Though the Institute serves the entire university community, the students are at its heart. Providing Columbia and Barnard undergraduates with a variety of opportunities to learn about Jewish studies and Israel – in all their complexity and diversity – is a strong focus of the Institute's mission. We are equally committed to supporting graduate students, from ensuring that the very best come to the university in the face of increasingly strong competition for their matriculation (often by our own former graduate students), to allowing them to spend their time in graduate school as efficiently and productively as possible, to maximizing their possibilities to get scholarly positions.
We are proud to be 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. From our Undergraduate Israel Fellowship and the Jewish and Israel Studies Graduate Student Association to guest lecturers presenting on a wide range of topics, our students are engaged with the study of the diversity of Jewish experience and the totality of Israeli history, literature, culture, and geopolitics.