The 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.
Watch a video about The Berkeley Institute’s Undergraduate Fellows Program, which fosters a rising cohort of student leaders through more intimate engagement with the study of Israel, Jewish Law and Thought, and Jewish Identity.The students talk about their rich experiences as fellows, which include developing key professional and leadership skills, launching and teaching student-initiated courses, and planning compelling student events related to the Jewish experience and to Israel and its neighbors.
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
Applications for Visiting Scholars Program
The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies invites applications for visiting scholars for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. There is no deadline for applications at this time and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The Institute will also consider applications for periods of time that vary from one month duration to the full academic year.
More information on how to apply here
Fall 2016 Courses:
Junior Seminar: Occupy Wall Street in Comparative Perspective (Political Science 191)
Prof. Michael Shalev, Hebrew University
Course #20728, Tuesdays, 10-12 PM, 202 Barrows
Economic Policy: Israel as a Case Study (Economics 196)
Prof. Tali Regev, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya
Course #32799, Wednesdays, 3-6 PM, Evans 60
Comparative Constitutional Law: The Case of Israel (Legal Studies 174)
Prof. Tami Kricheli-Katz, Tel Aviv University
Course #32984, Tuesdays/Thursdays, 8-9:30 AM, Kroeber 155
False Consciousness – An Israeli Perspective (Graduate Seminar in Sociology, JS Designated Emphasis)
Nissim Mizrachi, Tel Aviv University
Course #23584, Monday 10-12:00 PM, 402 Barrows
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
Fall 2015 Semester
Spring 2015 Semester
Fall 2014 Semester