2013 – 2014

Fall 2013

Tuesday, July 23

Maimondes and Islamic Law: The Case of Sufism

Faculty/Graduate Student Round Table

Gideon Libson
Professor Emeritus of Muslim Law, Jewish Law and Comparative Jewish-Islamic Law
Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Berkeley School of Law

Thursday, August 15

A Green Bridge over Troubled Waters: The Israeli/Palestinian Initiative for Environmental Dignity in the Kidron/Wadi El Nar Basin

Summer Round Table

Liora Meron
Chief Architect, Kidron/Wadi El Nar Basin and Master Implementation Plan

Wednesday, October 9

Deliberative Democracy and the Law and Economic Approach

Faculty/Graduate Student Round Table

Eli Salzberger
Professor of Law, University of Haifa School of Law

Dean’s Seminar Room, Boalt Hall
Berkeley School of Law

Wednesday, October 9

Jews and Words

Lecture with Fania Oz-Salzberger
Professor of History, University of Haifa

School of Law
Morrison Reading Room, Doe Library, UC Berkeley Campus


Tuesday, November 12

What We Can Learn from the Jewish Political Tradition

Lecture with Michael Walzer
Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study

Berkeley School of Law

Click here to view the video for “Political Theory and Social Criticism,” from the Conversations with History series, hosted by Harry Kreisler (Executive Director, Institute of International Studies)

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Thursday, November 14

Prospects for Peace: An Assessment by Ambassador Dennis Ross

Co-Sponsored with the Institute on International Studies; Religion, Politics, and Globalization Program; The Olive Tree Initiative; Institute of Governmental Studies; Berkeley Hillel; Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law
CLICK HERE to view the event.
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Wednesday, November 20

Tears the Civil Servant Cannot See: Levinas on Ethics, Politics and Zionism

Lecture with Professor Michael Morga
Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Jewish Studies, Indiana University at Bloomington
Co-Sponsored with the Institute of European Studies

5:00 PM
201 Moses Hall, University of California, Berkeley

Monday, November 25

Second Track Diplomacy and Prospects for Peace in Israel/Palestine

Lecture with Dr. Gershon Baskin
Founder, Co-Chairman, Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
Co-Sponsored with the Olive Tree Initiative

Berkeley School of Law (Room 100)

Spring 2014

Friday, February 13

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

Event for Covering Israel: Conversations with Contemporary Journalists
Co-Sponsored with the Graduate School of Journalism

Ari Shavit
Senior Correspondent, Haaretz

Northgate Library
12:00 PM

Video Link

Wednesday, February 19

Brave Miss World

Film Screening and Talk with Director Cecilia Peck
Co-Sponsored with Berkeley Hillel

145 Dwinelle
7:30 PM

Thursday, March 6

Israeli Start-Ups in the International Arena

Public Panel and Networking Event
Co-Sponsored with the Berkeley Center for Law and Business (BCLB), the Israeli Consulate, Berkeley Hillel, TAMID Investment Group, the Haas Jewish Business Club, and Jewse (Jews in Engineering)

Room 105, Boalt Hall
6:00 PM


Tuesday, March 11

Israeli and Palestinian Waterways: History, Politics, and Technology of Water and Environment in the Middle East

International Conference in Partnership with the College of Natural Resources
Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy; the College of Environmental Design; the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES); the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment (CLEE);the Institute of International Studies (IIS); and the Friends of the Arava Institiute.

Bancroft Hotel


Wednesday, March 19

Between ‘Man’ and ‘Woman’: Talmudic and Contemporary Gender Diversity

Lecture with 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
Co-Sponsored by the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union

Graduate Theological Union Library
5:00 PM

Thursday, April 3

Gender, Sexuality and Modern Jewish Identity

Lecture with Shaun Halper
Co-Sponsored with the Paradigms of Jewish Identity DeCal, Q-Jew, and Miriam the IV

145 Law Building
4-5:30 PM

Monday, April 7

Haluzah or Beauty Queen? National Ideals of Women in Israel after 1948

Lecture with Julie Grimmeisen
University of Munich
Sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies, the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, and the Department of History

3401 Dwinelle Hall
5:00 PM

Tuesday, April 8 – Thursday, April 10

Talmudic Transgressions: Engaging the Work of Daniel Boyarin

A unique three-day conference, bringing leading Talmudic scholars to Berkeley to discuss Jewish law and engage with the scholarship of Daniel Boyarin. See full program for list of topics and presenters.

Co-sponsors: The Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union; the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford University; the Department of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley; the Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley; The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion; and the College of Letters and Sciences, Arts and Humanities Division.

Berkeley School of Law and the Graduate Theological Union

Thursday, April 10

From India to Israel: A Multicultural Celebration

Hosted by the Jewish Student Union (JSU), the Hindu Student Union (HSU), Indus, Indian Students Association (ISA), Hillel, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, Mishelanu and KALB Public Access

The Magnes Museum
6:30-9:30 PM


Tuesday, April 15

Soviet Documentary Film of the Holocaust: Why it was Marginalized and the Case for Reassessment

Lecture with Jeremy Hicks
Reader in Russian Culture and Film/ Chair of the Department of Russian Queen Mary, University of London
Sponsored by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, and the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley
4:00 PM

Wednesday, April 30

If the Whole Body Dies: Raphael Lemkin and the Treaty Against Genocide

A staged reading of the one-act play by Robert Skloot for Yom Ha-Shoah Week Theater. Followed by a discussion with the playwright.
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Student Union with Special Thanks to the Theater, Dance and Performance Studies Department

Durham Theater
7:00 PM