The UNO Religious Studies Department currently offers eleven Jewish/Israeli courses, while the History Department offers six such courses. The Center will provide funding to greatly expand these course offerings with the goal of creating a minor in Israel and/or Jewish Studies for UNO students. Potential new courses may include: History of Modern Israel, Modern Jewish Thought, Zionism and the Founding of Israel, Religion and Politics in the Middle East, Government and Politics of Israel, Israel and the Holocaust, Israeli-Arab Conflict and Israeli Literature and Culture.
Funding for a permanent Israel and Jewish studies professor on the UNO campus will ensure the continued growth and development of course offerings, lectures and expertise.
Israel and Judaic Studies professors will be invited to come to the UNO campus and will periodically offer lectures and presentations for the whole community over a week, a month, a semester or longer.
Analysis and Communication
The Center for Israel and Jewish Studies will provide continuing expertise to interpret world events as they impact Jews, Israel, the Middle East, and the world through press releases and speaking engagements.
The Center for Israel and Jewish Studies will coordinate the annual Rabbi Sidney H. Brooks Lecture Series held at UNO. The Center will sponsor the Phil and Ruth Sokolof endowed lecture series in Israel and Jewish Studies. It will also sponsor other community lectures by renowned experts.
Israel Travel Scholarships
The Center for Israel and Jewish Studies will offer scholarships to Israel, creating unforgettable learning opportunities for UNO students.
Israel Travel Grants
Funding for faculty members will establish academic ties with Israeli universities and research institutions, and provide opportunities to deliver papers, lectures and presentations in Israel.
The UNO faculty will be responsible for the academic program of the Center. In addition, a board of interested individuals from the Jewish and general communities will give advice and recommendations; will coordinate activities with the Center’s Partners and other communal institutions; and will seek support, both financial and general, for the operations and growth of the Center. In order to assure the development of the Center, endowed funds are being established at both the University of Nebraska Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation.