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Conferences, Exhibitions, and Publications

Center for Israel Studies

International Conferences


Yahdutenu: The Story of Ethiopian Jewry and their Heritage

A joint project on Ethiopian Jewry, cosponsored by the Center for Israel Studies and the Rabbi Arthur Schneier Center for International Affairs. 

Yahdutenu- A joint project on Ethiopian Jewry, cosponsored by Center for Israel Studies and the Schneier Center.

Past Events 

 Philistines! Rehabilitating a Biblical Foe: Sponsored by Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies and held at the Yeshiva University Museum, the conference’s title “Philistines! Rehabilitating a Biblical Foe” challenged the speakers to present not only new material on the ancient Philistines but also to orient this material toward fresh paradigms. The geographic diversity of the scholars (Australia, Israel, and United States) was matched by the diversity of their primary areas of expertise (archaeological, anthropological, biblical, and botanical).”

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If you did not attend the conference, here is what you missed:

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Land and spirituality in rabbinic literature flyer

Cosponsored by:The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies,   GPATS: The Graduate Program In Advanced Talmudic Studies For Women, YU Israel.

See here for conference proceedings. 

On October 31, 2016 the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies hosted a conference on the works and influence of Nobel Prize-winning Israeli author S.Y. Agnon in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his award.

The lectures situate Agnon’s work in the context of his birthplace in Buchach, his adopted home in Jerusalem during the British mandate and early Israel, and the literary culture of his time.

See here for conference proceedings. 

Dalia Rabin, daughter of Yitzhak Rabin, speaks at the YU Center of Israel Studies’ 2015 Conference, Yitzhak Rabin, ל"ז: Twenty Years After
November 1st, 2015

Israel in Time and Space: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference in Israel Studies. YU WIlf Campus, May, 2013

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Religious Zionism: A Yom Iyyun Honoring Professors Bernard Rosensweig and Saul Roth. YU Wilf Campus, April, 2012.

Religious zionism in America flyer

Folktales of Israel: A Festival Honoring Professor Peninnah Schram. With YU Museum and Stern College for Women. YU Museum, November, 2011.

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Talmuda De'Eretz Yisrael: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antiquity. Organizers: Steven Fine (Jewish History), Aaron Koller (Bible). With YU Museum. YU Museum and Wilf Campus, March 2011. 

See here for conference proceedings. 

Talmuda de-Eretz Yisrael flyer

Torah and Science Conference. With Bar Ilan University and Machon Lev. Apr 2009, 2010, 2011.

Israel and Iran:  From Cyrus the Great to the Islamic Republic. With the Schneir Center for International Affairs, Yeshiva University. Organizer: Daniel Tsadik.  YU Museum, September, 2010.

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National Association of Professors of HebrewAnnual Meeting at YU, July 2010. Co-sponsored with Stern College , Chair: Tzefirah Cohen, Stern College . 

Zionism on the Jewish Street: Geography and Nationalism at the Turn of the 20th Century. With YU Museum. Companion web exhibition sponsored by the Center for Online Judaic Studies. YU Museum and Wilf Campus, March, 2010.

Zionism Poster

US-Israel Relations in the Era of Obama and Netanyahu. With the Began-Sadat Center , Bar Ilan University and American Friends of BIU. Organizers:  R. Bevan, E. Resnick.  YU Museum, Sept, 15, 2009.

U.S. and Israel Poster

Israel and India: A Relationship Comes of Age. VIP reception at the Indian consulate, associated exhibition on the Jews of India at YU Museum. With the YU Institute for Public Health and YU Museum. YU Museum, March 30, 2009.

Israel and India

Jews and Power in the 20th Century. With the Schottenstein Honor’s Program and the Schneier Center for International Affairs, Yeshiva University.  Primary faculty advisers: S. Fine, R. Bevan. YU Wilf Campus, Spring, 2009.

The Temple of Jerusalem: From Moses to the Messiah. With YU Museum. Organizer: Steven Fine. YU Museum and Wilf Campus, May, 2008.

Temple Poster

Museum Exhibitions

Exhibitions are an important way of bringing YU scholarship to a wide audience. The CIS has co-sponsored a wide array of  exhibitions and is involved in outside projects at major  institutions in New York and beyond:

The Samaritans: A Biblical People will open at  Museum of the Bible, Fall 2022 and at Bibelhaus Erlebnis Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, Spring 2023. 

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Past exhibitions:

The Arch of Titus: From Jerusalem to Rome and Back,  YU Museum, 2017-2018.  

The CIS collaborated on Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, 600-900, a major exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in March to July 2012.  We were co-sponsors to the exhibition symposium.

Imagining the Temple: The Models of Leen Ritmeyer - Exhibition at YU Museum. Curators: Rhoda Seidenberg (YU Museum), Steven Fine (Jewish History). Spring, 2008.

Center for Israel Studies Imagining the Temple conference

From Malabar and Beyond: The Jews of India - Exhibition at YU Museum. In conjunction with CIS conference, Israel and India: A Relationship Comes of Age. Curator: Rhoda Seidenberg (YU Museum). Fall, 2009.

 CIS publications express the richness of our projects, conferences and YU scholarship.

Samaritan Project Publications 

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 The Samaritans: A Biblical PeopleSteven  Fine, ed., (Brill, 2022). See more







Samaritan Manuscripts and Books In the Collections of the Mendel Gottesman Library of Hebraica-JudaicaDavid Selis and Steven Fine, eds. Hebrew Catalog by Binyamim Tzedeka, Yeshiva University Press, 2022 

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 Samaritan Cookbook: ACulinary Odyssey from the Ancient Israelites to the Modern   Mediterranean, Wipf and Stock, 2021. See More







Talmud on the Israeli Street Project

Shana Strauch Book Cover Land and Spirituality in Rabbinic Literature: A Memorial Volume for Yaakov Elman  ז''לShana Strauch Shick ed., (Brill, 2022) See More.







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 Agnon's Tales of the Land of IsraelJeffrey Saks and Shalom Carmy, eds., (Wipf and   Stock, 2021) . See more. Also available as an audiobook







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 Talmuda de-Eretz Israel: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antique Palestine, eds.   Steven Fine and Aaron Koller, (De Gruyter, 2014) See more







Other Publications 

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 The Arch of Titus: From Jerusalem to Rome and Back, Steven FIne, ed., (Brill, 2021) See   more

 About the Arch of Titus Project.







Jewish Religious Architecture Cover

 Jewish Religious Architecture: From Biblical Israel to Modern Judaism, Steven Fine,   ed., (Brill, 2019) See more

 Listen to an author discussion with the Tel Aviv Review. 







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 Iran, Israel, and the Jews: Symbiosis and Conflict from the Achaemenids to the     Islamic Republic, Aaron Koller and Daniel Tsadik, eds., (Wipf and Stock, 2019). See more







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 Shoshannat Yaakov: Jewish and Iranian Studies in Honor of Yaakov Elman, Shai   Secunda and Steven Fine, eds., (Brill, 2012) See more







The Temple of Jerusalem cover

 The Temple of Jerusalem: From Moses to the Messiah: in Honor Professor Louis H.   Feldman, Steven Fine, ed., (Brill, 2011) See more

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