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The Schusterman Center develops academic workshops on Israeli history, politics, culture, and society. The goal is to create a growing corps of Israel-literate educators, community leaders and university faculty who will enrich public discourse about Israel. 

We invite you to collaborate with us on developing a workshop for your own organization. Below is more information on potential content, presenters, and schedules based on what has been done in the past.

Each year since 2004, Brandeis University and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies have run a highly successful Summer Institute for Israel Studies, preparing higher-education faculty to develop and teach their own courses on the modern state of Israel. Our customized workshops on Israel studies are able to draw on the Summer Institute's model and resources in order to connect workshop participants with top scholars, the latest research, and breadth and depth in academic sources around modern Israel.

Content and Presenters

We are happy to collaborate with you to develop a robust program tailored to your group's specific interests. Past workshop sessions have included lectures such as:

  • "Origins of Zionism" with Rachel Fish, Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

  • "Conflict and Negotiations" with Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute, Washington DC

  • "Jewishness in Israel" with David Ellenson, Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and Visiting Professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University

  • "Narrating the Nation" with Ilana Szobel, Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature on the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Chair, Brandeis University

  • "The State of Palestinian Political Leadership and the Peace Process" with Ghaith al-Omari, Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute

The Schusterman Center also develops conferences for educators at the high-school level and below on Israel Studies topics.

Program Format

The program and schedule can range from a couple of days in length to nearly a week. We are happy to work with you to adapt the schedule to your timeframe.

Academic lectures by experts in this multidisciplinary field are supplemented by discussions, pedagogy workshops, and perhaps media such as films.


To inquire about arranging a workshop, please contact:

Shayna Weiss
Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

The Formation of New Jewish Communities: The 4th Biennial Graduate Student Workshop

January 19-20, 2020

A two-day workshop for graduate students who have achieved candidacy and are writing a dissertation in modern Jewish Studies. Applicants must have a dissertation chapter ready to share by January 2020. This workshop is designed to give advanced graduate students in modern Jewish history a space to discuss their work, explore pedagogy and professionalization, and create an intellectual community. Participants will read and discuss a dissertation chapter with an opportunity for feedback from their peers and facilitators. There will also be sessions on archives, publishing, and the job market. There will be two renowned scholars facilitating the workshop: Jonathan D. Sarna, University Professor and Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University and Yael Zerubavel, Professor of Jewish Studies and History, Emerita, Rutgers University. Learn more and apply.


Teaching Israel with Impact

May 7, 2019

A one-day workshop for doctoral students, post-doctorates, and faculty in the Boston area who teach, or plan to teach, Israel-related topics. Renowned educator Dr. Erika Falk conducted the workshop. Dr. Falk is the program director of the Israel Institute, an academic organization dedicated to promoting teaching and research about modern Israel. Learn more