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November 2019

HBO’s “Our Boys” – A Viewing and Conversation with Screenwriter Shuki Ben-Naim

November 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
LFJCC, 4126 Executive Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037 United States
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Monday, November 25, 2019 | 7:00 pm Lawrence Family JCC Get a behind-the-scenes look at HBO’s hit series, Our Boys, with Shuki Ben-Naim, the series’ screenwriter. Through the use of clips and in a facilitated conversation, audience members will explore the dimensions and dynamics within and beyond Israel that were exposed by both the real-life events and the series. Filmed in Israel, Our Boys demonstrates how popular culture can reflect and refract discourse and how narrative operates to make the…

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February 2020

Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival Winners in San Diego

February 1 - February 24

The MGSDII is excited to announce that two award-winning filmmakers from Israel will be in San Diego for an Artist in Residence program. During the first three weeks in February 2020 they will screen their films in university classes. The filmmakers, Tal Inbar and Yotam Knispel, are this year’s winners of the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival (the largest of its kind in the world)! In addition, the director of the film festival, Mya Kaplan, will join for a…

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MGSDII Salon Series with Israeli Filmmakers

February 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

MGSDII Salon Series Tuesday, February 11 | 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Private Home | La Jolla, CA Sunset Dinner & Shorts Screening The MGSDII is thrilled to announce the Second Annual Israeli Filmmaker in Residence program. Tal Inbar and Yotam Knispel, two young, award-winning filmmakers of the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival (the largest of its kind in the world), will join the MGSDII in San Diego to meet students and faculty as they present in university classrooms throughout the…

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April 2020

MGSDII and The Hive Presents: Lunch with the Filmmaker

April 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join Israeli filmmaker Nitzan Gilady for lunchtime on Zoom and participate in an in-depth conversation about his award-winning film, Wedding Doll. Gilady will discuss the themes of mental health, romance and independence that make this a great film, as well as share his process for creating a compelling story and answer questions. A private link to watch the film before the event will be sent upon your registration. Register today for this unique Zoom event with the acclaimed director and…

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May 2020

Through the Lens with Nitzan Gilady: A Virtual Exploration of Contemporary Israeli Dynamics through Media

May 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Explore contemporary dynamics in Israeli society presented through critically acclaimed TV series and films. The sessions will focus on different sectors of Israeli society. We look forward to connecting with our friends, near and far, for a meaningful conversation. The zoom link will be sent to you in your reminder e-mail the day before the program. The May 12 program will feature MGSDII scholar Nitzan Gilady. He will lead an exploration of human sexuality and queer identity through his films…

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Through the Lens with Moshe Zonder: A Virtual Exploration of Contemporary Israeli Dynamics through Media

May 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Explore contemporary dynamics in Israeli society presented through critically acclaimed TV series and films. The sessions will focus on different sectors of Israeli society. We look forward to connecting with our friends, near and far, for a meaningful conversation. The zoom link will be sent to you in your reminder e-mail the day before the program. The May 19 program will feature MGSDII scholar Moshe Zonder, screenwriter for the Netflix hit Fauda and upcoming series Tehran.   This event is in partnership…

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Through the Lens with Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz: A Virtual Exploration of Contemporary Israeli Dynamics through Media

May 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Explore contemporary dynamics in Israeli society presented through critically acclaimed TV series and films. The sessions will focus on different sectors of Israeli society. We look forward to connecting with our friends, near and far, for a meaningful conversation. The zoom link will be sent to you in your reminder e-mail the day before the program. The May 26 program will feature MGSDII scholar Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz, screenwriter for the beautiful and moving television series A Touch Away.   This event is…

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July 2020

“Golda” Virtual Screening and Discussion

July 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Watch Golda, then join the film's creators, Udi Nir and Sagi Bornstein, and scholar Pnina Lahav, for an in-depth discussion about the iconic politician Golda Meir, Israel’s fifth Prime Minister, and the making of this illuminating new documentary. Lahav is the author of the upcoming biography Golda Meir: Through the Gender Lens and Professor of Law at Boston University. The event will be moderated by Professor Dov Waxman, director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. The event…

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Loneliness: The COVID-19 Toll on the Elderly

July 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Issi Doron, PhD, Head of the Center for Research and Study of Aging at the University of Haifa and Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., Director of the Stein Institute for Research on Aging at UC San Diego, as they lead a talk on how the elderly are particularly vulnerable under the current conditions of the pandemic. Together, they will discuss solutions and the recently MGSDII funded COVID-19 research collaboration. The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for older people. We…

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August 2020

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

August 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Zoom Event |  The Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative (MGSDII) invites you to a special panel discussion with leading Israeli academics on today’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 region that seems stuck. Is the Arab World stepping away from its position to not negotiate with Israel until the “Palestinian…

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