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The Schusterman Center develops academic workshops for faculty based on its longstanding and award-winning Summer Institute for Israel Studies.

In making key content available for different faculty audiences and for shorter time frames, we created a "Crash Course on Israel Studies." Most recently we developed such a program with the JCRC New York, implemented during winter break in 2016, 2017, and soon 2018. See program and other details below.

seminar participants

Israel: Balance and Complexity 
January 9 - 12, 2018
Location: 60 Washington Square South (Kimmel Center for University Life), NYC

Crash Course free of charge for accepted applicants.

New York Faculty: Join us for a foundational seminar on the complexities of modern Israel. This immersive academic experience will enhance your ability to teach and to participate in campus discourse.

Limited to 15 participants from NYC and NY State.
Kosher lunches included. Apply now to secure your spot.

  • Engage with leading Israel Studies faculty
  • Work with creative practitioners
  • Access a wealth of resource materials
  • Network with colleagues on New York campuses
  • Earn a certificate of completion from the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

This program is presented in collaboration with Jewish Community Relations Council, New York

Crash course will be held at 60 Washington Square South (Kimmel Center for University Life), New York, NY.

Please see below.

Dr. Shahar Sadeh, Director, Faculty Engagement Initiative, Jewish Community Relations Council, New York.
Tel: 212 983-4800 ext. 123, Email: sadehs@jcrcny.org

Deadline for Applications
The online application must be completed and submitted by December 5, 2017 (Deadline has been extended).

The Brandeis Touch
The Faculty Engagement Program on Israel is an offshoot of the Schusterman Center's decade-long and successful Summer Institute for Israel Studies.

The Summer Institute has prepared faculty at nearly 200 universities to teach courses they have developed on the modern State of Israel. The Schusterman Center has gone on to create shorter such programs, geared to specific audiences; from short-term institutes in China and India, to continuing professional education opportunities for secondary school educators. 

The Schusterman Center makes available to you our online Israel Studies resource site for quick access to websites, databases and archives that reference the modern State of Israel.

This year's program:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

9:30-10:30 "Overview of the Field of Israel Studies - Why the Teaching of Israel in the Academy Matters"

10:30-12:30 "Origins of Zionism"
Rachel Fish, Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-4:00 "Conflict and Negotiations"
Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington DC

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

9:30-11:30 "Narrating the Nation"
Ilana Szobel, Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature on the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Chair, Brandeis University

12:00-1:30 Lunch

2:00-4:00 "Jerusalem and Politics of Space and Planning"
Lior Lehrs, Israel Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University

Thursday, January 11, 2018

9:30-11:30 "Jewishness in Israel"
David Ellenson, Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and Visiting Professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University

12:00-1:30 Lunch

2:00-4:00 "The State of Palestinian Political Leadership and the Peace Process"
Ghaith al-Omari, Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute

5:30 Cocktails and Screening “Four Hundred Miles to Freedom”

Friday, January 12, 2018

9:00-10:30 "Environment and Peace along Israeli-Arab Borders"
Shahar Sadeh, Adjunct Instructor at the Earth Institute, Columbia University and Visiting Scholar at New York University

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-12:15 "Pedagogy of Israel"
David Ellenson

12:15-1:30 Lunch and Wrap-up

We are grateful for the generous support of The Solelim Fund which has made possible this collaboration between the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and the Jewish Community Relations Council, New York.


“There was just so much that I was able to take away. I gained knowledge, awareness of many debates, a keener understanding of different subject positions and biases.”

“One of the most rewarding things about the seminar was the friends I made — probably the most genuine intellectual collegiate relationships in the last 20 years at CUNY.”

“My interest in research has shifted a little bit. Just talking with colleagues who were in the course helps me out.”