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Our new podcast episode - "Israel's Post-Election Politics Amid a Pandemic"

Listen to the latest episode of our "Israel in Depth" podcast to make sense of dramatic events happening in Israeli politics. Professor Dov Waxman interviewed a leading Israeli public opinion expert and political consultant, Dahlia Scheindlin, about how the coronavirus has upended Israeli politics.

Monday, March 2, 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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Israel's start-up tech sector doesn't come without costs to broader economy

During a November 6 discussion about Israel's tech economy, Haaretz Economics Editor and Columnist David Rosenberg talked about how the sector is thriving and attracting foreign investment yet leaving behind big chunks of the population.

Thursday, November 14, 2019
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Center debuts inaugural issue of Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel

The Center announces the debut of its bi-annual publication series, Currents: Briefs on Contemporary Israel. The publication will be a global forum for academics and scholars focused on Israel studies.

Thursday, October 31, 2019
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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
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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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From the German Yishuv to Berliner Strassen: The Yekke 85 Years Later

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
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Article by visiting scholar published in the journal Comparative Strategy

An article written by Dr. Shaiel Ben-Ephraim, visiting scholar of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, was recently published in the academic journal Comparative Strategy, Vol. 39, No. 2. The article, "From strategic narrative to strategic culture: Labor Zionism and the roots of Israeli strategic culture,” examines the military and strategic culture of the Zionist leadership in the pre-state era and its influence on the development of the State of Israel.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Professor Waxman writes op-ed in The Forward on Trump's Mideast

Professor Dov Waxman, director of the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, published an opinion piece January 29, 2020, with The Forward regarding President Trump's peace plan for the Middle East. The piece in the Jewish daily examined whether the long-awaited plan is the historic breakthrough Trump has touted, even though the proposal doesn't meet core demands of the Palestinians. "It will certainly not bring Israelis and Palestinians peace, since the latter will overwhelmingly reject a plan that is so heavily skewed in Israel's favor," wrote Waxman.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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Guest Columns

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

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


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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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