Why should Jewish Studies be a core part of every Israeli student's higher education?

Bar-Ilan University (BIU) is a microcosm of the State of Israel. Its diverse student population comes together in an academic environment which embraces Judaism and Zionism. These principles are core to the University's groundbreaking initiatives in the sciences, law, nanotechnology, engineering, business, the humanities and its new Medical School in the Galilee.

BIU is Israel's only university where every student is required to take 20% of his/her coursework in Jewish Studies, selecting from more than 1,000 subjects ranging from Jewish history and culture to Talmud/Bible studies.

The American Friends of Bar-Ilan University (AFBIU) provides partnership opportunities for those who share BIU's vision to:

Improve Israel's international standing

  • The Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University (BIU) is a major think-tank that powerfully advocates for Israel's security interests. Read more »
  • BIU's new School of Communication teaches students the skills in all forms of media to fight against those who want to delegitimize the Jewish State. Read more »

Strengthen Israel's security

  • Computer scientists in BIU's cryptography and security research group are developing countermeasures that will protect the Internet and other vital networks against cyber-attacks by terrorists. Read more here and here »
  • BIU scientists are improving robotic patrolling to help the IDF secure Israel's borders. Read more »

Protect Israeli women's rights

  • The Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women assists Israeli women at risk, provides them with legal counseling and advocates for agunot rights. Read more »
  • BIU's Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Center for the Study of Women in Judaism creates the intellectual underpinnings to advance the role of women in Jewish religion, society and culture. Read more »

Improve healthcare in Northern Israel

  • Faculty and students at Bar-Ilan's new Medical School in Safedthe first in Israel in 37 years — are quickly expanding the quality of healthcare services in the Galilee. Read more »

To learn more about BIU's partnership opportunities that put Jewish and Zionist values into action to strengthen Israel and Jewish identity, call Howard Charish at 212-906-3900.


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