Center for Israel Studies


Meet Our Director: Steven Fine

Steven Fine is the Dean Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History and founding Director of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies. A cultural historian, Fine specializes in Jewish history in the Greco-Roman period. His work focuses mainly upon the literature of ancient Judaism, art and archaeology and the ways that modern scholars have interpreted Jewish antiquity.

Professor Fine’s most recent volume, The Menorah: From the Bible to Modern Israel was published by Harvard University Press in 2016. His Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Toward a New Jewish Archaeology received the 2009 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award of the Association for Jewish Studies. Fine is an editor of IMAGES: A Journal for the Study of Jewish Art and Visual Culture and section editor for Judaica of the Cambridge World History of Religious Architecture (forthcoming).  His Art, History and the Historiography of Judaism in Roman Antiquity, a collection of essays reflecting his broad cultural interests, appeared in 2013 with EJ Brill.

The Arch of Titus Project, which he directs, discovered evidence that the Arch of Titus menorah was painted in yellow ochre color in antiquity. Fine has lectured to both popular and academic audiences throughout the United States, Israel and Europe, in both English and Hebrew. In recent years, he has spoken at the Getty Institute, Pergamon Museum, Berlin, the University of Basle, Bar Ilan University, Ben Gurion University, University of Haifa, Oxford University, the Hebrew University, American Jewish University, Nyack College, Union Theological Seminary, Yale University, the Hebrew Union College, UC Davis, Duke University and the Brooklyn Museum. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Biblical Archaeology Review, Haaretz and numerous other news sources.


Meet Our Student Assistant: David Selis

David Selis is a senior at Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University, majoring in Jewish history.  He has begun his MA studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies with a further focus in Medieval-Early Modern Jewish history. He is particularly excited by the history of the Hebrew book and the collection of Jewish books, especially in the United States. David hopes to pursue a career in Judaica librarianship.