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

Home to the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Heksherim – the Research Institute for Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture, and the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, BGU is uniquely positioned to promote the interdisciplinary study of Israel, Jewish culture and thought.

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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Times of Israel: A4BGU CEO pens op-ed on campus protests

May 15, 2024

Tags: CEO Op-Eds, Current events

In a new op-ed in The Times of Israel, A4BGU CEO Doug Seserman reflects on the situation at American universities in the aftermath of the October 7.

The Jewish Exponent Interviews Claire Winick

October 4, 2023

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

Jewish Exponent — Claire Winick grew up in what she describes as “a strong Jewish household.” Her maternal grandfather, Mayer
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BGU and Others to Open Campus for Ultra-Orthodox Students

September 26, 2023

Tags: Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought, Negev Development & Community Programs

The Jerusalem Post — A consortium led by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and several academic colleges has won a
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