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Join us in 2018 for the Summer-in-Israel Program 

The Graduate Summer-in-Israel Program was created in 2000 to provide an Israel Experience for students enrolled in the PSGS M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs. The summer program which, takes place every two years, has four goals:

    1. To allow graduate students of all faiths to visit significant ancient and modern sites in Israel under our guidance
    2. To provide instruction in modern spoken hevrew for students 
    3. To provide field experience on an archaeological excavation to students who study and research the texts of antiquity
    4. To give students the opportunity to interact with the people of Israel and experience life – religious and secular – in the modern state

Each season, up to five students receive a grant to participate in this seven-week program. Additionally up to four returning students take part in the archeological excavation as staff members.

In 2005 we reopened the HUC-JIR site of Tel Dan under the leadership of Dr. David Ilan, Director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, Jerusalem (NGBSA). The Tel Dan excavation brings volunteers from many American, European, and Israeli universities to the dig. This archaeological component is an especially enriching experience for our graduate students. The NGBSA has been excavating at Tel Dan since 1974, revealing a multilayered site with remains from the Neolithic, Bronze Age , Iron Age, Hellenistic and Roman periods.  Dan or Laish is mentioned a number of times in the Hebrew Bible and was a national cult center in the Iron Age (I Kings 12:29).  Students from the Pines School of Graduate Studies participate first as volunteers and later in supervisory positions.  

Further information can be found at the Nelson Glueck School's Tel Dan website:

The three main organizers and leaders of the program are Dr. Nili Fox, Professor of Bible, Cincinnati; Dr. David Ilan, Director of the NGSBA, and Dr. Jason Kalman, Gottschalk-Slade Chair in Jewish Intellectual History and Professor of Classical Hebrew Literature and Interpretation, HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.

The Summer-In-Israel Program is made possible by a generous grant from the Richard J. Scheuer Family.