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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.

Saturday, August 15, 2020
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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.

Thursday, August 13, 2020
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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

Thursday, July 23, 2020
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Nazarian Center visiting scholars make impactful contributions

In the 2019-20 academic year, the Nazarian Center's visiting professors and postdocs significantly contributed to the center's mission of advancing public knowledge and academic scholarship about Israel.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
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Supported by a UCLA Arts grant, students present 'Breach of Protocols'

Supported by a grant from the UCLA Arts Initiative, a group of students recently performed an exploration of, and response to, the infamous anti-Semitic forgery "The Protocols of the Elders Zion." The academic presentation was developed by Dr. Daniel Stein Kokin, a scholar affiliated with UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center and Arizona State University.

Thursday, June 4, 2020
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Three Elections, More Voters: Why have increasing numbers of Israelis voted
in recent elections

After a year of political deadlock and three elections, Israel is on the brink of finally getting a new government. Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies research fellow Liron Lavi explains what motivated Israelis to vote time and again and why, despite predictions, voter turnout actually increased, especially among Arab citizens of Israel.

Monday, March 30, 2020
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Symposium explores different meanings of Blackness in Israel

A symposium on Blackness in Israel drew scholars from the U.S. and abroad to a packed conference room on the UCLA campus.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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Israel In Depth podcast debuts

The Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA is pleased to announce the launch of Israel in Depth, a new podcast series presented by Professor Dov Waxman, Director of the Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, focused on all things Israel.

Monday, February 24, 2020
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Israel's President Reuven Rivlin visits campus, honored with UCLA Israel Studies Award

The President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, received the UCLA Israel Studies Award in a ceremony held Feb. 18.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
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Israel's President Reuven Rivlin Receives UCLA Israel Studies Award

The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies presented its UCLA Israel Studies Award to the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin. The award was presented by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block during an evening ceremony at the Chancellor's residence on Feb. 18, 2020. The chancellor was joined in the award presentation by Soraya Nazarian and Sharon Nazarian, chair of the center's Advisory Board.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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Isaac Herzog shares insights on relationship between Israel and American Jews

Isaac Herzog, chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel, shared his insights on the relationship between Israel and American Jewry, including various factors affecting this relationship and the challenges it currently faces, as the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies held its inaugural Harry C. Sigman Distinguished Lecture in Israel Studies.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
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New Y&S Nazarian Center director takes on the tough issues

“Not only should the Nazarian Center for Israel Studies be a world-class center of excellence for scholarship on Israel, but also one known for its ability to bring different sides together,” remarks Dov Waxman.

Monday, February 3, 2020
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Professor Dov Waxman gives debut lecture, "The Religionization of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"

Professor Dov Waxman's debut lecture January 15th explored the growing role of religion in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its implications for making and maintaining peace.

Friday, January 17, 2020
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Israeli Kurdophilia and the American 'Betrayal' of the Syrian Kurds

Y&S Nazarian Center postdoctoral fellow Scott Abramson looks at Israeli sympathy for the Syrian Kurds in light of recent American policy.

Monday, December 16, 2019
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Celebrating Kaf-Tet b'November (November 29): Anniversary of UN partition vote

On November 29, 1947, the United Nations passed a resolution calling for Palestine to be partitioned between Arabs and Jews. It set into motion the birth of the state of Israel.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
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Visiting scholar gives series of online community talks focused on

Nazarian Center Visiting Scholar Nili Alon Amit conducted a series of online talks over the summer for community members at West LA's Sinai Temple focused on “Happiness in Jewish and Israeli literature, from the Hebrew Bible to modern Israeli poets. Also, she is finishing up a forthcoming book, "On Happy Souls: The History of Happiness in Western Culture," Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2021.


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Professor Waxman quoted in Jerusalem Post article on Jewish American

Nazarian Center's director, Professor Dov Waxman, is quoted in a Jerusalem Post article titled "How are Republicans, Democrats reaching out to Jewish voters?" by reporter Omri Nahmias which was published on Sept. 3. Find the article here: https://www.jpost.com/american-politics/how-are-republicans-democrats-reaching-out-to-jewish-voters-641031


Friday, September 4, 2020

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Guest Columns

Three Elections, More Voters: Why have increasing numbers of Israelis

After a year of political deadlock and three elections, Israel is on the brink of finally getting a new government. Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies research fellow Liron Lavi explains what motivated Israelis to vote time and again and why, despite predictions, voter turnout actually increased, especially among Arab citizens of Israel.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Israeli Kurdophilia and the American 'Betrayal' of the Syrian Kurds

Y&S Nazarian Center postdoctoral fellow Scott Abramson looks at Israeli sympathy for the Syrian Kurds in light of recent American policy.

Monday, December 16, 2019


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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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