Public Events

Spring 2021

February 4 + March 4

Cyber-Hate: Defining and Combating Antisemitism and Hate Online

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This symposium will explore the phenomenon of cyber-hate. What are the key issues and manifestations? What are the appropriate responses to online hate? What are the frameworks available — legal, social, technological — and possible constraints to responding? How do we evaluate the success of various solutions? Join us for a two-part virtual symposium this spring – each session includes a keynote address and a moderated panel. 

February 4: Session 1: Translating Hate in the Digital World

Watch the recorded program here
MCLE credit still available through March 4th 

March 4: Session 2: Combating Online Hate: Law, Technology, and Society

9 – 10:30 AM

Click here to learn more and to register. MCLE credit will be offered.

Cosponsored by the Berkeley Institute’s Program on Jewish Law, Thought, and Identity and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

Thursday, February 11

The Absurd World of Etgar Keret

Please join us for an intimate conversation with acclaimed Israeli author Etgar Keret and GTU Jewish Studies Professor Deena Aranoff. They will discuss Keret’s most recent writing and film projects, his approach to storytelling and to the world, his penchant for the absurd, and more. Keret is an internationally acclaimed Israeli writer and filmmaker. Known for his short stories and books, Keret fuses the bizarre with the banal, and offers a window on a surreal world that is both dark and comic.

Etgar Keret, Moderator: Professor Deena Aranoff

Watch the recorded program here (audio):

Wednesday, March 10

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

Does Jewish law speak to the most important issues of our day? Drawing on Judaism’s millennia-old jurisprudence of radical relevance in the face of change, Professors Bamberger and Mayse make the counterintuitive argument that Jewish law’s millennia-old approach to surveillance, communication, and information collection, sharing, and use, offer missing frameworks for the struggle to protect privacy in an age of big data.

Professors Kenneth Bamberger and Ariel Mayse
5:30 – 6:30 PM
In partnership with the Robbins Collection and Research Center

Tuesday, April 6

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

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

Thursday, April 22


Former Israeli Chief Justice Dorit Beinisch
in conversation with
Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

Welcome Remarks by Carol Christ, Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley

Justice Dorit Beinisch, the first woman to serve as President of the Israeli Supreme Court and the first woman State Attorney of Israel, will be joined in conversation by Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law.


From 2006-2012, Dorit Beinisch served as the Ninth President of the Supreme Court of Israel, the first woman in Israel to hold that position. Justice Beinisch was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1995. Prior to her elevation to the Court, Justice Beinisch served as Israel’s State Attorney, the first woman in Israel to hold that position. In this role, she directed all government litigation at all judicial levels.  

Erwin Chemerinsky is the Dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law.  Before coming to Berkeley, he served as founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science.  Dean Chemerinsky is the author of eleven books and more than 200 law review articles, and frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court.  In 2016, he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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

Thursday, April 29

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

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