The Herzl Institute was founded as an academic research center at the University of Haifa in 1987 with the support of Dr. Reuben Hecht. Since its establishment, the Institute has initiated, assisted and directed historical research projects on Herzlian Zionism and the political, cultural and social history of the Return to Zion and the State of Israel. Additionally, the Institute explores issues pertaining to the dynamics of modern nationalism in general and Israel's national identity in particular.

At present, the Herzl Institute promotes and initiates research and discussion on Israel’s position in the international arena. It recognizes the myriad political dynamics that inform Israel’s standing, including the new anti-Semitism and its place within contemporary anti-Zionism.

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 In 1926 Max Nordau (1849-1923), Herzl's close friend and eminent Zionist leader, was re-interred in Tel Aviv. The first part of the study explores the Zionist politics underlying Nordau's re-interment in the First Hebrew City. The second part examines the design of Nordau's mausoleum as an aspect of the creation of a Zionist pantheon in Tel Aviv.





book1This book contains two compelling essays by Herzl’s friend, Gustav Gabriel Cohen (1830-1906). Written inthe 1880s, these bear witness to the life force of early Zionism and set forth Cohen’s vision of the Jewish people in possession of a national identity.  The essays also delve into the anguish of the Eastern European Jews as well as the assimiliationist yearnings of Western European Jews.