Hebrew & Israeli Cultural Studies

The rebirth of Israel and the revival of Hebrew are among the most dramatic revolutions of the twentieth century, revolutions that continue through the present. The program in Hebrew & Israeli Cultural Studies at MSU enables students to gain an appreciation for the dynamic culture of modern Israel and the Hebrew language, and can be an important part of a liberal education. Courses in the program help prepare students for future work in business, government, NGOs, education, Jewish community leadership, as well as graduate work in related fields. The program is housed within the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages and is an integral part of the MSU Jewish Studies Program.

We offer

Jewish Studies Minor

The Jewish Studies Minor offered by the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel introduces students to Israeli society as well as the history, religion, culture, and civilization of the Jewish people in Europe and the United States. Up to a total of three Hebrew language courses and all of the IAH course courses count towards fulfillment of the minor.

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Scheduling Flexibility

First-year Hebrew is offered in a special evening section meeting twice a week for two hours, in order to accommodate students’ work, family, and educational needs.

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Individualized and Inquiry-based Instruction

Students are provided highly individualized instruction and are given the opportunity to engage in self-directed research projects about the exciting culture of Israel. Hebrew courses are kept small, allowing us to offer students personal attention and ample opportunities for active participation.

Study Abroad Program

Study Abroad in Israel







Living and studying in Israel is an invaluable part of the program and students, if they are able, are highly encouraged to participate in one of the programs we offer. Program faculty direct study abroad programs in Israel in the summer and winter for which students are able to design research projects related to their interests. Unique among MSU study abroad programs, generous scholarships are available to underwrite most of the associated costs, placing participation within the reach of most students.


For questions about our Hebrew language courses or to arrange for a placement exam (for those with prior preparation), contact Professor Yore Kedem. For further information about the content courses about Israeli society, please contact Professor Marc Bernstein. For questions about the program, Hebrew language scholarships, or study abroad in Israel, please feel free to contact either instructor.