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Israel and World Jewry Committee Events

The following lectures and programs are sponsored by the Israel and World Jewry Committee.
Questions? Contact Marlene and Herb Thier at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

2013-2014

Mervyn Danker, AJC-SF

Tuesday, December 3 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge (rescheduled from Oct. 1) 
Topic: “Jewish Diaspora - Far Flung and Diverse in a Changing World” 

Anat Hoffman, IRAC and Women of the Wall

Friday, December 6 at 7:15pm in the Sanctuary followed by reception. Topic: “Building a Just Society”  
Sunday, December 8 at 11am in the Sanctuary. Topic: “Why the Women of the Wall Matter”
with coffee and bagel reception beforehand in the Oneg Room.
Receptions sponsored by Israel and World Jewry Committee and Women of Isaiah

Aryeh Green, Media Central

Tuesday, January 7 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge 
“Missiles & Media Madness: Understanding Israel’s Challenges in the World’s Press - A radically different approach to improving Israel’s image.”   

Rabbi Doug Kahn, JCRC-SF

Wednesday, January 22 at 7pm in the Social Hall
Topic: “What is the line between virulent criticism of Israel and anti-semitism.”

Dr. Rebecca Golbert, Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Law & Israeli Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

Tuesday, February 4 at 7pm in the Social Hall
Topic: “The Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law & Israel Studies: Putting It In Context.”
1. Why was the Institute established at UC Berkeley?
2. How has it grown and what are its current programs?
3. What are the plans for the future?
4. How can the public participate in the programs of the Institute?
Rebecca Golbert is the Executive Director of the Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies.
Golbert received her doctorate in social anthropology from the University of Oxford under the supervision of Jonathan Webber, a leading anthropologist of modern Jewry.  She also earned her B.A. in anthropology from Princeton University and a Master of Dispute Resolution degree from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law.
Golbert’s scholarly work reflects overlapping interests in Jewish and Holocaust studies, anthropology and ethnography, and conflict resolution and mediation.  Her doctoral and postdoctoral research focused on Ukrainian Jewish community and identity and Holocaust memory and memorialization within post-Soviet Ukraine.  Golbert has held fellowships at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research and is the recipient of an award from the International Mediation Leadership Summit of the American Bar Association.
In her previous role as Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Associate Director of the Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies at Pepperdine University, Golbert focused on student support and academic programming, developing courses for undergraduates; organizing art exhibitions, panels, and lecture series; and collaborating with other faculty and University institutions on campus-wide programming. 
At the Berkeley Institute, Golbert oversees the activities of the Institute’s two programs as well as its broader work supporting students and faculty.
Education:
B.A., Princeton University (1993)
D.Phil., Oxford University (2001)
M.D.R., Straus Institute, Pepperdine University School of Law (2007)

Berkeley Hillel

Tuesday, April 1 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge
Topic: “What do Jewish students need, beyond academics, to have a successful college experience and in preparation for the rest of their lives?” with Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman
Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman, Executive Director of Berkeley will share his perspective on “Jewish Life at UC Berkeley – How Hillel Facilitates Students’ Jewish Journey” on Tuesday, April 1 at 7pm in the Adult Lounge. U.C. Berkeley campus has long been a hotbed of anti-Israel activism, so how does Hillel help Jewish students proudly celebrate Judaism and Israel in a climate that in the past has been less than friendly to those sentiments?
“I’m a perpetual optimist,” Naftalin-Kelman says. “Like any group, [pro-Israel Jews] should feel comfortable on this campus being vocal about who they are. I am a collaborator and community-builder by nature.” This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Temple Isaiah Israel and World Jewry Committee and Anshei Isaiah.

Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

Tuesday, May 6 at 6pm Annual Meeting in the Social Hall