Public Events


Civil Society and Plurality in Israel: Virtual Lunchtime Series

Join us for a year-long virtual lunchtime series on Civil Society and Plurality in Israel. We will hear from remarkable scholars about critical social and political issues and movements in Israeli society, including questions of religion, gender, nationality, multiculturalism, pluralism, and equality.

October 5 – Religion and State – Watch recording here
November 4 – Nationality and Equality
February 1 – Religion and Gender in Education
March 4 – Religion and Education in the Military

Virtual – Learn more about events in this series and register here.


The New Governing Coalition and Shifts in Israeli Society


Moderator: Janine Zacharia, Carlos Kelly McClatchy Lecturer, Stanford University

Panel Participants:

Rami Zeedan, Assistant Professor, University of Kansas

Tal Schneider, Diplomatic & Political correspondent, Globes Newspaper and Times of Israel

Noah Efron, Chair, Program on Science, Technology, and Society, Bar-Ilan University; Host, The Promised Podcast, TLV1

Join us for a virtual panel on Israel’s new governing coalition and the insights it provides on Israeli society. Janine Zacharia will moderate a lively discussion — with Rami Zeedan, Tal Schneider, and Noah Efron — about the current government and its very broad coalition, the challenges and opportunities this arrangement has created, some reflections to date on mistakes and successes, and a significant engagement with the shifts in Israeli society that are reflected through this new governing coalition. 

Thursday, October 14, 12:30pm – 2pm
Watch recording here


The Libitzky Lecture on Israel and the Great Powers at UC Berkeley: Israel and the Case of Russia


Anna Borshchevskaya, Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, joins Professor Ron Hassner, the Helen Diller Family Chair in Israel Studies at UC Berkeley, for a conversation exploring Israel’s relationship with Russia and what this might mean for geopolitics as we know it. This is the second in a series of talks examining Israel’s relationships with global powers.

Tuesday, November 16, 6pm – 7:30pm
Register to join in-person here


Bad News: How Woke Media is Undermining Democracy

A Program of the Antisemitism Education Initiative at UC Berkeley

Join us for a riveting conversation between Batya Ungar-Sargon, Deputy Opinion Editor of Newsweek, and Ethan Katz, Professor of History, UC Berkeley, as they dive into complex and controversial issues — raised by Ungar-Sargon’s new book — about American journalism and its role in shaping race, class, religion, and culture in America. Seeking to hold both the Left and the Right accountable, Batya takes issue with the “woke” media and the ways it has led the American public astray.

Thursday, November 18, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Register to join in-person here