About the project
The Jerusalem Institute for Federal Studies was founded by a group of scholars, including Professor Daniel J. Elazar of Bar-Ilan University and Temple University, in 1976. The organization initiated, facilitated and conducted research on issues of federalism, power-sharing in multi-ethnic societies and intergovernmental relations in Israel and the region. The institute’s political scientists, economists and sociologists undertook policy studies for Israeli governmental agencies and Jewish organizations in the diaspora. The institute carried out several studies in Jerusalem, including an examination of neighborhood involvement in city affairs. The institute, together with the Center for Jewish Community Studies, later became the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.