In the News

Schusterman Series book "likely to be read for years to come" in Daily Forward and other reviews.

Video about SIIS touts program's success in training faculty in over 180 colleges and universities.

Israel: A History wins National Jewish Book Award.

Academic study of Israel is cover article in the Jerusalem Report, September 2011.

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Upcoming Events

The Shoah in Israeli Culture, Memory and Politics

Sunday and Monday, April 27-28, 2014
Sherman Hall
 and Levin Ballroom

Free and open to the public. Registration recommended.
Click here for online registration form.
Refreshments served.

We invite you to attend our conference, "The Shoah in Israeli Culture, Memory, and Politics," taking place over Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah). The topic of Israel and the Shoah is not well understood, and this is a particularly meaningful opportunity to share how the subject may be treated.

The conference opens at 12:30 pm on Sunday with a videotaped message from Professor Elie Wiesel, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and University Professor. The author of Night and over 60 fiction and non-fiction books, Professor Wiesel is also the 1986 Nobel Peace Laureate. 

The keynote speaker is Professor Dan Michman, Modern Jewish History Professor and Chair of the Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University; Head of the International Institute of Holocaust Research and John Najmann Chair in Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem.  

For the full program, click here.

Cosponsored by the Israel Institute and the Center for German and European Studies.

Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution

Yehudah MirskyRav Kook cover

Reception and Book Signing
Thursday, May 1st
Mandel Forum, Mandel Center for the Humanities

Free and open to the public.
Refreshments served.

Yehudah Mirsky is Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. His book, recently published by Yale University Press, has been called "Learned, luminous and uncannily timely..." by the Jewish Review of Books. The reception will include reflections by Eugene Sheppard, Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought at Brandeis and Alexander Kaye, Tikvah Post-Doctoral Fellow in Jewish Thought at Princeton University.

Click here for the flyer.

$2500 Undergraduate Israel Travel Grants

Shuk Machaneh Yehudah

The Schusterman Center announces a new undergraduate travel program, the Frances Taylor Eizenstat '65 Undergraduate Israel Travel Grant Program. On offer are competitive grants of $2500 each, awarded to undergraduates from any Brandeis department pursuing academic or career interests in Israel.

Students from all departments are encouraged to apply. Israel offers unique opportunities in science, hi-tech, the arts, social justice, archaeology and Hebrew language instruction. Check out the blog posts from our first awardees...

Deadline for Summer and Fall travel is March 1, 2014.

For more details and online application...

Ari Shavit event now available on video.

Around Town

Yoni Rechter at Berklee Performance Center
April 6, 2014, 7:00pm
Yoni Rechter, leading composer and performer of generations of Israeli songs -  from Kaveret to the 16th Sheep - appears at Berklee Performing Center for one night only. For details click here.

IMAX movie at the Museum of Science, Boston
Take an inspiring, eye-opening tour of one of the world’s oldest, most enigmatic cities. Destroyed and rebuilt countless times over 5,000 years, Jerusalem’s timeless appeal endures. Learn how it became the center of the world for three major religions and how its historical, artistic, and spiritual connections have made it so important to so many different cultures.

Izhar Patkin: The Wandering Veil
A long-awaited survey of works by the Israeli-born, New York-based artist Izhar Patkin takes over the Mass MOCA's largest gallery. Grand, labyrinthine yet also surprisingly intimate, the exhibition is rich with personal narrative, political metaphor, and myth, highlighting the many formal innovations Patkin has pioneered over his 30-year career.

Assaf Kehati Trio

The Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge
First Sunday of every month.

For Israel-related events in the Boston area, visit the Israeli Consulate website.