About us

Mission Statement

The Center for Israel Studies was founded in 2013 as an organization based in Vienna, the cradle of Zionism. It is dedicated to stimulating interest and enhancing the knowledge of modern Israel in its amplitude and diversity. It intends to attract scholars, students and the general public.

The center will host monthly public lectures on issues concerning Israeli history, society and culture, as well as films, artistic performances, and music. Prominent scholars from all disciplines in academia, international experts, as well as artists, authors and public figures will illuminate nuances of the contemporary, dynamic and polarized Israeli scene. The lectures are designed to serve as a high-level forum of exchange of perspectives and will take place in the Diplomatic Academy and the University of Vienna.

We are committed to broadening the understanding of the Israeli society and its culture amongst the general Austrian/German audience.