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Two Peoples in Palestine and Israel


This Global Seminar has been canceled for summer 2024.

Faculty Leader

Deborah Hertz

Deborah Hertz head shot

Deborah Hertz grew up in St Paul Minnesota and received a PhD from the University of Minnesota in German History in 1979. She has taught History at Binghamton University, Sarah Lawrence College, and has been teaching at UCSD since 2004. She has spent five years abroad in Israel as a student and a professor, at University of Haifa, Tel Aviv University, and Hebrew University. In 1994-95, she lived on Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet with her husband and two children.

After many years of teaching courses on the Holocaust, on modern German history, modern Jewish history, and women’s history, she shifted to courses which integrate the study of Jewish history with broader comparative perspectives. She began teaching MMW 14 (1750 to 1914) six years ago. Her three new courses are: Blood, Soil and Boundaries: History of European Nationalism; African Americans and Jews: Slavery Diaspora Ghetto and Two Peoples in Palestine/Israel.

Deborah Hertz is the Herman Wouk Chair in Modern Jewish Studies at UCSD, the co-founder and co-director of UCSD’s Holocaust Living History Workshop, and the author of two books in the field. She is currently finishing another on the history of radical Jewish women in Russia and Palestine.


Why you should go

 It is impossible to fully comprehend the daily news of the contemporary Middle East without an understanding of the history of not just the region itself, but its peoples. In MMW 14GS, we return to the era of the French Revolution. We then move forward, across the globe, analyzing the growing nationalism which resulted in World War One.  In HINE 137GSTwo Peoples in Palestine/Israel, we survey the economic, legal, cultural and political histories of both the Jewish and Palestinian peoples beginning in 1881 and ending in the present.  It is likely that students may be agitated by the challenging material we encounter in the history we study. One purpose of this Global Seminar is to learn how to articulate coherent points of view about topics which remain touchy and troubling today.

Anyone interested in the history of the region and prepared to be challenged by the topic is welcome to apply. There are no course pre-requisites.

Important Information

The University of California Study Abroad and Risk Management offices across the state are carefully monitoring the security situation in Israel and the broader Middle East.  We as educators treasure the opportunity to provide a chance for our students to become active global citizens.  It is precisely because of the tormented politics of the region that we study the history of this conflict. 

The safety of students is our highest priority. By March 2024, the deadline for finalizing the Global Seminar in Israel, we shall know much more about the safety risks involved.  We will not proceed with this Global Seminar if the situation is determined to be high risk. If the Global Seminar is cancelled because of security considerations, then students will not owe any program costs. 

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Information Sessions

  • Thursday, Jan. 18, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Register here for the live Zoom link, and/or to get the post-session recording.

See the Info Session Calendar


Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 29, 2024
Arrival: Sun., June 30, 2024
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 1, 2024
First Day of Class: Mon., July 1, 2024
Last Day of Class: Thurs., August 1, 2024
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sun., August 4, 2024

Flight Information

  • You will be responsible for purchasing your own airplane tickets, and your program coordinator will provide guidelines and resources during the pre-departure process to help you find an appropriate flight.
  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has reached minimum enrollment.

Global Seminar Fees

All fees subject to change. See for current tuition and campus-based fees.

  UCSD Other UC Non-UC
Program Cost:
(includes $500 administrative fee)
Estimated Tuition and Campus-Based Fees:
$2,507.96 $2,557.96 $3,311.96
(not including airfare or personal expenses)

Budget Sheet

  • 2024 Jerusalem budget sheet (pdf) - coming soon

Funding Options

See the funding options page to learn how financial aid and scholarships can help you pay for this program.

Local Site Visits

  • Jerusalem's Old City
  • East Jerusalem Tour
  • Old Yishuv Court Museum
  • Tour of the Russian Compound
  • Nave Shalom
  • Rishon le Zion Museum

Overnight Excursions

  •  Northern Israel
    • Tantura
    • Zichron Yaakov
    • Nazareth
    • Umm El Fahm

Excursions are subject to change without prior notice. No refunds are possible.


  • Participants will be housed either in shared apartment suites in the Student Village Dorm (2-3 students per apartment suite), or in dorms in the city.
  • Apartment suites are air-conditioned & include a shared kitchen, living room, and bathroom
  • Linens, towels, & wi-fi are included.
  • Housing arrangements are subject to change based on local circumstances without prior notice. No price adjustments are possible.

Included Meals

  • Welcome dinner upon arrival
  • Farewell dinner at end of program
  • There is no meal plan, since each dorm suite has its own kitchen. There are also plentiful cafes, restaurants and cafeterias in the area and on campus.

Classroom and Computer Access

  • Classroom spaces are air-conditioned, spacious, and lined with windows, many of which open out onto scenic views of East Jerusalem and the Judean Desert.
  • Classrooms are equipped with 'smart technology' and provide Wi-Fi access for students with laptops and wireless devices.
  • The classroom building offers students an English library, study rooms, a cafeteria and open courtyard.
  • Computer library contains only 6 computers. Bringing a laptop is highly recommended.
  • Wireless access may be intermittent due to local conditions. No refunds or price adjustments are possible.


  • Transportation by shuttle to and from the airport to the student housing for those arriving on time.
  • Transportation for all excursions.


  • Information about how to obtain a local SIM card will be provided at the pre-departure orientation.
  • Students will be responsible to purchase their own calling time/minutes.

Insurance, Health, and Safety

  • An in-depth orientation will be given after arrival, including health and safety procedures.
  • Program partner staff will be available by telephone after hours.
  • Comprehensive insurance package with Harel Health Insurance 
  • All students will be registered for UC travel insurance valid for program dates + 14 days cumulative.
  • Students travelling more than that should obtain independent travel insurance.