Events Archive

2016-2017 EVENT


jlil_schwartz_nissim_announcev4-finalIs Israel Stuck Forever with its Political Fault Lines? A Project to Reorient the Left-Right Chasm

Nissim Mizrahi and Eilon Schwartz, Moderated by Claude Fischer

Wednesday, November 30Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall


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ART AND FILM: ISRAELI FILM SERIES
Third Screening “Late Marriage”

Directed by Dover Koshashvili

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


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PUBLIC LECTURE: Threats to Democracy in Israel

Itzhak Galnoor, Herbert Samuel Professor of Political Science (emeritus),
Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Senior Fellow, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

November 16, 2016 
5:30 PM Reception, 6 PM Lecture
Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way


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Second Screening “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem”

Directed by Eran Kolirin

Tuesday, November 1st
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA


unnamedROBBINS COLLECTION LECTURE ON JEWISH LAW AND THOUGHT: 

“American Judaism 2016: From Theory to Practice and Back”

Arnold Eisen, Chancellor, Jewish Theological Seminary in New York
October 27, 2016, Bancroft Hotel


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First Screening: “The Band’s Visit”

Directed by Eran Kolirin”
Tuesday, September 27th
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

 


2015-2016 EVENT

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Robbins Collection Lecture on Jewish Law and Thought 

Jewish Scholars and the Study of Islam: Reflections on Modern Jewish Identity

Susannah Heschel
Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College

 Tuesday, April 12
5:15 Reception, 6 PM Lecture
Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way
Co-Sponsored by the Robbins Collection

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“A Look in the Mirror: Reflections on the Social and Economic Avi Weiss
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Avi Weiss 
Executive Director, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel

Thursday, April 7th
5: 3o PM Reception, 6 PM Lecture
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
Co-Sponsored by the Economics Department

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Toward a Disability Critique of Torts: Case Studies from the U.S. Sagit Mor
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University of Haifa Faculty of Law, Israel, Visiting at University of Washington

Wednesday, March 30th
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
4 – 6 PM
Co-sponsored by the Center for Law and Society and the HIFIS Disability Cluster

 


Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, & the Early Jonathan Gribetz Flyer
Zionist – Arab Encounter

Jonathan Gribetz
Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Judaic Studies at Princeton University

Thursday, March 17th
5:30 PM Reception, 6 PM Lecture
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall

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Building the Solar Rnew yossi flyerevolution in Frontier Economies: Supporting Sustainable Development in Israel and Africa

Yosef Abramovitz
President and CEO of Energiya Global Capital, co-founder of the Arava Power Company
Co-Sponsored by the College of Natural Resources, and the Blum Center for Developing Economies

Tuesday, March 8th
5:30 PM Reception, 6 PM Lecture
Blum Center, Plaza Level

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Avishay Braverman
Former President, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Knesset Member (2006-2015); Economist; Former Senior Official, World Bank
Co-Sponsored by the Masters in Development Practice

Thursday, February 25th
5:30 PM Reception, Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
6 PM Lecture, Room 100, Boalt Hall 

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The Failures of Ethics: John Roth Public Flyer FinalConfronting the Holocaust, Genocide, and Other Mass Atrocities

John Roth
Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College
Co-sponsored with the Human Rights Cente, the Human Rights Clinic and the Human Rights Program

Tuesday, February 23rd
5:30 PM Reception, Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
6 PM Lecture, Room 100, Boalt Hall

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Ethnic and Religious Diversity in Israel: Changes, Inequality Public Talk Calvin Goldscheiderand the Quality of Life

Public lecture with Calvin Goldscheider, Ungerleider Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Brown University

Thursday, February 4th
5:30 PM Reception, 6 PM Lecture
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley

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From Secular Judaism to Jewish Renewal in Israel – A Personal Final Ruth Calderon FlyerStory and Public Point of View

Reception and Lecture with Ruth Calderon, former Knesset Member (2013-2015), Talmudic Scholar, Founder of ALMA Home for Hebrew Culture, and Shalom Hartman Faculty Member 

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
5:30 PM Reception, 6 PM Lecture

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Diaspora and Group Rights: The Jewish Constitutional MomentWilliam Forbath Flyer


Joint event with the Center for the Study of Law & Society- Reception and Lecture with Willy Forbath, a legal and constitutional historian.

