David Ben-Gurion dreamed of creating a Hebrew Oxford in the Negev as a modern Hebrew Yavneh.

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Ben-Gurion University is leading the way in the academic exploration of the founding and development of the State of Israel, the re-birth of the Hebrew language, and the connection between culture and community in Jewish and Israeli society.

“I’m interested in revealing the complex, fascinating story of Israel from as many dimensions as possible.”
– Dr. Paula Kabalo, director of BGU’s Israel Studies International Program

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TOI: BGU Scholar Pioneers Arabic Program to Build Peace

July 19, 2022

Tags: Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought, Social Sciences & Humanities

BGU scholar, Dr. Yonatan Mendel, pioneers Arabic program at the University to reform and improve Arabic education and build peace.

Jerusalem Post: BGU VP Dan Blumberg Chairs Israel Space Agency

July 19, 2022

Tags: Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought, Leadership, Awards & Events

BGU's VP for Regional and Industrial Development, Prof. Dan Blumberg, was appointed as the new chairman of the Israel Space Agency (ISA).

NY Jewish Week: Homesick Israeli Starts Meal Delivery Service

July 12, 2022

Tags: Business & Management, Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought

Missing Israel after moving to the U.S., this BGU alumni started 'WoodSpoon', the meal delivery service that is taking New York by storm.