Ambassador Itamar RabinovichThe Institute is led by its founding president, Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich. Rabinovich was Israel’s Ambassador to the United States and chief negotiator with Syria from 1992 to 1996. He is a renowned scholar on the Middle East, former President of Tel Aviv University and currently a Distinguished Global Professor at New York University.

Leadership Bios

Board of Directors

President; former Ambassador of Israel to the U.S. and Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History at Tel Aviv University
Vice President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Emeritus Schusterman/Josey Professor of Judaic History, Founding Director, Center for Judaic & Israel Studies, The University of Oklahoma
President, Wallin Group, Inc.
Professor Emeritus, School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

Advisory Board

Director, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley
Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, University of California at Berkeley
Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies, American University; Professor of Jewish History and Culture, University of Munich
Acting Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies; Visiting Professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University
Professor of Regional Security; Deputy Head, School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University; Chairman, European Association of Israel Studies
Director, The Posen Forum for Jewish European and Israeli Political Thought, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa
Stanley Lewis Professor of Israel Studies, Oxford University; Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History, University of Toronto
Director, Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, University of Maryland
Visiting Crown Chair in Middle East Studies, Northwestern University
Associate Professor, Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Founder and Chair, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Professor Emerita, Tel Aviv University
Emeritus Professor, Pears Senior Research Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Anne and Jerome Fisher Director, The Israel Museum, Israel
Founding Director, Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, Emory University (1998); Founding President of the Center for Israel Education (2008), Atlanta, Georgia
President, Association for Israel Studies
Director, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution
Director, Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University


Executive Director, Israel Institute
Office Manager, Israel Institute
Program Director, Israel Institute
Director of Arts and Cultural Programs, Israel Institute
Program Officer, Israel Institute
Program Officer, Israel Institute