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Israel Studies at Binghamton offers undergraduate students courses, lectures, programs, grants and fellowships to examine the history, literature, and culture of modern Israel. Grants are available to support undergraduate research and creative work.

For more information, contact Center Director, Professor Randy Friedman.

Minor in Israel Studies

A new minor in Israel Studies allows students to pursue research and coursework in the history, politics, literatures, and cultures of Modern Israel.

The minor requires six courses, including History of Modern Israel, and a course in state and society.| Read More

For more information please email Professor Friedman.

Featured Courses Fall 2018

Intro to Israeli Literature (Gen Ed: G, H). This survey course introduces students to texts (poems, short stories, novels) and themes (nation-building, conflict, gender constructions, ethnic and religious tensions) in Israeli literature from 1948 to the present. We will place literary works within their historical, cultural and political contexts and examine them to illustrate the main features of the time. Texts will be read in translation. No previous knowledge is required.

Modern Israel (Gen Ed: N). This course presents an overview of the history of Israel from its origins in the Zionist movement to the present. Key topics include: political relations and international diplomacy leading to the establishment of the state in 1948; Israel's wars with its neighbors; conflict with the Palestinians; religion and government; internal divisions between Ashkenazic and Sephardi/Mizrachi Jews; and Israeli cultural life. 

Cultures and Society in Israel (Gen Ed: G, N). This course is a study of the many religious, ethnic, political, and linguistic dimensions of modern Israeli culture and society. It examines the forces that affect them, the divides between them, their interactions with each other, and their manifestations in music, film, art, and literature.

Religion and Faith in Israel (Gen Ed: N). This course examines religion in Israel from an ethnographic perspective. That is, it centers on knowledge that emerges from real-life encounters and experiences. Accordingly, we will engage with ethnographic works as a way of gaining a deeper understanding of the diversity of Israeli religious realities. The course will cover topics such as Religious Zionism, Ultra Orthodoxy, fundamentalism, Christian pilgrimage, Islamic and Jewish revival, New Age and more.

Details on our complete offerings here.


harelThis Fall, we welcome back Israeli Artist Tamar Latzman, who will be offering a Mini-Course on Video Art in Israel.  Tamar Latzman is a working Israeli visual artist, whose work has been featured in New York, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Austria, and Lithuania. More information about Ms. Latzman may be found here.

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The Center for Israel Studies is funded in part through a generous grant from the Israel Institute.

Last Updated: 6/15/18