Student and Faculty Events

These events are open to all Berkeley students and faculty

Upcoming Events

Monday, February 13

Film Screening: “On the Banks of the Tigris,” with Yair Dalal 
Moderated by Prof. Ben Brinner 

6 PM Reception, 6:30 Screening
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Wednesday, February 22

Film screening: “A Borrowed Identity” with author Sayed Kashua

6 PM Reception, 6:30 Screening
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Monday, February 27 

Film screening: “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem” and conversation/performance with musicians David Broza and Ali Paris

6 PM Reception, 6:30 Screening
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA


Tuesday, March 14

Film Screening: “Wedding Doll” and conversation with filmmaker Nitzan Gilady

6 PM Reception, 6:30 Screening
Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

April 5-7

“Israeli Artists in Conversation with Israel” International Conference on Israeli art and society

Time and location to be announced.

More Spring Events to be announced. Please email our Student Outreach Coordinator Hana at for more information or to learn how you can get involved with the Berkeley Institute! 

Past Events

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Welcome Back Event
Meet and greet event for new students and faculty, introducing the Berkeley Institute 
5:30 PM in the Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall

The Pitfalls and Rewards of Writing about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Thursday, April 21st

Stanford Lecturer and Journalist joined us to discuss her experiences reporting in Israel and in the Middle East.

Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
5:00 PM

Hi-Tech Hubs: Silicon Wadi & Silicon Valley
Wednesday, April 6th

What are the differences, similarities and challenges of two of the world’s most vibrant tech hubs?  hear from our cutting-edge guest speakers who will share their insights and experiences from different perspectives.

Bruce Taragin, Blumberg Capital, Managing Director
Efrat Turgeman, Silicon Valley Bank, Director
Gal Eschet, MoFo, Head of Israel Desk

Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
6:15 PM

Student Series: Snapshots of Immigration Inside Israel and Out

A-WA Live in Concert, Performance at the SFJCC

Tuesday, March 15th

Join the Institute as we head across the bay to the SFJCC for A-WA’s west coast debut!
email for ticket information
FREE TICKETS for the first 10 students to email!
SFJCC, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA
8 PM

More Spring Events to be announced. Please email our Student Outreach Coordinator Maya at for more information or to learn how you can get involved with the Berkeley Institute! 

Ethnic and Religious Diversity in Israel: Changes, Inequality and the Quality of Life

Thursday, February 4th
Public lecture with Calvin Goldscheider, Ungerleider Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Brown University

Film Screening: “Manpower”

Wednesday, January 27th
Join us for a free screening for students and faculty of the Israeli film “Manpower” directed by Noam Kaplan.  The film is the first part of our student series “Snapshots of Immigration and Asylum Inside Israel and Out”

Thursday, March 3rd

Reporting on the Holy Land: Israel Through the Lens of a Foreign Correspondent

Student Talk with Tim McGirk, former bureau chief and war correspondent for Time Magazine, on his experiences
reporting on Israel and the Middle East.

Morrison Foester Room,  298 Boalt Hall
5-6 PM, dinner provided

In Conversation with Noah Alper: Founder founder of Noah’s Bagels and Bread & Circus

Wednesday, February 17

The Israel Innovation & Entrepreneurship DeCal is proud to present: Noah Alper, founder of Noah’s Bagels and Bread & Circus, has almost four decades of business experience. He is a serial entrepreneur, whose experience includes concept creation, marketing, retailing, food service and sales management.

Lunchtime Lecture with Ambassador Felix Klein

Friday, February 19th

Join us as we welcome Ambassador Felix Klein, Special Representative of the German Federal Foreign Office for relations with Jewish organizations and Anti-Semitism issues to discuss his experiences with students and faculty over lunch.


Rape as Torture and the Responsibility to Protect

Tuesday, February 23rd

Student Talk with John K. Roth, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College
Co-sponsored by the Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights


The Local Jewish Press & Careers in Journalism: A Conversation with Editor-in-Chief of the Jewish Journal, Rob Eshman

Thursday, February 11th
Student talk with EIC of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal on working for the Jewish Press and Careers in Journalism


The Golem of Hollywood: A Conversation with Author Jesse Kellerman

November 17th, 2015
Student Conversation with local author Jesse Kellerman to discuss his recent novel, a suspenseful murder-mystery thriller with a Jewish subtext which weaves together old and new and fuses story lines from Genesis, to 16th Century Prague, to modern-day Los Angeles.

Identity Inside Israel and Out: A Conversation Through Movement

November 5, 2015
 Public Performance of “De-parts,” a contemporary dance piece that relates to the connection between identity and land.
Joint event with Berkeley Hillel. Cosponsored by Bears for Israel, and the Jewish Student Union

In Conversation with Ari Shavit

October 26, 2015
Conversation with Ari Shavit and Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman, Executive Director of Berkeley Hillel.
Co-Sponsored Event with Berkeley Hillel
Co-Sponsored with Berkeley Hass

To The Moon and Beyond

October 27
Student lecture with Co-founder of Space IL, Yonatan Winetraub.  

Gett : The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Film Screening and discussion with Co-Director Shlomi Elkabets and Professor of Law Ori Aronson. 

An Environmental and Urban Revolution in an Israeli/Palestinian Water Basin: The Example of the Yarqon/Aluja Basin

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Join us for a discussion with Master Architect Liora Meron to discuss the new master plan as a breakthrough in Israeli/Palestinian cooperation around socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental issues.  This is a joint event with the Blum Center and the Berkeley Water Group IdeaLab.

IDENTITY THROUGH ART: A Multicultural Performance featuring Slam Poet and Author Aaron Samuels

Thursday, April 30, 2015
A performance and Q&A with Aaron Samuels, followed by performances by several student groups
See photos here

Reflections on the Israeli Election

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Student Conversation with Janine Zacharia

Student Conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Intimate student conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi at the Berkeley Hillel chapel immediately following the public lecture.

Film Screening: Zero Motivation

Thursday, February 26, 2015                                                                                                             Screening of the Israeli film “Zero Motivation,” followed by a discussion with Professor Shira Offer.

Lecture series: Religion, Law, and State in Israel

Past Lectures in the Series

Feb. 18, 2015
Michael Karayanni, The Bruce W. Wayne Chair in International Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Multicultural Entrapments: The Jurisdiction of the Palestinian-Arab Religious Communities in Israel

Nov. 20, 2014
Stuart Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Political Studies, Bar-Ilan University;Chair of the Department of Government and Politics at Ashkelon Academic College
Judaism in the Israel Defense Force: Bridge or Barrier?

Nov. 5, 2014
Ruth Gavison, Haim H. Cohn Professor Emeritas of Human Rights Law, Hebrew University;Founding President of Metzilah Center for Zionist, Jewish, Liberal, and Humanist Thought
The Jewishness of Israel:  Meaning,  Justification, Implications

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Lecture series: Different Angles on the Middle East Conflict

Past Lectures in the Series

November 14, 2014
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Regional Context: A Mediator’s Perspective
Peter Bartu, Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies, UC Berkeley; UN Mediator and Negotiator

October 31, 2014
An Environmental Angle
Itay Fishhendler Senior Lecturer of Geography, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

September 30, 2014
A Historical Angle
Yuval Ben-Bassat, Senior Lecturer of History of the Middle East, University of Haifa; Abramson- Israel Institute Visiting Professor

September 19, 2014
A Journalist’s Angle
Sue Fishkoff, Editor of the j., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California

For more information, email