November 9th, 2015
5 PM Reception, 5:30 PM Lecture
Golberg, Room 295 Boalt Hall

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Identity Inside Israel and Out: A Conversation Through Movement

The Miriam Engel-Angela Dance Company, will perform “De-parts” a contemporary dance piece that relates to the connection between identity and land. Joint event with Berkeley Hillel.

November 5th, 2015
7 PM Reception, 7:30 PM Performance and Conversation
Berkeley Hillel

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Israel Facing a Changing Middle EastItamar Rabinovich Flyer

Reception and Lecture with Itamar

Rabinovich, President of the Israel Institute, former Israeli Ambassador the the United States

October 28th, 2015
Reception 5:15 PM, Lecture 6:00 PM
Bancroft Hotel, Great Room

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Do You Have a Plan for Saving the World? Ben Ferencz Does

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Reception and Lecture with Ben Ferencz, former Nuremberg War Crimes Prosecutor, Chief Prosecutor for the United States in The Einsatzgruppen Case

October 13th, 2015
12:45-2:00PM
132 Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley
Joint event with the HRC, International Human Rights Law Clinic, and Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

2014-2015 EVENTS


 

Identity through ArtStudent Performance and Q&A

Identity through Art: A Multicultural Performance with Author and Slam Poet Aaron Samuels

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:30 pm, Goldberg Room, UC Berkeley

See photos here

 

 


 

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

April 27: Film Screening followed by discussion with film maker of Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today at 6:15 pm

April 28: all day, at the Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way

Videos:
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Between Honor and Authenticity: Zionism as Theodor Herzl’s Life Project
With Derek Penslar, Professor of Jewish history, University of Toronto, Oxford University

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
See photos here
Link to Video

 


 

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Jews and Judaism in France

with with Rabbi Daniel Dahan, Chief Rabbi of Aix-En-Provence, France.

Monday, April 13, 2015
Reception: 5 pm in the Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall.
See photos here
Link to Video

 

 


 

Reflections on the Israel ElectionStudent Conversation with Janine Zacharia
Reflections on the Israeli Election

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
6:30 pm in the Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall

 

 

 

 


 

Performance: Jewish Songlines Concert
Judeo-Spanish
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Thursday, March 19, 2015
with Esti Kenan-Ofri and Michael Alpert
See video here

 

 

 


 

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Like Dreamers: What I’ve Learned about Israel’s Right/Left Divide
With journalist and author Yossi Klein Halevi

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
At 5:30 pm in Boalt 105
Video: Coming Soon

 

 


 

Zero MotivationStudent Event:
Zero Motivation
Film screening and discussion with Prof. Shira Offer

Thursday, February 26, 2015
7 pm in the Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
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Private Sphere as Public PolicyPublic Symposium
The Private Sphere as Public Policy?: A Symposium on Law and Society in Israel

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
2:30 to 5:00 pm
Goldberg Room (297 Boalt Hall), Berkeley Law
See video recording here

 

 


 

End of Yair Harel 2Semester 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

December 18, 2014
Performances by Berkeley Students: 5-6 pm; Piyyut Bay Area Project: 7-8:30 pm
Hosted by the Magnes Collection, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley


 

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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
November 13, 2014
At 7 pm at the Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
Co-hosted by the Magnes Collection
See video recording here


 

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
November 6, 2014
At the Bancroft Hotel; 5:15 pm
Co-sponsored by the Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law
See video recording here


 

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The Future of the Peace Process
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
October 21, 2014
At the Bancroft Hotel; 5 pm
See video recording here


 

Exhibition Opening2014 Gourmet Ghettos Opening Invitation
Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals
A new exhibition exploring eating, identity and activism in Jewish life and beyond.
September 10, 2014
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

EVENTS 2014-2015


 Public Lecture

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
September 10, 2014
Goldberg Room, Boalt Hall
At 12 noon


 

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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
7:00pm

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 EventIndiaToIsrael

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
6:30-9:30pm

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS


 

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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


 

Julie Grimmeisen Public LectureCo-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


 

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“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
5:00pm


 

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Conference
“Israeli and Palestinian Waterways: History, Politics, and Technology of Water and Environment in the Middle East”

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.

March 11, 2014
Bancroft Hotel

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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.

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS


 

Film Screening and Talk
Co-Sponsored
with Berkeley Hillel

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


 

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”
DR. GERSHON BASKIN
Founder, Co-Chairman, Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
November 25, 2013, Berkeley School of Law (Room 100


 

“Prospects for Peace: An Assessment by

Ambassador Dennis Ross”

Ambassador Dennis Ross

 

Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
 
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
November 14, 2013 Berkeley School of Law
CLICK HERE to view the event.
CLICK HERE for photos.

