Events and Speakers

Upcoming Events  

Spring 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Public Lecture by Dr. Ruth Calderon, Talmudic Scholar, Member of Knesset, Founder of ALMA Home for Hebrew Culture
Talmud for Everyone: Jewish Sources on Freedom and Liberty

Due to an unforeseen scheduling change, Dr. Calderon decided to cancel her trip to the United States

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Student Conversation with Janine Zacharia
Reflections on the Israeli Election
6:30 pm in the Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
Please RSVP here

Monday, April 13, 2015

Public lecture with Rabbi Daniel Dahan, Chief Rabbi of Provence, France.
Jews and Judaism in France

Reception: 5 pm in the Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall.  Please RSVP Here

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Public lecture by Derek Penslar, Professor of Jewish history, University of Toronto, Oxford University
Theodor Herzl:  Reinventing the Self, Regenerating the Nation
Time and location to be announced

Wednesday, April 27-28, 2015

International Conference
Reflections on the Legacy of Nuremberg: The 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials

April 27: Reception at 5:30 pm; Film Screening followed by discussion with film maker of Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today at 6:15 pm, at the Magnes Collection, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

April 28: all day, at the Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way (exact time to be announced)

Past Events 

Spring 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Film screening and discussion with Prof. Shira Offer
Zero Motivation
7 pm in the Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Public Symposium
The Private Sphere as Public Policy?: A Symposium on Law and Society in Israel
2:30 to 5:00 pm
Goldberg Room (297 Boalt Hall), Berkeley Law
See video recording here

Fall 2014

December 18, 2014
End of Semester Performance
Jewish Nightlife: An Evening of Celebration with Poetry and Music
Featuring UC Berkeley Students and Piyyut North America Workshop Participants
Directed by Yair Harel, Schusterman Artist-in-Residence, The Magnes Collection
Performances by Berkeley Students: 5-6 pm; Piyyut Bay Area Project: 7-8:30 pm
Hosted by the Magnes Collection, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley  

November 13, 2014 
Lecture and Performance
Robert Alter, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature , UC Berkeley;
Yair Harel, Schusterman Artist-in-Residence, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
Piyyut: Hebrew Poetry and World Music
At 7 pm at the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley  
Co-hosted by the Magnes Collection 
See video recording here

November 6, 2014
Sixth Annual Robbins Collection Lecture on Jewish Law and Thought
Moshe Halbertal, Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem; Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at The Hebrew University; Gruss Professor of Law, New York University
Maimonides on Mourning: Jewish Law and Emotion
At the Bancroft Hotel; 5:15 pm
Co-sponsored by the Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law
See video recording here

October 21, 2014
Moderated Discussion
Abe Sofaer, George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Hoover Institution, Stanford University;
Janine Zacharia, Carlos Kelly McClatchy Visiting Lecturer, Stanford University
The Future of the Peace Process
At the Bancroft Hotel; 5 pm
See video recording here

September 10, 2014
Exhibition Opening
Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals
A new exhibition exploring eating, identity and activism in Jewish life and beyond.
5:00 - 7:00 PM

At the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and by the Center for Jewish Studies, 
UC Berkeley

September 10, 2014
Public Lecture
Irving Abella, J. Richard Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry; Professor, Department of History, York University, Toronto
Canada and the Holocaust: The Untold Story
Goldberg Room, Boalt Hall
At 12 noon

Co-sponsored by the Canadian Studies Program, by the Department of History, and by the Center for Jewish Studies, UC Berkeley

Spring 2014

Yom Ha-Shoah Week Theater

If the Whole Body Dies: Raphael Lemkin and the Treaty Against Genocide
A staged reading of the one-act play by Robert Skloot. Followed by a discussion with the playwright.
April 30, 2014
Durham Theatre

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Student Union with Special Thanks to the Theater, Dance and Performance Studies Department


Co-sponsored Lecture

Soviet Documentary Film of the Holocaust: Why it was Marginalized and the Case for Reassessment

Jeremy Hicks, Reader in Russian Culture and Film/ Chair of the Department of Russian Queen Mary, University of London
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
4:00 p.m.
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Sponsored by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, and the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union

Co-Sponsored Event

From India to Israel: A Multicultural Celebration
Hosted by the Jewish Student Union (JSU), the Hindu Student Union (HSU), Indus, Indian Students Association (ISA), Hillel, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Mishelanu and KALB Public Access
The Magnes Museum
April 10, 2014



Talmudic Transgressions: Engaging the Work of Daniel Boyarin
A unique three-day conference, bringing leading Talmudic scholars to Berkeley to discuss Jewish law and engage with the scholarship of Daniel Boyarin. See full program for list of topics and presenters.
April 8-10, 2014
Berkeley School of Law and the Graduate Theological Union

Co-sponsors: The Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union; the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford University; the Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley; the Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley; The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion; and the College of Letters and Sciences, Arts and Humanities Division.

