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 went to a cultural event on campus and immediately fell in love with it. So I started teaching there.”
– Etgar Keret, acclaimed Israeli writer and teacher in BGU’s creative writing program

Support scholarships for students studying Hebrew literature, Israel studies and Jewish thought, as well as the Ben-Gurion Archives.

donate to Israel studies, culture & Jewish thought

Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought News

see all news
Arab Students Enroll in BGU’s Online Kabbalah Course

February 22, 2018

Tags: Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought

The course introduces students with no background in Jewish thought to the major ideas of Kabbalah.

Dead Sea Scrolls Expert Named Winner of the Israel Prize

January 25, 2018

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

Prof. Elisha Qimron specializes in the grammar of the scrolls and has published three volumes about them.

Muslim Albanians Saved Jews from the Holocaust

January 19, 2018

Tags: Israel Studies, Culture & Jewish Thought, Social Sciences & Humanities

Eliezer Papo, a scholar on Balkan Jewish history at BGU explains why Albanian Muslims helped save Jews.