Ancient citadel and Tower of David in Jerusalem, Israel

Statements and News Stories on Israel

Ancient citadel and Tower of David in Jerusalem, Israel
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Brandeis Connects with Israel

Ron and Jessica Liebowitz smile with President and First Lady Herzog

May 20, 2024

Brandeis President Ron Liebowitz and Jessica Liebowitz reflect on their visit to Israel to commemorate the shared 75th anniversaries of Brandeis University and the state of Israel.

Standing with Alumni Impacted by Attacks

February 2, 2024

A collage of people wearing Brandeis clothing surrounding text: Members of the Brandeis Community Stand with Brandeis Children Hersh Goldberg-Polin and Sagui Dekel-Chen. BRING THEM HOMEView image at a larger size

Several alumni recently led an effort to show solidarity with and support for two alumni whose children are among the hostages in Gaza. The group gathered selfies from more than 100 fellow alumni and a few students, compiled them into a powerful collage, and shared it with both families.

The hostages include Hersh Goldberg-Polin, son of Rachel Goldberg ’92, and Sagui Dekel-Chen, son of Jonathan Dekel-Chen, PhD’02.

An American who moved to Jerusalem 15 years ago, Rachel Goldberg has become one of the most visible advocates, particularly in English, for the hostages’ release. The Dekel-Chens live at Kibbutz Nir Oz, which was one of the first places to be attacked on October 7.

Amy Cohen, president of the Brandeis Alumni Association, says, “Both families are in our alumni community’s heart. We pray for Hersh, Sagui, and all the hostages’ safe return and for all alumni impacted by the Israel-Gaza war.”

Coverage of the Conflict

December 8, 2023

By Yehudah Mirsky

Professor Yehudah Mirsky hosts a series of conversations with three leading figures from Israeli civil society to hear about how diverse groups of Israelis are responding to the aftermath of October 7, and what it can teach us about Israeli society as a whole. 

Watch the Recordings

November 9, 2023

University Professor Jonathan Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun professor of American Jewish history and director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, testified about antisemitism on college campuses at a meeting of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Nov. 9. His introduction begins at the 31:30 minute mark.

Soldiers in Israel

November 3, 2023

Gary Samore, the Crown Family Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and professor of the practice of politics, analyzes the possibilities of the conflict in Gaza spreading further into the Middle East.

Panelists during the Crown Center event

October 23, 2023

Two in-depth discussions — one hosted by the Crown Center for Middle East Studes and one by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies — examined the attack on Israel by Hamas and the unfolding war in Gaza.

Images of kidnapped Israeli hostages posted on a wall

October 17, 2023

Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Yehudah Mirsky was in Israel on Saturday, October 7, during the terrorist attacks by Hamas. He shared his personal reflections on what happened and their implications for Israeli society and politics.

Deborah and Shlomi Matias

October 11, 2023

Deborah and Shlomi Matias, the daughter and son-in-law of Ilan Troen ’63, the Stoll Family Professor Emeritus in Israel Studies, were shot to death early Saturday morning in their home in Beersheba, Israel, by Hamas militants. Here, Troen offers a first-person account and perspective.

A woman starts to cry during a rally in support of Israel at the Boston Common

October 11, 2023

Alexander Kaye, the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Professor of Israel Studies and director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, answers questions on the attacks and what the future may hold.

From the Media

December 6, 2023

Jewish Broadcasting Service

Interview with President Ron Liebowitz

November 6, 2023

The Boston Globe

Op-Ed by President Ron Liebowitz

November 2, 2023

The Times of Israel

Written by Yehuda Mirsky

November 2, 2023

Al Jazeera

Professor Yehudah Mirsky interviewed

November 1, 2023

Israel from the Inside

Statement by Brandeis President Ron Liebowitz cited.

October 29, 2023


Professor Shayna Weiss provides book recommendations.

October 19, 2023


Stoll family chair of Israel studies, emeritus Ilan Troen interviewed.

October 19, 2023

Wall Street Journal

Professor Alexander Kaye interviewed.

October 18, 2023

The Boston Globe

Stoll family chair of Israel studies, emeritus Ilan Troen interviewed.

October 17, 2023

Associated Press

Brandeis study cited

October 16, 2023


Written by Rachel Fish, associate research professor at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

October 13, 2023

LiveNOW Fox

Professor Yehudah Mirsky quoted

October 13, 2023

LiveNOW Fox

Professor Yehudah Mirsky interviewed

October 12, 2023

President Ron Liebowitz interviewed

October 11, 2023

The Washington Post

Statement by President Ron Liebowitz, cited

October 9, 2023

The New York Times

President Ron Liebowitz quoted

October 8, 2023

Boston Globe

Professor Ilan Troen ’63 mentioned and Professor Joyce Antler quoted