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Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies

Welcome to the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies. 

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Explore Israel Studies

Academic Programs

The Bauhaus White City in Israel

We offer a minor in Israel Studies and many of our courses are crosslisted with other departments.  We also maintain a graduate program offering the M.A. and Ph.D, through partnerships with other academic departments.  We create a dynamic student experience through innovative courses, thought-provoking programs by prominent guest lecturers, academic conferences, and meaningful study-abroad opportunities.


American Jews and Israel Conference 2018

We are producing and promoting non-partisan, scholarly research that will inform and inspire today’s thought leaders and decision makers. We invite you to be a part of the growth of the Gildenhorn Institute and look forward to your participation in upcoming Israel studies special events, which we hold throughout the academic year.


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Students work closely with our distinguished faculty to gain a broad understanding of Israel in all its variety. 


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The Gildenhorn Institute serves as a resource center whose work has a tangible impact on real issues with consequences for real people. We provide resources and information for students, faculty and guests.

The Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies is dedicated to study and research on Israel in all its variety, but also to presenting political, cultural, and general interest programs featuring Israel and its place in the Middle East. The Institute was established in 2006 and has made a significant place for itself on the UMD campus, in the Washington, D.C. policy community, and in the expanding field of Israel Studies.

Gildenhorn Institute Resources

The Gildenhorn Institute provides helpful resources for students, faculty and guests.

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