Program on Israel Studies

The Program for Israel Studies is one of our two core initiatives. Some of the program’s ongoing initiatives include: The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Colloquium on Israel Studies, a campus-wide forum for academic discussion between faculty, campus and graduate student Fellows; the Tel Aviv-Berkeley Executive Program, now in its fifteenth year; the Graduate Student Workshop in Israeli Law, Economy and Society, as well as programs supporting visiting faculty and fellows, undergraduate and graduate courses in a variety of departments, and research.

A REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: The Pitfalls and Rewards of Writing about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Janine Zacharia
Stanford Lecturer and Journalist
April 21, 2016

“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
April 7, 2016
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Economics

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
April 6, 2016
Student Planned Co-Sponsored Event with Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT), Berkeley Center for Law, Business and Economics (BCLB) and the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, California Israel Chamber of Commerce, TAMID and Berkeley Jewish Student Association

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
March 30, 2016
Co-sponsored by the Center for Law and Society and the HIFIS Disability Cluster

Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, & the Early Zionist – Arab Encounter
Jonathan Gribetz
Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Judaic Studies at Princeton University
March 17, 2016

Building the Solar Revolution in Frontier Economies: Supporting Sustainable Development in Israel and Africa
Yossi Abramovitz
President and CEO of Energiya Global Capital, co-founder of the Arava Power Company
March 8, 2016
Co-Sponsored by the College of Natural Resources, and the Blum Center for Developing Economies

Reporting on the Holy Land: Israel Through the Lens of a Foreign Correspondent
Tim McGirk
Former bureau chief and war correspondent, Time Magazine
Lecturer at UC Berkeley
March 3, 2016

Israel at 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
February 25, 2016
Co-Sponsored by the Masters in Development Practice

Ethnic and Religious Diversity in Israel: Changes, Inequality and the Quality of Life
Calvin Goldscheider
Ungerleider Professor Emeritus of Judaic Studies and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Brown University
February 4, 2016

Identity Inside Israel and Out: A Conversation Through Movement
Miriam Engel-Angela Dance Company
November 5, 2015
Co-Sponsored by Berkeley Hillel

Israel Facing a Changing Middle East
Itamar Rabinovich
President of the Israel Institute, former Israeli Ambassador the the United States
October 28, 2015

Reflections on the Israeli Election
April 7, 2015
Student Conversation with Janine Zacharia

Student Lectures: Religion, Law, and State in Israel

The Berkeley Institute hosts a new lecture series for students in the 2014-2015 academic year.

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

Student Lectures: Different Angles on the Middle East Conflict
The Berkeley Institute hosted a new lecture series for students in Fall 2014. The series included four presentations in a number of disciplines on the conflict. See flyer for details.

“From India to Israel: A Multicultural Celebration”
April 10, 2014
The Magnes Museum

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

“Reporting Israel: the Personal, the Political, and the Press”
Aluf Benn
Editor-in-chief, Haaretz
February 21, 2014
Noon, Northgate Library

“Covering Israel: A Reporter’s Notebook”
Janine Zacharia
Former Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Washington Post
Noon, North Gate Library
March 7, 2014

* 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.

Film Screening and Talk Co-sponsored with Berkeley Hillel :”Brave Miss World”
Cecila Peck
February 19, 2014

Panel and Networking Event Co-sponsorred with Several Entities Across Campus and in the Commmunity: “Israeli Start-Ups in the International Arena”
March 6, 2014