Israel Studies, Culture and Jewish Thought

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.

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Israel studies and Jewish thought, as well as the Ben-Gurion Archives.


BGU is home to some of Israel’s most influential authors, both modern-day and its earliest Hebrew writers.

BGU’s Department of Hebrew Literature is cultivating the next generation of Israeli writers through its creative writing program taught by the country’s top writers, including Etgar Keret. It also houses the works of the “first Israelis,” writers who began their work after the establishment of the Jewish state, which reflect the historical and cultural currents of the time. They include renowned writer and BGU professor Amos Oz, Holocaust writer Aharon Appelfeld, poet Yehuda Amichai, and others. The archive is part of Heksherim – The Research Institute for Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture.

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BGU’s Israel studies students develop their own research-based understanding of Israel’s history, culture and politics.

Covering over a century of Zionism, the Woodman-Scheller Israel Studies International Program integrates historical and contemporary perspectives. Taught in English, students from around the world can explore the multifaceted layers of the Israeli experience. A graduate degree in Israel studies, using the Ben-Gurion Archives and the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism as resources, is ideal for students who want to pursue diplomatic or teaching positions related to Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

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Jewish thought scholars at BGU focus on the primary texts from the Second Temple period until the present.

BGU’s Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought is one of the leading centers in the world for researching and teaching the evolution of Jewish intellectual thinking. Scholars explore Halachic and Midrashic thought, medieval Jewish philosophy, Jewish mysticism, modern Jewish thought, and more. The Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought promotes the acquired knowledge worldwide through a variety of events. BGU is also developing an online Jewish liturgy and prayer research database for use by researchers around the world.

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