Newsletter: From the Azrieli Institute (+CFP on Balfour Declaration Centennial)

The Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies is a hub of opportunities on Israel Studies at Concordia University.

Below is information regarding:


  1. 1. Course offered this coming January
  2. 2. The Institute Library
  3. 3. Call for articles: 100 Years since the 1917 Balfour Declaration: A Retrospective
  4. 4. Other related event



1. Course offered this coming January

beattyDr. Aidan Beatty, Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow, will be teaching Irish and Jewish Identities: National and International Dimensions at the School of Canadian Irish Studies.



2. The Institute Library

Did you know that the Institute has a mini-library of Israel related books and articles?

Should you wish to do some research in our offices, all you have to do is reply to this email and make an appointment.

We will be happy to help you with your research.


3. Call for articles: 100 Years since the 1917 Balfour Declaration: A Retrospective

The Israel Studies journal invites original articles specifically related to the Balfour Declaration’s architects, protagonists, antagonists, historical, and legal interpretations. Articles are peer-reviewed and should be no longer than 10,000 words including abstract, notes and illustrations. Proposals should be sent to no later than April 1, 2016. Information on Israel Studies & Guidelines for Contributors:

Israel Studies is published three times a year by Indiana University Press for the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Sede-Boker) and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University (Waltham, MA)


4. Other related event

Israeli Movie Night in Montreal: Mussa

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Segal Centre Cinema Space, 5170 Chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine

Refugees from Darfur, Mussa and his parents have been living in Tel Aviv’s worst neighborhood for six years. At twelve years old, Mussa doesn’t speak. In a strange stroke of policy, he is bussed to an elite private school every day. Leaving behind addicts and prostitutes each morning, he silently navigates an upscale world, and forges a bond with a teacher who is also a refugee. When a series of unexpected crises hit, Mussa’s precarious place between two disparate worlds is heartbreakingly revealed.

Event is free. Register at


Csaba Nikolenyi

Professor, Department of Political Science

Director, Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies

Concordia University

1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8

Phone: 514 848 2424 extension 8722 or 2120

Visit us at:


Film Festival: Other Israel, (JCC Manhattan, Nov 5-12, 2015)



Founded in 2007, The Other Israel Film Festival uses film to foster social awareness and cultural understanding. The Festival presents dramatic and documentary films, as well as engaging panels about history, culture, and identity on the topic of minority populations in Israel with a focus on Arab citizens of Israel/Palestinian citizens of Israel, who make up twenty percent of Israel’s population. Our goal is to promote awareness and appreciation of the diversity of the state of Israel, provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of, and dialogue about populations in margins of Israeli society, and encourage cinematic expression and creativity dealing with these themes. Our programming is guided by our mission to showcase quality cinema that brings to the big screen the human stories and daily lives of Arab Citizens and other minorities groups in Israel, often overlooked by mainstream Israeli society and culture.


07:00 PM – Opening Night Gala: Censored Voices

Join us in celebration of the 9th Annual Other Israel Film Festival, featuring the East Coast premiere of Censored Voices, followed by a Q&A with director Mor Loushy and an exclusive reception with filmmakers & special guests.Censored Voices

Dir. Mor Loushy
2015 | 84 min | Documentary
NY Premiere

One week after the 1967 Six Day War, a group of young Israeli soldiers, led by renowned Israeli author Amos Oz, recorded intimate conversations with their comrades returning from the battlefield. In these recordings, soldiers wrestled with the systemic evacuation of Palestinians, the dehumanizing nature of war, and the echoes of the Holocaust, taking an honest look at the moment Israel turned occupier. These recordings, censored by the Israeli army until now, are played back to the soldiers 50 years later, bringing past abruptly into present and revealing the soldiers’ stunning confessions for the first time.

Events: SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies Evening Lecture Series, Term 1, 2015

SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies Evening Lecture Series, Term 1, 2015

Please find below the programme for the SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies Evening Lecture Series, Term 1, 2015, which will run on the following Wednesdays:

November 11, 17:30-19:00 

Dr. Ronald Ranta (Kingston University)
Book Launch: “Political Decision Making and Non-Decisions: The Case of Israel and the Occupied Territories.”
Venue: Brunei Gallery, Room b104, SOAS, University of London Russell Square WC1H 0XG

November 18, 17:30-19:00

Dr. Johannes Becke (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien)
Lecture: “Israel Studies in the Arab World.”
Venue: Brunei Gallery, Room b104, SOAS, University of London Russell Square WC1H 0XG
November 25, 17:00-19:00  
Movie Screening “Seret Aravit – Arab Film” (2015, 60min)
Followed by Q&A with Director, Eyal Sagui Bizawe
Co-organised with SOAS London Middle East Institute 
Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London Russell Square WC1H 0XG
December 9, 17:30-19:00  
Movie Screening “Women in Sink” (2015, 38min)
Followed by Discussion with Director, Iris Zaki
Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London Russell Square WC1H 0XG
Please see our website for further details about these and other events.

