The Haifa Connection
The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies strives to cultivate lasting ties with leading Israeli institutions. SCJS director Robert Abzug and University of Haifa rector David Faraggi took an important step toward that goal in 2011 with the establishment of the UT-Haifa connection, an interdisciplinary collaboration that will benefit students, faculty, and research projects at both institutions through innovative ideas and monetary support.
Plans include study abroad opportunities and faculty exchanges, as well as joint research projects in Jewish Studies, Israel Studies, and beyond. Collaborations with the LBJ School, the Butler School of Music, and the Jackson School of Geosciences—already in progress—will ensure that SCJS becomes the hub from which Haifa can extend its partnership to other university departments.