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)

CLICK HERE for photos.


 

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

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS

 

EVENTS 2013-2014


 

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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 Meron_Flyer_Final(2)over Troubled Waters: The Israeli/Palestinian Initiative 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

 

 


 

Faculty/Graduate Student Roundtable: Maimondes and Islamic Law: The Case of Sufism
Gideon Libson
Professor Emeritus of Muslim Law, Jewish Law and Comparative Jewish-Islamic Law
Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
July 25, 2013
Berkeley School of Law


 

Dialogue:”Writing Identity” – A conversation with Dr. Leon Wiener Dow & Sayed Kashua
Novelist; Columnist; Creator, Arab Labor, Israel’s Leading
Television Show
March 14, 2013, Reception at 5:00; Program at 5:45
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

 


 

 

 

Faculty/Graduate-Student Roundtable: “The Reborn Jewish Community of Poland: Identities and Interactions”
Konstanty Gebert
, Scholar-in-Residence, Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 12:30 – 2 pm
Institue of European Studies
Seminar Room, 201 Moses Hall

 

 

 

 

 


Faculty/Graduate-Student Roundtable: “‘Stop Looking at Me!’ Talmudic Teachings on the Indeterminacy of Law”Dr. Leon Wiener Dow, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Jewish Law, Robbins Collection; Schusterman Israeli Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow
Monday, April 8, 2013, 12:00 – 1:45 pm

 

 


Undergraduate Student Workshop :”Israel Following the 2013 Elections: A New Chapter or More of the Same?”
Prof. Yoram Peri
, Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies,
and Director of the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies
at the University of Maryland at College Park
February 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm
Location: Morrison & Foerster Room (298 Boalt Hall)
Kosher refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

 

THE 2012-2013 ROBBINS COLLECTION LECTURE IN JEWISH LAW AND THOUGHT:
“The Future of Judaism”
Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Monday, November 26, 2012
Reception begins at 5:00 pm; program at 6:00 pm
Booth Auditorium, Berkeley Law, 2778 Bancroft Way
Click here for the photo slideshow.

 

 

 

EVENTS 2012-2013

 

2012-2013 GILBERT FOUNDATION COLLOQUY :”Behind the Robe”
A discussion between former Israeli Chief Justice Dorit Beinisch and 9th Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Reception at 5:00 pm; program at 5:45 pm

Click here to view event slideshow

 

 


ROBBINS COLLECTION LECTURE IN JEWISH LAW: Narrating the Law: How Stories Create Complex Law in the Talmud
Professor Barry Wimpfheimer, Northwestern University
Monday, April 16, 2012 – 5:15 PM
Goldberg Room, Boalt Hall School of Law

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SYMPOSIUM: “Legal Heterodoxy in Islamic and Jewish History: Late Antique and Medieval Transformations”
April 23 – 24, 2012
Goldberg Room, UC Berkeley School of Law

Click here to see the event announcement.

 

 

 

 

 



LECTURE: “Investing in Israel: How Innovation from the Start-Up Nation is Changing all of Our Lives”
Monday, April 23, 2012
Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley School of Law

 

 

 

 

 

 


MUSIC: Jewish Music Festival
Bustan Quartet
Thursday, March 22, 2012 – 7:00 PM At the Magnes Collection,
2121 Allston Way Berkeley – (510) 642-3781

 

 

 

 


LECTURE: “Laws and Ethics: Jewish and U.S. Traditions”
Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Rector and Prof. of Philosophy, American Jewish University
February 27, 2012 – 12:45 PM
Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley School of Law

 

 

 

 


LECTURE: “Demonic Desires: The Evil Inclination (“Yetzer Hara”)
in Rabbinic Thought”

Professor Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Dept. of Hebrew Culture Studies, Tel-Aviv University
February 13, 2012 – 6:00 PM
Warren Room, Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley School of Law

 

 

 

*Cosponsored by the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, GTU

 

 


 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: “Israel Through the High Tech Lens.”
February 1-2, 2012
Haas School of Business and UC Berkeley School of Law

Israel has been a uniquely and immensely successful hub of technology entrepreneurship. With the second largest number of start-up companies in the world (after the U.S.) and numerous NASDAQ listed companies outside North America, Israel is often compared with Silicon Valley. This spring, the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law Economy and Society will launch “Israel through the High-Tech Lens,” an international conference which will focus on important and multidisciplinary aspects of the flourishing Israeli high-tech phenomenon.

