The Center will be hosting water experts from around the world at the May conference
4/16: In this unique documentary, Yitzhak Rabin himself tells his dramatic life story 20 years after his assassination
The Center's inaugural Undergraduate Scholars Conference in Israel Studies in June will explore Israel's past & its future
Left: Tel Aviv construction between 1920 and 1930 (Photo: Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons; cropped.) CC0 Public Domain. Right: Tel Aviv Skyline (Photo: Max Pixel) CC0 Public Domain
Postdoc Shaiel Ben-Ephraim assesses the impacts of the Trump administration on settlements & the peace process


Water in the Middle East & Africa: A Nexus of Cooperation and Conflict
International Conference
Monday, May 07, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Is the Wandering Jew in Contemporary Israeli Literature a Paradox?
Co-sponsored event
Thursday, May 10, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


“Waking Lions” depicts unseen Israelis

Speaking about her new novel at the Y&S Nazarian Center, Israeli author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen described the “unseen” Israel and the role of literature in revealing the things we don't want to know about ourselves.

Student Voices

Students share experiences from "Symbolic Places & Spaces" class

Students spoke with the Center about Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein-Kokin's Fall 2017 course, "Symbolic Places and Spaces in Modern Israel and the Palestinian Territories."

Guest Column

Trump and the settlements: No cause for optimism or pessimism

Y&S Nazarian Center Postdoctoral Fellow Shaiel Ben-Ephraim assesses Israel's settlement policies and prospects for the peace process under the Trump administration.

Not your typical historian

Y&S Nazarian Center Visiting Assistant Professor uses his academic background in the Classics as well as Renaissance and Jewish history to teach a variety of courses covering modern Israel sponsored by the Center.


Center Postdoc presents at prestigious international relations convention

Shaiel Ben-Ephraim participated in the April 4 Junior Scholars Symposium at the International Studies Association's annual convention. Ben-Ephraim's presentation "Signaling a Willingness to Settle: The Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories as a Bargaining Commitment Problem" was part of the "Conflict in the Middle East" session.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Center Director & Visiting Professor help prepare 7th-graders for Israel

Y&S Nazarian Center Director Yoram Cohen and Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Stein Kokin gave presentations to a group of 7th graders from The Abraham Joshua Heschel School in preparation for their trip next year to Israel. Professors Cohen and Stein Kokin covered basic topics and also shared information about the important sites the students will visit. Also presenting was Faculty Advisory Boardmember Mark Kligman from the Ethnomusicology Department who spoke about Israeli music and culture.

Friday, February 16, 2018


Center hosting May conference on water in the Middle East and Africa
The Water in the Middle East and Africa: A Nexus of Cooperation and Conflict Conference will bring experts from around the world - including Israel - to discuss the water challenges facing the regions as well as the solutions to overcome them.

Scholarships available for students interning abroad
Undergraduate students who have secured internships abroad or who are interested in interning abroad can apply for funding support through the International Institute. All majors are welcome.

Center to host inaugural Israel Studies undergraduate conference
The June proceedings are a unique opportunity for promising young students from around the state to present their research on Israel in a conference setting.

Opportunity for undergrads to conduct reseach on Israel at UCLA
Undergraduate students are invited to assist a senior Center researcher compile a primer on Israel.

Highlights from 2017
In the last twelve months, the Center reached UCLA students in departments across campus through new courses & public programs and supported scholars and students doing research on Israel.