Full program

Co-sponsored Lecture

Haluzah or Beauty Queen? National Ideals of Women in Israel after 1948
Julie Grimmeisen, University of Munich
April 7, 2014
3401 Dwinelle Hall
5:00 pm

Sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies, the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, and the Department of History 

Lecture co-sponsored with the Paradigms of Jewish Identity DeCal, Q-Jew, and Miriam the IV
"Gender, Sexuality and Modern Jewish Identity"

Shaun Halper
April 3, 2014
145 Boalt Hall, 4-5:30 pm 

Lecture Co-Sponsored with the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union

"Between 'Man' and 'Woman': Talmudic and Contemporary Gender Diversity"
Charlotte Fonrobert, Visiting Professor of Rabbinics, Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University
Graduate Theological Union Library







International Conference in partnership with the College of Natural Resources
Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley's Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy; the College of Environmental Design; the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES); the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment (CLEE);the Institute of International Studies (IIS); and the Friends of the Arava Institiute.

"Israeli and Palestinian Waterways: History, Politics, and Technology of Water and Environment in the Middle East"
March 11, 2014
Bancroft Hotel





Covering Israel: Conversations with Contemporary Journalists

Co-Sponsored with the Graduate School of Journalism

"My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel"
Ari Shavit
Senior Correspondent, Haaretz
February 14, 2014
Noon, Northgate Library

Video Link

"Reporting Israel: the Personal, the Political, and the Press"*
Aluf Benn
Editor-in-chief, Haaretz
February 21, 2014 

Video Link

"Covering Israel: A Reporter's Notebook"
Janine Zacharia, Former Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Washington Post
Noon, North Gate Library
March 7, 2014

Video Link 

* This event is co-sponsored by the Israel Center, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties and the Israeli Consulate.



Public Panel and Networking Event in Co-Sponsored with the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE), the Israeli Consulate, Berkeley Hillel, TAMID Investment Group, the Haas Jewish Business Club, and Jewse (Jews in Engineering)

"Israeli Start-Ups in the International Arena"
March 6, 2014
Room 105, Boalt Hall





Film Screening and Talk Co-Sponsored with Berkeley Hillel

"Brave Miss World"
Cecila Peck, Director
7:30pm, 145 Dwinelle
February 19, 2014





 Fall 2013


Lecture Co-Sponsored with the Institute of European Studies 
"Tears the Civil Servant Cannot See: Levinas on Ethics, Politics and Zionism"
Professor Michael Morgan
Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Jewish Studies, Indiana University at Bloomington
November 20, 2013, 5pm
201 Moses Hall, University of California, Berkeley





Lecture Co-Sponsored with the Olive Tree Initiative
"Second Track Diplomacy and Prospects for Peace in Israel/Palestine"
Founder, Co-Chairman, Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
November 25, 2013, Berkeley School of Law (Room 100







Lecture Co-Sponsored with the Institute on International Studies; Religion, Politics, and Globalization Program; The Olive Tree Initiative; Institute of Governmental Studies; Berkeley Hillel; Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law


"Prospects for Peace: An Assessment by Ambassador Dennis Ross"
Ambassador Dennis Ross
Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
November 14, 2013 Berkeley School of Law
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THE 2013-2014 ROBBINS COLLECTION LECTURE IN JEWISH LAW AND THOUGHT: "What We Can Learn from the Jewish Political Tradition"
Michael Walzer
Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study
November 12, 2013, Berkeley School of Law

Click here to view the video for "Political Theory and Social Criticism," from the Conversations with History series, hosted by Harry Kreisler (Executive Director, Institute of International Studies)

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Lecture: "Jews and Words"'
Fania Oz-Salzberger
Professor of History, University of Haifa School of Law 
October 9, 2013
Morrison Reading Room, Doe Library, UC Berkeley Campus







Faculty/Graduate Student Roundtable: "Deliberative Democracy and the Law and Economic Approach"
Eli Salzberger
Professor of Law, University of Haifa School of Law
October 9, 2013
Berkeley School of Law





Summer Roundtable: 
"A Green Bridge over Troubled Waters: The Israeli/Palestinian Intiative for Environmental Dignity in the Kidron/Wadi El Nar Basin" 

Liora Meron
Chief Architect, Kidron/Wadi El Nar Basin and Master Implementation Plan
August 15, 2013
Dean's Seminar Room, Boalt Hall









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