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Oscar Nomination Win For MGSDII Emerging Filmmaker!

Dear Friends of the MGSDII, Film has the ability to cross cultural divides, create dialogue, and inspire connections. Israel has developed a flourishing film industry, with movies competing in international film festivals and winning numerous awards. Over the last three years, the MGSDII has partnered with the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival to support an emerging […]

MGSDII Partners with UC Berkeley for Global Internship Program in Israel

UC Berkeley’s Global Internship Program in Israel is launching in a virtual context this summer. It is open to students from all colleges and universities (for 3 credit units). The Global Internship Program in Israel allows students to gain first-hand knowledge, academic credits (3 units), language skills and international work experience through a virtual learning […]

Watch: Israel’s Space Innovation and Education with CEO of the Ramon Foundation, Ran Livne

View the recording of the event by clicking HERE. This academic year, Professor Haim Suchowski (Tel Aviv University) and Professor Frank Jacobitz (University of San Diego) are co-teaching a course titled “Innovations in Israel” via Zoom. The course connects students and professors in Israel and San Diego using examples of Israeli innovation as a springboard […]

Watch: “Here We Are” Director’s Talk with Nir Bergman

View the recording of the event below. Join filmmaker Nir Bergman for an exclusive talk and Q&A about his latest film, “Here We Are.” Bergman is one of Israel’s leading film and TV writers/directors, including one of the creators of HBO’s “In Treatment.”  Two years ago, he was a MGSDII visiting artist at SDSU.   […]

Watch: San Diego Sneak Preview of “Our Natural Right”

View the recording of the event below. David Ben Gurion reading the Declaration of Independence of Israel Yulie Cohen, director of “Our Natural Right” Nitzan Kahana, women’s rights activist, lawyer, and granddaughter of Rabbi Kalman Professor Yoram Shacher, former Dean of the Harry Radzyner Law School at the IDC Herzliya “Our Natural Right” | Over seven […]

WATCH: Exclusive San Diego Virtual Screening and Talk with the Filmmaker of “Children of the Sun”

Join Ran Tal, Children of the Sun filmmaker, for an in-depth discussion. Click HERE to view a trailer of the documentary. This brilliant film, made by one of Israel’s most important documentary filmmakers, tells the  story of 18 children born and raised in the first kibbutzim in Israel beginning almost two decades before the establishment of the […]

WATCH: Visiting Israeli Professor Discusses Bringing Technological Capital to Israeli Neighborhoods

Hear from Mor Shilon, MGSDII Visiting Israeli Professor at UCSD, and other Israeli educators who are advancing social change through campus-community partnerships. Using the Israeli Arab town of Jisr az-Zarqa as a case study, the panelists discussed their research and intervention in the poorest village in Israel, making technological capital accessible for Jisr’s residents. With […]

WATCH: MGSDII Salon Series, “Tehran”

The Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative (MGSDII) hosted Salon Series with the artists behind Apple TV’s Tehran. The online event featured the show’s creator, Moshe Zonder, and director, Danny Syrkin (both Israeli professors) for an exciting talk following the series premier. Already receiving rave reviews, Tehran follows a Mossad agent as she embarks on her first mission as […]

WATCH: Normalization Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Why Did It Happen and Why Now?

The Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative (MGSDII) hosted a special panel discussion with leading Israeli academics on last week’s announcement, “No to Annexation and Yes to Normalization.” The agreement that Israel would normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates and drop its plans to annex parts of the West Bank was a surprise in a […]