About the School

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The Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies and Archaeology offers a comprehensive, profound, multifaceted approach to Jewish Studies and to the material culture of the land of Israel and the Ancient Near East. Our departments research and teach a broad range of fields: Bible, Hebrew language and Semitic languages, rabbinic literature, Jewish history, philosophy and Jewish thought (past and contemporary), mysticism and Kabbalah, Israel studies and Zionism, archaeology, Ancient Israel, and ancient cultures.


One of our guiding principles is that conversance with the history of the Jewish people and Jewish thought throughout the ages is an essential tool for shaping the identity and objectives of Israeli society. We believe that the exceptional, tense region in which we live compels study of its ancient cultures, from which western civilization as a whole stemmed. We believe that the land of the Bible must be a center of international biblical research. We believe that the small geographical region in which the Hebrew language was miraculously revived and is now spoken must show commitment to its study and nurture. Finally, we believe that the vibrant, young city of Tel Aviv, at the heart of variegated Israeli life, is the appropriate venue for this activity.


The School's departments apply a scholarly, open, pluralistic, and critical approach to their fields of knowledge. They also foster an interdisciplinary viewpoint grounded in productive collaboration between different fields of research and with other academic institutions.


The School maintains international partnerships with universities around the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Notre-Dame, and Hamburg, among others. Through comparative study of religion and international collaboration, the School seeks to promote tolerance and understanding between religions, cultures, and nationalities. Over the past decade, members of our faculty have been awarded the Israel Prize, the Dan David Prize, the Yad Hanadiv Foundation Michael Bruno Memorial Award, membership in the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, among similar honors. Our undergraduate and graduate students consistently make the Dean’s and the Rector’s lists and over 150 doctoral students are currently enrolled in the School. 


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