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May 2021

Conflict and Cohesion: A Test of Shared Society in Israel

May 19, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Over this past week, we've watched the escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, resulting in terrible loss of life, disruption, and destruction. At the same time, civil unrest has emerged primarily in Israel’s more diverse cities, uncovering deeply-rooted anger, inequities, fear and trauma. Many observers believe this development is the more existential one, specifically that Israel is at a critical juncture between shared society and civil war. While the various news sources and organizations don’t always…

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July 2021

Through the Lens: In-Person Outdoor Israeli Shorts Screening

July 15, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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You’re invited to the MGSDII's first in-person event since the start of the pandemic - enjoy a private screening of Israeli short movies on the Leichtag Commons Farmhouse lawn. Bring your own picnic dinner and movie snacks to this socially-distanced safe event. Arrive at 6:30 p.m. for picnic, films start at 8:00 p.m. Limited spots. To register for this event, please fill out this form:

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August 2021

Salon Series Welcome Reception for 2021-2022 Visiting Israeli Professors

August 29, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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We invite you to an intimate cocktails and small plates dinner reception to welcome three of the six 2021-2022 Visiting Israeli Professors. Join us as we introduce Ori Elon, creator of Shtisel, Meir Litvak, professor of Mid-East and Israeli-Arab Relations, and Mor Shilon, professor of Urban Studies and Planning. This event is exclusively for university faculty partners and MGSDII Salon Series supporters. Registration is currently closed for this event. Email mitchell@mgsdii.org for questions.

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September 2021

Meet the USD-Azrieli Student Collaboration Team

September 13, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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For the past three years, the MGSDII has funded a University of San Diego- Azrieli College of Engineering: Water Innovation professor-led student collaboration. This permanent USD course explores Israel’s innovation in water engineering. Students learn first-hand the similarities between California and Israel, a leading expert in sustainability and innovation. The Azrieli students will be visiting San Diego to continue their research. You are invited to meet the student teams, learn about the program, and enjoy dinner with them following a…

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October 2021

A Conversation with “Shtisel” Creator, Ori Elon

October 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States
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Join the MGSDII and the creator of the smash Netflix series Shtisel for an intimate look into the making of the show. Together, we will visit the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem with the man behind the stories! VIP boxed supper and meet and greet: 5:00 p.m. PDT Seating for general admission opens: 6:00 p.m. PDT Conversation begins: 6:30 p.m. PDT Four ways to attend! General Admission: $18 per person MGSDII Salon Members: Yearly donation of $1,000+  gains two people complimentary…

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December 2021

Global Antisemitism: A Zoom Conversation with Meir Litvak and Jonathan Sarna

December 6, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Leichtag Commons, 441 Saxony Road
Encinitas, CA 92024 United States

Anti-Semitism is at near historic levels across the globe, including in the United States. Meir Litvak (MGSDII Visiting Professor) will speak about Modern Islamist anti-Semitism and its effect on global perceptions of Israel in the changing Middle East. He will be joined by renowned scholar Jonathan Sarna, expert in American anti-Semitism, as they discuss global anti-Semitism in the 21st century. Co-sponsored by the MGSDII and the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University. To register, please fill out this…

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MGSDII Salon Series: Preview Netflix’s Latest Series from Israel with Creator, Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz

December 12, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Join the MGSDII and the creator of the new Netflix series What Happened in Oslo (additional trailer HERE) for a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the show, a political thriller, whose story originates at the Oslo Accords. Ronit will speak about her current series, as well as Israeli Television, and her role as one of Israel’s “leading ladies” of film and television. In addition to film, she was Editor-in-Chief at Keter Publishing House, one of the largest publishers in…

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January 2022

MGSDII Through the Lens: Israel’s Success in Television!

January 27 @ 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Join MGSDII Visiting Professor and Creator of Netflix's "The Girl from Oslo," Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz, with Special Guest Star, Amos Tamam! The Girl from Oslo has become one of the most viewed series on Netflix! Join the MGSDII and creator Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz for a discussion about her hit series, what she is working on now, the Israeli television industry, and her role as one of Israel’s “leading ladies” of film and television. To join, please use this Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87853503337 Community Co-Sponsors:…

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February 2022

Israel’s English-Language Media and its Jewish-American Readers

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the MGSDII's Latest Visiting Professor, Gilad Halpern, for a Discussion on Israel's Booming English-Language Media Industry Over the last few decades, the media industry has suffered a tremendous blow. Decline in trust, the collapse of a once-robust business model, and the proliferation of social media have all turned the traditional media into a shadow of its former self. In contrast, Israel’s initially tiny English-language media has grown exponentially. What are the factors behind this growth, and how does it tie…

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Israel’s Academic Study of Kabbalah

February 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join our partners at the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, for a virtual panel with Dr. Biti Roi, Dr. Noam Zadoff and Dr. Andrea Gondos on the history of Kabbalah and mysticism in Israel. Marking the 40th anniversary of the death of Gershom Scholem, the founder of the discipline at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, our panelists review some of the main questions, topics and characters that have defined the field over the decades. To register, please fill out this form:

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