Our Mission

The Israel Institute enhances knowledge about modern Israel through the expansion of accessible, innovative learning opportunities, on and beyond campus. The Institute's many programs and initiatives advance rigorous teaching, research, and discourse about modern Israel.

Latest From The Institute

ISRAEL at 70Join the Institute, the ADL, and the Center for Jewish History as we explore Israel's politics, society, and culture of Israel after 70 years of independence. 

state and society screen

This Institute-supported course, designed and moderated by Hebrew University professor Michal Frenkel, features 17 guest lectures by Israeli experts.

News & Events

February 22, 2018 -

“There are some great professors at Rice. So, what do I bring to the table? Our course is a dialogue between contemporary music and contemporary art. I took pieces that they could not possibly know: composers from Russia and Israel. I seek to open a new world for them."

February 2, 2018 -

Gundar-Goshen’s class, “On the Cultural Frontlines: Contemporary Trends in Israeli Art,” is an introduction to some of the exciting new writers working in different mediums, from film and television to fiction and poetry.