Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI) is celebrating 20 years of enhancing the knowledge and scholarship of Israel on Emory’s Atlanta campus and beyond.

The institute is hosting a 20th anniversary celebration at the JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead on Nov. 10 and 11, which will feature panels of scholars and Jewish professionals, as well as an Israeli dinner at which Ethiopian-Israeli singer Aveva Dese will perform. Tickets for the whole weekend are $108 for the general public or $72 for students, or you can attend only parts of the celebration at a lower cost.

Details and registration for the weekend, including hotel information, are available at ismi.emory.edu. For more information, contact Heather Waters at heather.f.waters@emory.edu or 404-727-2798.

Founded and directed by Professor Ken Stein, ISMI is the oldest permanent Israel academic center in the United States. An interdisciplinary department that does not confer degrees, the institute promotes teaching, research and learning focused on Israeli culture, foreign policy, history, society and politics for the Emory community and beyond.

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ISMI maintains the highest standards of academic excellence and intellectual honesty.

ISMI has supported 14 visiting scholars, who have taught some 700 students in 40 courses. The institute also offers student internships and, with the independent Center for Israel Education, sponsors events such as a weeklong workshop for Israel educators each summer and semiannual weekend institutes for teens who want to become community leaders in spreading accurate information about Israel.

An Invitation From Ken Stein

It is with great personal pleasure that I invite you and your loved ones to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel in Atlanta on Nov. 10 and 11. Come and partake in learning from talented practitioners and scholars across the globe. Enjoy a musical performance by Ethiopian-Israeli singer and songwriter Aveva Dese while dining on delectable Israeli cuisine.

There are far too many insidious examples of anti-Israeli teaching in colleges in North America. A professor at Michigan refused to write a letter of recommendation for a student to study in Israel because he opposes Israeli governmental policies. That is nothing short of scandalous and should never occur in an academic setting. ISMI maintains the highest standards of academic excellence and intellectual honesty in the teaching of Israel. It behooves all of us to ensure the continuance of ISMI and Israel studies at Emory for decades to come.

Student demand for courses at Emory on Israel and the Middle East grows annually. We answered their requests over the past 20 years by recruiting 14 visiting Israeli scholars. ISMI’s internship program remains highly prized by Emory students and by students from other campuses with few or no Israel learning opportunities.

Every spring, prospective students and their parents seek assurances that Emory can provide a place for “safe” learning and academic rigor regardless of potential fields of study. ISMI has had an enormous impact on Atlanta and the field of Israel studies across the country.

Please celebrate with us in November and support our path to continued excellence in fostering Israel studies here.

At our November program, knowledgeable speakers will present their insights about Israel, its foreign policy, the region and American Jewry’s relationship with Israel.

Space is limited; please secure your reservations soon. Join alumni and friends of ISMI from across the years and country in a weekend of learning, great food and celebration.

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