The Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

New Name. New Logo. Lasting Legacy.

Welcome to the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (formerly Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies). The Institute houses two core programs, its Program on Israel Studies, a nationally recognized initiative, and its Program on Jewish Law, Thought and Identity, the only program of its type in the western United States.

In honor of our 10th anniversary, the Helen Diller Foundation announced a $10 million endowment gift that will ensure a lasting legacy. Read more about this incredible gift here.


Cyber-Hate: Defining and Combating Antisemitism and Hate Online

Session 1: Thursday, February 4
Session 2: Thursday, March 4

9:00-10:30 AM 
RSVP Here for Session 2
Full event and MCLE details here!
Cosponsored with the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

The Absurd World of Etgar Keret:
Etgar Keret in conversation with Deena Aranoff

Thursday, February 11
12:30-1:45 PM

Robbins Collection Lecture in Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity
Jewish Law for the Digital Age

Professors Kenneth Bamberger and Ariel Mayse

Wednesday, March 10
5:30 PM
RSVP Here
In partnership with the Robbins Collection and Research Center

Live from Jerusalem! “Premier” Dance Performance and Insights with Artists Elad Schechter and Rand Taha

Tuesday, April 6
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
In partnership with c.a.t.a.m.o.n Dance Group in Jerusalem, Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative, UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, and the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice

Former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Dorit Beinisch, in Conversation with Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky (with an introduction by Chancellor Carol Christ)

Full event details and registration coming soon!

Thursday, April 22
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM

In Conversation with Israeli Author Ayelet Tsabari

Thursday, April 29
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cosponsored with UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and American Jewish University


Institute Celebrates 10th Anniversary With $10 Million Gift from Helen Diller Foundation

UC Berkeley has announced a $10 million endowment gift from the Helen Diller Foundation to the law school’s Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies. In recognition of this generosity, the institute is now renamed the Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel StudiesRead more!


Institute in the News

  • Jewish program at UC Berkeley gets $10m from Diller Foundation

    The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley announced Tuesday it has received a $10 million gift from the S.F.-based Helen Diller Foundation to coincide with the institute’s 10-year anniversary.
  • UC Berkeley Jewish Law and Israel Studies Institute Receives $10M Gift from Helen Diller Foundation

    To kick off the 10th anniversary of UC Berkeley’s Jewish Law and Israel Studies Institute, the university announced on Feb. 9 that a $10 million endowment gift has been given by the Helen Diller Foundation.
  • New podcast looks at Israel and Jewish identity in ‘Age of Covid’

    Interested in how a plague of locusts impacted Jews and Arabs in Palestine under Ottoman rule in 1915? Or how Haredi communities in Israel today have chafed against government edicts during the Covid-19 pandemic? Or why massive, expensive fortified barriers, like the U.S.-Mexico border wall and the West Bank barrier in Israel, continue to proliferate all over the world?
  • UC Berkeley Establishes First Faculty Chair in Israel Studies

    May 2, 2019 – Joining a select group of universities in the world with an endowed faculty chair in Israel Studies, the University of California, Berkeley today announced the creation of the Helen Diller Family Chair in Israel Studies. The chair is the university’s first in the field and will endow courses, research and programs […]
  • Feminist icon Rachel Adler on #MeToo and Jewish law

    Early in her lecture last week in Berkeley, theologian and feminist icon Rachel Adler brought up the #MeToo movement, but she quickly narrowed the focus to the #GamAni movement (Hebrew for MeToo). Her target? The long-standing male supremacy embedded in Jewish texts. “My task,” said the professor of modern Jewish thought and gender at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, “is to problematize certain halachic categories.”
  • Key Funders Invest in the UC Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

    The Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies at UC Berkeley has received a $1 million matching grant from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation of Los Angeles, with the goal of meeting a $10 million endowment by 2024. The Institute also received grants totaling nearly $2 million from the Koret Foundation and the Jim Joseph Foundation in partial support of the Institute’s operations as it raises this endowment.

 


 

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