Please consider making a generous year-end donation to support the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies
The courses the Center is sponsoring in Winter 2019 can count towards a number of degrees in departments across campus
The Y&S Nazarian Center hosted the first-ever Israel Studies conference for undergraduate students in June
Winners of the best presentation and best paper awards with Center Director Yoram Cohen and Postdoctoral Fellow and Program Chair Shaiel Ben-Ephraim


From Campus to Market: Technology Transfer in the US and Israel
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies
Israel – Between East and West
Sunday, June 02, 2019


Lost – and found – in translation

At his October 29th talk, Y&S Nazarian Center Postdoctoral Fellow Omri Asscher will speak about how translations of American Jewish and Israeli literature have played an important role in the construction of Jewish identities in the US and Israel.

Guest Column

Israeli music and the national consciousness of dislocation

In his Guest Column, Visiting Assistant Professor Uri Dorchin puts Israel's recent success at the Eurovision contest into the context of what he sees as the country's continuing search for acceptance by the West.

Student Voices

Students share their study abroad experiences

Students who recently studied in Israel share diverse experiences from their time studying abroad thanks to funding provided by the Y&S Nazarian Center.

Guest Column

"For All Your Songs" - Seven Decades of Israeli Music

Center Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin explores seven decades of Israeli history through musical selections, examining common themes of myth-making as well as myth-breaking.


Postdoc leads UCLA Hillel "Israel Learning Fellowship" session

Center Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Epharaim led one session of UCLA at Hillel's "Israel Learning Fellowship" yesterday. The students who participate in the "fellowship" join a series of seminar-style programs examining Israel. Dr. Ben-Ephraim focused on the history of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in his discussion with students.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Center scholars & faculty support UCLA partnership with Defense Language Institute

Center Director Yoram Cohen and five of the Center's faculty and scholars are participating in a program organized by UCLA Extension in partnership with the Defense Language Institute during the first two weeks of November. The Center's contributions to the two-week Hebrew Language and Cultural Immersion program will include a series of lectures focusing on a wide range of topics, including Israeli politics, Israeli and Palestinian relations, symbolic sites in Israel, economic growth and more.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018


Center sponsoring diverse courses in Winter 2019
The classes cover a wide range of topics and can count towards a number of different degrees in departments across campus.

Center organizing 2nd undergraduate conference
Following up on last year's success, the Center will host its 2nd Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies in June. Students from UCLA and beyond will present at the conference, the theme of which is "Israel - Between East and West."

Association for Israel Studies 2019 conference deadlines approaching
Paper and panel proposals as well as travel grant applications are due by January 15, 2019. The AIS's 35th annual conference - "Images and Realities: Land of Promise to Startup Nation?" - will be held June 24-26 at Kinneret College in Israel.