to the U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, discusses the major issues that will shape...

Democracy in Israel Series
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Israeli Democracy: Historical Origins and Future Perspectives

On Jan. 12, acclaimed Israeli political scientist Shlomo Avineri, a former Director-General of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, explored how Israeli democracy was able to withstand extremely difficult challenges, external and internal, by drawing on...


NEWS & ARTICLES

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Faculty Q&A: Biden and the Future of U.S.-Israel Relations

UCLA Professor Dov Waxman, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies and the director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, talks about President-elect Joe Biden and the future of U.S.-Israel relations.

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Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies mourns the passing of preeminent Israeli legal scholar Ruth Gavison

The renowned scholar and prominent activist for civil rights was committed to preserving Israel's identity as a Jewish and democratic state.

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Faculty Q&A: Normalization Agreement Announced Between Israel and UAE ​

UCLA Professor Dov Waxman, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies and the director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, talks about the significance and implications of Israel and the United Arab Emirates announcing an opening of diplomatic ties.

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Center publishes second issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is excited to announce the publication of the latest issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel, our bi-annual publication. The Summer 2020 issue features an article by Dr. Uri Dorchin, “The History, Politics and Social Construction of ‘Blackness' in Israel.” Read the latest issue here: https://ucla.in/2CRQcW6


FACULTY & SCHOLAR NEWS

Professor Waxman quoted in article on incoming Biden administration

Prof. Dov Waxman, director of Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, was quoted in an article Jan. 19 about the incoming Biden administration, foreign policy, and Israel – "Biden's Push for National Stability Vs. Israel's Political Merry-Go-Round".


New book on 'Blackness in Israel' is co-edited by anthropologist Uri Dorchin

Cultural anthropologist Uri Dorchin, Visiting Assistant Professor at the Nazarian Center for Israel Studies for the 2019-20 academic year, is co-editor of a new book, Blackness in Israel: Rethinking Racial Boundaries, along with Gabriella Djerrahian of Concordia University. This book explores contemporary inflections of Blackness in Israel and foregrounds them in the historical geographies of Europe, the Middle East, and North America. More details: https://bit.ly/2Vjdo5l.


DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

Welcome to the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA. Israel is a small country that looms large in public and academic discourse. The passions it evokes often present obstacles to nuanced analysis and civil discussion. Understanding the complexities of modern Israel requires knowledge from many academic disciplines and an awareness of multiple viewpoints and narratives. Through a commitment to academic rigor, interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, and ...(read more)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Center research initiative to focus on “Democracy in Israel: Past, Present and Future”
Coming in 2021, the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies will launch a series of virtual public lectures and a closed research colloquium exploring "Democracy in Israel: Past, Present, and Future." The first in the series of public lectures will be given Jan. 12 by eminent Israeli political scientist Shlomo Avineri.

Charitable donations eligible for special tax benefits in 2020
Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that includes several charitable tax provisions. Click here to learn how you can take advantage of these provisions.

Center sponsoring diverse courses in Winter quarter
The classes cover a wide range of topics, including modern Israel, U.S.-Israel relations, and literature, and can count towards a number of different degrees in departments across campus.

Y&S Nazarian Center launches annual newsletter

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is excited to launch its inaugural ​annual newsletter, which features the center's teaching, research and outreach activities for the campus and the broader community.

Center accepting applications for 2020-21 Student Advisory Council
The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies invites students of all backgrounds and majors to apply to serve on our 2020-21 Student Advisory Council.

Call for applications for visiting scholar positions
The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies invites applications for Visiting Scholar positions for the 2021-2022 academic year (September 20, 2021 - June 10, 2022). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of March 1, 2021. Click headline for more details.