Hebrew University - MA in Bible & teh Ancient Near East

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Program Description

Offered in conjunction with the Department of Bible and the Institute of Archaeology and the Ancient Near East
   
This two-year program is designed for students who wish to study contemporary Biblical (Hebrew scriptures) studies, providing grounding in Biblical as well as Modern Hebrew. Students specialize in one of two tracks: 
 
1. The Bible: Cultural and Historical Context. In this specialization, students study the historical, cultural, and geographical context in which the Bible was composed, as well as its impact on later cultural and historical contexts and events.  
 
2. The Bible and the Ancient Near East. In addition to studying the Bible in its immediate regional context, students acquire a sound knowledge of the history and culture of the Ancient Near East, including the study of Akkadian. (Students may also choose to study other ancient languages, such as Egyptian, Ugartic, or Greek.)  
 
The M.A. program consists of 42 credits over four consecutive semesters, including required courses in Biblical Hebrew, Akkadian, History and Culture of the Ancient Near East, and Introduction to Biblical Literature, as well as elective courses and tutorials. Group tutorials are offered in Biblical Aramaic and Targum Onqalos. 
 
 

Hebrew University - MA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

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Program Description

  
An  intensive integrated program  designed for students who wish to study the Middle East: religion, politics, societies, history, and cultures. The program is offered in conjunction with the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Students have the opportunity to study with some of the leading scholars in the field, while living in Jerusalem, one of the most important and dynamic cities of the Middle East. Graduates of the program have assumed positions in government service, relevant NGOs and journalism and other areas.
 
The M.A. program consists of 36 credits over three consecutive semesters, including one required seminar in Historiography and electives. Courses are available in the modern period as well as in a range of disciplines in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, including medieval and early modern history, religion, anthropology, literature, the arts and Arabic language. Students who demonstrate an adequate knowledge of Arabic are required to deepen and expand their language skills by studying modern and classical texts of an ideological, historical, social, religious, or literary nature, in tutorials or through courses offered in the Faculty of Humanities. Students who demonstrate satisfactory knowledge of Arabic and Hebrew may take courses in other Middle Eastern and Islamic languages, such as Modern Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, Urdu, and Swahili, or in relevant European languages, such as French or German.
 
 

Hebrew University - MA in Israel Studies: Politics and Society

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Program Description

Offered in conjunction with the Departments of Political Science and of Sociology and Anthropology.
 
This one year program is designed for students who are interested in Israeli politics and society, providing them with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to the study of Israel, including the study of history, politics, anthropology, culture and religion. Graduates may pursue careers in foreign affairs, NGOs, journalism, and academia. 
 
Courses from the M.A. program in Israel Studies are also open to visiting graduate students on a one year or semester basis.  
  
The M.A. program consists of 42 credits over three consecutive semesters (16 credits are required courses + 18 credits are elective courses and 8 credits in seminar papers). Students will be expected to conclude all courses for credit with a grade based on either an exam or written paper. Two of these papers must be seminar papers (4 credits each). 
 

Israel Engagement Seminar for Australian and South American Gap-Year Participants

Israel Engagement Seminar for Australian and South American Gap-Year Participants

June 17, 2014 (All day)  -  June 19, 2014 (All day)

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This seminar is organized in conjunction with communities in Australia and South America. 

150 participants will come together to discuss different ways of connecting to Israel in their first year on campus. Participants will meet campus educators throughout the course of the seminar.

 

June 17 – 19, 2014

Israel Engagement Seminar for Australian and South American Gap-Year Participants

Israel Engagement Seminar for Australian and South American Gap-Year Participants

June 17, 2014 (All day)  -  June 19, 2014 (All day)

  Israel  - 

This seminar is organized in conjunction with communities in Australia and South America. 

150 participants will come together to discuss different ways of connecting to Israel in their first year on campus. Participants will meet campus educators throughout the course of the seminar.

 

June 17 – 19, 2014

Israel Engagement Seminar for Study Abroad Participants

Israel Engagement Seminar for Study Abroad Participants

April 4, 2014 (All day)  -  April 5, 2014 (All day)

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This seminar is organized together with Hillel International for campus leaders and other students involved in their universities. 

