Center for Israel Studies


Academic Support

Distinguished Visiting Faculty

Bringing Israel to our classrooms is a major goal of the CIS. Two major local scholars taught at YU as part of the Temple of Jerusalem year (2008):

Vivian Mann (JTS): Jerusalem in Jewish Art at Stern College (F 08).

Lawrence Schiffman (NYU): Jerusalem in the Dead Sea Scrolls at YC (S 08).

It is hoped that visiting scholars from Israel will be brought to our campus for extended periods as Distinguished Visiting Israeli Faculty.

Scholars in Classroom Program

Initiated in 2009 to bring visiting lecturers into YU undergraduate classrooms through mini-grants, this program allows working groups and individual faculty the resources to bring Israel related scholarship more deeply into our curricula:

Shulamit Laderman, Bar-Ilan University, The Hebrew Alphabet in Jewish and Israeli Art, Stern College, F 2009.

Stuart Miller, UConn, Storrs, Sepphoris, Queen of the Galilee and the Ancient Rabbis, YC, Revel, F 2009.

If you are a Yeshiva faculty member interested in having a visiting scholar present to one of your classes on an Israel-related topic, contact the CIS at

Hebrew Language Instruction

CIS supports the development of resources for the study and teaching of the Hebrew language at Yeshiva University:

Lecture by Professor Moshe Bar Asher, Hebrew University. With Yeshiva College. Spring 2009.

Partial Supporter of the Yeshiva College Hebrew Language Proficiency Initiative

Co-sponsor of National Association of Professors of Hebrew Annual Meeting. With Stern College. Chair: Tzefirah Cohen (Hebrew, Stern College). Held at Yeshiva University, July 2010.