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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BGU Teams up with RIU to Study Moroccan Jewry

September 15, 2021

Tags: Leadership, Awards & Events

This agreement, focused on education and research, is the second collaboration between Ben-Gurion University and a Moroccan academic institution.

Historic Collaboration Between BGU and Morocco’s UIR

September 14, 2021

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

BEER-SHEVA, Israel and RABAT, Morocco, September 14, 2021 – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel and Université Internationale
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BGU Methodology Measures Trauma From Rocket Attacks

June 22, 2021

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

Researchers have created and validated the Continuous Traumatic Stress Response (CTSR) Scale to measure the impact of continuous trauma.