The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies – Columbia University’s center for the academic study and discussion of Jewish life, history, and culture – has long been a national and international leader in the field. Over its half-century history, IIJS has trained many of the field’s leading figures. Its scholars and students have produced lasting and central works of scholarship in a field that continues to grow exponentially across the United States. The Institute is dedicated to the academic study and discussion of Israel and Jewish Studies. Committed to blending rigorous scholarship with cutting edge teaching and intellectual opportunities, IIJS explores the best that’s been thought and said in the field and examines the length and breadth of Jewish history and culture, as well as Israel and all of its complexities.
Teaching and training the next generation of students in the field, from expansive course offerings in the classroom to programs both on campus and abroad, and engaging students with new media technologies to explore.
Growing our faculty to increase scholarship, teaching, public conversations, and student training, while also supporting faculty and graduate students doing investigative academic research.
Creating a vibrant and multi-dimensional public profile for intellectual conversation about Jewish and Israel studies for the broader Columbia community, from academic daytime lectures to Israeli film screenings and more.