Judaic Studies Professors Participate in Panel for JCRC

Summer’s over but worldwide trouble spots rage on. The influx into Arizona of Central American migrants fleeing violence, the ongoing turmoil in Ukraine, and the Israel-Gaza conflict were the subjects of an educational forum on Sept. 10, hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. More than 100 people attended the event at the Tucson Jewish... Read more
Thu, 10/02/2014 - 15:26

Prof. Ed Wright Leads Magellan Circle Donors on Trip to Israel

Over the summer, Prof. Ed Wright, Director of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, lead the 2014 Magellan Circle Excursion on a tour of Israel and Palestine.  The Magellan Circle is a society for donors created by the University of Arizona College of Social & Behavioral Sciences to raise money that supports the Dean’s Fund for Excellence,... Read more
Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:42

UA Student Thrives at Tel Abel Beth Maacah

Michael Kolestos, who is working on his MA in Classics at the University of Arizona, has spent three summers at Tel Jezreel, as part of the Jezreel Expedition.  This field season, he was awarded a P.E. MacAllister Fellowship.

To read Michael's ASOR blog post on his experience at Jezreel, click here. For more... Read more
Fri, 09/19/2014 - 13:41

Upcoming Khalil Shikaki Lectures

On October 27th, Khalil Shikaki, of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Social Research, will be giving two lectures to the Tucson community. Below, you'll find the descriptions of each lecture, as well as time, location, and parking information.

The Gaza War and the Future of Palestinian-Israeli Relations

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Fri, 09/19/2014 - 13:22

Dr. Asher Susser Delivers Popular Lecture on Rational Conflict Management in Israel and Palestine

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
Fri, 09/12/2014 - 16:05

Dr. Beth Alpert Nakhai Develops Survey to Increase Safety on Digs

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
Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:06

UA talk: solutions on Israeli conflict

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
Thu, 09/11/2014 - 08:39

The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies to expand online Jewish ed.

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

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 08:53
Dr. Asher Susser returns to UA
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.

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 19:12
Western Jewish Studies Association Conference Features Diversity of Scholarship

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
Thu, 05/15/2014 - 09:55