David Ben-Gurion dreamed of creating a Hebrew Oxford in the Negev as a modern Hebrew Yavneh.

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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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Rabbi Denise L. Eger To Receive BGU Honorary Doctorate Degree

March 17, 2021

Tags: Leadership, Awards & Events, Press Releases

Rabbi Eger has also accepted a leadership role in AABGU’s new rabbinic council.

AABGU Gifts Israeli Consulate General Historic Lithograph

February 11, 2021

Tags: Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought

The artwork, a lithograph of David Ben-Gurion, is signed by both Ben-Gurion and the artist, Herbert Davidson.

BGU and University of Cyprus Launch Joint Course

January 19, 2021

Tags: Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought

The online course will focus on the history of diplomatic relations between Israel, Cyprus and Greece.