Campus, City, and Country

Campus, City, and Country

Tel Aviv, Israel

The university is located in Ramat Gan on a large campus, immediately accessible by auto via a country-length six-lane highway and bus lines into Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and other cities. Most of the university's several dozen academic buildings have been built in the last decade and are surrounded by green space.

The law school is housed in two buildings, one built about ten years ago and the other in about 1970. The older building has a two-floor library with American, British, and Israeli materials and computer and printing rooms. There is WIFI in the law school and throughout the campus with free access to Lexis, Westlaw, and other services. There is an excellent cafe/restaurant in the law school building and a dozen food vendors nearby, on and off the campus.

Tel Aviv, which borders Ramat Gan, is a coastal city where most law students choose to live. Professor Cogan decided fourteen years ago, before the Israel program began, to provide students with bus transportation from the Tel Aviv beach area to Bar Ilan and return, a twenty to thirty minute ride, depending as always on traffic. The bus provides a uniform, convenient, and protected means of transportation.

Tel Aviv is an internationally ranked tourist city, founded a century ago, and designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site because of its 4000 Bauhaus-styled, white buildings ("the White City"). The city is more like New York than L.A. for the ready availability and close proximity to food, entertainment, and shopping. In addition, it has a clean, long beach with (of course) more nearby food vendors and restaurants, and an awesome jogging path. Students typically rent a one- or two-bedroom apartment through Air BNB and split the rental amongst themselves, often bringing the four-week housing cost per student down to $600 to $1000, depending upon the number of tenants and blocks to the beach. The university plans to have dormitories completed in two to three years.

Israel has archaeological and historic sites that attract students and often their families, too. Students travel during their weekends, Thursday afternoons to Saturday night. One or two weekends, they travel south and eastward to Bethlehem, Masada, the Dead Sea, Eilat, the Gulf of Aqaba, and Petra (Jordan). And one or two weekends, they travel northward to Akko, Caesarea, Haifa, Nazareth, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River, and Safed. Traveling all night, some visit the Pyramids outside of Cairo. Those who want a different experience make quick trips to Cyprus, Greece, or Turkey.

Of course, the city whose sites most attract students and tourists is Jerusalem. That city has holy religious sites for three religious faiths. For Christians, the Old City of Jerusalem has the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, within which is the site of the Crucifixion (Calvary) and the tomb in which Christ was laid; the Via Dolorosa; the Garden of Gethsemane; and the Room of the Last Supper. For Muslims, the Old City has al-Aqsa Mosque, "the farthest sanctuary" identified in the Qµr' an as the Prophet's destination prior to his ascension to Heaven; and the Dome of the Rock, whose gold dome is probably the world's most recognizable Islamic monument, within which sits the rock from which Burqa the steed took the Prophet and Gabriel on the Night Journey to Heaven. For Jews, the Old City has Mt. Moriah upon which King Solomon built the First Temple; the Temple Mount, erected by King Herod the builder and upon which the Second Temple stood; the Western Wall, a remnant of the Second Temple, to which Jews made three pilgrimages during the Festivals.