The following list represents an effort by an Association for Israel Studies to identify centers, institutes, study programs, endowed chairs, and faculty that focus on the academic study of modern Israel. It includes only institutions whose primary focus is on modern Israel, rather than on Jewish or Middle Eastern studies more broadly. It also excludes institutions or organizations that focus primarily on policy advocacy or public outreach rather than scholarly research and instruction.


Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, Concordia University
1455 de Maisonneuve St. West, Room SB-435
Montreal, Quebec
H3G 1M8
Prof. Csaba Nikolenyi, Director 
Tel: 514-848-2424 ext: 8721

Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
Brandeis University, Mailstop 060
Waltham, MA 02454, USA
Tel: 781-736-2166
Fax: 781-736-2070
E-mail: or
Director: Prof. David Ellenson


The Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University
 14A Washington Mews, 2nd Floor
 New York, NY 10003, USA
 Tel: 212-992-9797
 Fax: 212-995-4178
 Director: Prof. Ronald W. Zweig


Crown Visiting Professor in Israel Studies at Northwestern University
Prof. Elie Rekhess
Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies
Northwestern University
Crowe 5-163, 1860 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208te


Center for Israel Studies
Binghamton University
Director: Randy Friedman


Ben-Gurion Chair for Israel and Middle East Studies,
College of Jewish Studies, Heidelberg
Landfriedstrasse 12
D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
Tel: +49-6221-5419261

The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society
University of California Berkeley
UC Berkeley School of Law
472, Boalt Hall, Berkeley CA 94720-7200
Tel: 510-643-0501
Faculty director: Prof. Kenneth Bamberger -
Executive director: Dr. Daniella Beinisch- 

Center for Israel Studies, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.
Batt-Tomb T21
Washington, DC. 20016-8029, USA
Tel: 202-885-3780
Fax: 202-885-1318
Director: Prof. Michael Brenner


Center for Israeli Studies, University College London
Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Foster Court, Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom
Tel: (00 44) 20-7679-7171
Fax: (00 44) 20-7209-1026
Director: Dr. Neill Lochery

Department of Israel, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Russian)
12 Rozhdestvenka St.
Moscow, Russia 103753
Tel: (7-095) 921-1884 or (7-095) 975-2396
Chair: Prof. Andrey Fedorchenko

Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, University of Maryland
0140 Holzapfel Hall
College Park, MD 20742-7415
Director: Prof. Yoram Peri - 
Executive Director: Dr. Paul L. Scham -


Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University
Columbia University
Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies
1180 Amsterdam Avenue
511 Fayerweather Hall, MC 2509
New York, New York 10027
Tel: 212-854-2581


Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East, University of Denver
2201 S. Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208-2324, USA
Tel: 303-871-3094
Fax: 303-871-2456


Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, Emory University
1256 Briarcliff Road
Building A, Room 427N
Atlanta, Georgia 30306, USA
Tel: 404-727-2798
Fax: 404-727-2441
Director: Prof. Kenneth W. Stein

Israel Studies Collaborative, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, University of Texas, Austin
Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies
University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station B3600
Austin TX 78712
Tel: 512-475-6178
Director: Prof. Ami Pedahzur

Israel Studies Institute
Touro College
50 West 23rd Street -- Room 626
New York,  NY  10010
Tel. 212-242-4668 Ext. 6047
Director: Prof. Mervin F. Verbit


Israel Studies Program, Center for Jewish Studies, Moscow State University
11 Mokhovaya St.
Moscow, Russia 103009
Tel/Fax: (7-095) 203-3121 or (7-095) 203-6258
E-mail: or
Chair: Prof. Arkady Fedorchenko
Co-Chair: Prof. Israel Bartal

Israel Studies Program, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
Social Science Building
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada
Tel: (403) 220-4097


Jewish and Israel Studies Program, University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #305369
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Tel: 940-369-8926
Fax: 940-369-8163
Director: Prof. Richard M. Golden   

Madar -- The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies
Jaffa Street
P. O. Box 1959
Ramallah, Palestine
Tel: 970-2-2966201-4
Fax: 970-2-2966205
Executive Director: Maisa Hourani

Mirowski Family Foundation Visiting Scholars Program in Israel Studies at Temple University
Temple University
College of Liberal Arts
1219 Anderson Hall
1114 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Modern Jewish and Israel Studies Program, B.A. Minor, California State University at Chico
Office of International Programs
Tehama Hall 211
Chico, CA 95929, USA
Tel: 530-898- 4336
Coordinator: Prof. Samuel Edelman


The Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Arts and Science Hall 200
Omaha, NE 68182
Tel:  402-554-3175
Director: Dr. Moshe Gershovich  

Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, University of California at Los Angeles
11361Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487, USA
Tel: 310-825-9646
Fax: 310-206-3555
Director: Prof. Yoram Cohen


