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.

“I’m interested in revealing the complex, fascinating story of Israel from as many dimensions as possible.”
– Dr. Paula Kabalo, director of BGU’s Israel Studies International Program

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Microsoft Advances Ben-Gurion Archives With AI

September 24, 2019

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The collaboration with BGU will create a digital ecosystem for Israel studies that can be shared fast.

BGU Poet Honored as Visiting Artist in U.S.

July 25, 2019

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Dr. Dory Manor will join nine other Israeli artists to teach at top U.S. universities from 2019 to 2020.

The Way We Were: Biography of the 1948 Generation

June 6, 2019

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Prof. Hanna Yablonka discusses her new book in this 40-minute podcast.