Center for Israel Studies

Participation is free of charge, though registration is required.

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9:00. Registration


9:15. Welcome

Steven Fine, Director, YU Center for Israel Studies


9:30-11:30.  Session 1

Chair:  Naomi Grunhaus, Yeshiva University

Michal Bar Asher Siegel, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Yavneh as Portrayed in Tosefta Eduyot 1:1

Yael Wilfand, Open University of Israel, “How Great Is Peace”: Rabbinic Thinking on Shalom and the Pax Romana

Shai Secunda, Bard College, Pleasant, Illuminating Air Against a Violent, Dark Mixture: Talmudic Depictions of Babylonian and Palestinian Rabbinic Learning

11:30-12:30. Lunch Break


12:45-3:00. Session 2

Chair: Ezra Schwartz, Yeshiva University

Lawrence H. Schiffman, New York University, Remembering Yaakov Elman ז"ל

Barak Cohen, Bar Ilan University, For Out of Zion Will Come Forth Torah? Palestinian Traditions from Provincial Locations in Sasanian Babylonia

Shana Strauch Schick, Yeshiva University, The Legal versus the Narrative Standing of Women in Rabbinic Sources from  Eretz Israel and Babylonia

Stuart S. Miller, University of Connecticut at Storrs,  ‘Minhag’ and Popular Practice in Roman Palestine


3:15-5:15. Session 3

Chair:  David Lavinsky, Yeshiva University

David Berger, Yeshiva University, Greetings from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies

Richard Hidary, Yeshiva University, The Battles of Beth Horon and their Echoes in the Talmud

Laura Lieber, Duke University, Feasting, Fasting, and the Bounty of the Land: Rituals of Sukkot in Samaritan and Rabbinic Antiquity

Steven Fine, Yeshiva University, Between Beit She’arim and Eden: The Tomb of Makhpelah in the Rabbinic Imagination


5:00. Concluding Comments:  Shana Strauch Schick, conference organizer


Cosponsored by:

The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies,   

GPATS: The Graduate Program In Advanced Talmudic Studies For Women

 YU Israel

All are welcome!

Participation is free of charge, though registration is required. 

Register here






The CIS is offering supplementary funding for YU faculty, professional staff, CIS Charney Fellows and graduate students who plan to present papers at the Association for Israel Studies conference at Kinneret College, June 24-26.  

With thanks to the Leon Charney Legacy Fund of the CIS, we will provide $1500-2000 (depending on need and availability of funds), beyond regular funding provided by your department or another source.  

In addition, we are planning a full day excursion to visit sites of mutual interest in the Kinneret region, and you are invited to join our YU student excavators at biblical Gath while in Israel.  All who will be in Israel are welcome to join our fieldtrip.  More specifics anon.

Please spread the word, and do be in touch soon if you are interested



YU Receives $1M Gift for Program on “Israel and the Rule of Law”

Bequest From Dr. Joseph and Faye Glatt Estate Will Support Innovative Programming at Center for Israel Studies

 Yeshiva University has received a bequest of $1 million from the Dr. Joseph and Faye Glatt Estate to create a new program housed in the Center for Israel Studies (CIS), titled The Joseph and Faye Glatt Program on “Israel and the Rule of Law.”

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