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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– Etgar Keret, acclaimed Israeli writer and teacher in BGU’s creative writing program

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Bringing the Best of BGU to the United States

May 1, 2018

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AABGUniversity brings world-class BGU faculty to present in the U.S. Watch the latest video lectures.

“Betsy Ross of Israel” Flag Donated to BGU

April 16, 2018

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AABGU donates historic hand-made Israeli flag to the Ben-Gurion Archives.

Reviving Israel’s Mizrahi Roots Through Poetry

March 22, 2018

Tags: Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought

Dr. Hadas Shabat-Nadir explains how Mizrahi literature and culture is being recognized and appreciated today.