The author offers a sketch of the field of Israel studies, stating that the study of Israel as a Jewish state or as the state of the Jews is likely to become a vital element of Jewish studies programs in American universities. With initiatives to establish chairs and centers for the study of Israel, we have now entered a period of rapid change. Israel is a dynamic and unfinished society with unresolved internal and external conflicts. Extensively studied at home, the range of research may require refinement and modification in Jewish studies programs abroad. He argues that establishing the parameters of the field should engender debate over the borders and content of relevant subject matter.