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Advisory Board News
July 25, 2021 -
August 7, 2020 -
"Israel is known for its iconic female prime minister, Golda Meir, but Gayil Talshir, a political scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said Israel has become more conservative in recent years. The central role played by ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties, which do not run women for elective office, has made the political landscape challenging for women, Talshir said." (Dr. Gayil Talshir is a former Israel Institute Visiting Faculty.)
The Washington Post
Article - Gender & Women's Studies, Israel & The Middle East, Politics & International Relations
June 16, 2020 -

In a new essay, associate director for arts programs Flo Low interviews AY2019-2020 Visiting Artist Ruth Kanner about her unique methodology, her experience teaching in an American classroom, the impact of cross-cultural exchange, and how artists expand the diversity of stories we share and celebrate.

Interview - Arts & Culture
January 14, 2020 -

The new Board Chair of the Israel Institute explains why the mission of bringing accessible, high-level courses about Israel to university campuses is so crucial.

E-Jewish Philanthropy
Article -
October 18, 2019 -

"Sophomore Yaim Steinberg said it was the first time any of the students had done post-dramatic work that excited them but also pushed them out of their comfort zones. After this experience, they feel better prepared for whatever comes next."

Jewish Journal
Article - Arts & Culture
October 17, 2019 -

“This is the first time I’m teaching a class outside of Israel, and I’m very excited about that,” says Noa Shavit, [a Fall 2019 Israel Institute Visiting Artist] who started studying dance when she was in third grade and knew by 17 that dance would be the career for her. “I love to teach and work with a range of [students at various levels].”

The Jewish News
Interview - Arts & Culture
October 6, 2019 -

In this episode, Israel Institute Teaching Fellow Jason Lustig interviews Dr. Shayna Weiss, associate director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, about Israeli television, the representation of ultra-Orthodox Jews in this medium, and why this matters when examining Israel in a global context.


Jewish History Matters is a podcast dedicated to exploring why Jewish history matters through in-depth discussions of new research and enduring debates about Jewish history and culture.

Jewish History Matters
Interview, Radio/Podcast - Arts & Culture, History & Religion
October 2, 2019 -

During the fall semester, the Emory Dance Program has had the honor of hosting Israeli guest artist Dafi Altabeb. So far this semester, she has held a creativity talk with Dance Program Director Lori Teague, while also teaching the Modern IV technique course and choreographing a piece for Emory Dance Company. Altabeb’s impressive career includes performances of her work in major international venues. She is a three-time recipient of the Israeli Ministry of Culture Excellence Award. Although Altabeb’s schedule is fairly busy, she took some time for an interview about her life as a choreographer.

Emory Dance
Blog - Arts & Culture