Student and Faculty Events

These events are open to all Berkeley students and faculty.

Past Events

Monday, March 2, 2020

Israeli Elections: Third Time’s a Charm?

Roy Peled, the Israel Institute Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley for 2019-2020.

As votes roll in, join the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies for live updates and analysis of the results. Who is winning? What does that mean? What is still left up to chance?

297 Berkeley Law School
11:30am – 1:00 pm

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Deal of The Century: A Legal Analysis of Trump’s Latest Plan

Amnon Reichman, Robbins Collection Visiting Professor in Comparative Law & Professor of Law at the University of Haifa

In January 2020, President Donald Trump finally released his plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace. The plan has been 3 years in the making and since it’s release, has sparked a wide array of strong reactions. Join us for a deep dive into the legal landscape surrounding this plan with Berkeley Law Visiting Professor Amnon Reichman. We’ll discuss past Israeli/Palestinian peace negotiations, the current legal regime in the area, and the options that lie ahead.

297 Berkeley Law School
5:00pm – 6:30 pm

Monday, February 3, 2020

From Ethiopia to Israel – My Story

Prof. Rabbi Sharon Shalom, scholar of Ethiopian Jewish law, culture, and practice. He is the Chair of the International Center for the Study of Ethiopian Jewry at Ono Academic College and a Professor at Bar-Ilan University.

The Jewish Ethiopian Community, ‘Beta Israel,’ lived in Ethiopia for thousands of years. They experienced a long history of famine, religious oppression, and civil war. In the 20th century, tens of thousands immigrated to Israel. They faced a harrowing journey, many traveling on foot for up to 2 months from Ethiopia to Sudan, spending years in refugee camps, and experienced additional challenges once they did cross the border into Israel. Prof. Rabbi Shalom immigrated alone at 8 years old, certain that his parents were dead, and lived as an orphan at a children’s home in Afula. He joins us to share his personal journey, and the experiences he has had since then as an immigrant in Israeli society.

Goldberg Room, 297 Berkeley Law School
5:30pm – 7:00 pm

Friday, November 25, 2019

Leaders, Secrets, + Politics in Israel

A Conversation with Journalist + Historian Tom Segev

Unlike many writers who have accepted the official historical record as the foundation for their work, Segev’s work often questions some of the leading assumptions of Israel’s official history. He has often drawn on untapped archives, personal diaries, and declassified documents to explore or deconstruct the complexities of Israeli internal and international politics. Join us for a conversation with Segev as he explores Israel’s leaders, shares uncovered secrets, and explores the history of Israeli politics.

Berkeley Law – Room 12
12:30pm-2:00pm

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Antisemitism and Technology Panel

Join us for a discussion on technology and hate speech- we will address such topics as the definition of hate speech, ways in which technology enables the spread of hate speech online, whose responsibility it is to regulate hate and misinformation, and how technology can be leverage to mitigate hate speech in our decidedly digital culture. The speakers will address the specific case of Antisemitism online as a lens through which to examine this issue and describe their work here in the Bay Area and on campus on the topic.

Speakers: Vlad Khaykin, Associate Director, Anti-Defamation League’s Pacific Northwest Region
Claudia von Vacano, the Executive Director of UC Berkeley’s D-Lab and the Digital Humanities.
Moderator: Ken Bamberger, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Professor of Law; Faculty co-Director, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies; Faculty co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. 

Berkeley Law – Room 140
12:30 – 2:00 pm

Friday, November 8, 2019

Israeli’s Technology Economy

Over the past three decades, Israel has emerged as one of the world’s leading centers of high tech. In his book, David charts the rise of the Israeli start-up sector under such seemingly unpromising conditions and analyzes its impact on Israeli society and the wider economy. He shows how Israel’s unique history and culture enabled the rise f the global technology powerhouse but failed to create a diverse, inclusive and equitable society. 

David Rosenberg has reported on Israeli economics and politics for close to three decades for Bloomberg, The Jerusalem Post, and Reuters. He is also author of Cloning Silicon Valley.

Speaker: David Rosenberg: Business Editor, Haaretz; Former Reporter, Bloomberg News.

Berkeley Law – Room 145
12:30pm – 2:00pm

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Fall Series Part 3: Israeli Elections – Where are We in Forming a New Government?

Join the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies to discuss the aftermath of the second Israeli elections. We will explore how various pressing issues facing Israel today will be impacted by the election results, and discuss where Israel is in the process of forming a new government. *Dinner will be provided.

Moderator: Tomer Persico: Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies, UC Berkeley; Scholar-in-Residence, Shalom Hartman Institute.

Featuring: Roy Peled: Israel Institute Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley School of Law; Administrative and Constitutional Law Professor, Haim Striks School of Law, College of Management. David Rosenberg: Columnist and economics editor for Haaretz; former Israel bureau chief for Bloomberg News. Anat Balint: Israel Institute Visiting Scholar, School of Journalism, SJSU; former media correspondent, Haaretz.

Room 12, Berkeley Law School
6:00pm – 7:45 pm

Thursday, September 17th, 2019

Fall Series Part 2: Israeli Elections – Election Day!

As votes roll in, join us for live updates and analysis of the results. Who is winning? What does that mean? What is still left up to chance?

