Program on Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity

 The Program on Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity supports teaching, research, and programming at Berkeley. The Program provides a forum for academic discourse on the history and contemporary relevance of Jewish law and Jewish thought, and on the related construction of Jewish identity. The Program hosts speakers, visiting scholars, and resident fellows; provides support for graduate student research, and supports the teaching of courses on Jewish and comparative law and ethics, modern Jewish thought, and paradigms of Jewish identity.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Check back for Fall 2017  Programming!

 

PAST EVENTS:
 
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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
5:15 Reception, 6 PM Lecture
Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way
Co-Sponsored by the Robbins Collection
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Failures of Ethics:
Confronting the Holocaust,
Genocide, and Other Mass Atrocities

Public Lecture with John Roth, Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College
5:30 PM Reception, Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall
6 PM Lecture, Room 100, Boalt Hall
Co-sponsored with the Human Rights Cente, the Human Rights Clinic and the Human Rights Program
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

From Secular Judaism to Jewish Renewal in Israel – A Personal Story and Public Point of View
Public 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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Monday, November 9, 2015

Diaspora and Group Rights: The Jewish Constitutional Moment
Public Lecture with William Forbath, Associate Dean for Research and Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair in Law at the University of Texas
Reception: 5:30 PM / Lecture: 6 PM in the Goldberg Room, 297 Boalt Hall
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Identity through Art: A multicultural performance with slam poet and author Aaron Samuels
Performance and Q&A with Aaron Samuels, followed by performances by several student groups, open to Berkeley Students and Faculty Only
Reception: 6:30 pm / Performance: 7:00 pm in the Goldberg Room, 297 Boalt Hall
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Monday-Tuesday, April 27-28, 2015

International  Conference
Reflections on the Legacy of Nuremberg: The 70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials
Conference details here

April 22, 2015

Between Honour and Authenticity: Zionism as Theodor Herzl’s Life Project
Public Lecture with Derek Penslar, Professor of Jewish History at the University of Toronto and at Oxford University.
Reception: 5 pm; Lecture: 5:30 pm; Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall

April 13, 2015

Jews and Judaism in France
Public lecture with Rabbi Daniel Dahan, Chief Rabbi of Provence, France.
Reception: 5 pm in the Warren Room, 295 Boalt Hall.

November 6, 2014

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
5:15 pm, Bancroft Hotel
Co-sponsored by the Robbins Collection, UC Berkeley School of Law

November 13, 2014

LECTURE AND PERFORMANCE

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
7 pm, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
Co-hosted by the Magnes Collection

December 18, 2014
END OF SEMESTER PERFORMANCE
Jewish Nightlife: Featuring UC Berkeley Students and Piyyut North America Workshop Participants
Directed by Yair Harel, Schusterman Artist-in-Residence, The Magnes Collection
5 pm, The Magnes, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
Hosted by the Magnes Collection

TALK CO-SPONSORED BY THE PARADIGMS OF JEWISH IDENTITY DECAL, Q-JEW, AND MIRIAM IV

“Gender, Sexuality and Modern Jewish Identity,” Shaun Halper
April 3, 2014

COSPONSORED CONFERENCE:
“Talmudic Trangressions: Provoked by Daniel Boyarin,” Professor Daniel Boyarin,
 UC Berkeley
April 8-10, 2014
Berkeley School of Law

PLAY COSPONSORED BY THE CENTER FOR JEWISH STUDIES WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO THE THEATER, DANCE, AND PERFORMANCE STUDIES DEPARTMENT
If the Whole Body Dies: Raphael Lemkin and the Treaty Against Genocide
, Robert Skloot
April 30, 2014
Durham Theater
7:00pm

LECTURE COSPONSORED 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
March 19, 2014
Graduate Theological Union Library
5:00pm

EVENT 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 Philsophy and Jewish Studies-Indiana University at Bloomington
November 20, 2013

2013-2014 ROBBINS COLLECTION IN JEWISH LAW AND THOUGHT:
“What We Can Learn from the Jewish Political Tradition” with Professor Michael Walzer, Professer Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study
November 12, 2013
CLICK HERE to view the event.EVENT: “Jews and Words,” with Professor Fania Oz-Salzberger, University of Haifa
October 8, 2013ROUNDTABLE: “Maimondes and Islamic Law: The Case of Sufism,”with Professor Gideon Libson, Professor Emeritus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
July 25, 20132012-2013 ROBBINS COLLECTION LECTURE IN JEWISH LAW AND THOUGHT:
Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom

November 26, 2012

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Professor Michael Walzer


Prof. Sharon Aronson-Lehavi with her
“Representations of the Holocaust in Contemporary Theater”  class after seeing a play at the Berkeley Rep.


Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks meeting with
undergraduate students.