Public Events Archive

Spring 2022

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.

Sessions Previously Recorded-

October 5 – Michael Karayanni, A Multicultural Entrapment: Religion & State among the Palestinian-Arabs in Israel – Watch recording here
November 4 – Amal Jamal, Reconstructing the Civic: Palestinian Civil Activism in Israel – Watch recording here
February 1 – Yofi Tirosh, Sex Segregation in Israel: Between Gender, Law, and Religion – Watch recording here 
March 1 – Elisheva Rosman-Stollman, Gender, Religion, and the Military in Israel – Watch recording here

Learn more about events in this series here.

Tuesday, February 22, 5:30pm – 7pm PT

Reimagining Diversity and Jewish Belonging: A Journey Through Genesis

Amanda Beckenstein Mbuvi, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

In the U.S. American context, the dominant conception of Jewish identity does not fully reckon with the diversity that exists within the Jewish people. This talk will explore that gap in conversation with the book of Genesis, highlighting the book’s potential to inform a journey to reimagining Jewish belonging in more inclusive ways.


Wednesday, February 16, 9am – 12:45pm PT

The Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies and the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley are hosting a symposium to explore insights from the Israeli context on controversial issues in citizenship education.

Public dialogue about issues of civic concern is essential to a healthy common life in any open, liberal, pluralistic, democratic society. This includes the discussion of controversial social, political, and economic policies that may cause deep divisions and over which conflicting views may be based on alternative values and methods of analysis. Indeed, with the dramatic increase of migration across the globe over recent decades, the very idea of who should be afforded citizens’ rights, including the right to participate in the public discourse of a democracy, has become one such controversial issue.

The extreme challenges of discussing controversial issues has led to increased attention in the educational research and policies of many countries around the world, including Israel and the United States, as to the possible purposes, pedagogies, and products of citizenship education. 

For further information and MCLE resources, please visit the symposium page here (opens in a new tab).


Diana Hess, Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education and Dean of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Chris Edley, the Honorable William H. Orrick, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law, Former Dean of Berkeley Law, and Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Education, UC Berkeley.

Hanan Alexander, Professor of Philosophy of Education, Immediate Past Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, and Koret Visiting Professor of Israel Studies, UC Berkeley. 

Masua Sagiv, Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies, UC Berkeley, Scholar in Residence, Shalom Hartman Institute, and Menomadin Center, Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law.

Adar Cohen, Academic Director of the Teacher Education Program, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Visiting Scholar, UC Davis.

Ayman Agbaria, Sr. Lecturer in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Haifa, and faculty member in the Mandel School for Educational Leadership, Jerusalem.

Watch here (opens in a new tab).

Fall 2021


Thursday, October 14th

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. 

Watch recording here


Tuesday, November 16th

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.

Watch recordings here. 


Thursday, November 18th

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.

Watch recordings here. 


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