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.
STUDY ABROAD IN ISRAEL
Gain first-hand knowledge, connections, and international work experience through an academic internship in Israel. You can broaden your view of Israel and the Middle East with a Global Internship in Israel focused on Social Change. For more information on this opportunity on the Berkeley Study Abroad website, click here.
February 4th ROBBINS COLLECTION ANNUAL LECTURE: From Sinai to Ethiopia, and Back to Israel: The Halakhic and Conceptual World of Ethiopian Jewry
Prof. Rabbi Sharon Shalom
February 18th Desert in the Promised Land: Nature, Settlement, and the Politics of Space in Israel
Professor Yael Zerubavel
Berkeley Institute in the News
UC Berkeley Establishes First Faculty Chair in Israel Studies
MAY 2, 2019
Joining a select group of universities in the world with an endowed faculty chair in Israel Studies, the University of California, Berkeley today (May 2, 2019) announced the creation of the Helen Diller Family Chair in Israel Studies. The chair is the university’s first in the field and will endow courses, research and programs of the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies.
The chair, made possible by a $5 million grant from the Helen Diller Foundation, will be held by Ron Hassner, the Berkeley institute’s faculty co-director and an international relations expert on the relationship between religion and conflict. Hassner, a recipient of the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award, is an associate professor of political science whose courses regularly draw hundreds of students. In fall 2018, Hassner pioneered UC Berkeley’s first regular course on conflict in the Middle East.
Feminist icon Rachel Adler on #MeToo and Jewish law
BY DAN PINE | FEBRUARY 25, 2019
Early in her lecture last week in Berkeley, theologian and feminist icon Rachel Adler brought up the #MeToo movement, but she quickly narrowed the focus to the #GamAni movement (Hebrew for MeToo). Her target? The long-standing male supremacy embedded in Jewish texts.
“My task,” said the professor of modern Jewish thought and gender at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, “is to problematize certain halachic categories.” Click here to read more!
Key Funders Invest in the UC Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies
January 25, 2019 (eJP)
The Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley has received a $1 million matching grant from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation of Los Angeles, with the goal of meeting a $10 million endowment by 2024.
The Institute also received grants totaling nearly $2 million from the Koret Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation in partial support of the Institute’s operations as it raises this endowment. Click here to read more!
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