Aaron and Cecile Goldman Visiting Israel Professorship, Georgetown University
Prof. Robert J. Lieber
Dept. of Government
37th and "O" Streets, Washington, DC 20057-1034, USA
Tel: 202-687-5920
Fax: 202-687-5858

Andrea and Charles Bronfman Chair of Israeli Studies, University of Toronto
Prof. Emanuel Adler
Dept. of Political Studies
University College, 15 King’s College Circle
Toronto ONT M5S 3H7, Canada
Tel: 416-978-8131


Ben-Gurion Guest Chair für Israel- und Nahoststudien Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Landfriedstr.
Prof.Dr. Noam Zadoff
1269117 Heidelberg
Tel: 06221-5419261

Israel Studies Lectureship, University of Manchester
Dr. Moshe Behar
Pearls Lecturer in Israeli and Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Religions and Theology
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Tel: 0161-275-3614
Fax: 0161-275-3613

Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Professor of Israel Studies, Portland State University
Dr. Nina Spiegel
Post Office Box 751
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751
phone: 503-725-3085

Leone Ginzburg Research Fellowship in Israeli Law, Politics and Society, Oxford University
Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Yarnton Manor
Yarnton, Oxford OX5 1PY, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1865-284737
Fax: +44 (0) 1865-375079

Leon Liberman Research Chair in Modern Israel Studies, Monash University
Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization
Monash University, Victoria 3800, Australia
Tel: 61-3-9905-2160

Michael and Elaine Serling and Friends Professor of Modern Israel Studies, Michigan State University
Prof. Yael Aronoff
James Madison College, Michigan State University
317 S. Case Hall
East Lansing, MI 48825-1025, USA
Tel: 517-884-1269


Meyerhoff Chair in Israel Studies, University of Wisconsin
Prof. Nadav Shelef
University of Wisconsin
Department of Political Science
414 North Hall
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: 608-263-2280


Nachshon Visiting Professorship in Modern Israel Studies, Harvard University
Center for Jewish Studies
6 Divinity Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Tel: 617-495-4326
Fax: 617-496-8904

Sara and E.J. Evans Distinguished Professorships of Israel and the Middle East, University of North Carolina
Prof. Jonathan M. Hess
Director, Carolina Center for Jewish Studies
437 Dey Hall, CB 3160
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3160, USA
Tel: 919-843-9160

The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Israel Studies, San Francisco State University
Prof. Eran Kaplan
Department of Jewish Studies
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Tel: 415-338-6075
Fax: 415-338-6080

Rosenbloom Visiting Israeli Professor
Indiana University
Schusterman, Goldman and Rosenbloom Visiting Israeli Professors in the United States
American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise
Prof. Mitchell Bard
2810 Blaine Drive
Chevy Chase, MD 20815, USA
Tel: 301-565-3918

Stanley Lewis Chair in Israel Studies, University of Oxford
Prof. Derek J. Penslar
Middle East Program, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies
12 Bevington Road
Oxford, OX2 6LH
United Kingdom
44 1865 612 859


University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies
Prof. Colin Shindler
Professor of Israeli Studies
Thornbaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG


Yosif Hayim Yerushalmi Chair of Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University
Columbia University
Prof. Inon Cohen
Columbia University
615 Knox Hall - MC 9649
New York, NY 10027-6902
Tel:  212- 854- 5361

Adva Center
P. O. Box 36529
Tel Aviv 61364
Tel: 03-5608871
Fax: 03-5602205
Director: Barbara Swirski
Argov Center for the Study of Israel and the Jewish People, Bar Ilan University
Department of Political Studies
Ramat Gan 52900
Tel: 03-5318157, 03-5318578
Fax: 03-5353307
Director: Prof. Eliezer Don-Yehiya
Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, Bar Ilan University 
Ramat Gan 52900
Tel: 03-535-9198, 03-531-8959
Fax: 03-535-9195
Director: Prof. Efraim Inbar
Ben-Gurion Research Institute For the Study of Israel & Zionism
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Sede-Boqer 8499000
Tel: 08-6596936
Fax: 08-6596939
Director: Dr. Paula Kabalo

