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Summer Courses

This summer, we are thrilled to introduce new and exciting four-week summer courses from June 10 – July 4, 2013. Students can choose to take one or two classes that will be taught three hours a day, three days a week. All courses are taught in English and are open to students above the age of 18 with a high school diploma as well as adult learners. Each summer course awards three academic credits.

Listen to the Summer Course Faculty:

Israel in the Bible – Then and Now
Prof. Richard Elliott Friedman

Study of the Hebrew Bible and the world that produced it, uncovered through the perspectives of history, religion, and literature.  Students will see early on that two revolutions — archaeology and critical Bible scholarship — have transformed practically everything that we thought we knew about the Bible. And we shall also see how the Hebrew Bible connects to the present situation of Israel and its neighbors.

Innovation in a Nation: The Israeli Phenomenon
Ms. Michal Zeevi – Bender

Founded some 64 years ago by pioneering “entrepreneurs,” Israel’s first successful start-up was the country itself. Since then, Israel has earned a reputation as one of the most active hubs for innovation, second only to Silicon Valley. Its ventures gain their founders multibillion dollars worth of “exits” every year, promoting the country as an attractive target for acquisitions. In addition, the country’s outstanding talent has also attracted giant global players such as Intel, Google, Microsoft and Apple, which have all established prominent R&D centers within these borders.

Challenged with few natural resources and political complexities, this small country has established itself as a leader in business innovation, and is responsible for numerous products and services that are part of the daily lives of people around the world. What are the distinctive characteristics of the Israeli hi-tech industry, and what is its role in the global economy? This course will tackle this question and shed light on these issues.

Jewish People in the Land of Israel – Academic Study Tour

Mr. Yisrael Ne’eman

”Jewish People in the Land of Israel” is a unique academic course which allows the student to study in classroom seminars and through visits to many of the most important historical sites in the State of Israel obtain a unique understanding of the connection between Jews and the Land. During the four week course, students will divide their days between the University of Haifa campus and field study sessions in sites throughout Israel. The course begins in the north of Israel and examines the historical, religious and cultural mosaic of the region as seen through the roots of its Jewish development, both ancient and modern. Through the centuries, the Jews’ existence in the Land of Israel has been a constant process of social and cultural interaction with their surroundings. The complex interplay ofJudaism, Christianity, and Islam in the region will further serve as a focus of study and discussion, particularly during the visit to Jerusalem. The tour continues south, visiting Masada in order to learn about one of modern Israel’s founding legends and to examine the role of the desert in the history of the State.

There is particular emphasis in the post-Biblical ancient Greco-Roman period as concerns of the Maccabean Revolt and the later destruction of the Second Temple by Rome in 70 CE. Our other area of focus is the development of modern political Zionism, the establishment of the State of Israel and loyalties to the Land of Israel as a religious and national value.

Students are required to write a term-paper and keep an academic journal in order to receive a final grade.

Green Technologies: Sustainability and the Environment in Israel

Dr. Andrea Ghermandi

Israel is rated as one of the most advanced countries in the world for the management of water and renewable energy resources, and as a leader in developing innovative and sustainable technologies. This course focuses on the environmental challenges and innovative solutions that were developed in Israel to conserve the natural environment and make efficient use of the available natural resources. The course is organized in three modules: water resources management; renewable energy systems; and sustainable agricultural techniques. Particular emphasis is given on sectors in which Israel achieves global excellence, such as water conservation and recycling, desalination, solar energy and drip irrigation. Classroom learning is supplemented with study trips to familiarize the students with the concepts and application of green technologies in Israel. Upon completion of this course the students will have a good understanding of the potential environmental and economic impacts of green technologies in Israel and globally, and their role in promoting sustainable environmental management practices.

Who’s Doing What: The Art Scene in Israel Today
Dr. Miryam Sivan

This course will take a panoramic view of the various and exciting artistic disciplines as they are being created and presented in Israel today. Over the course of four weeks we will read, watch, look and listen to what Israel’s top artists are writing, choreographing, acting, performing, singing, painting, sculpting, building and filming, all within the historical and cultural contexts of a relatively young society still defining itself. The course will combine classroom study with field trips to exhibition and performance venues.

For tuition and fees, please see Admissions tab.

To apply, please email the admissions department at info@mail.uhaifa.org

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