Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

17371845155_336bd83efc_zThe Berkeley Institute houses two core programs, the Berkeley Program on Israel Studies, a nationally-recognized initiative for the study of Israel, and the Berkeley Program on Jewish Law, Thought and Identity, the only program of its type in the western United States.

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 22-member faculty committee from Political Science, Sociology, Economics, History, Jewish Studies, Music, as well as the Schools of Law, Journalism, and Business.


Ex-Israeli ambassador tackles Mideast chaos in Berkeley talk

Israel Institute Visiting Professor/The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Visiting Professor of Israeli Law and Society Ori Aronson wins the annual Shneur Zalman Cheshin Prize for Academic Excellence in Law

Article by Berkeley Institute Visiting Professor of Sociology, Shira Offer, selected as a finalist for the Rosabeth Moss Cantor Award in Work-Family Research.

Fall Semester Courses by Visiting Israeli Professors

Special Topics in Jewish Studies: A Jewish and Democratic State (Jewish Studies 120, Section 2)
Israel Institute Visiting Professor/The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Visiting Professor of Israeli Law and Society Ori Aronson

Governance Feminism (Gender and Women Studies 210.2)
Israel Institute Visiting Professor Hila Shamir

The Emergence of the Modern Jerusalem, 1850-1950 (History 103F.006)
Visiting Professor Yuval Ben-Bassat

Innovation & Entrepreneurship: The Case of Israel (UGBA 98/198)(Undergraduate Business 98/198 DeCal)
Co-Facilitators: Nir Maoz and Jackson Block, Undergraduate Fellows, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies. Faculty Sponsor: Steve Tadelis, Associate Professor, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Undergraduate Fellowship: Call for Applications

The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies invites UC Berkeley undergraduate students to apply for the Berkeley Institute Undergraduate Fellowship. The fellowship is offered for one year with a possibility of extension. Learn More

Video Links

Fall 2015 Semester

Link  to video: Identity Inside Israel and Out: A Conversation Through Movement

Spring 2015 Semester

Links to Video: International Conference, Reflections on the Legacy of Nuremberg:
Panel 1
Panel 2
Panel 3

Link to Video: Prof. Derek Penslar, Between Honor and Authenticity: Zionism as Theodor Herzl’s Life Project

Link to Video: Rabbi Daniel Dahan, Jews and Judaism in France Today

Link to Video: Performance: Jewish Songlines: Judeo-Spanish and Yiddish Music and Dance

Link to Video: Yossi Klein Halevi, “Like Dreamers What I Learned about the Israeli Left-Right Divide

Link to Video: The Private Sphere as Public Policy?: A Symposium on Law and Society in Israel

Fall 2014 Semester

Link to Video: Lecture and Performance—Piyyut: Hebrew Poetry and World Music

Link to Video: Annual Robbins Collection Lecture in Jewish Law and Thought—Maimonides on Mourning: Jewish Law and Emotion

Link to Video: Moderated Discussion—The Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

Link to Audio: Colloquium: Still Playing by the Rules: Arab-Jewish Relations in Israel

Video Archive from Past Semesters


Current Law student discusses Jewish identity in a speech at City of Berkeley’s Holocaust Remembrance Day Event

The J.Weekly reflects on Day 1 of our spring conference, a screening of Nuremberg: Its lesson for today

J.Weekly article on event with Daniel Dahan, “Provence’s Chief Rabbi: Stay in France and fight”

Program on Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity

Program on Israel Studies