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Featured Videos

2022Amos Perlmutter Memorial Lecture with Tzipi Livni


This year's Amos Perlmutter Memorial Lecture, co-sponsored by American University's School of Public Affairs and the Center for Israel Studies was delivered on February 7, 2022 by Tzipi Livni, former Israeli Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Justice. Ms. Livni spoke about her vision for Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, and why the concept of “two states for two peoples” supports this vision.

The Changing Relationship Between Diaspora Jews and Israel


On October 12, 2020, AU's Center for Israel Studies and Jewish Studies Program brought together three of the most important Jewish voices, Isaac Herzog, David Harris, and Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur, to discuss the status of Israel-Diaspora relations today.

Visiting Speakers

Israeli Writer Series, Conversation with David Grossman 3/15


On March 15, 2022, a Conversation with Israeli writer David Grossman and Michael Brenner, Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies, kicked off the 2022 Israeli Writers Series, which also included conversations with Rutu Modan, Ayelet Tsabari and Maya Arad.

Watch other visiting speakers hosted by the Center for Israel Studies.

Conferences & Seminars

Jewish Responses to Antisemitism from Rabbinic Times


The 2020-21 series, “Antisemitism Since the Holocaust: Israel, America, and Europe,” brings together distinguished scholars of Israeli, American, and European history to reflect broadly on antisemitism over the past seventy-five years. Inspired by our current moment, this series of conversations, sponsored by American University’s Center for Israel Studies and the Jewish Studies Program, brings needed perspective and context to recent events. View all webinars in this series.

Watch other seminars and conferences hosted by the Center for Isreal Studies.

Music & Culture

Music & Culture

Attendees gave Shesh Besh a standing ovation at their performance on 3/28. Shesh Besh is the Arab-Jewish Ensemble of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, bringing together Jewish musicians of the first ranks of the orchestra with the finest Arab musicians in Israel.

Watch other music and cultural events hosted by the Center for Isreal Studies.