The Berkeley Institute
is thrilled to introduce its new faculty executive board. Six exceptional Berkeley
professors will guide the Berkeley Institute
in the coming year, alongside Institute staff,
including executive director Rebecca Golbert and faculty director Ken Bamberger. Co-faculty director Ron Hassner and five executive board members will serve as advisors and liaisons — crafting content, attracting stellar visitors, partnering with campus counterparts, working closely with Institute
staff and student fellows, and engaging with the community.
Ken Bamberger Faculty Director (Professor of Law, 2015-2016 Sabbatical). Specialization: Administrative Law, the First Amendment–Speech and Religion, Technology and Governance, and Jewish Law
Co-faculty Director (Associate Professor, Political Science).Specialization:
Religion and Conflict; Religion in the Military; Territorial Disputes
Executive Director (Lecturer, Jewish Studies)
Specialization: Jewish and Holocaust studies, Anthropology and Ethnography, and Conflict Resolution and Mediation
Jason Wittenberg (Associate Professor, Political Science)
Specialization: Eastern Europe & the Post-Soviet Region; Religion and Politics; Ethnic Conflict; Quantitative Analysis; Electoral Analysis
Joan Bieder (Associate Dean, Journalism). Specialization:
Singapore Jewry Under the Japanese Occupation 1941-1945; Reporting in Israel and Palestine
Steven Davidoff Solomon (Professor of Law). Specialization:
Financial Regulation; Hedge Funds and Private Equity; Mergers and Acquisitions; Deals and Deal Theory, and Jurisdictional Competition
Steve Tadelis (Professor of Economics, Business and Public Policy)
E-commerce; Economics of the Internet
(Professor of Sociology). Specialization: Personal Networks, Social History, Social Psychology, Urban Technology
The Berkeley Institute
welcomes a strong cohort of visiting faculty in 2015-16, including Hila Shamir of Tel Aviv University, Ori Aronson
of Bar-Ilan University, and Yuval Ben-Bassat
of the University of Haifa. Their courses span several departments – including History, Jewish Studies, Legal Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies. Check out the sidebar for more info on these “Current Courses”.
In addition, the Institute houses six visiting scholars: Shira Offer, Guy Davidov, Tamara Lotner-Lev, Shlomit Azgad-Tromer, Shay Hazkani, and Patricia Munro. Their expertise includes comparative legal issues such as labor law, corporate law, and environmental law; social and legal approaches to work, family, gender, and poverty; a socio-cultural history of the Arab-Israeli conflict; and the synagogue and American Jewish practice. Read more about these incredible scholars here.
Students Lead the Way
The Berkeley Institute‘s Undergraduate Fellows Program
fosters a rising cohort of student leaders through more intimate engagement with the study of Israel, Jewish Law and Thought, and Jewish Identity. The fellows work closely with outreach coordinator Maya Shemtov
and other Institute
staff in planning student events on topical issues relating to the Jewish experience and to Israel and its neighbors. The students are proactively launching and teaching student-initiated courses this fall, while developing key professional skills in areas such as outreach and social media, fundraising, academic research and teaching, and public speaking.
fellows Nir Maoz (’15) and Jackson Block (’18) designed the popular student course in the Haas School of Business on “Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Case of Israel”
— enlisting entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and scholars to speak to a packed class of undergraduate students. The course was so successful last spring that it is being offered again this fall with an exciting lineup of new speakers.
Student programming for Fall 2015 includes:
Lectures: Israeli-Palestinian collaboration around water and environment — the Yarqon/Aluja Basin — by Liora Meron
Discussions: The Golem of Hollywood by best-selling mystery writer Jesse Kellerman
Current Event Programming: The refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe
Business Networking: Israeli startups in Silicon Valley
Media: Screenings of Israel’s best cinema
Partner With Us
We count on your support.
Private philanthropy is critical for sustaining the vital and important work of the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies. Your ongoing investment insures that the Institute can continue to make measurable contributions to scholarly inquiry and discourse across the UC Berkeley campus.
You may also contact Leah Wagner-Edelstein,
Director of Institutional Advancement at (510) 642-6126
, or email
her to learn more about how you can insure the Berkeley Institute
‘s longstanding presence at Cal.
The Berkeley Institute
will host an array of public lectures and performances
from distinguished visitors during the school year.
Here’s a sampling:
(Please note: more programs will be added in the coming weeks)
“Israel Facing a Changing Middle East”
“Performing Jewish Identity through Contemporary Dance”
“Diaspora and Group Rights: The Jewish Constitutional Moment”
“The Failures of Ethics: Confronting the Holocaust, Genocide, and Other Mass Atrocities”
“Social and Economic Policy in Israel”
“7th Annual Robbins Collection Lecture on Jewish Law and Thought”
is offering a dynamic array of courses
for students this year. They include:
Special Topics in Jewish Studies: A Jewish and Democratic State
Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies: Governance Feminism
(Graduate course, Gender Studies)
The Emergence of Modern Jerusalem, 1850-1950
DeCal: Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Case of Israel
Comparative Constitutional Law: The Case of Israel
History of Modern Israel (History)
Holocaust History, Memory, and Representation
Financial Innovation in Israel
(Graduate Course, Development Practice)