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Institute Milestones


May 2021 AIIS-CUL Book ward is launched

November 2020 MQUP Book Series in Israel Studies launched

April 2019 New undergraduate awards established:

Sarah Morris Award

Sarna-Weigensberg Award


July 2018 Montreal-wide student essay competition

July 2018 Noa Ogilvy’ “Israel at 70” collage

November 2017  The Institute is forging global connections: visit in India

Collaborations established with BGU and HUJI


July 2017 The launching of the Summer in Israel program

May 2016 The Institute welcomes Dr. Yakub Halabi as its first visiting researcher


July 2015 The Institute is hosting the 31st Annual Meeting of the AIS

July 2014 The Institute mourns the passing of David Azrieli z’l

December 2013 The Israel Studies Minor is launched

  • First graduate: Jessica Simon

  • Since then 12 students have completed the program


November 2013 first academic conference dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel


March 2013 First documentary film screening, “The Mystery of Atlit Yam: 10,000 Years Under the Sea”


November 2012 The Best Book Award in Israel Studies is launched in cooperation with the  Montreal JPL

  • First winner is Boaz Neumann’s (z’l) Land and Desire in Early Zionism

June 2011 The Institute is launched

  • First academic research centre of Israel Studies in Canada

  • Founding co-directors: Norma Joseph (Department of Religions and Cultures) and Csaba Nikolenyi (Department of Political Science)

Institutional Memberships

The Institute is an institutional member of the Association for Israel Studies and the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA).


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