About Modern Israel

Webinar with ISMI Director Ken Stein, "Trump Plan for the Middle East: Context & Implications," February 20, 2020 (Video and Audio)

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Jerusalem Timeline

Events and quotations cited here demonstrate Jerusalem’s political and religious importance and craving to Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, and when in time each of them controlled parts of the city. Other items here note when and/or why caliphs, churches, conferences, emirs, empires, generals, kings, resolutions, sultans, treaties, and other entities proclaimed privileges, control, and asserted views on how the city should be ruled, or which denominations within a faith could impose its physical control over the city, portions of it, or a particular venerated site.

Cronología de Jerusalén

Los eventos y las citas en este documento demuestran la importancia política y religiosa de Jerusalén y el ansia por la misma del cristianismo, el islam y el judaísmo. También se notan la razones y ocasiones cuando las diferentes religiones, califas, iglesias, congresos, emires, imperios, generales, reyes, resoluciones, sultanes, tratados y entidades controlaron, proclamaron privilegios, o afirmaron sus dictámenes sobre la manera de gobernar un lugar particular venerado, la ciudad, o partes de ella. 


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Program & Events

  • May 2020 -- Eli Sperling, "The Upcoming American Elections and Israel," A Four-Part Virtual Lecture Series, Marcus Jewish Community Center, Atlanta, GA
  • March 30, 2020 -- Rich Walter, "Understanding BDS in Context: A Virtual Seminar for Teens," Temple Beth Tikvah, Roswell, GA 
  • March 3, 2020 -- VLK Annual Lecture Featuring Aaron David Miller,"[Audio] Gulliver's Troubles: America in a Violent and Dysfunctional Middle East,” Emory University, Atlanta, GA

  • March 2, 2020 -- Eli Sperling,"From Sadat’s Visit to Jerusalem–Today: Challenges and Opportunities in Arab-Israeli Multi-Lateral Negotiations,” St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY

  • February 25, 2020 -- Eli Sperling, Panel Discussion Following Film, "Ma'abarot," Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta, GA
  • February 23, 2020 -- Eli Sperling, Panel Discussion Following Film, "Passengers," Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta, GA
  • February 19, 2020 -- Ken Stein,  Panel Discussion Following Film  "Ma'abarot," Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta, GA
  • February 13, 2020 -- Ken Stein, Introduction to Film, "Golda,"  Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta, GA
  • February 3-24, 2020 -- Eli Sperling, "Topics in Israeli Politics, Culture and Society: A Four-Part, Annual Lecture Series on Modern Israel as Part of The Temple's Tamid Adult Education Program," The Temple, Atlanta, GA
  • January 8-9, 2020 -- Ken Stein, “Israel’s Role in American Jewish Identity,” JNF Educator Meetups, Aventura and West Palm Beach, FL
  • November 9-11, 2018 -- ISMI@20, Anniversary Celebration, Atlanta, GA
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About the Institute

 What We Do at ISMI

ISMI in the News:

February 6, 2020, "Trump Proposal Follows Several Failed Peace Plans," Atlanta Jewish Times


February 2020 - Contemporary Reading List 

History, Politics and Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 2017