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Israel Cultures Initiative

CJS faculty are involved in a wide range of research and teaching projects related to Israel, Israeli history, and Israeli culture. CJS is also committed to bringing important Israeli scholars, authors, poets, and film-makers to DU, often for quarter-long and year-long visits, as we also continue to develop partnerships with organizations dedicated to promoting education around Israeli culture, history, and identity. Our Israel Cultures Initiative provides international learning opportunities while presenting diverse cultural perspectives to students and community members.

Visit our Current Initiatives page to learn about other exciting Initiatives at CJS.

Examples of our Israel Cultures Initiative in action include:

  • Schusterman Visiting Israeli Professor program: CJS is one of 20 university programs in the country to receive funds for a Schusterman Visiting Israeli Professor through a partnership with the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE). CJS received the Schusterman grant in 2011-2012 and again in 2012-13 academic year.

  • Schusterman Visiting Artist program: In Spring 2010, Prof. Adam Rovner procured a Schusterman Visiting Artist grant to bring acclaimed Israeli author Alex Epstein to DU. During his 10-week residency, Alex taught students through CJS and the Department of English, and participated in a number of community-wide events, including a special evening with award-winning Israeli filmmaker Etgar Keret.

  • Israeli Film projects: Prof. Adam Rovner has organized visits with many award-winning Israeli authors and filmmakers, including Alex Epstein, Etgar Keret, and Ari Folman.  Additionally, Prof. Sari Havis has developed a strong relationship with Go2Films, which not only helps us gain access to many important and award-winning Israeli films, but also helps us bring Israeli filmmakers to DU to speak about Israeli culture and the craft of expressing culture through film. Prof. Havis made it possible for CJS to host a 2012 visit with Go2Films filmmaker Duki Dror for a screening of his film Journey of Vaan Nguyenshe also made possible a 2011 visit with Israeli film scholar, Prof. Miri Talmon-Bohm.

  • Virtual Classroom projects: Through the leadership of Prof. Sari Havis, CJS students have used Skype, Facebook, Second Life, and other virtual platforms to meet and study with students in Israel.

  • Israel Archaeology and Museum projects: CJS faculty member Prof. Alison Schofield frequently participates in archaeological digs in Israel related to her research on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Profs. Alison Schofield, Jonathan Sciarcon and Adam Rovner are also frequent visitors to archival materials in Israeli research libraries and museums.

  • Dr. Irwin E. Vinnik Fellowship for Advanced Study in Israel: Each January, CJS begins accepting applications for this annual award that provides funds for educational travel to Israel; the award helps foster increased understanding of Israel, Judaism, and Israeli and Jewish culture. Since 1989, more than 70 students, community leaders, and educators of diverse faiths and cultures have received fellowship support. Fields of study have ranged from the Dead Sea Scrolls to peace studies to Israeli music.