All are warmly welcomed and entrance is free of charge.

Convenor: Dr. Yonatan Sagiv (

Events: This Month at American University, (Washington, DC, October 2015)

Our fall has started out with some great Israel events!  If you missed The U.S.-Israel Relationship with Michael Oren and Tamara Wittes on September 30 you may watch the video here . Please join us at one of our upcoming programs below.  

Etgar Keret: The Seven Good Years: A Memoir
Sunday, October 18, 7:00-9:00 PM
Part of the Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival. Co-sponsored by the Center for Israel Studies.  Location: Washington DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036.  To purchase tickets and for more information:

Screening of Anywhere Else and discussion on the Israeli community in Berlin
Monday, October 19, 6:00 PM
Free with RSVP here:  Anywhere Else(85 minutes, in German, Hebrew, English and Yiddish, with subtitles) is an indie film about an Israeli (Noa, age 33) living in Berlin, who returns to her homeland for a visit. With warmth and humor, director Ester Amrami, herself an Israeli in Berlin, illuminates the meaning behind language, homeland and the need for belonging. Panel discussion and reception following the film with panelists Stefan Buchwald (Director German Information Center USA, German Embassy), Ilan Sztulman (Head of Public Diplomacy, Israeli Embassy) and Michael Brenner, Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies.  Co-sponsored by the Embassies of Germany and  Israel. Open to public.  Location: AU School of International Service (SIS) Building Abramson Family Founders Room.   Learn more 

Summer Practicum Research Report on Water and Peacebuilding in the Middle East
Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 PM
Free with rsvp here:  For their capstone research requirement, a team of SIS graduate students assessed the peacebuilding effectiveness of wastewater recycling projects undertaken jointly by Israeli and Palestinian non-governmental organizations.  They will present their research on a panel with the AU faculty who accompanied them, Dr. Eric Abitbol and Dr. Ken Conca, as well as Dr. Clive Lipchin, of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, one of their research partners on the ground.  Co-sponsored by School of International Service (SIS) and CIS.

“From BG to Bibi: The End of an Era in Israel-Diaspora Relations?” by David Ellenson
Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 PM
Keynote address to kick off “Reinventing Israel: Transformations of Israeli Society in the 21st Century” conference.  Ellenson is director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University and Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Location: SIS Building Abramson Family Founders Room.  (Free parking in SIS Building garage)  Co-sponsored by CIS and Jewish Studies Program. Click to rsvp and link to conference program

“Reinventing Israel: Transformations of Israeli Society in the 21st Century” conference featuring international scholars and AU faculty
Thursday, October 29, all-day
Open to the public. Location: Butler Board Room (Floor 6 of Butler Pavilion). Pre-aid parking by kiosk in Katzen Arts Center or SIS Building Garage (free after 5:00 PM). Click here for the full program schedule and to sign up by session.  Co-sponsored by CIS and Jewish Studies Program.

Imagining Israel in 2035 – Different Visions
Thursday, October 29 7:30 PM  
With Fania Oz-Salzberger (University of Haifa) Mohammed Wattad (Zefat College, UC Irvine) James Loeffler (University of Virginia) Moderator: Michael Brenner (AU).  Location: Butler Board Room.  Free parking after 5:00 PM in all university parking garages.  Link to campus map:  Click to rsvp and for link to full conference program



Newsletter: NYU Taub Center for Israel Studies, Fall Events

NYU Taub Center for Israel Studies

Fall 2015 Event Schedule


10/14/15  @6pm Dr. Irit Keynan, “Psychological War Trauma and Society – Like a Hidden Wound” 14A Washington Mews, First floor


10/15/15   @6pm Arabic Film (Israel, 2015, 60 min) After-film discussion with filmmakers Eyal Sagui Bezawe and Osnat Trabelsi 255 Sullivan Street, First Floor Co-sponsored with the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, the Center for Religion and Media, the Center for Media, Culture, and History, and the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies


10/26/15   @6pm “The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin 20 Years Later: Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich on Writing Rabin’s Biography” 14A Washington Mews, First floor


11/5/15   @6pm Prof. Yali Hashash, “Mizrahi Feminisms at the Beginning of the 20th Century”  14A Washington Mews, First floor


11/10/15   @6pm Partner with the Enemy Film screening and discussion in conjunction with the Other Israel Film Festival 6pm 19 University Place, Room 102 Please specify which event(s) you plan to attend.



