Together the Institute's programs promote student and faculty engagement by developing opportunities for research, programming, and mentorship; by bringing visiting faculty and scholars to UC Berkeley; and by organizing colloquia, programs, and classes to strengthen academic inquiry and discourse across the Berkeley campus.
The Institute was launched in 2011, and draws its 17-member faculty committee from Political Science, Sociology, Economics, History, Jewish Studies, Music, as well as the Schools of Law, Journalism, and Business.
Spring 2014 Semester
The Institute's 2014 Annual Conference in Israel Studies, titled Israeli and Palestinian Waterways: History, Politics, and Technology of Water and Environment in the Middle East is now available for viewing online in its entirety. March 11, 2014.
Video 1 - Opening Remarks and Panel I: Historical Formations: The Law and Politics of Water Since the British Mandate.
Video 2 - Panel II: Social Questions: Scarcity, Access, and Health.
Video 3 - Cosponsor presentation and Panel III: Water Across Borders: The Politics of Peace and Collaboration.
Video 4 - Panel IV: Technology and Innovation: Changing the Political and Environmental Calculus.
Video 5 - Keynote Speech: A Green Bridge over Troubled Waters: The Kidron Valley/Wadi El Nar River Basin Project and the Possibilities for Israeli-Palestinian Environmental Collaboration. By Glenn Yago, Senior Director, Milken Institute Israel Center; Founder, Financial Innovations Labs.
Link to video for "Covering Israel: A Reporter's Notebook" - Lecture with Janine Zacharia, Former Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Washington Post; Former Washington Bureau Chief, Jerusalem Post; Carlos Kelly McClatchy Visiting Lecturer, Department of Communication, Stanford University. Third Conversation in the Covering Israel: Three Conversations lecture series. March 7, 2014.
Link to video for "Reporting Israel: the Personal, the Political and the Press" - Lecture with Aluf Benn, Editor in-chief, Ha'aretz daily newspaper. Second Conversation in the Covering Israel: Three Conversations lecture series. February 21, 2014.
Link to video for "My Promised Land"-Lecture with Ari Shavit, Ha'aretz journalist and author of the book My Promised Land. First Conversation in the Covering Israel: Three Conversations lecture series. February 14, 2014.
Fall 2013 Semester
Link to video for "Prospects for Peace"- Lecture by Ambassador Dennis Ross, November 14, 2013
Link to video for "What We Can Learn from the Jewish Political Tradition"-Robbins Collection Lecture by Professor Michael Walzer, November 12, 2013
Link to video for "Political Theory and Social Criticism" with Professor Michael Walzer-Conversations with History series, hosted by Harry Kreisler, Institute of International Studies
September 10, 2014
Canada and the Holocaust: The Untold Story
Irving Abella, J. Richard Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry; Professor, Department of History, York University, Toronto
12 noon, Goldberg Room, Berkeley Law
Co-sponsored by the Canadian Studies Program, the Department of History, and the Center for Jewish Studies, UC Berkeley
September 10, 2014
Reception and Exhibition Opening
Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals
5-7 pm, Magnes Collection, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
Sponsors: Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Center for Jewish Studies.
October 21, 2014
The Future of the Peace Process
Abe Sofaer, Former Legal Advisor for the State Department; George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Janine Zacharia, Former Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Washington Post; Carlos Kelly McClatchy Visiting Lecturer, Stanford University
5 pm, Bancroft Hotel
November 6, 2014
Sixth Annual Robbins Collection Lecture on Jewish Law and Thought
Maimonides on Mourning: Jewish Law and Emotion
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
5 pm, Bancroft Hotel
Co-sponsored by the Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law
November 13, 2014
Lecture and Performance
Piyyut: Hebrew Poetry and World Music
Robert Alter, Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature , UC Berkeley;
Yair Harel, Schusterman Artist-in-Residence, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
7 pm, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
Co-hosted by the Magnes Collection
December 18, 2014
End of Semester Performance
Featuring UC Berkeley Students and Piyyut North America Workshop Participants
Directed by Yair Harel, Schusterman Artist-in-Residence, The Magnes Collection
5 pm, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
Hosted by the Magnes Collection
Program on Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity
Program on Israel Studies