On Wednesday, September 10, Dr. Asher Susser lectured to a packed room at the UA Hillel Foundation. Together with the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, UA Hillel hosted Dr. Susser’s lecture entitled “Israel, Hamas, and the Palestinians: Conflict Resolution or Conflict Management?” In his lecture, Dr. Susser urged for a rational management of conflict, and said that the best way to achieve non-belligerency is for Israel to end occupation in Palestine. The event was attended by students,... Read more

Post date: Fri, 09/12/2014 - 16:05

Beth Alpert Nakhai, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies, is hoping to improve safety for everyone on archaeological digs in the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean Basin. Nakhai is the head of the American Schools of Oriental Research’s Initiative on the Status of Women (, and as such, wanted to address the issue of sexual harassment, intimidation and violence in the field.

“When people are out in the middle of... Read more

Post date: Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:06

A UA professor said at a talk Wednesday evening that Israel must end its occupation of Palestine to resolve the ongoing conflict in the region.

The UA Hillel Foundation hosted the talk, called “Israel, Hamas and the Palestinians; Conflict Resolution or... Read more

Post date: Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:39

Dr. Deborah Kaye is leading the charge to expand the Center's resources to include nontraditional students.

Post date: Tue, 09/02/2014 - 08:53
Asher Susser, Ph.D., has returned to the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, taking up an invitation extended to him when he was a visiting professor in Modern Israel Studies in 2010-2011. Susser, who’s on sabbatical from Tel Aviv University for the fall semester, will be teaching an undergraduate course on modern Israel and a graduate course on the history and historiography of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Post date: Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:12

The first weekend in May, the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies hosted the 2014 meeting of the Western Jewish Studies Association. Taking place in the Student Union Memorial Center and the Marriot University Park Hotel, panels ranged from topics like North African hip hop artists to Italian Jews and Fascism. Attendee Gerald H. Barkan wrote that, “the relatively small numbers allowed for an intimacy between presenters and attendees that encouraged interactions and greatly enhanced the... Read more

Post date: Thu, 05/15/2014 - 09:55

On a large campus like the University of Arizona, it’s important to take every opportunity to personalize one’s learning experience. With the resources available at the Arizona State Museum, students in Professor Beth Alpert Nakhai’s classes get to experience a hands-on dimension, illuminating what they read about in textbooks.

Professor Nakhai takes several of her classes, including JUS 382, “Archaeology and the Bible”, to the ASM each semester. Nakhai appreciates the value of the... Read more

Post date: Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:16

For the first time ever, the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies is partnering with two archaeological excavations in Israel, The Jezreel Expedition and Tel Abel Beth Maacah Excavation. Each dig provides students with one-of-a-kind experiences that help bring classroom studies to life and add another dimension to the rich curriculum of Judaic Studies.

The Jezreel Expedition is co-directed by Dr. Jennie Ebeling of the University of Evansville and Dr. Norma Franklin of the University of... Read more

Post date: Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:58

Jennie Ebeling, Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Evansville, has a special place in her heart for The University of Arizona. “UA was a great place to be. In terms of the resources available in the areas I was interested in, I was in the perfect place,” Ebeling said.

In addition to her position at the University of Evansville, Ebeling is currently a co-director of the Jezreel Expedition. Ebeling’s interest in archaeology was sparked during her undergraduate... Read more

Post date: Fri, 04/04/2014 - 13:35

Valerie Schlegel, an undergraduate Judaic Studies student, had the incredible opportunity to work on an excavation at Tel Abel Beth Maacah last summer. Last month, she was asked to write a post for the ASOR blog about her experience as a young woman breaking into the field of archaeology.

Post date: Thu, 04/03/2014 - 13:13