About Modern Israel

From the Director:

US-Israeli Relationship

The US-Israeli relationship is complicated, dynamic, multidimensional, and enduring. From initial American governmental opposition to the present, Washington has become Israel’s most trusted ally. Rooted in common bonds, entrenched military sharing, and valued strategic interests, the association has also greatly influenced the shaping and sustenance of American Jewish identity.

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Surveys and Polls

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Program & Events

  • February 4-25, 2019 -- Eli Sperling, "Contemporary Issues in the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Four-Part Series," The Temple, Atlanta, GA
  • January 24, 2019 -- Rich Walter, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Israel But Were Afraid to Ask," Chabad on the Beltline, Atlanta, GA
  • January 7, 2019 -- Ken Stein, "Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues in Historical Perspective," Academic Exchange Network, Boca Raton, FL
  • January 2, 2019 -- Ken Stein, "History of US Israeli Relationship," Saban Leadership Seminar, Washington, DC
  • November 9-11, 2018 -- ISMI@20, Anniversary Celebration, Atlanta, GA
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About the Institute

 What We Do at ISMI

  • Founded in 1998, we are the OLDEST permanent Israel academic center in the United States.
  • ISMI has supported 14 Israel Visiting Scholars who have taught 700 students in 40 courses. 

  • ISMI offers enriching internships to a select few Emory students every semester

  • ISMI conducts Israel education workshops for teachers across the country



Miracles and Memory — Hanukkah, Ken Stein and Rich Walter

December 2018 - Contemporary Reading List

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