A select group of 50 participants of study abroad programs will take part. Throughout the seminar, participants will meet with educators from Hillels on leading campuses across the United States.

 

April 4 – 5, 2014

Israeli Security and Diplomacy Shabbaton (Post-College)

Israeli Security and Diplomacy Shabbaton (Post-College)

March 7, 2014 (All day)  -  March 8, 2014 (All day)

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Masa Israel’s Security and Diplomacy Shabbaton explores issues of regional security and the complexity of the situation in the Middle East. 

Gain new perspectives on Israel’s most pressing security issues and learn from leading specialists in various fields through workshops and interactive discussions.

 

Second semester: March 7-8, 2014

 

(Open to post-college participants)

 

Solidarity of Nations - Achvat Amim

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Program Description

Achvat Amim, which means "solidarity of nations" in Hebrew, is a new 5 month volunteer experience in Jerusalem that directly engages with the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the core value of self-determination for all peoples. Achvat Amim is renewing the conversation on Jewish Peoplehood and Zionism for the 21st century. Together, we build a dynamic learning community in which we explore and shape Jewish culture and identity as individuals and as part of a greater whole, engage with the challenging realities in Israel and the West Bank, and build on the rich history and traditions of which we are a living part.
 
Achvat Amim is a framework for meaningful volunteer work with leading Israeli human rights organizations, including Rabbis for Human Rights, which do grassroots work with Israelis and Palestinians in and around Jerusalem. Achvat Amim focuses on developing practical skills in community development and education through intensive volunteer projects and engaging with social change and human rights movements. The program combines learning programs, outdoor experiences, seminars, and trips around the country with working on real projects with leading human rights organizations.
 
Join us in building a future rooted in the Jewish values of Tzedek (Justice), Shalom (Peace), Tikkun Olam (Repairing the world) and Achvat Amim (Solidarity of Nations).

Highlights

- Volunteer doing grassroots work with leading Israeli human rights organizations
- Live in Jerusalem, a city of diversity, conflict, and beauty
- Build Jewish community and shape a collective culture
- Develop leadership and community organizing skills by taking responsibility for Tikkun Olam on the ground Learn Hebrew and Arabic
- Make lifelong connections with Israelis, Palestinians and people from all over the world
 

Haifa University MA in Diplomacy

Program Description

The dynamics of the contemporary, complex, interconnected and highly-charged international environment presents new challenges for scholars, policy analysts and decision makers, both at the global level and in the context of the Middle East. Against this backdrop, the MA Program in Diplomacy Studies is intended to elucidate the role of diplomacy as a main vehicle and mechanism for systematically addressing multilateral issues, which can no longer be effectively dealt with exclusively from a narrow unilateral or bilateral vantage point.
 
The focus on the role of collaborative diplomatic mechanisms is designed to provide students with new insights, concepts and analytical tools for fully understanding the enhanced functions of diplomacy in this new setting. The program in Diplomacy Studies is primarily intended for practitioners, who are employed in a variety of public and private international, transnational and multilateral organizations, future diplomats, and interested academics abroad and in Israel. At the completion of the program, students will receive an MA in Political Science, with a specialization in Diplomacy Studies.

Highlights

An important element of the program will be the simulated analysis of concrete diplomatic decision games and action games. In the course of this simulation, the students will experiment with a range of diplomatic (and strategic) concepts, techniques and scenarios in a controlled and structured effort to emulate real-time crisis situations, with emphasis on the mechanisms and tools for mitigating and defusing them.
 

Haifa University MA in Israel Studies

Program Description

The International Master's Degree Program in Israel Studies offers students the opportunity for an in-depth study of the State of Israel from the beginning of the Zionist movement until the present. Emphasis will be placed on the complexity of Israel's society, including its multicultural character at home as well as its relation to the Jewish Diaspora.
 
The Israel Studies Department at the University of Haifa, known for its academic excellence, has developed a challenging, interdisciplinary course of study. The campus is a living laboratory where Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, Bedouin and Bahá'ís study side by side. Students will experience a dynamic, cultural mosaic where students of all ethnic backgrounds encounter and engage, becoming acquainted with each other and, even if they do not agree, learn to understand and respect each other. In this setting, students will experience in real life the relevant issues of a multicultural, multiethnic society.