Our Mission


The mission of the Israel Institute is to enhance knowledge about modern Israel by ensuring that more students, at more universities in the United States and around the world, have access to classes about Israel during their time on campus.

Our History

The Israel Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, and non-advocacy 501(c)(3) organization that advances the rigorous study of modern Israel in partnership with leading universities around the world. President Emeritus & Counsel Amb. Itamar Rabinovich, with the generous help of Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, launched the Israel Institute in 2012. "We are a compass and catalyst for Israel Studies," says Rabinovich. "We provide funding and structural opportunities for people and existing institutions interested in deepening the study of modern Israel." The Israel Institute is located in Washington, DC.

Our Leadership

Dr. Ariel Ilan Roth, the Executive Director, leads the Israel Institute in consultation with its Board of Directors, headed by Board Chair Amb. Daniel Shapiro. More information about the Institute's Board of Directors and Advisory Board, as well as staff, can be found via the links above.

What We Do

In pursuit of its mission, the Institute's diverse range of programs and initiatives supports the study of modern Israel at universities and other research and cultural institutions around the world:

  1. Campus Teaching and Artist Residency Programs increase the number, quality, and availability of classes about Israel by creating platforms for academics and artists to teach about Israel in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
  2. Academic Ecosystem Programs build up the field of Israel Studies, and foster its dynamism and durability, by providing resources for students, educators, researchers, and other scholars to support learning about modern Israel.
  3. Post-College Learning Initiatives generate and support opportunities for high-level learning and discourse about Israel after graduation.