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.

9.8

million citizens in Israel

1,000

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

75

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 intensive 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.

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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.

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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.

Largest-Ever Freshman Class Concludes a Year of Study and War
May 28, 2024

Largest-Ever Freshman Class Concludes a Year of Study and War

For many Israeli twenty-somethings, hatiyul hagadol (“the Big Trip”) is a rite of passage: a way to air out and readjust to the world after…

Shalem Grads Fight Invisible Battle: Rights for Reservists’ Wives
May 28, 2024

Shalem Grads Fight Invisible Battle: Rights for Reservists’ Wives

As with so many things in Israel, this too began as a WhatsApp group. “A bunch of women whose husbands had been drafted since October…

Shalem Launches One-of-a-Kind Program in Strategy, Diplomacy, and Security
May 28, 2024

Shalem Launches One-of-a-Kind Program in Strategy, Diplomacy, and Security

Next month, Shalem College will conclude the first year of its new Program in Strategy, Diplomacy, and Security, designed to help prepare Israel’s future leaders…

The Learning Goes On: How Shalem Found Strength in its Learning Community
February 7, 2024

The Learning Goes On: How Shalem Found Strength in its Learning Community

In a sermon he delivered at Oxford University at the start of World War Two, author C.S. Lewis addressed the feeling, common to many students,…

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