Screening: Dancing Arabs at American University (April 30, 2015)

Screening of A BORROWED IDENTITY aka Dancing Arabs
Thursday, April 30 7:00 PM
Location: Washington DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Tickets ($12.50) may be purchased at:


Winner of the 2015 WJFF Audience Award for Best Feature! (Dir. Eran Riklis (104min, Israel/Germany/France, 2014) Hebrew and Arabic with English Subtitles.This bittersweet ‘80s coming-of-age drama from the director of The Syrian Bride and Lemon Treeadapts two autobiographical novels by popular Israeli-Arab writer Sayed Kashua. Eyad is a gifted Arab teenager who wins the chance to attend a prestigious Jewish boarding school.  Post-screening discussion with American University Global Scholar Daniel Munayer, an Israeli Christian Arab who grew up in Jerusalem, and Maram Masarwi, a post-doctoral fellow at the Free University of Berlin who was head of the Early Childhood Education Department at Al Qasemi College of Education in Israel.  Co-Sponsored by the Washington Jewish Film Festival, Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues and The Center for Israel Studies at American University.  

Screening and Discussion: Shadow in Baghdad (SOAS, Nov 20, 2014)

SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies

Shadow in Baghdad

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

7pm Thursday 20th November

Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS


The film will be followed by a panel discussion with

Linda Menuhin Abdul Aziz (journalist, film protagonist)

Adel Darwish (author and journalist);

Amal al-Jubouri (Director of the Arab Human Rights Academy)

Chair: Dr. Yair Wallach (SOAS)

SHADOW IN BAGHDAD (director: Duki Dror, 2013) tells the story of Linda Menuhin Abdul Aziz, who escaped the upheaval of Iraq in the early 1970’s to Israel, and her father, who disappeared shortly thereafter to an unknown fate. The film follows Linda as an unexpected connection with a young Iraqi journalist sets her back on the path towards Baghdad and the truth behind her father’s disappearance. What they ultimately uncover is not only the fate of Linda’s father but that of the once thriving Iraqi Jewish community whose glorious history came to an abrupt end in the 1970’s. At once a story of tragedy and redemption, Shadow in Baghdad tells of an important chapter in the turbulent history of the Middle East as it points to a distinct hope for the future as well.

THE PANEL DISCUSSION will consider Iraq’s Jewish past against the country’s current predicament and the question of human rights, civic solidarity and minorities in the Middle East.

All Welcome

The event is free and there is no need to book

SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG


Screening and Talk: From Alila to Ana Arabia: A rare evening with filmmaker Amos Gitai, Stanford, Oct. 29, 2014

Aaron-Roland Endowed Lecture 

From Alila to Ana Arabia: A rare evening with filmmaker Amos Gitai

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:30pm

Cubberley Auditorium (485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford) Map



Ana Arabia film screening followed by conversation with filmmaker Amos Gitai and Q&A with the audience.

Based in Israel and France, Amos Gitai has produced an extraordinary, wide-ranging, and deeply personal body of work. In around 40 films – documentary and fiction-, and books, Gitai has explored the layers of history in the Middle East and beyond, including his family history, through such themes as homeland and exile, religion, space, urban communities, social control and utopia. His trademark style includes long takes with scarce but significant camera movements. Ana Arabia was filmed in one sequence-shot of 85 minutes.

Co-sponsored by CREEES Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies


Event: “Let’s Dance” – A Documentary Film, screening at UCLA, Oct 20, 2014

“Let’s Dance” – A Documentary Film

A panorama of Israeli modern dance and a unique window into Israeli society and history. With vivid performances from many of Israel’s most innovative contemporary choreographers.

Monday, October 20, 2014
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This extraordinary documentary tells the story of Israel’s innovative dance history, exploring how the need to move, shift, and be in constant motion has produced generations of great dancers and choreographers. Through insightful interviews with leading choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Rami Be’er, and Yasmeen Godder, spectacular performances, and rich archival material, the film traces Israeli dance back to its roots – from the hora circles of the kibbutz to the influences of Martha Graham and the avant-garde – to reveal how dance has become a vital form of expression in Israel today.

Directed by: Gabriel Bibliowicz, 2012 52 min..  In Hebrew with English subtitles

Post-screening discussion with art historian and professor of Israeli visual culture, Anat Gilboa, and Melissa Melpignano, Ph.D. student in Culture and Performance at the UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance, focusing on contemporary Israeli choreography.

RSVP in link.

We are very pleased to screen this film in conjunction with the Batsheva Dance Company’s 50th Anniversary performances at Royce Hall (Nov 1,2), presented by the UCLA Center for the Art of Performance and co-sponsored by the Y&S Nazarian Center. For further information, visit


Special Instructions

Public parking available in UCLA Parking Structure 3. Enter the campus at Hilgard and Wyton, and make an immediate right turn onto Charles E. Young Dr. East. Signs will direct you to Parking Structure 3, “pay-per-space” parking. For additional directions to campus, visit

Cost : Event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required.