How does an elite college change the face of a country?

In a country in which higher education emphasizes specialization and vocational training, Shalem College is pursuing a bold alternative: the preparation of broadly educated citizens for lives of influence and service.


million citizens in Israel


approximate number of citizens who comprise Israel’s political, economic, cultural, and intellectual leadership


average number of Shalem College graduates per year, the majority of whom will go on to assume positions of influence in Israeli society

We provide an intellectual foundation for building a nation

Our four-year Core Curriculum—the only one of its kind in Israel—prepares exceptional young individuals to shape a strong, Jewish, and democratic future for their state.

We embrace our role in the region

Our emphasis on Arabic fluency and our unique approach to the study of the modern Middle East and Islam grant students an authentic and unmediated window onto Muslim society and the Arab world.

We turn challenges into opportunities for all Israel’s citizens

An experiential introduction to Israeli society’s most pressing challenges, an accelerator for social initiatives, and an alumni network that transforms ideals into action.

We make Jewish peoplehood a priority

Through delegations to San Francisco and Washington DC, our students engage with the larger Jewish world and explore the richness and complexity of Jewish life beyond Israel’s borders.

The Shalem Effect

Shalem alumni contribute to their country and people through a range of fields critical to the future of the state.

News & Stories

Every day, our faculty, students, and alumni advance our vision of a vibrant and moral society that lives up to its founding ideals.

October 6, 2021

Behind the Books that Shape the Discourse

“We turn to Israeli intellectuals and public figures and say, ‘Look, you can write another post about judicial activism or economic policy on social media, give another radio or television interview, and your ideas will last as long as the current news cycle. But if you publish a book, your ideas will have real staying power. You can genuinely influence the public discourse.”

October 1, 2021

From Academia to Agritech: Shalem Grad Brings Innovation to the Jordan Valley

Tomer Swissa ‘20 recalls the exact date he was asked to join the leadership of the newly founded Kinneret Innovation Center: It was the very same day he submitted his final paper for Shalem…

July 7, 2021

Answering the Call of Duty: Shalem Celebrates the Classes of 2020 and 2021

When accepting her honorary degree at the fifth Shalem College Commencement on June 24th, Miriam Peretz, the educator, public speaker, and Israel Prize winner, noted…

July 4, 2021

The Subtle Art of Israeli Diplomacy

Of the many skills and attributes Middle Eastern and Islamic studies major Paul Zarfati ’19 could bring to a position at Israel’s Permanent Mission to…

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