The Institute for Global Jewish Affairs, established in 2008, includes the Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism Project as well as Changing Jewish Communities.
The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs’ Institute for Global Jewish Affairs was established in 2008. It comprises several long-running programs of the Jerusalem Center that deal with Jewish issues.
The 2001 United Nations Anti-Racism Conference in Durban, South Africa revealed the global revival of Anti-Semitism. Thereupon the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs initiated its Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism Project (PHAS), directed by Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, Chairman of the Board of Fellows. It has become a leading research and information program on worldwide contemporary anti-Semitism as well as emerging trends in that field. Both the project and its monthly publication, Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism, address issues concerning past and present acts of persecution against world Jewry as well as post-war issues relating to the Holocaust. Specific subjects include anti-Semitism in specific countries, Jewish and anti-Israel boycotts in particular on campus, Muslim and Christian anti-Semitism, and the negative portrayal of Israel in the media. Post-Holocaust subjects include matters such as manipulations of Holocaust history, Holocaust education and restitution issues. Many of the world’s leading experts in these fields have been published in the series. Articles reach more than a million readers/viewers per year.
The Jerusalem Center has been a leader in the field of Jewish community studies for over three decades. Its founding president, Professor Daniel Elazar, was a pioneer in the analysis of Jewish communities worldwide. The Changing Jewish Communities program builds on this infrastructure and investigates recent developments in Jewish communities throughout the world.
The Institute for Global Jewish Affairs hosts the Herbert Berman Memorial Lecture Series and the Changing Jewish Communities Lecture Series. These lectures are given by leading scholars, Jewish leaders and other specialists. The audience consists of a multidisciplinary group of experts, with a broad international background.
Tens of students from universities all over the world have completed internships with the Institute for Global Jewish Affairs.