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Shalem College

Shalem College
המרכז האקדמי שלם
Established 2013
Type Liberal arts
President Martin Kramer
Location Jerusalem, Israel

Shalem College (Hebrew: המרכז האקדמי שלם‎, ha-Merkaz ha-Akademi Shalem) is Israel's first liberal arts college, located in Jerusalem, Israel. It was established in January 2013, following accreditation by the Council for Higher Education in Israel.[1][2]

A private, undergraduate degree-granting institution, Shalem College has pioneered the use of a required core curriculum for all students. The centerpiece of the college’s academic community, the Core—which includes courses in philosophy, history, the natural and social sciences, literature, and the fine arts—is unique in its integration of the study of key Western and Jewish texts.

The college follows the Great Books model, in which students are required to read sources directly, and in the context of small, participatory seminars. In its first year, students will choose from two possible majors: Philosophy and Jewish Thought, or Middle East and Islamic Studies.[3]

The list of faculty includes the philosopher and ethicist Asa Kasher, co-author of the IDF’s Code of Conduct; the jurist and human-rights activist Ruth Gavison; the renowned scholar of Jewish thought Shalom Rosenberg; and the noted historian of Zionism Ehud Luz.[4] The distinguished scholar of the Middle East Martin Kramer serves as the college’s first president.[5]

Shalem accepts candidates on the basis of exams, intellectual capabilities, and demonstrated commitment to public service. Accepted applicants receive substantial financial aid packages.[6]

See also

External links

  • Shalem College Official Website
  • Shalem College Official Website (Hebrew)


Coordinates: 31°45′7.1″N 35°13′41.01″E / 31.751972°N 35.2280583°E / 31.751972; 35.2280583

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