LSA Judaic Studies
Study Abroad in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel
Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israeli Culture
This Study Abroad program allows students to participate in a field-based extension of either Judaic 255 / NES 279 or Judaic 150 / NES 295. Interested students should enroll for the eligible Winter 2018 course and complete the application in M-compass. Accepted students will then be instructed to register for the 2 credit study abroad component in the Winter 2018 term. Following completion of the winter term course, students travel for 3 weeks with Professor Shachar Pinsker and classmates to field sites where students will put into practice what they have learned in their course. Instructor permission is required to register for the study abroad component.
Study Abroad in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel
Examine multiple ways in which Jews in Europe, America, Israel and the Middle East have responded to the cultural, political, economic, and social forces of modernity. Then step out of the classroom into a deeper exploration of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Explore key historical sights and engage with writers, filmmakers and artists living and working in the two cities.
Enrollment in JUDAIC 255 / NES 279 or JUDAIC 150 / NES 295 (3 credits) during Winter 2018
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing
Good academic standing
Minimum 2.0 GPA
Only open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students
Application Deadline: December 15
Instructor: Shahar Pinsker, Associate Professor of Hebrew Literature and Culture, Department of Near Eastern Studies and Judaic Studies - email@example.com
Professor Pinsker has lived for years in both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and visits there often for research and work. He has been a visiting Professor both at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University.
Language of instruction: English
Credits: 5 credits in Winter semester (3 credits for on-campus, 2 credits for on-site)
JUDAIC 255 / NES 279: Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israeli Culture
Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are perceived as two polar opposites in the cultural geography of Israel. Jerusalem is a historical city in the Judean Mountains with a rich and sacred past, while Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew city, seemed to emerge from the sand dunes of the Mediterranean Sea 100 years ago. Jerusalem, the official capital of Israel, endured wars and siege, while Tel Aviv has mostly remained outside the battlefield. Jerusalem is associated with religion, while Tel Aviv is a symbol of modern secularism. Through the years, both cities went through massive changes — geographical, cultural and social — and their images have developed in complex ways. In this course, we will examine prose, poetry, art and film which portray the two cities from the first half of the 20th century to present day, alongside historical and theoretical studies.
JUDAIC 150 / NES 295 First-Year Seminar Course
This course will explore the formation of modern Jewish culture during the late 19th and 20th century by examining the role of urban cafés in Eastern and Central Europe, North-America and Israel. Since the dawn of modernity, coffeehouses played a key role as spaces of political, financial, scientific and literary exchange. The public space of cafés especially appealed to Jews, so much so that in many places Jews became identified with café culture. As Jews migrated to new cities, cafés functioned as a “silk road” of modern Jewish creativity. We will examine historical, literary, journalistic and autobiographical texts, as well as photographs, artworks, architecture, and design. Students will engage with course materials through reading, writing, and discussion, as well as by creating and presenting a final project, using innovative digital tools that integrate mapping, images, texts, and storytelling.
JUDAIC 319 / NES 295Off-campus 2-credit Component
Students will engage in an on-site deep exploration of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the two main urban centers of Israel. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are perceived as two polar opposites in the cultural geography of Israel. Jerusalem is a historical city in the Judean Mountains with a rich and sacred past, while Tel Aviv, "the first Hebrew city," seemed to emerge from the sand dunes of the Mediterranean Sea 100 years ago. Through the years, both cities went through massive geographical, cultural and social changes and their images have developed in complex ways.
Students will explore key sites in the history of two cities. They will converse with writers, filmmakers, and artists living and working in the two cities. Students will also explore the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of the population in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, including Ashkenazi and Mizrahi Jews (Jews from Arab countries), religious and secular Jews, Arabs (Moslem and Christians) and migrant workers.
The Judaic Studies Department has provided a subsidy to reduce the program fee for students as much as possible.
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Dates & Deadlines
Program Travel Dates: May 27 - June 15, 2018* (date subject to change)
Students will stay in a Hostel in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Passport and Visa
Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.
When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.
For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact the Judaic Studies Student Services Coordinator.
Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.
Application Requirements include:
Unofficial U-M Transcript
Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
"From spooky modern dance to historical monuments to gay bars to gourmet restaurants to hole-in-the-wall hummus stops, the well-rounded program taught me a lot about Israel and myself."
"I learned more in three weeks than I do in a full semester in many of my classes back in Ann Arbor."
"These experiences are ones that I will treasure for a very long time. I have not only learned so much about Israeli culture and history, but I have also learned that sometimes taking risks and trying something completely new will pay off many times over in the long run."
"It was great to experience the Israeli lifestyle and gain a greater insight into Israel-Palestine conflict...learning about the politics, religions, and most importantly the cuisine was informative, fun, and often times delicious."
For more information on the experiences of past participants, please visit the program blog.
Highlights of Study Abroad
Unique U-M faculty-led programs are a great way to maximize learning during a short-term study abroad experience.
Preparation in the classroom before you go abroad makes it easy to hit the ground running with good cultural context.
Study Abroad programs allow for close-knit relationships between students and faculty. You get to know your team well throughout the semester leading up to the field component.
No full-term tuition is required. There is only a program fee. See 2018 Program Budget Estimate for program fee and additional expenses.