 

 


LECTURE: “The State of the Middle East Peace Process”
Shmuel Rosner, Israeli Journalist & Blogger; author, Shtetl, Bagel, Baseball
January 19, 2012 – 4:30 PM
Boalt Hall, School of Law

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2011 EVENTS

 

ROUNDTABLE: “Biblical Law and Narrative: Leviticus 5:20-26, Fraudulent Transaction, and the Joseph Story”
Professor Calum Carmichael, Cornell University
December 6, 2011 – 12:15 PM
Dean’s Seminar Room

 


DIALOGUE: Prospects for Peace: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict… What is Next?
David Makovsky and Ghaith al-Omar
Monday, October 3, 2011 – 7:00 PM
Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley School of Law

David Makovsky and Ghaith al-Omari, gave an informed perspective of the uncertain future for a peace in the Middle East.

* This event was co-sponsored by: Berkeley Hillel, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Institute of International Studies, Israeli Action Committee, Real Partners, Real Peace and International House.

 

 


LECTURE: When Maskilim Went to the Spas: On the Recovery and Rejuvenation of the Jewish Body, Mind and Nation
Mirjam Triendl-Zadoff, University of Munich, Department of History
Monday, September 19, 2011 – Moses Hall, UCB

During the last third of the 19th century Marienbad, a fashionable spa town in Bohemia, became an intellectual and spiritual venue for Hebrew and Yidish writers from Eastern Europe. It became known not only for its amenities and luxuries but also for its Jewish sociability and infrastructure. The poets and writers who visited Marienbad and nearby Carlsbad on a regular basis assigned Jewish and Zionist images to the places. Judah Leib Gordon, David Frischmann, Sholem Aleichem, Rueben Brainin and Chaim Nachman Bialik paid considerable attention to the present Jewish groups, who represented almost every religious, cultural and social aspect of the Jewish nation at the time. Especially since the establishment of the Zionist congresses unofficial pre- and post-conventions of delegates in Marienbad and Carlsbad furthered the spas’ character as places of intellectual Jewish encounters.

*This event was co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley


LECTURE: Israeli Intellectuals and the Six-Day War
Noam Zadoff, University of Munich, Department of History
Thursday, September 22, 2011 – Moses Hall, UCB

The Six-Day War is considered a turning point in the history of the State of Israel, in the Jewish world and not least in international politics of the 20th century. Within less than a week the geographical and political reality of the Near East was changed radically, and the extreme events left their imprint on the society of the young state. An almost apocalyptic fear, which had prevailed in the Israeli public opinion before the war, was overnight replaced by a victor’s euphoria. Many Israeli intellectuals confronted the new reality and reflected this turning point in history of the state in their writings.

This talk focused on three central Israeli intellectuals, who represented different political and ideological streams in intellectual circles of post-war Israel: the writer Moshe Shamir, the politician and journalist Uri Avneri and the poet and linguist Yonatan Ratosh.

*This event was co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

 


LECTURE: Revolution and Change in the Middle East: Policy Challenges For The U.S.
Honorable Daniel C. Kurtzer, Former Ambassador to Israel and Egypt, S. Daniel Abraham Professor, Princeton University
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 – Moses Hall, UC Berkeley

Revolutions, counter-revolutions and peace-process stagnation are presenting unprecedented challenges for the U.S. in the Middle East. Can the U.S. influence change or is the “American era” in the region drawing to a close?

*This event was co-sponsored by the Institute of International Studies and the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Institute Launch Reception
Hosts: Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau & Dean Christopher Edley Jr.
Keynote Speaker: Former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 – Morrison Reading Rm, Doe Library, UCB


2010- 2011 Robbins Collection Lecture in Jewish Law
Professor Suzanne Last Stone
Lecture Title: Law in the Nation/Law as the Nation
Monday February 14, 2011 – Boalt Hall

The Second Annual Robbins Collection Lecture in Jewish Law was delivered by Prof. Suzanne Stone, University Professor of Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University, with comments by leading jurisprudence scholar Kathryn Abrams, UC Berkeley’s Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law.


Graduate and Undergraduate Student Introductory Event: Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy, and Society
Thursday February 3, 2011 – Barrow Hall