Burda Center for Innovative Communications, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beer-Sheva 84105
Tel: 08-6477194
Fax: 08-6472855
Head: Prof. Dan Caspi
Center for the Study of Bedouin Society and Culture, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva 84105
Tel: 08-6472859
Fax: 08-6461876
Director: Prof. Alean Al-Krenawi
Center of International Communications and Policy, Bar Ilan University
Ramat Gan 52900
Tel: 03-5317061
Fax: 03-9234511
Head: Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig
Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva 84105
Tel: 08-647-2538
Fax: 08-647-2922
Chair: Dr. Nimrod Hurvitz
Chaim Herzog Institute for Media, Politics and Society
Faculty of Social Science, Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv 69978
Tel: 03-640-5866
Fax: 03-640-6545
Director: Dr. Yoram Peri
Cherrick Center for the Study of Zionism, the Yishuv and the State of Israel, Hebrew University
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel: 02-588-2867
Fax: 02-558-2986
Director: Dr. Hillel Cohen
Davis Institute for International Relations, Hebrew University
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel.: 02-5882312
Fax: 02-5825534
Director: Prof. Raymond Cohen
Department of Land of Israel Studies, University of Haifa
MA Program in Israel Studies
Har Hacarmel, Haifa 31905
Tel: 04-824-9296/9414
Fax: 04-824-0959
Director: Prof. Gur Alroey 
Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, Hebrew University
Department of Economics
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel. 02-5883167
Fax: 02-5816071
Director: Prof. Victor Lavy
Floersheimer Institute for Policy Studies
9a Diskin St.
Jerusalem 96440
Tel: 02-5666243
Fax: 02-5666252
Gilo Center for Citizenship, Democracy, and Civic Education, Hebrew University
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel: 02-5882267
Fax: 02-5881532
Director: Prof. Dan Avnon
Global Research in International Affairs Center, Interdisciplinary Center
Herzliya 46150
Tel: 09-960-2736
Fax: 09-956-8605

Heksherim Research Institute for Jewish & Israeli Literature & Culture
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva 84105
Tel: 08-6477548
Director: Prof. Yigal Schwartz
Herzl Institute for Research and Studies of Zionism and Israel
Har Hacarmel, Haifa 31905
Tel: 04-8240851
Fax: 04-8249010
Director: Prof. Arieh Kochavi

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Social Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
P. O. B. 653
Beer-Sheva 84105
Tel: 07-6461112
Fax: 07-6472938
Director: Dr. Lev Grinberg
Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University
Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69978
Tel: 03-640-0400
Fax: 03-744-7590
Head: Dr. Zvi Shtauber
Israel Democracy Institute
4 Pinsker Street
Talbieh, Jerusalem 92228
Mailing address: POB 4702, Jerusalem 91046
Tel: 02-530-0888
Fax: 02-530-0837
E-mail: via webpage
President: Dr. Arye Carmon
Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
P. O. B. 9321, Jerusalem 91092
Tel: 02-6769460
Fax: 02-6768011
Directors: Dr. Gershon Baskin and Khaled Duzdar
Israel Studies Program, Academic Program in Russian, Open University of Israel
108 Ravutsky St.
Raanana 43107
Tel: 09-778-1785
Director: Dr. Victoria Libin
Israel Studies Center, Chais Center for Jewish Studies in Russian, Hebrew University
Institute of Jewish Studies, Faculty of Humanities
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel: 02-588-1770/1
E-mail: or
Director: Semion Goldin
Israeli Center for Third-Sector Research
School of Management
Ben Gurion Univesity of the Negev
Tel: 972-8-6472323
Director: Prof. Benjamin Gidron
Israeli Institute for Economic and Social Research
50 Reines St.
Tel Aviv 64587
Tel. 03-5271552
Fax: 03-5271554
Chair: Dr. Roby Nathanson
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Beit Milken, 13 Tel Hai St.
Jerusalem 92107
Tel: 02-5619281
Fax: 02-5619112
President: Dr. Dore Gold
Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies
20 Radak St.
Jerusalem 92186
Tel: 02-5662554, 02-5662798, 02-5618487, 02-5630175
Fax: 02-5639814

Negev Center for Regional Development, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
POB 653
Beer Sheva 84105
Tel: 07-6472022
Fax: 07-6278991
Peres Center for Peace
2 Hashalom Rd., 4th Fl.
Tel Aviv 67892
Tel: 03-568-0680
Fax: 03-562-7265
President: Uriel Savir
Shalem Center
22a Hatsfira St.
Tel: 02-5660601
President: Prof. Martin Kramer
Silbert Center for Israel Studies, Hebrew University
Faculty of Social Science, Room 3520
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Tel: 02- 5883032
Director: Prof. Rehav Rubin
State of Israel Studies, B.A. Major, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva 84105
Tel: 08-6461111

Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University
Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69978
Tel: 03-6424298, 03-6406762
Fax: 03-6407489
Head: Prof. Mordechai Tamarkin
Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel
Ha’ari 15
PO Box 3489
Jerusalem 91034
Tel: 02-567-1818
Fax: 02 -567-1919
Executive Director: Prof. Dan Ben-David
Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905

Weizmann Center for Study of Zionism, Tel Aviv University
Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv 69978
Tel: 03-6409468
Fax: 03-6409680
Head: Prof. Meir Chazan
Yad Ben-Zvi
12 Abravanel St.
Rehavia, Jerusalem 91076
Tel: 02-5398888
Fax: 02-5638310
Yad Tabenkin, The Research and Documentation Center of the Kibbutz Movement
Ramat Efal 52960
Tel: 03-5344458
Fax: 03-5346376
Director: Itzchak Guershon
Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies
26 Haim Levanon St.
P. O. B. 17538
Tel Aviv
Tel: 03-7453333
Fax: 03-7453355



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