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Modern Israel 101

An overview of the Jewish state and its many accomplishments and challenges.

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Travel to Israel

For Jewish travelers, a visit to Israel can and should be more than a typical tourist encounter with a foreign people, culture, and place

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Israeli Settlements: Questions and Answers

An overview of these Jewish communities in the West Bank — and why they are so controversial.

What Is BDS?

All about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

The Evolution of Israeli Cuisine

Increasingly trendy worldwide, Israeli food mixes the flavors of the Middle East and the Jewish Diaspora.

Israel’s Vibrant Jewish Ethnic Mix

Just because Israel is a Jewish country doesn't mean all Jews are the same.

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and the Making of Modern Hebrew

The Lithuania-born visionary turned an ancient language into a spoken one.

Israel’s War of Independence

Establishing a new nation and defending It

Israeli Literature in Translation: A Reader’s Guide

You don't have to know Hebrew to enjoy some of Israel's best books.

Jewish Immigration to Pre-State Israel

The story of who went to Palestine, and how these successive waves of Jewish immigration shaped Jewish life there from 1881-1939.

Contemporary Israel Quiz

How much do you know about contemporary Israeli society, politics, and religious issues?

Israeli History Quiz

How much do you know about the history of Zionism and the Jewish state?

Jews and Arabs in British Mandate Palestine

During the interwar period, the two populations struggled to lay claim to the land.

Mizrahim in Israel

Jews from Arab lands are gaining more and more influence in Israeli society.

Whose Jerusalem?

A history of Jerusalem since Israel's establishment.