Featuring: Tomer Persico, Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies, UC Berkeley; Scholar-in-Residence, Shalom Hartman Institute and Roy Peled, Israel Institute Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law; Constitutional Law Professor, Haim Striks School of Law, College of Management

Goldberg Room, Berkeley Law School
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Fall Series Part 1: Israeli Elections – Understanding the September Ballot 

Join us in anticipation of the 9/17 elections to learn more about the candidates, the issues, and the current climate Israelis are facing as they go to the polls.

Featuring: Tomer Persico, Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies, UC Berkeley; Scholar-in-Residence, Shalom Hartman Institute and Roy Peled, Israel Institute Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law; Constitutional Law Professor, Haim Striks School of Law, College of Management

Room 115, Berkeley Law School
6:30pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Elections & The Fate of Israel

Join the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies to discuss the aftermath of the Israeli Elections with Professors Eran Kaplan and Anat Balint on April 11, between 6 and 8pm. We will explore how various pressing issues facing Israel today will be impacted by the election results.

Room 115, Berkeley Law School
6:00pm – 8:00 pm

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Jewish Identities in Israel: Confrontations, Crises and Novel Conceptions

Tomer Persisco, Koret Visiting Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies

Over the past three decades the Israeli society witnessed significant revisions in the way it understands itself and its Jewish identity. The collapse of the peace process, the “disengagement” from Gaza and the growing emphasis on self fulfillment have changed social structures that were taken for granted in the past, and have propelled each of the different Jewish “tribes” in Israel – the Secular Zionist, the Religious-Zionist and the Ultra-Orthodox – into an identity crises. We will examine the manifestation of and the reasons for these developments, and present two opposing but complementary frameworks for self-understanding that are defining Jewish identity in Israel anew.

Morrison Library
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Israeli Law and Society: Judicial Reflections

Daphne Barak-Erez, Israeli Supreme Court Justice Daphne Barak-Erez will speak about pressing constitutional questions in Israeli society.

100 Law Building Berkeley Law
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Law, Religion and State

Come join us for a presentation about the complexities of religion and state in Israel. How does religion affect public policy and the law? How does freedom of religion work? Come hear Amnon Reichman, a scholar of comparative law, and Tomer Persico, a scholar of comparative religion, discuss these and other questions from their differing perspectives and approaches.

Goldberg Room, Berkeley Law
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Robbins Collection Annual Lecture – Judaism and the #MeToo Movement: A Feminist Perspective

Rachel Adler, Rabbi David Ellenson Professor of Jewish Religious Thought, Professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Feminist Studies at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles (Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion)

#MeToo has produced a flood of women’s testimony about a range of sexual aggressions that halakhah addresses inadequately or not at all. What would have to change for halakhah to offer a model of gender justice?

Room 100, Berkeley Law
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Allison Kaplan Sommer, Student Debrief of Midterm Elections

Come join Haaretz Journalist Allison Kaplan Sommer for a lively discussion, debriefing the mid-term elections over dinner. How do the elections and their results impact American Jews? How do they affect U.S.-Israel relations going forward?

Room 141, Berkeley Law
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Film Screening: In Search of Israeli Cuisine 

Hosted by the Exploring Jewish Food Decal and The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Studies, we bring you a film screening of “In search of Israeli Cuisine.” This captivating film explores the surprising culinary revolution taking place in Israel – a country so frequently associated with political drama rather than delectable eats. In just thirty short years, Israel has transformed from a country with no unique foods to call its own into a country filled with delicious treats at every corner and an abundance of world-renowned chefs and fine foods.

Room 170, Berkeley Law Building
6:30pm – 8:30 pm

Thursday, February 22, 2018

A Student Conversation with Ambassador Dennis Ross

In the first year of his administration, President Trump has met with key Middle East leaders, imposed additional sanctions on Iranian officials, set a new tone for the U.S. role at the UN, and, most recently, made the unprecedented decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. How do these tactical moves affect the U.S. – Israel relationship and what else may be in store for American policy toward Israel and her neighbors this coming year?

Join us for an intimate conversation (students only) with Ambassador Dennis Ross at 7pm.

132 Law Building Berkeley Law
7:00pm – 9:00 pm

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Student Conversation on the Kotel Agreement with Donniel Hartman

Student discussion on the Kotel Agreement and Religious Pluralism with Shalom Hartman Institute President, Donniel Hartman. The government of Israel’s decision to renege on it agreement to expand the Kotel area to include an equal space for Liberal Jewish worship has been met with silence in Israel, on the one hand, and widespread condemnation amongst world Jewry, on the other. This disparity is fueling a deep schism in the heart of the Jewish people with potentially far reaching consequences. What ought to be the relationship between State and Religion in Israel? What are Israel’s responsibilities towards world Jewry? What rights do world Jewry have in making demands upon Israel?

136 Law Building Berkeley Law
4:00pm – 5:15 pm

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Shalem Student Delegation

Join The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies and meet students from Israel’s first liberal arts college, Shalem College, for a dialogue on Jewish identity, Israel, and university life.

12:15 – 1:15 Lecture by Prof. Ron Hassner (the lecture will be in Hebrew but the discussion will be in English)
1:15 – 2:15 Kosher Lunch and Group Discussion with Shalem College Students

Room 10, Berkeley Law
12:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Monday, February 13, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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 hrothstein@berkeley.edu for more information or to learn how you can get involved with the Berkeley Institute! 

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 Law Building

A REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK:
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 Law Building
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 Law Building
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 mshemtov@law.berkeley.edu 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 mshemtov@law.berkeley.edu 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 Law Building
5-6 PM, dinner provided
RSVP Here

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

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

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