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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 Spring 2018

Mini-Course on Israeli Video Art. In the last two decades, Video Art has become one of the most dominant art fields in Israel, producing some of the most internationally successful Israeli artists. This workshop will examine Israeli Video Art as an important prism through which Israeli realities can be understood and experienced. These realities include, for example, Zionism, myth, memory, trauma and testimony. Through screenings, readings and discussion, we will locate Israeli Video Art in relation to its national and international context. In addition, participants will be given an opportunity to engage in a studio assignment.

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 welcomed new Assistant Professor of Israel Studies Assaf Harel. Professor Harel received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rutgers and focuses on ethnography and anthropology of religion, messianism, and the settlement movements. He is teaching Cultures and Society in Israel, and a mini course on Israel-Palestine.

More on his research and writing can be found here.

Support Israel Studies at Binghamton

Please go to the Binghamton University Foundation website and follow the Foundation instructions.

Contact Information

Professor Randy Friedman, Director
Email | Office Hours Weds. 9am - noon Library Tower 1312

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

Last Updated: 3/1/18