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Nearly $800,000 raised at the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies' 10-Year Anniversary Celebration

At the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies' 10-Year Anniversary Celebration on April 11, the center raised nearly $800,000, which will be matched by the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.

Thursday, May 12, 2022
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Nazarian Center publishes 5th issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is pleased to announce the publication of the 5th issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel, our bi-annual publication. The Spring 2022 issue features an article by the Center's Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Alon Tam, "Between Egypt and Israel: Egyptian Jews, the Yishuv, and Israeli Society."

Wednesday, May 11, 2022
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The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a gala at The Wallis!

On Monday, April 11, 2022, the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies held its 10-Year Anniversary Gala at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The event celebrated the Center accomplishments in its first decade promoting the study of modern Israel at UCLA and beyond, honored key supporters of the Center for their visionary leadership, and included a conversation with Israel's minister of transportation and leader of the Israeli labor party, MK (Member of Knesset) Merav Michaeli.

Monday, April 11, 2022
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In memoriam: Younes Nazarian, 91, vital supporter of Israel studies at UCLA

Younes Nazarian passed away on March 18th, 2022, at the age of 91. He and his wife Soraya's generous contributions helped to establish UCLA's Israel Studies Program and, in 2010, they created a permanent endowment that led to the naming of the university's Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.

Friday, March 18, 2022
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Top Israeli and U.S. leaders and experts present diverse views on Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S.-Israel relations at online conference

The November 21 conference, co-hosted by the Y&S Nazarian Center, in partnership with Haaretz, Israel's leading newspaper, examined the most pressing strategic challenges facing the country today.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
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Nazarian Center receives $1 million challenge grant to expand teaching in Israel studies

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation has generously given the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies a $1 million matching challenge grant to support the expansion of teaching about modern Israel at UCLA. Money raised from this challenge will go to a total goal of $2 million in endowment funds designated for teaching in Israel studies.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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'Democracy in Israel' lecture series focused on understanding the past and preparing for the future

In the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center's public lecture series “Democracy in Israel,” three prominent Israeli scholars – Shlomo Avineri, Eva Illouz, and Yael Tamir – assessed the historical roots and possible futures of Israeli democracy. Over the course of the three-part series, the scholars put Israeli democracy in context, tackled its most pressing challenges, and concluded that there is a strong case to be made for the continued resilience of Israeli democracy in the future.

Friday, July 2, 2021
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Students weigh in on Mideast conflict, Israeli politics, foreign policy and more at Nazarian Center conference

Drawing students from around the world, the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies held its third annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies on June 15. Students presented research on a wide range of subjects, including the recent conflict in the Middle East, Israeli politics, foreign policy, society, and culture.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
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How to understand Israel's 36th government: Israeli politics as a two-dimensional space

As the new coalition government in Israel enters its first week, UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies Research Fellow Liron Lavi offers a perspective on what is keeping this coalition together – and what could ultimately tear it apart.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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Q&A on the escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence

UCLA Professor Dov Waxman comments on the flare-up in hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians.

Monday, May 17, 2021
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Q&A with Prof. David Menashri about Israeli doubts as US resumes Iran nuclear talks

Professor David Menashri discusses the current state of U.S.-Israel relations and why the Biden administration's attempts to restore the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran carry risks and may fall short of what Israel is seeking.

Friday, May 7, 2021
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Could Arab parties be a decisive factor in forming Israel's next coalition government?

After the fourth national election in just two years, Israeli politics remains deadlocked. Unexpected developments may prevent a fifth round.

Thursday, March 25, 2021
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Q&A with Dr. Liron Lavi on Israel's next election

Israelis head to the polls March 23 in an election that will determine the country's next prime minister. Dr. Liron Lavi discusses the upcoming national election and the challenges facing the government under longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Lavi is a research fellow at the Nazarian Center and is teaching a course on Israeli politics in Spring 2021.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
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Center publishes third issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel

The Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies is pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel, our bi-annual publication. The Spring 2021 issue features an article by Bar-Ilan University Professor Eytan Gilboa, "What Do Americans Think of Israel? Long-Term Trends and Socio-Demographic Shifts."

Friday, February 19, 2021
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Q&A with Prof. Menachem Hofnung on the trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Professor Menachem Hofnung discusses the resumed corruption trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hofnung teaches in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a visiting professor at the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.

Friday, February 5, 2021
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Dr. Lavi's book review published in Political Science Quarterly

A book review by Dr. Liron Lavi, the center's Research Fellow & Managing Editor of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel, was recently published in the Spring issue (Vol 137, issue 1) of Political Science Quarterly. Dr. Lavi's review is on Continuity and Change in Political Culture: Israel and Beyond, edited by Aronoff, Yael, Peleg, Ilan, and Sarsar, Saliba. (May 16, 2022)


Monday, May 16, 2022

Dr. Lavi presents paper at 79th Annual Midwest Political Science

Dr. Liron Lavi, the center's Research Fellow & Managing Editor of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel, presented her paper "Democracy on the Ballot: Representation and Support for Democracy" at the 79th Annual Midwest Political Science Conference in Chicago on April 16th, 2022. The paper is co-authored with Clareta Treger, Naama Rivlin-Angert, Israel Waismel -Manor and Michal Shamir. (April 16, 2022)


Saturday, April 16, 2022

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Guest Columns

How to understand Israel's 36th government: Israeli politics as a two-dimensional

As the new coalition government in Israel enters its first week, UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies Research Fellow Liron Lavi offers a perspective on what is keeping this coalition together – and what could ultimately tear it apart.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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


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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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