2015 – 2016


Fall 2015


Thursday, September 17

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

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.

6:00 PM
B100 A/B Blum Hall


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gett : The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Film Screening and discussion with Co-Director Shlomi Elkabets and Professor of Law Ori Aronson.

6:30 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Film
100 Boalt Hall

Dinner will be provided.


Tuesday, October 13

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

Reception and Lecture with Ben Ferencz, former Nuremberg War Crimes Prosecutor, Chief Prosecutor for the United States in The Einsatzgruppen Case
Joint event with the HRC, International Human Rights Law Clinic, and Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

12:45-2:00PM
132 Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley


Monday, October 26

In Conversation with Ari Shavit

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

6:00 PM
Berkeley Hillel, 2736 Bancroft Way


Tuesday, October 27

To The Moon and Beyond

Student Lecture

Yonatan Winetraub
Co-Founder of Space IL

5:00-6:00 PM
C250, Haas School of Business


Wednesday, October 28

Israel Facing a Changing Middle East

Reception and Lecture

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

Reception 5:15 PM, Lecture 6:00 PM
Bancroft Hotel, Great Room

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Thursday, November 5

Identity Inside Israel and Out: A Conversation Through Movement

Public Performance

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

7 PM Reception, 7:30 PM Performance and Conversation
Berkeley Hillel

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Monday, November 9

Diaspora and Group Rights: The Jewish Constitutional Moment

Reception and Lecture with Willy Forbath, a legal and constitutional historian.

Joint event with the Center for the Study of Law & Society

5 PM Reception, 5:30 PM Lecture
Golberg, Room 295 Boalt Hall

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Tuesday, November 17

The Golem of Hollywood: A Conversation with Author Jesse Kellerman

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.

6:30 PM
Goldberg Room, 297 Boalt Hall


Thursday, November 19

From Secular Judaism to Jewish Renewal in Israel – A Personal Story 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 

Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
5:30 PM Reception, 6 PM Lecture

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Spring 2016


Wednesday, January 27

Film Screening: “Manpower”

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”

6:30 PM Reception, 7:00 PM Lecture
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall


Thursday, February 4

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

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

5:30 PM Reception, 6 PM Lecture
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley

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Thursday, February 11

The Local Jewish Press & Careers in Journalism

Student talk with Rob Eshman, EIC of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal on working for the Jewish Press and Careers in Journalism.

5:00 PM
Room 10, Boalt Hall


Wednesday, February 17

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

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.

5:00-6:00 PM
C250 Haas


Friday, February 19

Lunchtime Lecture with Ambassador Felix Klein

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.


Tuesday, February 23

Rape as Torture and the Responsibility to Protect

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

12:45-2 PM
297 Boalt Hall


Tuesday, February 23

The Failures of Ethics: Confronting 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 Center, the Human Rights Clinic and the Human Rights Program

5:30 PM Reception, Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
6 PM Lecture, Room 100, Boalt Hall

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Thursday, February 25

Israel Facing a Major Crossroad: Challenges and Opportunities 

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

5:30 PM Reception, Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
6 PM Lecture, Room 100, Boalt Hall 

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Thursday, March 3

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.

5:00-6:00 PM
Morrison Foester Room, 298 Boalt Hall
Dinner Provided

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Tuesday, March 8

Building the Solar Revolution 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

5:30 PM Reception, 6:00 PM Lecture
Blum Center, Plaza Level

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Tuesday, March 15

A-WA Live in Concert, Performance at the SFJCC

Join the Institute as we head across the bay to the SFJCC for A-WA’s west coast debut!
email mshemtov@law.berkeley.edu for ticket information
FREE TICKETS for the first 10 students to email!

8:00 PM
SFJCC, 3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA


Thursday, March 17

Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist – Arab Encounter

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

5:30 PM Reception, 6 PM Lecture
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall

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Wednesday, March 30

Toward a Disability Critique of Torts: Case Studies from the U.S. and Israel

Sagit Mor
University of Haifa Faculty of Law, Israel, Visiting at University of Washington
Co-sponsored by the Center for Law and Society and the HIFIS Disability Cluster

4:00-6:00 PM
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall

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Wednesday, April 6

Hi-Tech Hubs: Silicon Wadi & Silicon Valley

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

6:15 PM
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall


Thursday, April 7

A Look in the Mirror: Reflections on the Social and Economic Issues Facing Israel Today

Avi Weiss
Executive Director, Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel
Co-Sponsored by the Economics Department

5:30 PM Reception, 6:00 PM Lecture
Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall

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Tuesday, April 12

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

Susannah Heschel
Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College
Co-Sponsored by the Robbins Collection

5:15 Reception, 6:00 PM Lecture
Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way

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Thursday, April 21

A REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: The Pitfalls and Rewards of Writing about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Janine Zacharia
Standford Lecturer and Journalist

5:00 PM
Goldberg Room, 297 Boalt Hall