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Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies

ברוכים הבאים למרכז ללימודי ישראל

We stand with the State of Israel - in all of its amazing complexity - at this moment of crisis and pain, of loss and true courage. Our hearts are with our captives, the injured and all who are mourning. איתכם לכל הדרך

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The YU Center for Israel Studies is the voice of academic Israel area studies at Yeshiva University. 

CIS is a bridge between America and Israel--not the Israel of cable news and slogans, but the real and vital and invigorating State of Israel. 

The YU Center for Israel Studies is a place to come together and explore the Old-New Land (Herzl’s phrase)-- Eretz Yisrael from Abraham to Zionism.

Our area studies approach to Israel, its land and peoples, builds on the strengths and interests of Yeshiva University’s rich faculty, the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, YU Israel, YU Museum and the Gottesman Library to explore Israel in all of its complexity

Never has our work been more important. This website presents our work and mission, our projects and successes over our history.

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Projects and Programs:

CIS programs encompass Israel in all of its amazing complexity.  Each of our projects and events brings together faculty, students, and experts from around the world to focus on important issues in the study of Eretz Israel from biblical times to the present.  


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YU Israelite Samaritan Project

The Samaritans: A Biblical People was a multi-media, interactive experience of the Samaritan Israelites, their world and their place in Western Civilization and Jewish History.  We assembled for the first time the most important artifacts preserved in museums and libraries the world over to illuminate this amazing history.  These included paintings, manuscripts, priceless books, photography, ritual objects and the most significant archaeological discoveries from Greece, Italy and Israel.  The connecting thread was a series of media installations and presentations that reflect the grandeur and complexities of the Samaritan experience, and its relevance to us today.  

The Samaritans: A Biblical People is the centerpiece of the Yeshiva University Israelite Samaritan Project, which includes a full length documentary, scholarship and education.

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Talmud on the Israeli Street

Our "Talmud on the Israeli Street" Project explores the cultural uses of the "Jewish bookshelf" in Israeli life and culture. 

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The Arch of Titus Project

The Arch of Titus Project is a multi-faceted exploration of the Arch of Titus, a triumphal arch built in Rome to commemorate the victory of the Roman general, later emperor, Titus, in the Jewish War of 66-74 CE. One of the most significant Roman artifacts to have survived, the Arch of Titus has been of continuing significance for both Jews and Christians for nearly two millennia. The image of the seven-branched menorah that appears on the Arch is now a symbol of the State of Israel.


Leon Charney Visiting Scholars

The Leon Charney Visiting Scholars Program recognizes scholars in fields related to Israel area studies, enabling them to pursue their work for short periods within our academic community. This program serves both senior scholars and emerging post-graduate scholars. Charney Scholars offer research lectures, sometimes teach courses, engage in CIS related projects, join in the life of our vibrant academic community, and take full advantage our location in New York city.

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