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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– Prof. Uri Erlich, BGU’s Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought

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Two Leaders Beyond Compare

February 13, 2019

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AABGU CEO Doug Seserman discusses leadership commonalities between Washington and Ben-Gurion.

BGU’s Etgar Keret Wins Prestigious Sapir Prize

January 30, 2019

Tags: Leadership, Awards & Events, Press Releases, Social Sciences & Humanities

Keret received Israel’s most prestigious literary award for his collection of short stories.

BGU Working to Share Testimonies of Mizrahi Jews

July 23, 2018

Tags: Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought

BGU partners with Jewish nonprofit JIMENA to help educate students on how to collect oral testimonies.